Coaching Team

Head Tennis Coach

Mark Hinchliffe

Mark has been a tennis coach for over 15 years. He has a BA in Sports Science from Durham University, where he captained and coached the men’s first team for two years.  He is a Level 4 LTA CCA Performance Coach.

Appointed in 2006, Mark Hinchliffe has been the Head Tennis Coach at Harrogate Racquets Club and has created a vibrant tennis programme, which runs 6 days a week all year round catering for all ages and abilities. During his time at Harrogate Racquets Mark has increased junior participation to over 250, with a number of his players having represented the county and played at a national level.

Mark’s success at building up the club has enabled him to recruit a team of friendly, enthusiastic and well motivated coaches. Together they are strengthening and encouraging both the junior and senior sections.

Reach Mark on 07870 166357 or


Club Coach

Ellie Makin

Ellie has been coaching at Harrogate Racquets Club for 3 years now and specialises in taking performance coaching groups and works alongside the Head Coach, Mark Hinchliffe, in developing the top standard of players at Harrogate Racquets.

Ellie is a level 2 , licensed coach with additonal accreditation for Tennis for Kids, Tots Tennis and Cardio Tennis. She is an acclaimed player in her own right having played successfully ranked tennis both nationally and internationally.

Ellie runs and assists with the performance coaching at the club and also takes the general groups, improving everyones all around standard of play. Ellie is keen to keep promoting the highest echelons of the sport!

Email: or mobile: 07966889295

Club Coach

Bill Brown


Club Coach

Vanessa Cameron

Vanessa has too many years to remember of tennis experience from competiton both locally, nationally and a spot of international tennis. She is a level 1 accredited coach at Harrogate Racquets Club and has additional accreditation for Tennis for Kids which she balances with her role as Club Development Manager.

Vanessa works alongside the Head Coach, Mark Hinchliffe and his team and she specialises now in mini tennis coaching. Vanessa's personality leads her to engage with energy, passion and enthusiasm with the younger children and deliver vibrant energetic lessons.

Vanessa also enjoys helping adult beginners and improvers and is a key coach in getting adults back into the game!!