Meet Coach Paul
Paul is a Level 4 coach and is Head Coach of Vicars Moor LTC, also coaching at several private and state schools. He works closely with the coaches and committees to make the clubs a great place for everyone to spend their free time and to inspire existing and new members to play this wonderful life-time sport to a high standard.
Paul has trained at some of the very best tennis academies here in the UK and in Spain. He has gained a lot of experience competing in National & International tournaments, achieving a world ranking in junior tennis. As a junior, he competed against and trained with top level players and managed wins against three of the Davis Cup Team that won the world finals in 2016: Jamie Murray, James Ward and Dominic Inglot, also beating Jonathan Marray, who went on to win the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon in 2012. During this time he was interviewed and an article was written by Neil Harman, who was the chief tennis correspondent for The Times at the time. Shortly afterwards, he gained a full sponsorship deal with Simons Squad who at the time sponsored Britain’s No.1 Lucie Ahl, this sponsorship covered all his coaching and enabled him to travel full time to international tournaments. Unfortunately, following an accident which caused a shoulder injury, his professional career was cut short and he was forced to retire in 1998.
Paul didn’t want to waste all the experience and knowledge he had gained and decided to become a coach. Over the following 21years, he has spent time developing his extensive knowledge of the game and with continual research on coaching and teaching methods his intention now, along with the support of his coaching team, is to advance every member's tennis skills and constantly develop the junior coaching programme, encouraging every player to be the very best they can be.
"Great fun for the kids, Paul is very patient & manages to keep the kids entertained. Highly recommended to other parents looking for a sport for their children" Mary - Mum to Zachary (Munchkin)
“Paul is a dynamic coach and has really helped my backhand" - Belinda
"My 3 year old has loved tennis munchkins. He looks forward to his tennis lessons every week! Highly recommended" Tia - Mum to Kai (Munchkin)