Our Coaches

Durham Community Tennis Partnership is committed to not only delivering high quality coaching but also to develop the next generation of coaches for our sport.

Below you will find deatails of the current Coaches that are delivering our sessions, as well as those upcoming coaches and helpers who are currently progressing though their development towards full Coaching Qualifications.

Sam Stokoe - Sam started playing tennis at the age of 4 and progressed to playing at county level, until the choice came to choose between playing or coaching. He took the coaching route and is now an LTA level 3 Licenced Coach and our Head Coach. Completing his level 1 in 2010, level 2 in 2012 and level 3 in 2015 giving him over 8 years experience of almost full time coaching. He also started playing again on the touchtennis tour in 2014 after a 4 year absence from the sport and broke into the world's top 50 at the end of that year. From Summer 2018 he is employed by the partnership as a Development Worker.

Phil Atess - Phil is our Senior Coach Adviser and another of our Level 3 Coaches. he has vast experience at all levels of coaching, having worked across the country alongside the LTA competing and coaching at the highest level.

Callum Atkinson - Callum has been an essential part of the junior teams joining when he was very young. Moving forward he decided to complete his coaching qualifications and has now achieved his Level 2 Coaching qualification and has joined the team assisting on a Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights. He has staretd his University course at Chester and is Coaching there during term time and with us at the partnership when he returns to the North East at regular intervals.

Olivia Lee - Olivia began playing as a junior, she's shown a great enthusiasm in helping out in sessions and was offered the chance to take her Level 1, she completed this in Febuary 2016.

Sophie Brown - A new Level 2 Coach who is currently on the NE Female mentoring Programme and assists each Saturday

Frankie Rohan - Frankie is a newly qualified Level 2 Coach and assists at Durham Moor on a Saturday

Brian Hunter  - Brian, along with frankie recently completed his level 2 qualification, He assists on a Saturday morning with our mini tennis classes.  

Ben Stokoe -  New to the team, Ben has just completed his Level 1 Course and will be assisiting our Mini Tennis Programmes whilst he completes his A Level Courses in Business and Sport.

Gary Stokoe - Bringing a family feel to the partnership, Gary has also just completed his Level 1 course and will be assisting from the Autumn bringing a wealth of experience from previous Sports Coaching over many years

Tennis Leaders - Throughout the year we run tennis leaders courses for all our parents and young tennis players to help them become more involved with the club. A tennis leader is someone that is able to support the coach and committee with the day to day running of the tennis venue and tennis program. Tennis Leaders is an exciting program which can help young people get the first step on the career ladder and adults who enjoy volunteering, see it as a way of getting some informal training around organising competitions or taking a role on the committee.

We will be running a new Tennis leaders course during the Holiday period - watch out for details!

Current Trained Tennis Leaders :-

​Dylan Jacques - ​Scott Hodgson - ​Joseph Copple - Louis Kane - Harry Scott - Lily Mathison -  Adam Parker - Ben McKewan-King - Callum McPhurson -