SotoTennis Academy (STA) is a leading Tennis Academy based in Sotogrande, Spain, led by Daniel Kiernan, former British number 1 doubles player. Boasting a year-round outdoor environment, STA offers European red clay courts, American-style hard courts and a fantastic sporting tradition.

SotoTennis Academy provides a perfect environment for passionate young tennis players aiming for a future in the game, whether US College, or the Professional Tour. The Academy also offer access weeks for those looking to complement their current programme.

“STA have supported me above and beyond. They believed in me before and after I graduated from US College and gave me what I needed to go onto the Professional Tour.”

- Lloyd Glasspool (right), Winner of NCAAs Doubles with partner Søren Hess-Olesen (left)


Full Time Players

We manage our full-time players’ programmes 52 weeks of the year, designing and delivering a comprehensive plan to support their individual goals through performance planning, sport science support and tournament travel.

Access Players

We open our doors to like-minded players who want to supplement their programme, whether winter training, or experience on European clay. Access weeks are delivered in full coordination with your personal coach and development goals.

We welcome a maximum of 4 Access Players per week, except for school holidays where we have spaces for 16 players per week.

Access Groups

Open to competition level teams looking to experience a different environment and support their programme at home. Click here to see our access group packages.

Contact us for further information about Access Groups or bespoke packages.




STA values are engrained in the players’ behaviours, which in turn sets the culture required to succeed on and off the court.

Players are encouraged to ‘Control the Controllables’ and provide unconditional effort at all times.



Individualised performance planning is carried out 3 times per year to ensure clarity on where you are, where you want to go and how you are going to get there.

We use our online platform, Tenicity, to stay connected with players, parents and staff and to ensure we measure and monitor player progress efficiently and effectively.



We have touring teams on the ITF and Tennis Europe Tours. Ranging from gaining your first international experience to Grand Slam junior level.

Rafa Nadal Tour
8 national level events running from January-August each year for U12 and U14s.

Marca Tour
25 national events running throughout the year for U16 players.

Andalucia Tour
360 events on our doorstep every year for players of all ages and levels to compete on weekends ranging from U10 to prize money open events.


US College

Tennis Smart work with STA players and staff throughout the whole process, from finding the right US College for you, to application and registration, to finding the right career after university. SAT/ACT support is also available to all players throughout their application process.

Pro Tour

We cater for players just starting their professional journey, joining post-US College, or for those who are already established Grand Slam professional players. It is about what’s right for you.