Coaching

Coaching

The club is keen to provide opportunities to develop and enhance member’s tennis techniques, tactics, and match play skills whether you are an adult or junior, a beginner, an intermediate player, or a seasoned competitor.  Club organised group coaching sessions are subsidised for members and details are available on this page below the coach profiles.

Lee Friend – BTCA & LTA Level III Coach

Lee is the main club coach and has 22 years of experience of working in tennis and has a creative tennis teaching style and deep understanding of the learning process. His experience of nurturing grass roots tennis right through to more senior years has broadened Lee’s knowledge in many ways, from age and stage specific practice to different psychological challenges at different scenarios of the game of tennis.  Having two children of his own he understands the challenges of having a busy family life and appreciates that time spent having fun playing tennis is a vital tonic to life. As the founder of ‘LoveSport’ he is excited to bring this emerging sporting brand to deliver tennis at the Club and other exciting initiatives around Kent.

Tel 07590 731763   Email leetennis@hotmail.co.uk

Louise Hounsell – LTA Level II Coach

Louise supports Lee in club coaching events and specialises in junior coaching.  Enthusiastic and energetic about all aspects of tennis, Louise blends fun with technical knowledge to ensure every learning opportunity is enjoyed. With two active children of her own, Louise’s caring and confident coaching style inspires juniors and improving players to perform to the very best of their ability, developing potential whilst ensuring maximum enjoyment. She is passionate about fitness and all her classes, whether group or individual, are delivered to optimise agility as well as enhancing playing progression.  Off court, Louise likes skiing as well as long sandy beaches and speaks fluent French. 

Tel 07776 343382   Email louise.hounsell@btconnect.com

Jim Barton – LTA Level III Coach

Jim is a grade 4 Referee and is First Aid Qualified. He has also undertaken the LTA Child Protection Workshop, Safeguarding, Disclosure & Barring Service, and Officiating for Disabled Tennis.

Jim provides coaching for juniors from the local primary school at two weekly after school sessions during term time, and is also available for private coaching for juniors who have yet to join as members.

Tel  07803 368450   Email jimbtennis@yahoo.com

Adult Coaching

A regular subsidised adult coaching session is held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm throughout the year. These sessions are geared towards players of a beginner / intermediate standard, although all members are welcome to attend.

The coach for these sessions is Lee Friend and members wishing to attend these sessions should contact him directly.  Lee is available for private individual and group sessions.

Applicants for membership who do not know existing members, are welcome to attend these sessions to ‘play-in’ and get to know some of the existing club members.

Team Coaching

The club provides advanced coaching for team players and these sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The coaching sessions are aimed at league team level players and concentrate on both technique, court positioning, and strategy, as well as the mental side of the game.  Participants are encouraged to identify aspects of their game that they wish to develop.

Places are restricted to a maximum of 8 players per session and the cost to members is £6 per session.  Members interested in attending advanced / team coaching should contact Jim Coffey who coordinates these sessions on behalf of the committee.  Jim’s contact details are as follows:

Tel 07392 430950   Email coffeyjim@tiscali.co.uk

Junior Coaching

The club actively welcomes juniors, whether as family members or as individuals, and seeks to promote the development of tennis for juniors from the age of five upwards.  The club provides an environment that is safe and convenient and which helps with the child’s social development as well as fitness and tennis skills.

Coaching for junior members and prospective junior members is run by Lee Friend and Louise Hounsell.    Regular group coaching sessions are available to junior club members together with short courses and other junior focused tennis activities. There is also the opportunity for more advanced juniors to participate in competitions held at a variety of LTA registered centres.

Please contact Lee or Louise for further information.

Junior Coaching - Trottiscliffe Primary School

As part of the club’s commitment to the local community, court facilities are made available to children attending the local primary school for weekly term-time coaching sessions.  These school based coaching sessions are in addition to the junior coaching sessions run by the club and are organised by Jim Barton.  Please contact Jim for further information.

For further information on the local school please visit the following website: http://www.trottiscliffe.kent.sch.uk/

Tips and Techniques

The following links are to websites with useful articles, videos, etc. on tips, techniques, and tactics, which members may find informative and helpful in developing their game.

Doubles Tactics – Joel Myers