Mike Barrell

Mike Barrell

Director evolve9

Mike is the Director of evolve9, an international company that helps federations and providers design and implement tennis programs for children.

In over 20 years of working in this space, Mike has been involved in the development of programs for over 30 key tennis providers across the globe including:

  • Tennis Australia Hot Shots Program – The National Program of Australia
  • KNLTB Tenniskids Program – The National Program of the Netherlands
  • NTF Tennisskolen – The National Program of Norway
  • Midtown Velocity – The Junior Program of Tennis Corporation of America (9 Clubs)
  • Sportime U10 – The Junior Program of Sportime NY, Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academies (9 Clubs)

Mike was the author of the

ITF Tennis10s manual, PTR Kids Manual and Growing Kids Growing the Game, KNLTB It’s My Game Manual, plus evolve9 Manuals

  • Court Warrior – Competitive skills development for young players
  • Girls Tennis Network – Teaching girls more effectively
  • When Can I Play Again? – Effective formats for kids in Competition
  • Coping or Coaching – Teaching large groups in schools and the community

He has been a keynote speaker at three ITF Worldwide Conferences, and presented at multiple USPTA World Conferences, PTR International Symposia, plus multiple National Conferences. A Level Five LTA Coach he is also an ITF Expert taking him to over 60 countries, supporting the development of Tennis in five continents.

He has recently been involved in the development of Evolution Kids Tennis, now the National U10 program of Serbia and Burlgaria, Tennis Whizz and the Girls Tennis Network. Currently Mike is also working for the USTA in the development of coach competency standards for Junior Tennis in the US.

Through all these programs he continues to work with clubs across the globe helping them to fully implement child centered principles in their programs with aim of engaging, retaining and developing more players.


Stadium Court

What is next for your program? Who did you connect with and what will you take away? Let’s summarise the keys and commit to making the on and off court experience for young children even better!


Court Warrior from EKT

Stadium Court

Understand what it means to be competitive, what key skills all young players should have and how to add these to every element of your program. The Court Warrior Program is part of evolution kids tennis and focuses on practical ways to develop competitive skills in young players through a series of games, activities and […]



Stadium Court

Get the final schedules, meet your team mates, get a quick tour of the workbook and an overview of key speakers.


Big Picture Programs

USPTA Conference Room

What is a program and what must it provide in today’s world. We take a look at the essential components of developing successful programs and how to modify and implement them in any facility to create better attracting, retention and development.

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