About ATA


The Anguilla Tennis Academy (“ATA”) is a nonprofit organization established under the laws of Anguilla. Since 1996, the ATA has been providing tennis service to the island of Anguilla as well as other surrounding countries. The ATA is a non-profit grassroots program that started small and has grown into a major force for development on the island and in the region. From its humble beginnings in 1996, a camp was started with thirty-five (35) students on two public tennis courts built by the Anguilla Social Security Board on the James Ronald Webster Park, The Valley, Anguilla.

The ATA, has seen over 4,000 participants go through the program and benefit from tennis. The program has inspired many tennis players, college coaches, television producers and musical artists to share in this worthwhile endeavor and to work towards making the project a reality.


The Anguilla Tennis Academy is dedicated to providing the highest quality tennis instruction to Anguillian, Caribbean and International youth in a competitive environment, while encouraging exemplary sportsmanship.

  • To make tennis athletic scholarships available for children who excel in the training programs.
  • To foster long lasting friendships through our cultural exchange and outreach programs.
  • To promote a strong sense of community by recruiting and hiring graduates of the ATA to return as tennis coaches.
  • To establish professional relationships with other local, regional, and international tennis programs.


The primary goal of the Anguilla Tennis Academy is to expose children to the joys, discipline and rigor of the lifelong sport of tennis, where they can acquire technical skills, experience competitive sportsmanship and develop a strong sense of community.

The Anguilla Tennis Academy is committed to developing healthy minds and providing educational opportunities for children through the sport of tennis. The academy was founded on the principle of using tennis as a vehicle to reach and empower children and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become responsible citizens of their community.

The Anguilla Tennis Academy will continue to provide a nurturing environment where children will learn how to apply the principles of sacrifice, work, courage, and service towards building a successful life and becoming ambassadors of the sport of tennis.

Program Description

Currently at the ATA we have several programs for the youth. The programs of the ATA are structured to empower young people by using tennis as a vehicle for social transformation. The recruitment, enrollment, and instruction methodologies are designed to cut across economic and social handicaps that deny access to motivated and talented young persons interested in learning the sport.

Our award winning youth programs have achieved success and international attention among tennis professionals despite the fact that our primary operation started on two deteriorating public courts, and occasionally, on a few of the local hotel courts during the off-season. The programs are designed to challenge the students in three main areas: (1) Academically – to help students meet the requirements of accredited colleges; (2) technically – to help students reach exceptional standards in tennis and (3) Socially – to help students demonstrate self-discipline, anger management skills, team building and leadership.

The programs provide its graduates with an opportunity to pursue a college education through its scholarship program. The ATA has assisted three persons to achieve tennis athletic scholarships and is currently assisting two more potential candidates to attend college in the year 2015. The ATA is proud of the fact that some of its graduates have gone on to college on tennis scholarships facilitated by the program and others that remained at home have held the positions of directors of tennis at some of our leading resorts such as Malliouhana, Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa and Viceroy Anguilla.

Our two main programs are the “After School Program” and “The Annual Summer Camp”.

Mr. Mitchelle Lake

Founder and President, Anguilla Tennis Academy

Mr. Mitchelle Lake

Mitchelle Lake is the Founder and a President of the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA). His undying devotion to his country speaks for itself and is etched in the hearts of the many children who have passed through the ATA’s programs.   Mr. Lake has worked diligently over the years to harness each player’s athletic prowess and shape their character as well to be responsible citizens of their community. His dream of bringing professional tennis to the island of Anguilla began while attending Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  Realizing that he had been afforded an opportunity to receive an education free of charge through tennis, he established the Anguilla Tennis Academy organization to pay it forward and provide similar opportunities for other young children.

With a burning passion and dream to give back to the community, the overwhelming support he received was encouraging and he quickly realized that the facilities were inadequate on the island. Therefore, Mr. Lake set his goals high, and with much help from his country and members of the international community, he raised over US$2 Million to construct a state-of-the-art tennis facility located in Blowing Point. Mr. Lake believes that “the cause is greater than the cost” and plans to keep the program as a non-profit organization with all proceeds being donated to benefit children enrolled in the various ATA programs.

Every summer in the month of July, Mr. Lake gives back to his country by dedicating three (3) weeks to provide a summer tennis camp for children on the island who demonstrate an interest in tennis. Since the ATA’s inception in 1996, over 5,000 children have benefitted from its programs.  In July 2020, the ATA celebrated twenty-five (25) years of shaping lives and building a future for children through the sport of tennis.  In his 25 years of dedicated service, Mr. Lake prides himself in having facilitated thirteen (13) ATA graduates with tennis athletic scholarships to prestigious Division II colleges in the USA, which in itself is a notable achievement.  The estimated value of scholarships awarded to date has exceeded US$1.2 Million, with an average four-year scholarship amounting to US$100,000.00.

Mr. Lake is truly an exceptional individual whose relentless devotion to his country is making a significant positive impact for many of Anguilla’s youth. He has been quoted as saying, “My life is what it is today because of tennis and all I want to do now is give back so that other young people can have similar experiences like mine.” Mr. Lake believes the benefits derived from the ATA will continue to shape the lives of thousands of youths over several generations. He described his journey over the past 25 years best when he stated, “One man’s dream has become a shared vision”.

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