Give me a child at five; I’ll give you a player at ten.
I have specialized in teaching mini tennis for the last thirty-plus years. I help children to maximize their potential through player-focused coaching based on simple technique, a good physical foundation, a tactical understanding, and the ability to thrive in a competitive environment. I fill them with skill, and then send them to the next coach with as few limiting factors as possible. Success is when players keep playing in later life, and when they realize their potential long after they have left me. My ambition is to start off a Wimbledon champion, and my vision for the web site is to offer help to parents and coaches, and give skill development opportunities to as many children as possible.
My unusual distinction as a coach of junior National players is that I started the tennis journey as an adult beginner player. No one is more surprised than me, that I have reached a coaching level which has been recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association as 2014 National Children's Coach of the Year and 2020 North Region, Performance Coach of the Year.
I have experienced tennis from most angles, giving me a unique perspective on the sport.
As a player, I remember learning the game, competing for the first time, winning my first competition, maximizing my abilities, and dealing with my limitations.
As a coach, I have worked in private clubs, council parks, leisure centres, schools, commercial clubs, for the governing body, and most recently at an International High Performance Centre.
I have taken players of all types, ages, and levels, but as my career has developed, I have specialized in talent identification and the progression of mini tennis players with potential.
As a Racquets Manager, I looked after a team of twenty coaches, nine indoor courts, seven outdoor courts, four badminton courts, and four squash courts. The club achieved recognition at National level for its junior programme and the development of National level players.
I am a qualified referee and LTA tutor, although current coaching commitments don’t allow me time to pursue these activities. I still mentor coaches, which is an activity that I enjoy very much. Many people gave their time to me when I was learning, and I like to pass that favour along.
LTA Level 4 Performance Coach (fully licensed)
LTA Certificate in Tutoring Skills
NASM H&F level 2
Rawdon golf and Lawn Tennis Club - Coach
Leeds City Council - Coach
Batley Indoor Tennis Centre - Coach
David Lloyd Leisure, Leeds - Junior Coordinator, Racquets Manager
Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club - Junior Coordinator
Lawn Tennis Association - Talent Performance Coordinator
Bolton Arena International High Performance Centre - Head of Performance Mini Tennis
David Lloyd Leisure, Cheadle
Team Captain Successes
Yorkshire Girls 10&U County Cup
Joint captain - 2004 Winners
Joint captain - 2005 Winners
Lancashire Girls 10&U County Cup
Captain - 2012 Runners up
Captain - 2013 Winners
Some of the players who I have worked with as juniors:
Caroline Mount - US College Tennis
Daniel Regan - US College Tennis - NCAA Division 2 Champion
Luke Johnson - US College Tennis - World Student Games Silver Medal
Georgia Craven - Winter 18&U Winter National Tour Winner 2011
Naiktha Bains - Rnd 1 Junior USA Open–Junior Fed Cup silver medalist(AUS) - 2013 Orange Bowl 18 & Under Doubles Winner, first top 100 win at age 16 - British Federation Cup Squad
Jhonayah Fletchman - 2013 Aegon 9&U Summer Tour Final Winner
Acknowledgements – With many thanks to:
Paul Layfield and Simon Ickringill for teaching me to play
Steve McLoughlin for inspirational coach mentoring
The LTA for support and excellent coach education
Rob Smith for website development and outstanding photography
Special thanks to my wonderful husband, Philip. Without his patience and support, none of this would have happened.