Monday, July 22, 2024

Introducing Cutting Edge Coaches at the EA Annual Tennis Experience for Tennis Professionals, Sadili




Sadili Oval Sports Club will be hosting the annual EastAfrica Safari tennis experience from the 8th to the 10th of August 2024. This event features World Class Couches who will provide a couch clinic and an opportunity for High school tennis players to be interviewed for US College selections. The World Class couches who will be running this event include EMMA DOYLE from AUSTRALIA, TINA SAMARA from the United States, LIZ ODERA from KENYA, and JUDY MURRAY from SCOTLAND.


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Emma Doyle is your ENERGY COACH! She is an international high-performance tennis coach turned corporate coach specializing in helping leaders and teams harness their energy, discover their purpose, and achieve high performance under pressure. She does this by inviting her clients to adopt a curious champion mindset and utilizing proven coaching tools to unleash human potential.

She is a coach, mentor, and keynote speaker who is sought after around the world. She can help you turn your motivation into activation. She is a former D1 US college tennis player and has represented her native country of Australia as a world team coach on 20 occasions. Emma utilizes the lessons that she has learned from being an international high-performance tennis coach and transfers these skills into her corporate coaching. She is a qualified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Intelligence certified practitioner.



Samara begins her second year as an assistant coach and third season overall on the Colorado coaching staff.

Samara brings 21 years of tennis expertise both as a player and as a coach to the Boulder campus. She has participated as a tennis professional since 1996 and has coached at the national, collegiate, and professional levels. As an active member on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro Tour, Samara also played on the Federation Cup for Norway in 1996-1998, and qualified for the U.S. Open singles draw in 1994 and 1995.

Also in 1995, Samara was listed in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd.”

As a tennis professional at the Creek Club in Locust Valley, N.Y., Samara developed a fitness program for men and women, in addition to instructing adults, juniors and clinics.

Not just an experienced tennis professional, Samara is also an experienced golf pro participating in numerous mini-tours across the United States. In 2003, she was a quarterfinalist at the Florida Women’s Open and the New York State Amateur, respectively. In 2003, Samara claimed top honors at the N.Y. State Public Links.



With 22 years coaching experience, Liz has successfully developed a large number of juniors in tennis, who have represented their respective national teams, played international tennis events (including grand slams French, Wimbledon and US Open), earned important scholarships to colleges and high schools in Europe and USA, and gained WTA/ITF ranking.

A qualified PTR Professional, Clinician and Tester, and former professional player, Liz was Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team, Kenyatta University, 1983 – 1986, and one of the top seeded ladies in tennis in Kenya, having won many national, and university awards.

A former director at top sports club (Sadili Oval) in Nairobi, with experience in running training sessions, camps and tournaments. As a high performance coach, she has developed players for tours, to national team positions, WTA/ITF ranking, junior grand slams (French, US and Wimbledon) and more than 20 players into Division I College tennis scholarships.

Head Pro at Karen Country Club (Nairobi) has experience running adult tennis leagues, full junior academy programs, club programming, and national tournaments. Currently a member of the North Carolina Tennis Association Junior Tournament Committee and keynote speaker for 2017 USTA North Carolina Community Tennis Development Workshop in Greensboro.



Murray was born on 8 September 1959 in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, the daughter of Alison Shirley (née Edney) and Roy Erskine, an optician and former footballer who had played for Stirling Albion in the 1950s.She says that growing up, there were no indoor tennis courts in Scotland, so she played tennis in the summer and badminton in the winter. She won 64 titles in Scotland during her junior and senior career, and decided to have a go at the professional tour in around 1976.Murray gave up the idea of competing professionally as she was homesick and was robbed in Barcelona. However, she had played against players such as Debbie Jevans and Mariana Simionescu.Murray claims that her playing style did not have any big shots, but she was quick around the court and read the game well.She decided to go to the University of Edinburgh to study French and German, before dropping German in favour of business studies. In 1981, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh and represented Great Britain at the World Student Games. She began coaching and was the initial coach for both her sons before handing over the reins as their professional careers bloomed. In the early 1980s, Murray lived in the West End of Glasgow and was a member of Broomhill Lawn Tennis and Squash club, winning the Club Championships three times and playing for its teams (under her maiden name). She remains a visitor to the club.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

The Annual East Africa Safari Tennis Experience, Sadili Oval - Meet all Coaches


Emma Doyle, a Tennis Australia High-Performance Coach, former tennis touring coach, and talent development coach with 30 years of experience, is your catalyst for turning motivation into activation on and off the court. She has represented her native country of Australia as a team coach on 20 occasions, including winning four Asia Oceania world team titles; she's a USPTA Elite Pro and a PTR Performance Coach. Emma's energy-infused communication style and
confidence-building strategies inspire immediate action in players, coaches, teams, and corporates worldwide.

