OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our coaching philosophy is to try and guide players along the tennis journey they choose to follow. Players will choose different types of tennis opportunities and we aim to support each player reach their goals and challenge them to develop further. By creating a positive learning environment we aim to arm players with the skills they need and the confidence to use them.

COACHING METHOD

Every shot and recovery movement is made up of the 4 performance skills, Physical, tactical, mental and technical. Each skill is vital and they work together to produce the correct outcome in each moment of the game. We teach our players to use the 4 skills in harmony to produce the best tennis in every moment of the match.


All our programs are built around developing the 4 performance factors. Each Lesson planned to develop the relevant skills in each of these 4 areas to suit the individual or group. Furthermore every player’s progress is tracked and analysied to make sure we are guiding them correctly.


Thomas Therrien


Qualifications

LTA Senior Performance Coach

USPTR Professional & Tutor

Tennis Australia Club Professional

Bsc Hons Sport Science


I have been coaching tennis for over 20 years and been fortunate to experience a wide variety of different coaching roles from teaching beginners to training National competitors both in the UK and abroad.

The important considerations that guide my coaching are that every single person is an individual and must be treated with respect and that we are all learning regardless of ability.


Maintaining an individual centred focus drives my passion for coaching and provides huge satisfaction of seeing people progress their tennis journey and add real benefit to their lives. I try to instil theses values into the tennis programs that tt tennis run to reflect how important we as coaches perceive our position as role models.


Career Highlights

Tennis Director, tt tennis

PTR National Tutor & Tester

Western Australia Award for Coaching excellence 2013

National Coach WA Perth, Aus

LTA Performance Committee

International Symposium Presenter & ‘Pro of the year’ 2005

Dan Tunstall


Qualifications

LTA Senior Performance Coach


How did you get into tennis?

My Dad and my brother Jo took me to St Andrews Tennis Club, Scotland where I grew up.


What age were you and why?

I can remember I was 5 years old enjoying tennis. I was born profoundly deaf, so playing with any sports team would be difficult to communicate. I found with Tennis as its a one to one or doubles game it suited how I can play the game and excel. I was successful as a short tennis player by reaching the final of the Scottish short tennis championship. 


Where have you worked before tt tennis?

Assistant Head Coach at Pewsey Tennis Club for 1 year, Head Coach at Devizes Tennis Club for 9 years.


how long have you worked at tt tennis?

5 years


Who is your favourite player and why?

Ivan Lendl for staying at the top of the game for so long. 

Shaun Hitchcock


Qualifications

BA Sport and Social Sciences

LTA Level 4 Senior Club Coach

PTR 10 and Under Instructor

PTR Adult Instructor

UKRSA Restringer


How did you get into tennis?

I started going to a drop in session at a local park with courts, around the corner of where I lived.


What age were you and why?

I was 7 years old when I started, a family friend was taking part and decided have a go. I ended up really enjoyed it and wanted to keep it going.


Where have you worked before tt tennis?

I helped out as an assistant coach at my local tennis club when I was 16.

I then worked in Greece for Mark Warner for a summer season, then worked at TEAMBath at the University of Bath and Prior Park College whilst doing my degree.


Highlights of your career so far?

Biggest highlight has been my coaching sabbatical in Perth, Australia. Where I spent some time working with players ranging from pre school, all the way up to regional and national level. I also acquired my Tennis Australia Club Professional qualification in that time.

I also previously develoed a pre-school program for tt tennis, as well as completing my LTA Level 4 senior club coach qualification before the age of 25.


How long have you worked at tt tennis?

7 years


Who is your favourite player and why?

Roger Federer, the only player (in my opinion) who makes tennis look like an art form!

Simon Blakeley


Qualifications

Registered LTA Level 3 Tennis Coach


How did you get into tennis?

I started playing tennis with school friends at my local club and carried on socially playing until the age of 14.


What age were you and why?

I returned to tennis at 17 after watching Nadal on TV and saved up all my pocket money to buy his rackets. Very keen to play, I joined back up at Trowbridge and got involved with mixed and men’s doubles.


Where have you worked before tt tennis?

My coaching career has taken me to a handfull of clubs around Wiltshire and the other side of the world. At the age of 18, I started coaching at Trowbridge on Saturday mornings as there wasn't a head coach at the time. Whilst continueing working at Trowbridge I picked up some hours at Frome Tennis Club, which then I started to consider it as more of a career after sixth form. After leaving sixth form I wanted to get more work and started coaching at Writhling Leisure Center for a year. Through Writhlington I started a coaching apprenticeship in New Zealand at Cambridge Racquets Club for 6 months but continued to stay there for 3 years in total. Returning home at the age of 23 Tom Therrien offered me a full time position working at Lansdown Tennis Club alongside the TT Tennis team. I have now been part of the team for 3 years now.


Highlights of your career so far?

During my stay in New Zealand I worked alongside another coach with performance players. We traveled around parts of New Zealand for county level tournaments as one big team. I then since heard a girl I had regularly coached had won a World Ranking point which was a great highlight for her and my career.


How long have you worked at tt tennis?

3 years


Who is your favourite player and why?

Nadal