"empathetic, encouraging and enthusiastic are just some of the qualities of a Nursery Tennis coach..."
In sports coaching it is often said that 'the coach makes the session' meaning that if the players don't look forward to seeing their coach at the next lesson they probably won't continue playing for very long.
At Nursery Tennis we are very aware of this and we pride ourselves on making sure that our tennis coaches have more to them than just a qualification!
Our coaches have to be great motivators, understand the best methods to teach skills to a young age group and, most importantly, be able to share their love of tennis with the players!
Of course, there are a few formal requirements such as LTA Accreditation, first aid training and Disclosure Scotland checks that are mandatory to ensure their suitability to work with our players.
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Having started playing tennis at the age of four, Michael now works full time in tennis coaching and development after spending a decade running his own businesses in internet commerce and logistics.
He works across a number of tennis venues including Edinburgh Leisure's Craiglockhart Tennis Centre and The Meadows, Merchiston Castle School's Tennis Academy and, of course, a number of nurseries.
Not only a specialist in working with the youngest of tennis players, he spends a significant amount of time working with county level players and most notably has worked with a player who achieved an ITF world junior ranking of five.
He is also the founder of Advantage, a tennis programme with charitable intentions of widening opportunities in tennis for those who have disabilities or impairments.
As with all Nursery Tennis coaches, Michael holds a current LTA Accreditation and regularly attends coach workshops to learn new techniques and build his coaching skills - just don't ask about the owl.