Meet The Team

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Jemima King 18 girls and 14 girls coach

Coaching Style: Collaborative coach player approach, game based approach

Favourite Player: Kim Clijsters, Ash Barty and Patrick Rafter

Previous county role(s) and experience:

  • Represented Buckinghamshire at 10&U through to 18&U

  • County Week National Champions 2013, 2014 representing Buckinghamshire. 

  • Competed for Bucks senior team since 1997

  • Bucks County age group coach since 2011

  • Bucks Ladies Senior captain since 2018

  • Bucks Tennis County Performance Officer

  • Invited to attend Fed Group matches in Argentina and Hungary - part of female coach education strategy

  • Travelling coach 2008-2012 for ITF/TE standard players, one reaching high of top 10 ITF

  • Played in the USA Collegiate NCAA Division 1 for Boise State

Qualifications and training:

  • B.Sc. with second class honours in Psychology at Boise State. Graduated

  • LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach – led and delivered programmes for over 15 years at Halton Tennis Centre

  • LTA Coach Mentor

  • She Rallies Ambassador, since the programme launched 2017

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Roy Knight 18 boys coach

Coaching Style: Fun, energetic

Favourite Player: Andre Agassi

Previous county role(s) and experience:

Before I started working with the 18's boys in September I was the 14's boys captain for 2 years.

I played junior county tennis for Cornwall from 10&under to 8&under and was part of the senior county team for 12 years. When I was 18 I went to Nicholls State University in Louisiana on a Div 1 college tennis scholarship. I've been part of the Bucks County team since 2018.

Qualifications and training:

BSc Marketing (GPA 3.4) LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach.

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Ed Taylor 18 boys assistant coach

Coaching Style: All round

Favourite Player: Nadal/Thiem

Previous county role(s) and experience:

Played for Bucks as a junior and have been assisting the U18s group for the past 3 years.

Qualification and Training:

I have a SPC level 4 qualification and been at a lot of the WTA events and Wimbledon over the last year or so, working as a coach and a hitting partner.

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Seb Callcut 14 boys coach

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Mike James 12 boys coach

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Steve Whelan 12 girls coach

Coaching Style: Creative and motivational

Favourite Player: Nadal

Previous county role(s) and experience:

  • A performance coach with over twenty years experience, Steve had previously worked with Cheshire, North Wales and Hertfordshire county teams. 

  • Steve has worked on the LTA player pathway for a number of years at regional and local player development centres in North Wales and North west regions. 

  •  A number of former players are currently or previously played on the ITF junior tour and LTA national level junior events. 

Qualification and Training:

Steve is a LTA level 4 performance coach and LTA coach education tutor. Steve plans to conduct his LTA level 5 performance award in the near future and is part of the LTA mentor programme. 

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Tom Edis 11 and 10  girls coach

Coaching Style: Part democratic, part autocratic!

Favourite Player: Roger Federer/Simona Halep

Previous county role(s) and experience: 

  • Have been a Bucks County Coach/Captain since 2009, firstly with the 9u and 10u age groups, then from 2017 the 10u, 11u and (until 2020) the 12u girls.

  • Have been involved in Bucks County Tennis since junior playing days as a 10u!

  • Former coach at Chesham 1879 (2004-12); Former Head Coach/Director of Challenge Tennis (Chesham 1879/Great Missenden (2012-2018); current Programme Coach with Everyball at Halton (2018- ).

 

Qualification and Training:

LTA Level 3 (2001),  LTA Level 4 (2007, with 10u Performance 2012), RPT (2012)

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Izzy Marshall 11 girls assistant coach

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Favourite Player: Jemima King

Previous county role(s) and experience: 

Proudly represented Bucks for the first time at 11&under and have represented the county in every age group up to the Open ladies category. Highlights of playing for Bucks include County Week in 2016 at Eastbourne and my last 18&Under County Cup at Gosling. 

Qualification and Training:

Completed Level 1 in 2020 and am hoping to complete Level 2 very soon. Competed in the NCAA Division 1 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the 2019/2020 season and am hoping to impart the wisdom gained from this experience on the current junior Bucks players. I have really enjoyed doing hitting sessions with other Bucks players over the years and want to continue the improvements made through extra court time and high volume hitting.