Passionate about gender equity in sports and the workplace, Emma drives change through her Girl Power Camps and educational efforts. As an accomplished author, trainer, and keynote speaker, she empowers individuals and organizations to exceed their goals,

backed by her PCC qualification from the ICF and certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Intelligence.

Emma's book, "What Makes a Great Coach?" delves into the top 10 practices of the world’s best coaches sourced from hundreds of interviews as the host of “The Coaching Podcast”. Through her captivating TEDx talk, "Unleashing Female Potential," Emma encourages coaches to be lifelong learners. She is the owner of ACEcoac
 housing all of her tennis IP.

Sadili Oval Sports Academy has brought the treasure of Emma Doyle's insights and expertise on and off the court right to your doorsteps. Get ready!



Tina Samara

Tina Samara is a Transition Coach helping athletes globally navigate the often-
challenging world of college sports. She played professional tennis and represented Norway in the Federation Cup from 1996 - 1998. On the WTA tour, she reached a career-high ranking of 223 in doubles and played in the US Open Singles in 1994 and 1995. During her college playing days, she won three NCAA National Team Championships and was the #1 ranked NCAA doubles team for the University of Georgia in 1995. In addition, Tina also competed as a semi-pro golfer for three years winning the New York State public links event in 2003. Therefore, Tina understands what is required to compete on a world stage. 

Following her sporting achievements, Tina went on to coach Division 1 women's college tennis for 11 years and was known for her practical, empathic and direct approach to the holistic development of both the person and the athlete. Tina privately coaches and mentors many teenage athletes to help them transition from high school into college by pursuing their sporting goals and dreams. She is the owner and founder of Transition Coach 4 Athletes and for the past two years, she has helped many athletes globally, from all sports (except football), find US College Scholarships.

Sadili Oval Sports Academy broken the odds to bring Tina Samara to you for an amazing, breathe-taking August. Get ready!!!



Judy Murray

Judy Murray is a former Scottish international tennis player with 64 national titles to her name. She became Scottish National Coach in 1995, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association's Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish National Development Schools programme targeting 20 kids age 8 to 11, which ultimately produced four Davis Cup players and one Fed Cup player, including her Grand-Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy. In 2011 Judy was appointed Captain of the British Fed Cup and has used this role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s tennis as well as increase and improve the female coach workforce. Judy has developed several initiatives including Miss-Hits – a fun starter tennis programme for girls age 5–8 and Tennis on the Road – a mobile outreach programme which takes tennis into areas of Scotland where the sport doesn't exist.


Dr Liz Odera

A recognized world class coach, and founder of Sadili Oval Sports Academy, Liz, a US-Kenya citizen, de-mystified tennis and opened opportunities to about 3,000 children from poor and rich communities alike, making Sadili the melting pot for tennis in the East African region. 

In 2012, Liz initiated Girl Power Clubs Africa, a teenage girls’ leadership through sport program with over 700 members annually, and a tennis after-school education project in partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry and which earned an honorary USTA-NJTL membership. 

Liz has successfully developed a large number of East African juniors in tennis, who have represented their respective national teams, played ITF and WTA events (including Wimbledon and US Open), and earned important scholarships to colleges and high schools in Europe and USA, including David Oringa (Uganda), John Lutaaya (Uganda), Sada Nahimana (Burundi), Teresa Odera (Kenya), Henry Ayesiga (Uganda), Amadi Kagoma (Burundi), Hassan Ndayashimiye (Burundi) and Joab Odera (Kenya). Liz is also an experienced sports management consultant and a motivational speaker. Liz’s book “Sports For Life, details her amazing journey, passes along the philosophy that continues to change and save the lives of countless children.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

A Message to Our Beloved Sadili Oval Sports Club Community

Dear Sadili Oval Sports Club Family,

In these trying times, we want to reach out to each and every one of you with a message of solidarity, hope, and resilience. Our community, united by a love for sports and a commitment to excellence, stands together through all challenges.

