We have been carrying out a review of our tennis coaching programme and tennis structure for some months now. As part of the review process, aims and objectives for the tennis programme were re-established and a revised structure identified that was considered to be best placed to achieve these aims.
Central to the new structure was the creation of a new position of Tennis Manager. The new role will involve a greater amount of off-court work and the remit for the position extends beyond just managing the coaching set up. The tennis manager will be involved in the development and management of all aspects of the tennis programme at the club including internal and external competition, team tennis, social tennis and even member recruitment.
The new role absorbs all of the responsibilities of the existing Head Coach position which means that the Tennis Manager will effectively replace the Head Coach role. The current Head Coach, Julian Godfrey, will however continue to be a key member of the coaching team and his coaching experience and knowledge remains an asset to the club.
The structural changes will take place at the end of February and I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Alison Beard as our new Tennis Manager. Alison will officially join us on 14 March. She comes to us with over 25 years experience in tennis both in a coaching and managerial role in a range of settings. This includes private member clubs, the commercial sector and also in a sports/tennis development environment.
Billy Kerr - General Manager WTSC