Coaching at Grove LTC

Meet our Head Coach - Alex Smith
I have been coaching for around 10 years. I started as a volunteer at the age of 16, and then when I went to University in 2006 I started to work towards my coaching qualifications. After completing University in 2009 I started as an assistant coach at Grove LTC, supporting Christos, the previous Head Coach. In 2011, in order to obtain more opportunities to develop my coaching skills, I moved to Beauchief Tennis Club. I was delighted to be approached with regards the Head Coaching position, back at Grove in 2014, and I had no hesitation in making the move back.

I feel very at home at Grove, where from the age of 11, I was a Junior, and it feels great to be back and I am looking forward to helping Grove juniors develop, in my new role as Head Coach.

I have experience of coaching people of all ages, from as young as three years old up to adults, whether this be in group sessions or individual 1 to 1 sessions. I have been playing tennis for 15 years, whilst being an avid follower of the Professional game. 

I think as a Coach, that it is important to create a positive learning environment, where you inspire your pupils and create an enjoyable and challenging environment, so people can improve their tennis, and reach their full potential. Whatever your level, I will do all I can to help your development.

If you are new to the game of tennis, looking to get back into the game or just want to improve specific areas of your game, I believe Grove will the perfect place for you, and I will be the ideal coach for you. Whether that is joining in with the group sessions or having a 1 to 1 session.

I really enjoy coaching at Grove Tennis Club, it's a really nice and friendly environment to learn about tennis, practice and improve

Regular Coaching for Juniors
I offer coaching to juniors after school, during term time, and I have regular coaching sessions on Saturday mornings throughout the year.

For information when coaching sessions are being run, please see section below on Junior Age Groups and Coaching times, our Playing Arrangements page or contact me and I will email you my latest coaching sheet.

Please contact Alex if you wish to join a coaching session and he will advise the most suitable course and take your booking.

Contact Alex

Use the options below.

  • Mobile number - 07958598477
  • Email - steelersmith88@icloud.com
  • Use our Contact form

Club Policy
The Tennis coaches used by Grove Lawn Tennis Club, have been approved to carry out coaching by the Committee. The coach is required to:

  • hold appropriate LTA coaching qualifications;
  • hold appropriate insurance cover;
  • be approved under the Criminals Bureaus Check (CRB) and under any other Child Protection legislation;

Junior Age Groups and Coaching Times

  • Tiny Tots is designed for the very young (ideal for pre-school). 45 minutes of fun and games developing throwing and catching skills, movement and balance and some hitting skills.

    Check with our Coach Alex to find out what is available.
    To find out more about Mini Tennis Click here

  • Mini red is an introduction to tennis, using light-weight rackets, sponge balls and a smaller court. A fun way to develop moving, hitting, throwing and catching skills and basic racket skills.

    Mini Red takes place on Thursdays from 3-45 to 4-30 during term time; and every Saturday 10-15 to 11.

    Always check with our Coach Alex before a session.
    To find out more about Mini Tennis Click here

  • Mini Orange is designed for beginners and improvers wanting to continue their tennis skills, rallying and serving using medium bounce balls and simple scoring.

    Mini Orange takes place on Thursdays from 4-30 to 5-15 during term time; and every Saturday 9-30 to 10.15.

    Always check with our Coach Alex before a session.
    To find out more about Mini Tennis Click here

  • Mini Green is the final stage in preparing for full tennis, working on technique, tactics as well as fundamental athletic skills. The aim is to get players to rally from the baseline and use full tennis scoring.

    Mini Green takes place on Thursdays from 5-15 to 6 during term time; and every Saturday 11 to 12..

    Always check with our Coach Alex before a session.
    To find out more about Mini Tennis Click here

  • Full Ball tennis consists of squads specifically developed to suit all abilities. We teach the game in a fun and structured way, providing your child with education, fitness and lots of enjoyment. Learning new technique and how to use the full scoring system.

    Full Ball for age group 11 to 14 takes places on Mondays from 5 to 6 during term time;

    Full Ball for age group 15+ takes places on Tuesdays from 5 to 6-30 during term time; .

    Always check with our Coach Alex before a session.