While we remain apolitical, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the current events in our nation. We understand that these are difficult moments for many, and we want to assure you that we are here for you, providing a space where you can find solace, support, and a sense of normalcy.

At Sadili Oval, we believe in the power of sports to bring people together, to heal, and to inspire. As you navigate these times, we encourage you to continue engaging in activities that uplift your spirits and strengthen your bonds with one another.

Remember, our community is built on the principles of respect, unity, and mutual support. Let us continue to uphold these values, helping one another and staying strong in the face of adversity.

We are proud of each one of you, and together, we will overcome these challenges. Our doors remain open, and our commitment to providing a safe, nurturing environment for all our members is unwavering.

Stay safe, stay strong, and keep the spirit of Sadili Oval alive.

With warmth and solidarity,

The Sadili Oval Sports Club Team


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We Stand with Kenyans and Call for Change

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Kenya is currently facing a tumultuous period marked by widespread protests and civil unrest. President William Ruto's recent condemnation of the protests, labeling them as "treasonous," has done little to address the root causes of the public's outrage. The demonstrations, sparked by a controversial finance bill proposing tax hikes, have seen the country gripped by violence and bloodshed, with at least five people dead and many more injured.

Despite the government's attempts to pacify the situation by scrapping certain tax increases, the protests have continued, driven by the rising cost of living and economic hardships faced by many Kenyans. The movement, known as "7 Days of Rage," reflects the deep-seated frustration and anger among the populace.

Reports of police brutality, including the use of live rounds and tear gas against demonstrators, and the mistreatment of paramedics, have further exacerbated the situation. The images of bodies lying on the streets of Nairobi and the storming of parliament are stark reminders of the gravity of the crisis.

In his address to the nation, President Ruto emphasized the threat to national security posed by the protests and criticized those he claimed had hijacked the conversation around the finance bill. However, his words did little to quell the unrest or provide a path forward.

As the military is deployed to support the police, human rights and civil society groups have condemned the heavy-handed response of the authorities. The call for change is not just about the finance bill but about addressing the broader issues of economic inequality, political accountability, and human rights.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Kenya and call for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. It is imperative that the government listens to the voices of its citizens and works towards meaningful reforms that can bring stability and prosperity to the nation. The current situation is unsustainable, and only through dialogue and genuine commitment to change can Kenya move forward.

Sadili Oval in solidarity.

Monday, June 24, 2024

The Power of the Kenyan Youth

Kenyans are expressing their dissatisfaction with the contentious Finance Bill, 2024. Despite peaceful protests, the Bill passed the Second Reading in Parliament1. Organizers have announced a 7-day anti-Finance Bill protest, culminating in a second round of demonstrations on Tuesday, the same day MPs will vote on the Bill. Activist Boniface Mwangi leads the movement, urging Kenyans to stand up against the legislation1.

Sadili Oval Sports Club: While not directly linked to the protests, is a social enterprise that empowers children and youth through sports and education, promoting well-being and a better future. 

At Sadili Sports Academy, we believe in the power of the youth to drive positive change.  The energy and determination seen in the protests are a testament to the potential of young people to shape the future of our country. It is crucial that their voices are acknowledged and their concerns addressed.

Developing the Power of Sports in Africa, Sadili Oval Sports Club plays a vital role in community development by empowering children and youths through sports and education. Founded in Nairobi, Kenya, the Club focuses on holistic growth, promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and life skills. Their programs include soccer, basketball, and other sports, along with educational support. By nurturing young talents and fostering community engagement, Sadili contributes to a brighter future for the Kenyans.  The energy and determination seen in the protests are a testament to the potential of young people to shape the future of our country. It is crucial that their voices are acknowledged and their concerns addressed.

