Our Club is unusually rich in coaching skills for anyone of any age, from an absolute beginner to those who’d like to compete in one of four adult teams – or for someone who just wants to enjoy a better game with friends.
Ivor Griffiths, Andy Disney and Alex Harvey are each fully qualified with the national Lawn Tennis Association, and together have a range of hard-to-match experiences.
Players can learn in groups for adults and children of all ages, or work individually on skills such as demon serves, top-spin lobs, inside-out backhands, slices and drop shots (or, just keeping the ball in play).
Beyond improving skills, coaching provides bigger benefits, according to Helena Trump, a local counsellor and psychotherapist who is also no mean player herself. “Tennis is an ideal sport, as it can help improve your speed, agility, balance and hand-eye coordination, whilst boosting your mental well being by releasing happy endorphins and relieving stress. Coaching can boost your confidence and help you learn or improve your skills.”
Ivor Griffiths was head coach at the club for 20 years before moving to Minehead Club and then Taunton’s Blackbrook Tennis Centre. But Ivor, who lives in Wiveliscombe is back on court at Wivey every Wednesday morning for what is misleadingly nicknamed Rusty Racquets: some of his charges prove a tough challenge on court when they ‘graduate.’ Ivor has also dedicated huge efforts to helping disabled players, from wheelchair tennis to working with the visually impaired and mentally disabled athletes, winning the national Disability Coach of the Year award in 2015. Contact Ivor on email@example.com.
Andy Disney grew up in Wivey “so I was delighted when the opportunity arose to coach at the club.” Over five years, he has built his skills to the point where he qualified in February as a Level 3 LTA Accredited Coach. He supervises regular weekly coaching for the club’s increasing band of juniors, as well as running the Club’s part in the LTA Tennis for Kids programme. Andy runs a popular weekly cardiotennis session, and serves on the club’s managing committee. He also works with Ivor at Blackbrook on disabled tennis. Find Andy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Harvey is relatively new to the club but has rapidly made his mark here after 20 years working as both a high-level player and coach. Alex competed in a national final in Nottingham and reached the semi-finals at the Hilton Head Championships in the US. He has trained and managed at clubs in Italy, France, USA, Greece and Antigua. For the past 14 years, he has been working in London as a senior pro at Roehampton and Wimbledon clubs, as well as working at the National Tennis Centre in London training some of the country’s top juniors. “It’s been fantastic being back in Wivey, and I welcome all levels of players.” Alex is on email@example.com.
“Expert coaching can help players understand and improve their game and reduce the chances of injury,” says Club Chair Eddie East. “Young players in particular can be helped to avoid developing the bad habits that are so difficult to get rid of later on.”
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