Coaches

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 Coaching Team

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LTA LEVEL 4 LICENSED COACH

Director – future tennis & Head Coach – Thornden Tennis Club

Paul with over 30 years coaching has worked with county players, national players and world ranked players including Gabriela‘s Taylor, who reached the top 200 in the world (2018).

Paul currently works with the 18 & U Junior County Team

During his playing career, he has represented Hampshire Juniors, Men’s and Seniors (over 35) for Hampshire.

From 2003, he has regularly represented Great Britain Seniors in the World Championships & Captain on one occasion.

One lasting memory was winning the bronze medal for GB 40s team in 2014 in Boca Raton (USA) beating Germany in the process!

In 1997, a doubles world ranking was achieved and a British Tour title.

One of the highlights was playing Michael Chang in an exhibition match in San Diego in 2007.

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Tim Cook

LTA LEVEL 4 (ICA) COACH

BTCA Accredited member

Tim has over 30 years coaching experience having coached at schools and clubs across the southern counties region.. He has taught PE in secondary school and is currently studying for his Masters degree in Sports Psychology alongside running his coaching company (Transform Sports Coaching) and playing commitments.

Tim has represented Hampshire & IOW from Junior to Senior level and currently plays for Thornden Tennis Club and Hampshire Mens 45 teams.

Tim enjoys teaching players of all levels. He loves tennis as a challenge and a way of learning and developing a wid range of skills. He is continually looking to improve his own game and is looking forward to helping you with yours.

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ola

LTA LEVEL 3 COACH

Ola has been with the team a few years and is a valuable member of the team.

She currently works with mostly mini level children (5-10 years) and our popular Adult classes.

Ola likes to instruct with lots of information and gets her message across in a purposeful, creative way. Even using music is a way of getting the young Tiny Tots (3-5 years) reacting and learning in a fun way.

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LTA LEVEL 1 COACH

James has recently been added to the team and is working with the younger juniors developing their skills.

He has played since he was 5 years old and has progressed into the junior county set up and also represented playing for the current Thornden Mens A team. He currently competes regularly at regional level competitions.

He is enthusiastic and has a calm way of getting his message across in his coaching.

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Equivalent LEVEL 2 COACH

Tom has been working with ft now over 2 years. He brings a youth of enthusiasm with him to all his lessons.

He is a very talented all round sports man having played cricket for Hampshire Elite International  cricket academy (EICA) and is a single figure handicap golfer.

He is currently taking a BSc sports performance coaching at Southampton Solent University and represents the 1st tennis team.

He is always looking for new challenges to test him in coaching and playing.

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Josh

LTA LEVEL 1 COACH

Josh has recently gained his Level 1 qualification and is currently working mainly with mini Red level (5-8 years) children.

He is keen to encourage this age group particularly as this we believe to be so important for getting the correct habits for later development.

He has represented Thornden Junior teams over the years

Aside from his college duties, he is a keen footballer and has his referee licence.

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HELPING & ASSISTING

Juniors coming though the programme are educated on how to coach. Getting on court and off court training from Paul and his team is part of the process to becoming a coach.

Time helping with the junior programme, those selected get a chance to learn how to organise groups with lesson plans and lesson structure.

Gaining a qualification through the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association or RPT (Registered Professional Tennis) Also plays a big part of a coaches experience.

This can be valuable to each individual and looks great on their CV!