The Tennis Hub Team
Mark is an LTA level 4 performance coach, LTA schools tutor and an athletics coaching assistant. Mark's passion is introducing tennis to budding tennis players of all ages and abilities; creating a pathway for all levels to play and compete.
Tennis is in Mark's blood. His father was a tennis coach in Scotland where Mark started playing at his local club, in Dunfermline at 4 years old. Mark won his first British title at the age of 8 and won his most recent British title: the doubles over 35's at Wimbledon with the same partner he has partnered since 11 years old. Mark has represented Scotland at junior level and played and captained the Jersey tennis team for 4 years.
Mark has been a fully qualified tennis coach for over 15 years- one of his tutors was Judy Murray. He has worked at a number of clubs in Scotland, working with all ages and abilities. Before leaving Scotland for Jersey, he coached the East of Scotland County squads/teams and ran two local small clubs in Edinburgh - Balerno and Lomond Park LTC.
Mark was the Head Coach and then the director of Tennis at the Caesarean Tennis Club for over 7 years. His proudest achievement was setting up the Island primary schools tennis coaching, which sees over 800 year 3 children receive free tennis coaching each year.
Outside of tennis Mark is a keen golfer and runner. Mark trains for 5k,10k and half marathon races as well as 20 metre races with his 5 year old daughter Amy. His main goals for 2017 are to beat both Amy and James.
James is an LTA level 3 accredited + coach and a qualified personal trainer. His passion lies in growing tennis participation across all ages, and providing as fewer barriers as possible for people to start and sustain tennis as a sport for life. In the past this has included delivering island wide tennis sessions to primary schools and coaching LTA participation initiatives. He has been coaching full time for nearly 3 years, previously undertaking a Sport development degree at the University of Chichester, before most recently working as a club coach at the Caesarean Tennis Club. James has represented Jersey and the Channel Islands throughout all age groups growing up, including being part of the 2015 Island Games gold medal winning tennis team and CI Mens Winter County Cup team.
Outside of tennis James has a keen interest in distance running and ran finished 147th in the 2017 London Marathon. He is enthusiastic about a number of sports, previously representing Jersey in cricket, and will regularly try to convince people what a great football team his beloved West Ham are!