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Andy Scholfield 11 boys coach

Coaching Style: Game based approach to improving tactical, technical, mental and physical skills. Question and answer, fun, enthusiastic attention to detail.

Favourite Player: Andy Murray for his dedication and determination. Roger Federer for his (perfect) stroke-play and longevity.

Previous county role(s) and experience: 

Previously u18 boys County Captain since 1989. 32 years as Head Pro GXLTC. During this period worked part-time LTA Tutor, part-time for Bucks Tennis, and South Region staff coach.

Qualifications and training:

LTA Level 5 Acceditation+ Coach which includes CPD. LTA Referee. BSc.

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Christian Colvin 10 boys coach

Coaching Style: Holistic

Favourite Player: Federer

Previous county role(s) and experience:

Over the last 2 years in Buckinghamshire I have been the 12u county coach and with the team we had experienced some fantastic results this includes coming 3rd at 12u in 2019 county cup and winning this age group at 12 counties in 2019.

I have a wide range of coaching experience varying from working at High Performance centres, Head Coach at a Local Player Development and now coaching in a Regional Player Development Centre. These experience help to support my role of 10u county coach being aware of the levels at national / international level.

Qualifications and training:

I have completed both the LTA Senior Performance Coach (L4) and LTA Master Club Coach (L5) qualifications.

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Hannah Russell 9 girls coach, 12 girls assistant coach

Coaching Style: Enthusiastic, hard-working, committed

Favourite Player: Serena Williams

Previous county role(s) and experience:

I have worked within Bucks County tennis for 5 years, which gave me great experiences when starting out as a new tennis coach. I have represented Bucks Tennis as a player from mini red all the way through to a senior. As a junior I reached top 10 nationally and travelled round the country competing in grade 1 & 2 tournaments. From there I was lucky enough to go to university, this gave me the opportunity to carry on competing at a high level as well as travelling and competing in Europe.

Qualifications and training:

I am currently a Level 3 coach. I am completing my level 4 next year.

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James Woodwards 9 boys coach, 12 boys assistant coach

Coaching Style: Vision, encouraging players y giving them clear direction and strategies for achieving objectives and encouraging focus

Favourite Player: Current- Roger Federer, past- Lleyton Hewitt

Previous county role(s) and experience:

Joined the Bucks Tennis coaching team in 2016 assisting with the u12 Boys, before taking on the role of u9 Boys Captain in 2019, whilst continuing in the position of u12 Boys Assistant.

 

As a player, selection for county teams started at u8’s right through to four consecutive u18 County Cup team selections before departing for University.

 

The first coaching experience was gained at Halton Tennis Centre until a Head Coach role came up at Bicester Tennis Club followed by progressions to head up programmes at Aylesbury, Cuddington and Bledlow Ridge Tennis Clubs.

 

Throughout this time as an individual coach, I have been involved with the development of multiple players achieving country training places and representation of our county.

Qualifications and training:

LTA Level 3

LTA Accredited since 2010

BA (hons) Sport & Leisure Management with Sport Science

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

Diversity and Inclusion Training for Coaches

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Jo Head 8 boys and girls coach

Coaching Style: Democratic, game based to encourage players to problem solve.

Favourite Player: Ash Barty

Previous county role(s) and experience:

I have been a Bucks county captain for over 10 years with most of that time spent working with the 8&U age group. I have also captained 9&U and 10&U teams during my time with the county. I have been fortunate over this time to assist LTA Performance Officers with county ID sessions and to be invited to attend regional training sessions across different age groups to observe the level of players within the regional training set up.

Qualifications and training:

 

I am a Level 4 Senior Club Coach and I have completed an U10 performance speciality course. I am a qualified LTA referee and have a BSc(hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.

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Anthony Heald 8 boys and girls assistant coach

Coaching Style: Positive and energetic

Favourite Player: Dustin Brown

Previous county role(s) and experience:

I start working for Bucks Tennis as a part-time administrator in March 2016 and was employed full-time by the end of the year. My role involves working with all aspects of tennis in Bucks, supporting clubs, coaches, competitions, the county training programme and more. In the summer of 2016 I did my Level 1 coaching course, but I didn't start helping with the 8s county training until 2018. Since then I have also started coaching at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre.

Qualifications and training:

Level 2 LTA Accredited Coach