HLTC Welcomes New Head Coach
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00
We are delighted to introduce you to our new Head Coach, Chris Matthews, and Coaching Provider, Kinetic Tennis Coaching.
Chris is a LTA Level 4 Performance Coach and comes to us from sunny Somerset via the world, having held coaching positions in Spain and in Maryland and Texas, USA.
He is a widely experienced and highly recommended coach who believes that technique and strategy go hand-in-hand when playing effective tennis. He has led county and performance junior teams and created development programmes working with performance individuals to improve their game and/or climb in the rankings.
The Kinetic Tennis key coaching principles are:
- to manage a fun programme that assists players of all interest levels to fulfil their personal tennis ambitions, from beginner all the way to Wimbledon
- to support mental wellbeing by coaching with kindness and consideration
- to prevent injury and promote player longevity with efficient stroke technique and strategy
Chris is clearly passionate about tennis and is really keen to start work creating a flourishing coaching programme for HLTC. He is also an enthusiastic doubles player himself and is looking forward to becoming a central part of the club’s community.
Below are some testimonials from his last club, Frome Selwood:
“Chris is effective at forming relationships with children and families. He ensures that every child and family feels welcomed and takes time to form relationships and get to know children’s strengths and needs. He is an incredibly effective teacher. He is superb at gaining the children’s attention, at motivating them and at supporting the next steps in their learning. I have also observed first-hand how reflective Chris is when supporting children with additional needs and adapting teaching approaches. I feel that Chris also helps to encourage healthy and positive attitudes toward the sport and competition and is a brilliant role model. "
Jenny S - Parent & Chartered Educational Psychologist
“We have been consistently impressed by the dedication, inclusion and professionalism of Chris and his team. The sessions are a highlight of our son's week; fun, varied, inspiring and challenging. We have seen his self-confidence grow since starting tennis and we believe this is due in no small part to the input from the existing team. Chris is a real asset to the club and to the community, which knows and appreciates him so much.”
Esther W - Parent