Written by Quinter Akoth

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

SAFARI TENNIS EXPERIENCE at Sadili Oval Sports Academy (August 2024)


Join us as we dive into the world of tennis with an event that promises to be more than just a game with world female coaches in the persons of JUDY MURRAY (SCOTLAND), LIZ ODERA(KENYA), TINA SAMARA(USA), and EMMA DOYLE (AUSTRALIA)

This event will showcase the talent of both seasoned professionals and rising stars. Expect to witness a display of strategy and the indomitable spirit that defines tennis. You can register here


The Mission

Our mission is to bring together tennis enthusiasts from all walks of life to share in the joy of the sport. We aim to create an inclusive environment where passion for Tennis ignites, skills are honed, and lifelong memories are made.



Skill Workshops: Improve your game with tips from the talented coaches

Meet and Greets: Interact with our able coaches

Exhibition Matches: Watch top coaches compete in friendly matches.

Junior Tournaments: Encourage the next generation of tennis stars.


The Experience

This event will strengthen your coaching experience through your interaction with our able coaches: EMMA DOYLE (AUSTRALI), TINNA SAMARA (USA),  LIZ ODERA (KENYA), and JUDY  MURRAY (SCOTLAND). So, Enjoy the fans of our coaches and the festive atmosphere that only a tennis event can offer.

Furthermore, you could expect these helpful outcomes from the events which include:

Enhanced Skills: Participants will leave with improved coaching techniques.

New Connections: Forge friendships within the tennis community. Connections remain the strongest currency in this century.

Inspiration: Be motivated by the coaches to take your game to the next level.


How to Get Involved.

Interested in being a part of this exciting event? Here’s how:

Register Online through this link 


 Scan the QR on the poster to download the application form.

Written By Quinter Akoth

Wednesday, June 5, 2024


After weeks of relentless rain and recovery efforts, the Sadili Oval Sports Club is thrilled to announce the resumption of all tennis activities. The club's reopening is a testament to the enduring spirits of its members and the community.

 The road to recovery was paved with challenges. The club once waterlogged courts have been restored, thanks to the tireless work of the staff. 

“Seeing our courts ready for play again is incredibly rewarding,” shared club coach Mary.

 In anticipation of the reopening, the club has implemented several upgrades. Enhanced drainage systems, new court surfaces, and refurbished amenities await the members. 

“We are not just coming back, we are coming back stronger," said Dr.Elizabeth the G.M.

Most of our members have attested to the reopening of the club, and some of them have come to see if we are really opening.  

The Sadili Oval Sports Club's resumption of activities is more than a return to normalcy, it is a leap forward. With facilities and a united community, the club is set to serve up its best season yet. 

Written by  Akoth 

Monday, May 13, 2024



For weeks now, heavy rains have continued to drag over half of Kenya with the humans therein. More than 163,000 residents in Nairobi have now been evacuated, some voluntarily and some forcefully, as the government announced Sunday. (CNN).

Its severity has provoked the Kenyan government to postpone school re-openings until further notice on who is winning this talk of war. School resumption has been pushed from the initial date, 30th April, to an unknown date to be communicated as the rain is contained. Let’s take a look at the feelings on the streets of Kenya, how they have received this news, and what this means to examination classes.

The girl power mentors paid a visit to the slums of Kibera to a few club members to see how they were faring and to hear their views on the delay of school re-opening.

We interviewed Meldrine a Form 4 student at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. Meldrine who is supposed to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams in November this year said that she was afraid that they would be left behind as far as the syllabus is concerned. Additionally, they will have no time to exhaust the topics programmed for the second term.

“What if the rains go on and on? That will mean we might not be able to go back to school soon and I may not become a doctor in the future as I have always wanted to be.”

Meldrine said looking sad. Despite the fear, she hopes the rains will reduce and all the students in the country will return to school. 

We also spoke to Meldrine’s mother who is a single mother of five. She explained how the late postponement affected her financial plans because she had planned ahead of the term, now this is a big blow to herself and her children.

We spoke to Ivy a grade 5 student at Joseph Kang’ethe Primary School who mentioned that she has used this period to continue building her sportsmanship in soccer at a field near her home. She said that she looks forward to the school re-opening to resume her journey of becoming a lawyer. Her mother mentioned that although Ivy is happy to be using this time to play soccer she is afraid that by the time schools re-open she will have no money for her school fees since she has used her savings to provide meals and to keep the family safe during the floods.

