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About Us


Sporty Scholars was founded on in 2020 by Nick and Chantel, who have passionately developed the highly reputable Teddy Tennis Milton Keynes since July 2015. Our aim is to be the top professional sports provider for nurseries, schools in and around the county by following our passion for sport and education.

We believe that our successful growth so far has been a result of our approach and values

  • We deliver positive introduction to sport and sport experiences that inspire children to keep active and sporty

  • We deliver high quality, active, and engaging sessions.

  • We ensure sport is fun, competitive and exciting.


We recognise children develop and grow at different stages, and our adaptability and ability to develop their physical skills to individually meet each child's development needs. We set ourselves apart by striving in personable and flexibility 

The Coaches

Nick Raper

Nick has 18 years of coaching experience, having played tennis competitively to regional level, Nick went on to run his University Tennis Team for 3 years in the north of England, Lancashire. Having done some coaching at David Lloyd leisure through university, Nick fell in Love with helping and watching people grow within the sport.

After University Nick spent most of his 20s in the United States first teaching at a well-recognised tennis and sports camp, before spending 5 years in Canada having trained and gained qualification at one of the world’s leading ski resorts Lake Louise.

In Canada, Nick taught at a national tennis center, and worked with some of the best juniors in North America. He also worked in schools. On his return to the UK, Nick set up various Teddy Tennis franchises with Chantel.He gets the greatest pleasure seeing a 2 or 3 year old hit the ball over the net for the first time while trying to multi task to meet the needs off all the children. Nick wants to continue introducing children to sport for the first time and show them how to love the game.

Within Sporty Scholars Nick will ensure that all procedures and standards are being met across the board, to ensure that customer satisfaction is being met in all levels.

BACS Degree in Sport Studies, LTA Level 4. CSIA Level 2. First Aid Trained. Enhanced DBS Checked. Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certified. Insured.

Chantel Thibault

Chantel is passionate about creating fun and challenging learning environments for children. She encourages children to be their best, while developing their skills through an engaging programme of activities that promote healthy lifestyles.

Chantel graduated from Le Cordon Bleu international culinary school in Ottawa, Canada, which includes teaching cookery and nutritional principles to young children.


Chantel now brings her eye for detail and creativity to the management of Teddy Tennis, where her main goal is to successfully deliver our programme to coaches, schools, parents, and of course the children! 

With over 5 years’ of tennis coaching experience, and further time spent working with children outside of Teddy Tennis, Chantel wants every Teddy Tennis star to show their inner potential: “The structure of our programme is so rewarding, immersing children in a mixture of storytelling, music, and physical coordination, it really allows a child to acknowledge the rapid growth they are already going through as mini champions!”

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