Director of Tennis & Head Coach
T: 07855 495 025
The founder of Diamond Tennis Academy has been coaching since 2000. Sena’s experience in the sport and passion for getting people to play tennis led to the formation of Diamond Tennis Academy in 2006 – after more than a decade, the academy’s links and initiatives with the local community are prominent and continue to develop.
Sena holds a UKCC Level 5 award (Master Club Coach qualification), an Accountancy and Management degree from Cardiff University and a Professional Practise in Tennis Coaching Management degree from the University of Northumbria. A frequent competitor in tournaments in the South Wales area in his younger days, Sena still enjoys a game of singles.
The Coaching Team
Coaching Assistant: Nabeel Iqbal
Nabeel is an LTA accredited Level 2 Coach, with more than 4 years coaching experience. Nabeel has been playing tennis since he was 3 years old, and has competed in tournaments at both club and county level.
Outside of tennis Nabeel studies Engineering at Cardiff University and is a keen long distance runner.
Coaching Assistant: Jack Lake
Jack holds a UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification and, after starting his education in tennis early, has more than three years experience as a volunteer and coach. A keen tennis player, Jack competes in local tournaments and assists the coaching staff at Diamond when he is not studying away from Cardiff.
Coaching Assistant: Will Iles
Will holds a LTA Level 1 award and is fully accredited. As a child I was always pushed into football and rugby throughout school. However, while I enjoyed playing both I never found a love for either. It was much later in school where I attended an open day at a local tennis club. While it didn’t come naturally to me, I kept attending and improving and found a love for the sport. This is the main reason I coach, to bring tennis to more children and give them the chance to fall in love with tennis as well.
Working at Diamond Tennis Academy is amazing, I get to bring tennis to children and adults from diverse backgrounds and help them improve their skills. On top of this, the whole team are friendly which makes me want to come to work even more!
Coaching Assistant: Abbie Lake
Abbie holds a level 1 coaching qualification. I have been playing tennis since the age of 5, competing in many tournaments over time. I have been volunteering in tennis since the age of 12 and at the age of 15 was a finalist of the Tennis Wales young volunteer of the year award. I have always been passionate about tennis and enjoy sharing my love for the sport with others.
Outside of tennis I am entering my second year at sixth form, I spend my spare time singing and writing my own songs for social events and volunteering as a girl guide leader.
Coaching Assistant: Luke Gillard
I have been playing tennis since I was 9 but only really found my love for tennis when I was 13 and started competing. I have been a tennis leader sine the age of 12 and in 2016 won Club Team of the year at the Tennis Wales Awards.
Working for DTA is great fun, its a great team to work for and enjoyable. I get to teach kids key life skills and see their tennis games develop.
Coaching Assistant: Charlotte Irvine
Diamond Tennis Academy is a friendly and an amazing place to work. I enjoy working in an environment that allows me to teach my favourite sport to a variety of ages and abilities everyday. Working with the rest of the DTA team makes work enjoyable and fun and there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather work!
Coaching Assistant: Dafydd
Dafydd took and passed his UKCCL1 coaching assistant course in 2019.
Tennis Leader: Billy