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. Coaching at Trottiscliffe Tennis Club is delivered through a partnership with LoveSport.
LoveSport partners with clubs and schools that share like-minded values and progressive attitudes to develop tennis provisions and services, maximising value for club members, while enhancing playing opportunities for all ages and abilities. The founders of LoveSport have been sowing seeds of sporting talent since 2001, enriching lives and athletic experiences. LoveSport are passionate about creating well rounded, future-proof, athletic children who are not afraid to have a character of their own.
Website: www.love-sport.co.uk Email: LoveSport@live.co.uk Tel: 07950 731763
Lee Friend – 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.
Louise Hounsell – LTA Level II Coach
Louise specialises in junior coaching as well as encouraging beginners and improving players to gain confidence on a tennis court. 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.
Members wishing to book individual lessons should contact the Club Coach, Lee Friend, to arrange suitable times. These bookings should also be confirmed on the Court Booking System which is accessed from the Member’s page.
LoveSport runs regular ability-based group coaching sessions on behalf of the Club. Group coaching is most effective when the players attending are of a similar ability. Four ability tiers are used to determine group coaching sessions and details of these tiers are available on the LoveSport website.
The schedule for group coaching sessions can be found on the Court Booking System available via the Member’s page. Member’s wishing to join a particular group coaching session should contact Lee Friend in the first instance and will need to book in advance. Further details are available on the LoveSport website.
Group Coaching Tiers: Group coaching sessions at the Club are based on ability and are divided into four tiers as highlighted. Depending upon demand and court availability the tiers for group coaching sessions may be combined, e.g. Beginner/Improver and Intermediate/Advanced.
Player Ability: Members wishing to attend these different levels of group coaching sessions should liaise with the Head Coach to determine which group coaching tier is most suited to their individual playing standard and experience. To provide some guidance for self assessment purposes, internationally recognised ‘player level guidelines’ are available via the following link.
TTC actively welcomes juniors, whether as family members or as individuals. The Club seeks to promote the development of tennis for children from the age of five upwards. The Club provides a safe and convenient environment to cultivate social development as well as fitness and tennis skills.
Parents and guardians wishing to book individual lessons for junior members should contact Lee Friend at LoveSport to arrange suitable dates and times. These bookings should also be confirmed on the Court Booking System which is accessed from the Member’s page.
Regular group coaching sessions are available to junior club members together with short courses and other junior focused tennis activities including half-term and summer camps. There is also the opportunity for more advanced juniors to participate in competitions held at a variety of LTA registered centres.
The schedule for junior coaching sessions can be found on the Court Booking System available via the Member’s page. Parents and guardians of juniors wishing to join a particular group coaching session should contact Lee Friend in the first instance and will need to book in advance. Further details are available on the LoveSport website.
Junior Age Groups: Junior coaching groups are based upon the colour coded system used by the LTA for National Youth Competitions. The LoveSport Junior programme follows the LTA competition framework so juniors can practice and compete on the appropriate court size and ball.
RED 5 to 8 Yrs
ORANGE 8 to 9 Yrs
GREEN 9 to 10 Yrs
YELLOW 11+ Yrs
Tips & 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.