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Edward Large

Edward created the Excel Tennis Academy to make tennis accessible for everyone and to create a pathway for school pupils to join their local tennis clubs.

Edward has always loved working with juniors and mentoring them to become future tennis coaches. Since 2004 he has mentored over 30 people many of which are now full time tennis coaches, have careers in sport or have gained access to careers and universities due to their experience. 

He is very proud of all his students achievements and the pupils who he has helped create a career for their future.

His love of sport, fitness and especially tennis has driven him to create an Academy which currently has over 500 people a week in coaching, 7 Tennis programmes at clubs and local facilities,  7 tennis coaches and 19 primary schools in the 'Excel Tennis Academy Schools Partnership'

Edward’s current activities include:



  • Managing the coaching programmes at all our 7 venues

  • Organising the schools’ programme

  • Organising the junior club teams and EXCEL matchplay events along with the Academy’s competition organisers.

  • Coaching a variety of players from beginners through to junior county players and adult club first teams

  • Working with beginners and players coming back to the game.

  • Mentoring young and upcoming tennis coaches

  • Working with local authorities to help promote sport in the local community

  • Coach and Leadership Training

  • Developing local facilities to help promote exercise and tennis to the wider community


Some of Edwards qualifications


  • L.T.A LEVEL 4 Senior Club Coach Award

  • L.T.A Club Coaches Award (CCA)

  • L.T.A Development Coaches Award (DCA)

  • Equity in coaching

  • First aid

  • Cardio Tennis Instructor

  • FAA Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

5 Facts about Edward

  • Loves classic cars and bikes

  • Played the drums since he was 5

  • Is a keen fish keeper with a large marine fish tank and koi pond

  • Was in a successful band playing gigs in london including the national NME competition

  • Is happiest when gardening, doing DIY or building something

What people have said about Edward Large

'Ed and myself go back many years as both friends and professional coaches, Ed always creates the right coaching environment to learn and have fun in, in the pursuit  of finding the winning formula. Ed comes highly recommended. 

Chris Hampton, National Coach of the year





Edward created the Excel Tennis Academy in 2003 when he was 19 to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to get involved and learn to play tennis.


Edward started assisting coaching tennis when he was 14 years old at his local club. He knew straight away he wanted this to be his career. At 16 years old he started his coaching qualifications and by the age of 21 was a level 4 tennis coach, one of the youngest in the country. Early on in his time as a coach he realised that there was a need to make tennis more accessible for everyone and he made this his focus when he created the Excel Tennis Academy. 


He took on his first Head Coach’s role at 19 turning a small club programme with just 20 pupils on a Saturday into a thriving programme with over 200 people across 6 days a week. 

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