Coaching

 

Youth Tennis at Northallerton Tennis Club 2021

We are immensely proud of our tennis coaching programme for young players at Northallerton Tennis Club. We provide a safe environment in which children can start their lifetime enjoyment of our wonderful sport.

Our aim is to provide a happy and enjoyable experience of tennis which is tailored to the age and experience of players from age 5 to 17.

The lead tennis coach for Saturday morning tennis lessons is LTA qualified James Walker who has 14 years of tennis coaching experience, he has worked at Northallerton Tennis Club since 2010. On Saturdays there are 3 groups. Starting at 9.30am with the youngest children through the ages to the secondary age children at 11.30am. Children are placed in groups not only by their age but also taking into consideration their previous tennis experience.

At certain times of the year the children can compete in mini tennis matches with others of similar age and experience.

Those between 13 and 17 years old can become Youth Members of the Tennis Club. They can book a court and play independently of adult supervision. You are also warmly invited to join our Youth Club sessions which take place on Mondays from 4.30pm to 6pm. Come down and meet some new friends and enjoy some informal social play.

The coaching programme is overseen by Head Coach Ralph Windwood. LTA coach Ralph, who is also a qualified PE teacher, is the person to contact if you are interested in finding out more about tennis for youth players at Northallerton. The best way to contact Ralph is by email to [email protected] or by text to 07749021514

 

see link for :- Youth Tennis Procedures 2021

 

Meet the Coaches

Our coaches are Ralph Windwood, James Walker, Eleanor Reynolds and Laura Reynolds.  Check out their tennis profiles to find out more!

Ralph Windwood – Head Coach Profile

How did you first get involved in Tennis?

When I was a youth, I played tennis against a wall in my back garden, apparently this is how Bjorn Borg used to practise so it seemed a good starting point.

What tennis or other relevant qualifications do you have?

I trained and qualified as a secondary PE teacher back in the 80's (1980's not 1880's) My favourite sport to teach was tennis and in 2001 I was awarded Tennis Teacher of the Year at Wimbledon. From this I trained and qualified as a professional LTA tennis coach and started my tennis coaching business.

How long have you been involved with Northallerton Tennis Club?

10 years, I previously lived and worked in Ryedale and before that Stokesley.

What is your role at Northallerton Tennis Club?

I am Head Coach; I have the most experience out of the team and actually taught James when he went to Stokesley School so although we have the same tennis qualifications I am just ahead. I organise and manage the Youth Tennis Programme which includes regular group coaching sessions, matches and competitions.

What do you enjoy most about Northallerton Tennis Club and/ or your role?

I love living and working in North Yorkshire; I am originally from Sussex but having lived in the county since 1989 I think that by 2039, I will qualify as a northerner. Everyone at Northallerton Tennis Club is so friendly. My favourite moment as a coach is when a child learns to hit a ball for the first time, I then know they can be a player for the rest of their life.

Who is your tennis idol?

Anna Kournikova, I have a poster of her in my garage

Eleanor Reynolds

How did you first get involved in Tennis?

I first got involved in tennis when I was seven years old and came down to try a coaching session and loved it.

What tennis or other relevant qualifications do you have?

I have a level one tennis coaching certificate.

How long have you been involved with Northallerton Tennis Club?

I have been involved with Northallerton Club for thirteen years.

What is your role at Northallerton Tennis Club?

I am an assistant coach as well as a member of the club.

What do you enjoy most about Northallerton Tennis Club and/ or your role?

My favourite thing about Northallerton Tennis club is having the opportunity to play tennis competitively in different leagues both as a junior then in the adult leagues.

Who is your tennis idol?

My tennis idol is Billie Jean King.

 

Laura Reynolds:

How did you first get involved in Tennis?

I began playing tennis when I was six after my sister had been attending coaching session for a few years and really enjoyed learning how to play.

What tennis or other relevant qualifications do you have?

In 2019 I gained a level one tennis coaching certificate and am now an assistant coach as well as a member at the tennis club.

How long have you been involved with Northallerton Tennis Club?

I have been involved with Northallerton tennis club for eleven years.

What do you enjoy most about Northallerton Tennis Club and/ or your role?

What I enjoy the most about Northallerton Tennis club is being able to play with people of lots of different ages who help me to improve my playing abilities.

Who is your tennis idol?

My tennis idol is Althea Gibson who, despite all the barriers that stood in her way, became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title.