My tennis journey began later than most around the age of 11. I committed a lot of time to practice and would play with anyone, spending most of my weekends at the club playing practice sets or away at tournaments competing, I always loved competing and still do. Recently I have started playing for Yorkshire over 35 men’s team as well as representing Thongsbridge in the National Premier Winter League and Aegon Men’s Team Tennis and am really enjoying training again. The highlight of my career has to be playing doubles with Martina Hingis against Thongsbridge’s Nick Fitzpatrick and Former British number one Anne Keothavong in front of 2000 people at the Northern International held at Thongsbridge.
I began tennis coaching by assisting other coaches before starting my first LTA Coaching Qualification in 2000 and from there I continued to work up to level 4. Over the years I have helped the club evolve and been heavily involved with developing numerous county, national and international level players. I have also captained a number of junior Yorkshire teams from under 10 girls up to under 14 boys winning National finals 3 times and earning runners up medals twice.
In 2010, to aid the physical development of our tennis players, I decided to begin training as a strength and conditioning coach, completing an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the university of Bolton and earning accreditation with the UK strength and conditioning association. The S&C programme has now grown, with 3 S&C coaches, and is an essential part of player development at Thongsbridge. To continue my development I have recently completed a course with the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA) to become a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist, as continual personal development is very important to me.
More recently, to bring the tennis and fitness sections of the club together, the S&C team now manage the fitness side ensuring the members receive a high quality service that meets their individual goals from fitness classes to personal training.
LTA Senior Performance Coach
MSc in Strength & Conditioning, University of Bolton
Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with UKSCA
Certified Tennis Performance Specialist with ITPA
I started my working career in sport at a championship football academy in 2010, responsible for delivering movement based sessions and gym technique for youth athletes. In 2012 I moved to professional rugby league, working with a super league first team and also within the academy. This role included working with international level athletes, delivering gym programmes, recovery sessions, conditioning and monitoring.
In 2015 I joined Thongsbridge Tennis & Fitness Club as a Strength and Conditioning coach, coinciding with the opening of The Powerhouse.
Since then I have worked within the team to build and develop the Strength and Conditioning programme.
In 2016, I joined the gym team as an instructor and personal trainer. I pride myself on delivering a high level and professional service to all clients.
BSc. (Hons) Sports Coaching
MSc. Strength & Condutioning, Bolton University
My fitness journey began in college when I developed a massive interest in exercise and nutrition. Attending the gym regularly has become my habit for over 5 years and now I can’t imagine my life without it. I decided to develop a career in this field, therefore, I went to study Exercise Science at the University of Huddersfield and undertaken other courses to improve my knowledge and abilities.
I am an energetic fitness instructor and personal trainer with a background in weight and strength training. I have a passion for helping people reach their goals whether this is weight loss, muscle gain or overall fitness.
I am currently finishing my degree. During my study at the University I have also completed:
Level 3 Personal Trainer & Level 2 Gym Instructor
Level 2 Exercise to Music
Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy
My fitness journey started from a young age where I excelled in a variety of sports, from Football to Athletics. During my college studies in 2007, I wandered into my local gym with little knowledge regarding strength & conditioning yet I immediately developed a passion for improving my own health & well-being.
Fast forward to 2012, as an avid gym-goer and dedicated Martial Artist, I founded the University of Huddersfield Taekwon-Do Club. As a senior student and three-time gold medalist, I discovered that I possessed the attributes for coaching furthermore, assisting my fellow TaeKwon-Do students with regards to developing their technique & athleticism.
This contributed to multiple gold-medal wins in the 2017 British University TaeKwon-Do League and the 2018 European Championships.
In 2017, I achieved my Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and have incorporated my experience in Martial Arts into my warm-up and cool-down routines; which can be tremendously overlooked yet vitally important to enhance ones mobility and flexibility.
I specialise in Functional Training, Martial Arts Conditioning as well as volunteering my services to the LGBT+ community.
I started my education at Woodhouse Primary School going on to Rastrick High School, followed by Rastrick sixth form college. I then went to university in Bolton, Lancashire where I studied Sports Rehabilitation. From this not only did I gain a qualification but also gathered a lot of experience in the field of sports massage.
During my time at university I was given the opportunity to visit different sporting venues whilst attending work placement; venues such as Wigan Warriors RLFC, Leigh Centurions RLFC, Rochdale FC and Stoke City FC. These placements allowed me to receive first-hand experience working with both professional and international athletes.
Since graduating I started my working life by offering a mobile massage service, which has helped me build up a good clientele base. Now that my business has grown, I am now in a position to expand and have recently agreed to join the team at Thongsbridge Tennis Club. With over 6 years experience I feel I have a lot to offer the members in the way of recovery treatments and sports massage.
Outside the world of sports massage I am a massive fan of Huddersfield Town. I have held a season ticket for over 15 years. I have a love of music and in my spare time I enjoy playing my guitar.
Sports Rehabilitation BSc (hons) Bolton University