Meet the Team

All our senior/lead coaches are LTA-qualified, DBS-checked and First Aid trainer. Just as importantly, they love tennis and are engaged in regular training and development to grow the game at all partner sites. 

Robert Wedlake

An LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach, Rob W provides the vision and administration to drive Tennis Squad as well as delivering sessions from beginner to county level. He is the South Wales 14U Boys Development coach, and also  delivers tutoring/mentoring sessions for Sport Wales / the LTA. Rob was Tennis Wales Coach of the Year 2010 and is volunteer Chairman of the Cardiff Stars. 

Rob Gaunt 

An LTC Level 4 Senior Club Coach, Rob G leads many activities at Penarth Windsor including the 10U Competitor Programme, and is the South Wales 9&U County Coach. He also leads on content and standards with our team of coaches and assistants.  Visit Rob's Holistic Development Website

Tom Cole 

An LTA Level 3 Club Coach, Tom leads many club coaching and matchplay activities at Penarth Windsor plus heading the summer programme at Llancarfan and Vale of Glamorgan disablity tennis sessions. He is also a regular player in the South Wales Premier Leagues. Visit Tom's Disability Tennis website

Chris George 

An LTA Level 3 Club Coach, Chris leads our activities in RCT and Cardiff West with venues programmes at Llantrisant, Pentrych and Creigiau. He is also the lead coach for Cardiff & Vale Stars Tennis Club, which specialises in adults with learning disabilities and visual impairments. Visit the Cardiff Stars website

Jane Jones 

An LTA Level 3 Performance Coach, Jane is the Head Coach of the Little Hitters programme in Torfaen, which also partners with Tennis Squad at Taffs Well Park. Janes has a strong track record of developing South Wales county players and is an LTA She Rallies tutor. Visit Jane's Little Hitters website

Siwan Stephens 

An LTA Level 3 Club Coach, Siwan returned to South Wales from London where she ran a large community programme in partnership with Totenham Hostspur in the Haringey area. Siwan delivers our programme at Barry Athletic Tennis Club, and is a fluent Welsh speaker. 

National Coaches

Tennis Wales Coaches Chris Lewis and Becca Strelzyn can be seen on court working with our members who reach a national standard, of part of our partnerships put in place to support players along the performance pathway. Along with Coaching Manager Ellie Lewis, they endorse the same codes and standards as the Tennis Squad team. 

Tennis Squad Coaching Assistants 

Our team of part-time coaching assistants are all 'home-grown', having progressed through our Tennis Leader schemes and completed their LTA Level 1/2 qualifications. They attend regular team training alongside individual development meetings, using tennis coaching to develop skills for life both on and off the courts. 

Niamh Sweeney Joanne Rees
Caitlin Watts Connie Shah
Andrew te water Naude Jack Shewring
Holly Keith Theo Valencia
Jonathan Jayne Gabriella Merrick
Amy Williams Charlotte Williams
Alex Lewis Jack Pritchard
Jack Ritchie Elias French

 

Tennis Squad Leaders

We're passionate about the value of volunteering in tennis, from supporting club committee management to our youngest on-court support. 

The Tennis Leaders Award is an LTA initiative for juniors aged 13+ to get involved in tennis coaching as well as other areas of the club including competitions and events management. After sitting a 1-day course (which we run every winter season), Leaders are able to bank volunteering hours by supporting their coaches at a weekly mini tennis session, recording their sessions in our Leaders Website (https://tennisleaders.wales). As various milestones are passed, Leaders qualify for rewards incuding a touchtennis racket, hoodie, financial support with the Level 1 course and entry to a Leaders Wimbledon Ticket Ballot. Tennis Leader volunteer hours also qualify for the Duke of Edinburghs award and Welsh Baccalaureate. Alongside these rewards, the leadership programme has been invalubale in helping our young volunteers increase their confidence, communication skills, tennis knowledge, awareness of club activities and sense of responsibility. Some have even progressed to become Head Coaches in their own right!

For our most committed and passionate Tennis Leaders, there are opportunities to progress to become a Tennis Squad Senior Leader. This is our own unique mentored programme, with a wider choice of volunteering options plus paid working opportunities. Visit Rob G's Leadership & Mentoring website for more information.