Another parent added…“I just pray that this flood will not be like the COVID-19 pandemic where the kids stayed at home for almost one year. I hope they can go back to school as soon as

Saturday, May 11, 2024




A Letter To The Sports Enthusiasts.

The heavy rains experienced currently have become a menace to the livelihood of every Kenyan. Most parts of the country experienced floods that came with the loss of property and sadly loss of lives. As a result, normalcy was disrupted and everyone in the country including the government had to reset to cope with the new state of affairs.

However, amidst the floods, Sadili is very much open and welcoming to everyone, especially Sports enthusiasts. We are very grateful that the floods were contained and most of our surfaces remained usable in this period although the normal programming of activities has been affected. Our weekly timetable of activities designed for club members has been greatly disrupted. This is due to the difficulties our members faced caused by the current floods.

But, with great joy, we wish to inform all tennis players and lovers that our tennis courts are drained and in good and playable condition. 

As the last drop of the rain fell yesterday, matches go on our hard courts. This goes for our basketball court, which is dry, and waiting for basketball lovers to come to it.

The Sadili gym is open for membership subscriptions to the public. Our gym is fully equipped, spacious, and with a comfortable wooden aerobics floor. The trainers are available and offer a wide range of activities like dance aerobics, strength training, weight loss exercises, yoga, boxing, body-building, and personal training.

Sadili swimming pool is always open to the public. Non-members are also welcome to pay daily rates while members swim for free. As shown in the attached photo the pool is the cleanest you can find around.

Yes, there have been heavy rains, and livelihoods have been disrupted but let us all not forget the importance of healthy living. Sadili Oval Club sporting facilities are here to help you achieve the healthy life that your body deserves. Welcome all!

Contact us through these details and we will respond swiftly

and immediately for a seamless experience.

Thursday, May 9, 2024





Are you Looking for a sporting Hub?

Come to Sadili Oval Sports Academy in Langata where the scarce sporting ecosystem brings comfort, nurtures dreams, and builds skills. Sadili Oval hosts camps for kids from 12 to 17 years of age and engages them in tennis, basketball, soccer, and swimming activities. This keeps the teenagers occupied with productive activities that help them develop new skills. 

It is apt to say therefore that if you don't want your kids roaming around the neighborhood absorbing bad habits, wasting their brains, and probably engaging in drugs, give Sadili Oval a call. 

Holiday Camps

Our camps come up mostly during the April, August, and December holidays. During these times, kids are drilled in the aforementioned sports disciplines that help them learn while having maximum fun. The camps are also meant to help the kids do extracurricular activities other than bookwork and also ensure they do not engage in activities that may risk their well-being e.g. drug and substance abuse.

In April 2024, Sadili Oval Sports Academy hosted a kid's holiday camp from the 8th to the 26th. Participants were allowed to engage in all the sports listed above according to the weekly timetable provided. The camp ran during the week days with the morning session starting from 9am to 12 noon while the afternoon session started from 2pm to 5pm. The trainings were conducted with the club's selected coaches and trainers under the guidance of the club's Director and sports enthusiast, Dr. Elizabeth Odera.

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As can be seen from the photos, the camp gives an all-round sporting experience to the kids while at the same time allowing them to enjoy themselves and have fun.


According to Mwangi, one of the parents who enrolled his kid,

“ The camp is a good idea since where we live is so congested with people and kids do not get enough spaces to play in. Additionally, the coaches here are wonderful people with just the right skill sets to conduct such activities. Also, we as parents are most of the time away doing other things so bringing the kids here knowing that it is a safe space gives me peace of mind.”

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Also, take but the words of a participant amongst others, Machel, who said

“I have been coming to Sadili as a member even during the school days but the camp is whole different experience. The number of kids who attend the camp is slightly higher than those who are enrolled as members and that makes the activities more fun. Also,the activities are spread across the week so one can come any day anytime.I have made new friends which is a good thing”




Let your kid attend the next camp.

The next camp is in AUGUST 2024. I will be titled SAFARI JUNIOR which will be bigger and better because it will bring kids across the East African Countries.

We would like to welcome you all to this events-filled experience as we look forward to hosting a bigger team with many more activities and fun.

You can contact us below or write Dr. Eliz here -->