Essential Tennis Team Members


Essential Tennis prides its self on its professional and well skilled coaches. 

Head Coach Cameron Govan
Level 2, Club Professional

Cameron started coaching at age 16 in Essendon under local Essendon coach Philip Conlan, where he started off as a trainee coach and progressed over the next 6 years to become a supervisor of Westmeadows Tennis Club.

Cameron’s qualification include; Level 1 Development Coach  which was completed in 2004 and Level 2 Club Professional Coach which was completed in 2005. He also has attended the 2006 and 2008 Australian Open Tennis Coaches Conference. Cameron is currently registered and a member of Tennis Coaches Australia and Tennis Coaches Australia Victoria.

Cameron started as head coach at Grovedale Tennis Club in October 2008 and Barwon Heads in October 2012 where he has already built up both clubs and will continue to do so to the best of his ability. He is coaching out of Grovedale and Barwon Heads Tennis Club on a full time basis working on a full time basis.

Cameron currently is coaching at the local Secondary College as the Tennis Coach for its Sports Academy. This program focuses on year 7 & 8 students who are looking to excel in tennis in conjunction with their studies. Cameron through Kids Tennis Foundation also coaches at local primary schools Grovedale Primary School and Grovedale West Primary Schools. These programs give school grades the opportunity to try tennis sometimes for the first time.

Cameron in 2010 was apart of the Tennis Victoria Advantage Program, which is primarily a reward and recognition aimed at supporting highly ranked Victorian junior tennis players aged between 13 and 17 years of age.

Cameron has been working with the Barwon Region with their second tier junior squad 


Essential Tennis successfully gained the contract to Barwon Heads in October 2012 where the aim is to build the club with plenty of new players ready to start the great game of tennis.

Junior Assistant coach
Ben Reid

Ben is currently 15 years old (2018) and started his tennis journey when in grade 6 his friends started doing a tennis program (at Barwon Heads) with Essential Tennis which then meant he started having a hit after school with these same friends.
Ben soon left his current sports of cricket & footy to start tennis, where he started having lessons with Cameron & Essential Tennis. With hard work and a lot of dedication, Ben really progressed with his tennis skills and ability. Ben after working his way through the grades is currently playing section 1 in Tennis Geelong (winter 2018).
Ben recently completed the TA foundation course at Centre Court Indoor in April 2018 where he got more confidence and knowledge to continue working with the senior coaches at Essential Tennis.   
Ben's favourite player is Rafa Nadal because of his determination on court and also because he has a winning record over Federer.
Ben's favourite shot is the drop shot as it requires the player to read the player and have delicate touch.


Junior Assistant coach
Kira Aitken
Assistant Coach
Jason Schoenmakers
Level 1, Development Coach

Jason first started playing tennis with his brother when 10 in Sale Heyfield Tennis Association, playing  juniors  until 17, and started seniors at 15. The highlight of which was winning 3 Grand Finals. Jason has been a member of the Grovedale Tennis Club since 2002 playing in the Mens Night Pennant and Saturday Seniors. Favourite shot is the serve and volley which shows with who his favourite players have been, Pat Cash Stefan Edberg Pat Rafter and of the current players Roger Federer. 


Jason over the past few years has got right back into his tennis with his 3 kids at the age to start lessons. With this Jason started off one night a week coaching and over 18 months has increased his coaching hours and from there has enrolled into the 2014/15 Junior Development Coaching course.
Jason has been increasing his hours and responsibilities over the years with where as of 2015 he is working 5 days out of either Barwon Heads or Grovedale. 

As of October 2018 Jason will be taking on a larger role at Barwon Heads where he will be coordinating Monday nights with an assistant coach.

Outside of tennis Jason plays golf and loves spending time with his family, supports Hawthorn in the AFL with Luke Hodge being has favourite player.

Junior Assistant coach
Ryan Lee

Ryan is currently 15 years old (in 2018) and first started playing tennis at age 5 at Centre Court Indoor with Caroline McGann, then ventured to the 'Home of Tennis' at Grovedale with Cameron and Essential Tennis. Due to scheduling Ryan then moved to be coached with Matt Hicks back at Centre Court Indoor where he remains, honing his tennis craft. Ryan has a strong passion for tennis with both his parents and sister tennis players them selves. Ryan has grown with his tennis coaching over time and is now more confident working side by side with our Essential Tennis senior coaches. Ryan recently completed the Tennis Australia foundation course at Centre Court in  April 2018 where he received some good ideas, knowledge and confidence from TA staff. 
Ryan's current ranking (Aug 2018) is 609 in Australia and his age group in Vic he is in the top 20. Ryan's first big win was a doubles AMT Tournament in July 2018, where he received a cheque for $102. 

Ryan's favourite shot is his backhand cross court with his favourite player Roger Federer. 

Junior Assistant coach
Tegan Marshall
Most Aces Record
The most amount of aces for their career in mens tennis is held by Goran Ivanisevic with 10,183. Roger Federer holds the record with 50 aces in a grand slam final, 2009 Wimbeldon Final. Serena Williams holds the record with 102 aces for an entire tournament, 2009 Wimbeldon which she won.
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Cameron- 0408 517 620

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