Meet the Coaches
Craig Ingham - Head of Tennis
Craig is a Level 4 Performance Coach with over 20 years’ experience working in a performance environment. Craig has headed up the performance programme at Swansea Tennis Centre for over 15 years and has a track record of producing National and International players. Craig played an integral role in ensuring Swansea received the status as a Local Player Development Centre and 1 of only 13 Regional Player Development Centres in the Uk and the only one in Wales. As Head of Tennis, Craig has the role of ensuring all aspects of the coaching programme run to the very highest standards.
Craig has represented Lancashire and South Wales men’s teams for over 20 years and has captained various Welsh and South Wales teams. In 2018 Craig was voted Welsh Coach of the Year at the Tennis Wales awards.
Francesca Lewis - Head of Performance
Francesca is a Level 4 Senior Performance Coach with a wealth of experience. Francesca has a track record of producing players from scratch to international level and in a short coaching career has already produced three British Junior number ones and one 12&U who held the highest Universal Tennis Ranking in the World. Francesca has captained U18, U16 & U14 British Junior Teams in Ukraine, Czech Republic, Russia, Belarus and Switzerland. In the past five years Francesca has won multiple coaching awards: Welsh Coach of the Year 2017 and 2021, UK Talent Development Coach of the year 2018, Runner up in British Tennis Coach of the Year 2018 and British Performance Coach of the Year 2021. Francesca currently heads up 'Wales Regional Player Development Centre' on behalf of the British Tennis.
As a player Francesca recieved international honours as both a junior and a senior, and also went on to achieve a professional world ranking whilst studying at Swansea University. In her time at Swansea University she recieved a First Class Honours degree in Sports Science, a Masters in Sports Psychology and produced two publications for the International Tennis Federation and the British Journal of Sports Psychology
Luke Simeone -Head of Under 10's ( Performance and Development)
Luke is a Level 4 Senior Performance Coach who has been coaching for 5 years and been involved within tennis since the age of 4. As a player Luke was ranked within the top 10 in Britain during his junior career with a high of 3 in the rankings. He got a junior international ranking high of 473. During his playing career Luke represented Wales & South Wales at every age group.
As a coach Luke works with regional, national & international players. During his coaching career Luke has been as assistant captain of U12s British team in Poland as well as U18s boys’ team in Slovakia.
Luke is the South Wales County coach of U10 & U12s Girl's team, as well as the U14s Boy's team. Luke has done really well within the county events qualifying his teams to the national finals. Luke captained the U14s Boys to become National Champions earlier this year.
Luke has captained the Welsh U12 teams the last 2 years and he managed to lead his team to win the U12 Home Nations event as well as the overall event.
Luke went to University at Bath to study where he received a 2.1 in Sports Performance (Bsc), during his time at Bath he captained the University tennis team for 2 years winning both league and cup competition.
Melissa is a Level 4 coach with 25+ years of coaching experience. Melissa has headed up two extremely successful programmes at Whitchchurch and Penarth and developed school tennis programmes from across the Newport and Cardiff regions.
Melissa has been and continues to be heavily involved in South Wales county tennis and has previously been in charge of running significant trips such as the Junior Commonwealth Games.
As a player, Melissa was an American college tennis scholar plus an ex senior and junior Welsh international.
Eli Walker – Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
Eli holds a MSc in Strength & Conditioning which he acquired from Cardiff Met University. He has over 10 years’ experience involved in professional sports environments. He has recently converted from playing professional rugby at regional and international level into the coaching world.
Eli has spent some time working under Olympian Matt Elias with Welsh Athletics and also at his home region Ospreys coaching U16s / U18s Players.
He is currently being mentored on his tennis journey by Mark Bennett who is Alexander Zverev’s S&C coach.