Meet the Team

Tennis Squad Leadership Team

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

Robert Wedlake

  • UKCC4 Senior Performance Coach
  • Robert provides the vision and administration to drive Tennis Squad, as well as delivering sessions at Penarth Windsor / Llantrisant. He is the South Wales 14&U Development coach. 

Rob Gaunt 

  • UKCC4 Senior Club Coach
  • 9&U County Coach Rob leads activities at Penarth Windsor and also leads on all on-court training and management in session content, standards and quality control. 
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Tom Cole 

Chris George 

  • UKCC3 Club Coach
  • Chris leads activities in Llantrisant, Pentrych and Creigiau, and is also the lead coach for Cardiff Stars learning disability and visually impaired sessions. 

Jane Jones 

Siwan Stephens 

  • UKCC3 Club Coach
  • Siwan returns from London where she ran a large community programme in the Haringey area. Siwan leads sessions at Penarth Windsor and Barry Athletic, and is a fluent Welsh speaker. 

Annabel Richards

  • UKCC2 Coaching Assistant
  • A South Wales County representative, Annabel is on a full-time GAP year placement with Tennis Squad, leading Mini Tennis sessions and offering buddy hitting sessions to junior and adult players. She also assists the South Wales 9&U Training. 

Joanne Rees

  • UKCC2 Coaching Assistant
  • A former South Wales County Junior, Joanne has supported the programme at Llantrisant Tennis Club since childhood, assisting Mini and Junior sessions. 

Elias French 

  • UKCC2 Coaching Assistant
  • Swansea University student Elias supports our Mini Tennis programme during the summer months

Niamh Sweeney

  • UKCC1 Coaching Assisant
  • Exeter student Niamh has supported the Mini Tennis programme at Penarth Windsor for many years including a GAP year, and offers buddy hitting sessions to members. 

Charlotte Williams - Coaching Assistant

  • UKCC1 Coaching Assistant
  • Charlotte supports our Mini Tennis Programme at Llantrisant Tennis Club

Chris Lewis - Performance Coach

  • UKCC5 Master Performance Coach
  • Team Wales Manager and Cardiff Met Head Coach, Chris supports the development of National standard teenage players at Penarth Windsor. 

Becca Strelzyn - Performance Coach

  • UKCC5 Master Performance Coach
  • Wales Performance Officer Becca supports the development of National 12&U players at Penarth Windsor. 

Ellie Lewis - Consultant Coach

  • UKCC4 Senior Performance Coach
  • Multi Club Champion and Somerset represenative Ellie is Workforce Manager for Tennis Wales, and runs private lessons at Penarth Windsor. 


Tennis Squad Coaching Assistants 

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

Caitlin Watts Connie Shah
Andrew te water Naude Jack Shewring
Holly Keith Theo Valencia
Jonathan Jayne Gabriella Merrick
Amy Williams Charlotte Williams

 

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. 

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