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Our team

Paul Johnson

Head Coach

LTA Senior Coach (Level 4)

Private Lesson Price - £30 per hour* - 07747 503338

 

Paul is passionate about passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm of tennis to others. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, and emphasizes enjoyment, while improving players tactical and technical understanding of the sport. His speciality is in helping players who are regularly competing to get to the next level. 

 

When not at Roundhay he is U.18 Boys Captain/Coach for Yorkshire. He also coaches at Leeds Beckett University, where he did his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Sport Business, as well as his LTA Senior Coach qualification. Paul is also an LTA Tutor, running Assistant and Instructor (Level 1 & 2) coaching qualifications and CPD courses.

He currently competes in LTA British Tour and Grade 3 events and is always working on improving his own game. He has been ranked top 70 in Great Britain. He was a hitting partner at Wimbledon 2018, working with Kyrgios, Monfils, Simon, Diatchenko, and Vekic.

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Northern Coach of the Year
(Development) 2020/21

Tom Cowdy

Lead Coach

LTA Instructor (Level 2)

Private Lesson Price - £24 per hour* - 07427 905740

 

Tom is currently studying Sports Performance at Leeds Beckett University alongside competing in the BUCS University tennis leagues. His goal is to continue competing in National events and to play some entry level professional tournaments.

 

He began coaching in 2020, and soon became the main coach at his local tennis club in Leek. He got great satisfaction from seeing his players improving and enjoying themselves on the tennis court. When he finishes university, his goal is to become a full-time performance coach.

 

Tennis has enriched Tom’s life with many experiences and friendships that he would not have otherwise. Regardless of age or ability, he believes that playing tennis has a positive impact on people’s life, and he hopes to be able to share this passion for the sport on court with you all!

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Tom Horsfall

Lead Coach & Programme Manager

LTA Instructor (Level 2)

Private Lesson Price - £24 per hour* - 07531 678459

He is currently studying Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Leeds Beckett while competing in both BUCS and National League. He is also Club Captain at Leeds Beckett and has enjoyed being a leading member of the Committee for the last 3 years.

 

Tom has taken up more coaching in the last few years at several clubs in the Leeds area and has also started coaching for Yorkshire at a variety of age groups.  He enjoys helping players reach their full potential and loves when players come full of energy to learn and improve. He believes one of the most important aspects of playing is to test yourself competitively and loves to see players investing fully in their sessions.

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Eleanore Lake

Lead Coach

LTA Coach (Level 3)

Private Lesson Price - £26 per hour* - 07512 764949

After playing tennis from the age of 6, Eleanore started on her pathway to coaching at the Hallamshire Tennis Club in Sheffield and progressed to achieve her Level 3 coaching qualification. She has worked as a coaching assistant for a variety of sessions including Blue and Red all the way up to Full Ball. Eleanore also gained experience volunteering in disability tennis sessions.

Eleanore has competed for many years and continues to play to this day. At the age of 14 she qualified to play at the Road to Wimbledon finals at Aorangi Park. Whilst working as a Tennis Coordinator at The Sheffield College she was nominated for The LTA Young Person of the Year award in which she reached the national finals as a runner up.

Eleanore is currently studying Sports and Exercise Therapy at Leeds Beckett University and continues to develop her own tennis skills as well as her coaching experience, hoping to pass on her passion for tennis on to the next generation.

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LTA Young Person of the Year
(National Runner-Up) 2019/20

Lewis Stirling

Lead Coach

LTA Coach (Level 3)

Private Lesson Price - £24 per hour*

Lewis has been playing tennis at Roundhay TC since 2013 when he joined the coaching programme at the age of 7. He has since progressed on to have completed his Assistant, Instructor, and Coach qualifications in 2022/23 after first starting to coach at Roundhay in 2019. He has since coached a variety of age groups from red ball up to full ball, and has also enjoyed helping to run our Hearing and Visually Impaired sessions. 

 

As well as coaching at Roundhay, Lewis also plays in the Men’s teams and Mixed teams, whilst also still participating in the U18 National League squad. Alongside this he also plays in individual tournaments around Yorkshire.

Lewis also plays an active role on the club’s committee as the Junior Representative. In doing this role he organises the Junior teams whilst also coordinating events like the Junior Charity and Open Tournament. He encourages as many players as possible to get involved with teams and events as he believes it is essential to developing confident players. He also hopes to get more Full Ball players participating in the adult teams and events at the club so we can show everyone how great our Junior Players are!

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LTA Young Person's Welfare Ambassador 

Nathan Henry

Lead Coach

LTA Instructor (Level 2)

Private Lesson Price - £22 per hour* - 07957 492125

Nathan has great knowledge and ability of the game, he lives and breathes tennis having played it since primary school, he is highly ambitious and has plans to become a full-time coach in the future, he aims to give back to the community and inspire people from all walks of life to play the sport of a lifetime, tennis.

 

Being a highly competitive athlete, he enjoys pushing himself in a range of sports but none more so than tennis. He brings a positive, relaxed, yet intense vibe on and off the court, loves sharing his passion for tennis with others and finds the process of developing players highly rewarding.

 

He has come full circle, having been coached here for a while, establishing himself as part of the club, a stint at captaining, actively playing on both the men’s and mixed teams, assisting and delivering in the junior and adult lessons. He is also part of the local councils' tennis community programme. He continues to take opportunities to further develop his knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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Harriet Chapman

Lead Coach

LTA Senior Coach (Level 4), Spanish Tennis Director (Level 3),

& USTA Performance Specialist (Level 3)

Private Lesson Price - £35 per hour* - 07581 143448

Harriet started coaching in the UK in 2002 having got injured playing for The University of Texas and on the WTA tour where she reached her highest NCAA ranking of 9 in singles and 17 in doubles.

 

Her coaching career began running a large talent ID program in over 100 schools and set up a big mini tennis programme from which came many county players, several national players, and it supported the 10 players aged 11-14 already on the regional pathway. She took her Level 4 Performance qualification during this time.

 

She decided to move on and take a full-time performance position in the Midlands. The club already had several good county players over the age of 10 who were from Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire. The club needed a big grass roots programme building and she did a couple of big festivals of tennis inviting 40 schools at a time to talent ID which provided a constant stream of talent. After just 18 months she had her first LTA funded player.

 

She continued her professional development by taking the opportunity to spend time on court with Martin Weston (now Men’s National Coach), Dave Sammel (ATP Coach), Jez Green (Strength & Conditioning expert). She took her Level 5 coaching qualification under an array of coaches including Steve McLoughlin and was mentored by Judy Murray.

During this time, she had developed many mini tennis players who were competing nationally and 3 years in a row had the top player at U10 boys. She also had girls in national main draw at U16 and U18, as well as players competing for the county from U8 to U18 boys and girls.

 

She has had 12 years away from the sport, playing football, studying, and in the last year playing Padel, but she returns to the game excited to bring her knowledge and experience of performance tennis to another environment and hopefully have another successful shot being part of a team in producing more performance players.

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*Lesson prices include an additional £2 under floodlights & £1 non-members fee.

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