COVID-19 Coaching update:
- So good that, under latest COVID rules, we have been able to offer coaching again from 29 March 2021. We have started with Junior Easter Holiday camps and Cardio Tennis. We have a wider programme of coaching designed for both juniors and adults ready to go from week beginning 12 April. You will find all details on these coaching pages. All our coaching activities will take place within COVID and LTA guidelines.
Join our Coaching Programme
Our comprehensive coaching provides great opportunities for adults and juniors to learn and improve their tennis skills at all levels. The junior programme includes group development and performance sessions catering for juniors aiming to be the next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta to those who just want to learn, improve and enjoy the game. Junior sessions are open to members only. Non- members are welcome to come along and try a session for free.
Our junior coaching is designed around the LTA Youth Programme. Players will play and learn together in a safe and friendly environment, helping them develop their tennis skills.
For adults, Cardio Tennis provides an active, fun session of tennis drills to music designed to increase fitness; a 6-week Tennis Xpress programme is aimed at beginners or returners to the game and Tennis Xpress 2 enables improvers to build on experience and confidence. We also run sessions for more advanced players looking at skills for match play.
To sign up for any of our coaching progammes please click on the relevant link below.
Our coaches also offer private individual lessons.
To deliver these programmes we have a great coaching team:
Head Coach Emily Wharton has been with us for many years and has done great work in developing the club programme we offer. She has helped so many junior and adult members to improve their game. She does this through great communications skills, stong technical knowledge and a fun sense of humour. At the same time as running a great programme for us, Emily has continued to develop her own coaching credentials (she is now a Level 4 coach, Suffolk LTA She Rallies Ambassador and an LTA Coach Education Tutor). We are so lucky to have such a talented coach on board.
Coach Chris Cunningham is working with us on an interim basis. He has been with us since end October 2020 and will continue until the end of the summer term (end July) 2021. Chris is a very experienced coach Level 4 Coach having been Head Coach at Stowmarket Tennis Club for many years. We are delighted he is with us. Chris has expressed real enthusiasm about what we offer and what he can offer in return as well as being so positive about the quality of our junior players.
Assistant Coach Ben Mowles watched his son learn tennis and wanted to do more. So he took up tennis and then became a tennis coach - it's such a good story and lots of our juniors have gained their enthusiasm for tennis by learning with Ben. For the present, Ben will focus on the LTA Youth Start programme - a programme for children under 11 who are beginners and want to give tennis a go.
We also love to develop our junior players to take on more - we offer a Tennis Leaders programme and help 'older', interested juniors to take their Level 1 and Level 2 LTA coaching qualifications. We are delighted that junior club member Ellie Budds is currently working with us as a Level 1 coach. And we are even more delighted that Ellie has just been elected to the club committee for 2021/22.