Will's upping the game at tennis club

July 29 2021

Henleaze Lawn Tennis Club committee are thrilled to congratulate Head Coach, Will Hardiman on attaining his Level 4 coaching qualification.  This course develops understanding of advanced tactical and technical skills as well as covering aspects of running a programme.
Will was appointed as Head Coach to start on April 1st 2020, not the best date to start a new job as it turned out!   Undeterred by lockdown, he put plans in place to get the new coaching programme up and running for when lockdown lifted and launched the new programme at the end of May 2020.   The programme has grown steadily, and many children and adults now enjoy improving their tennis at Henleaze under Will’s diligent eye.
Last October Will signed up to the Level 4 course which would take one 3-day weekend a month, over five months, to complete.  The original aim was to complete by the end of March and be ready for the busy season.  Lockdown disruption meant the course was postponed after two of the weekends and it has taken considerable organisation, plus working seven days a week, to complete the training during the busy summer term.   Will expressed thanks to his coaching team for putting in extra hours to cover his absences to attend his course.
As a national level junior, Will comes with strong player credentials.  He has demonstrated his passion for the game and is keen to help everyone, of any age or ability, improve their game.  The programme at the club is comprehensive and appreciated by many as can be seen by the number of returners each term.  
League player, Stuart T says: “Will’s coaching sessions are always well planned, structured and clear.  He goes to a lot of trouble to ensure we are working hard and engaging in the learning process, he is very professional but keen to ensure whilst we are learning we are still having fun. Despite being a late comer to the sport my own game has progressed immeasurably in the relatively short time I have been receiving Will’s tuition.”
A spokesperson from the committee added: “Will has worked tirelessly throughout the year and his coaching programme is a great success.  Adults, teens and children are all enjoying his sessions. Four new junior teams have been playing matches and we plan to have more teams entered in the autumn. With two of the club’s courts available for booking by non-members, those who are new to tennis are taking the opportunity to practice between sessions.  It is a joy to see so many developing their skills and enjoying this sport.”
The committee also mentioned Heather Forrest who was a national finalist in the LTA Awards, nominated for Lifetime Achievement.  As club Membership Secretary and a Level 2 coach this has been a very busy year!  The award reflects her services over many years first to Dyrham Tennis Club, then as secretary to the Avon league committee, captain of a county seniors’ team and her years on the committee and coaching at Henleaze LTC.  Heather says she is looking forward to retiring - but we don’t believe it!
To find out more see: www.henleazeltc.com