Coach Elly inspires love of tennis

July 04 2016

Sporty summer parties are part of a special events day at Kings Tennis Club in Bishopston this month.


Sporty summer parties are part of a special events day at Kings Tennis Club in Bishopston this month.

Children are invited to sign up for a Summer Kids Tennis Party being held on Saturday, July 16, between 11.30am - 1.30pm. 

A Summer Teens and Social Doubles event follows in the afternoon, from 2 - 4.30pm and ends with a barbecue.

Head Coach, Elly Shearman, said: “I love seeing people learn and watching both kids and adults grow in confidence and create more opportunities in their lives through playing tennis. The best part is being on court!”

Kings offer tennis coaching to all ages, abilities, and personalities and welcome players of all abilities, no matter what that is. The club staff work hard to create a social and fun place where people can meet new friends, meet up with old ones, and where each player can learn from one another and develop life skills through participating in sport.

Elly believes that her service is different to others. “My team of coaches are more passionate than any other I know,” she explained. 

“We are a team and work as a team. We care about each player’s experience and will continue to ask for feedback to make our coaching staff better and better and the tennis club itself.”

Elly grew up playing tennis at Kings. It’s where she learned to love the sport and played to a National Level. She said: “I thought I wanted to use my brain more than coach so I achieved my degree in the USA in sports medicine whilst playing on a tennis scholarship, and then my masters in sport psychology also in the United States. Whilst working in sports medicine I missed the tennis and coaching so I returned to England and took on the project of rebuilding Kings and creating a programme that caters to players of a high level as well as opportunities for people to play for fun and to enjoy playing at every level and every age. It’s a good feeling to be passionate about your job!”

Elly plans to continue to grow the programme, offering more opportunities to play for a wider group of people and to develop a clear structure of progression for children and adults. A new beginners course begins in September and Summer Holiday Courses run all summer.

If anyone has any questions at all about how to get playing tennis or get involved with the Kings program, contact

For details about the events on July 16 see or go to