COACHING TEAM at COURT18

Court18 was founded in 2018 when Alex Allen and Dan Shepherd created a coaching partnership at Gerrards Cross Lawn Tennis Club.

Gerrards Cross LTC represents one of the flagship traditional tennis clubs in the South East of England and boasts a total of 18 tennis courts as well as a large clubhouse and bar area. We have five artificial clay courts, three artificial grass courts, seven grass courts, two hard courts & one mini red court.

Court18’s ethos is to provide a world class coaching programme that offers the opportunity for players of all levels to participate in tennis and enjoy the sport.

We specialise in creating a coaching programme that allows us to tailor each player’s weekly tennis, to their specific needs. We run sessions from beginner tennis through to our performance section: whether you are looking to learn a new sport from scratch or take on competition and compete at the highest level, Court18 will take you through that journey.

Court18 also run a schools programme as a starting point for budding young tennis players in the local primary and junior schools. This programme is fundamental to the continued growth of our sport and our linked tennis club GXLTC.

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ALEX ALLEN

Court 18 Tennis Director, GXLTC Joint Head Pro, LTA Level 4 Coach

Alex has been coaching professionally for over 12 years helping hundreds of junior and adult players learn to play tennis recreationally through to performance tennis, including coaching players of County and Regional level. His philosophy as a Head Professional is the importance of the on and off court learning for all players and coaches which he takes into his coaching every day. Alex enjoys coaching players of all ages and standards.

Alex trained as a performance junior player at Caversham LTC in Berkshire as a junior competing at County and Regional level.  He now plays for the GX Men’s 1st team and enjoys competing against other clubs.

Rate: £34 per hour // 07852 126569

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DAN SHEPHERD

Court18 Tennis Director GXLTC Joint Head Pro, LTA Level 4 Coach

Dan has been coaching professionally for over 15 years. He is extremely committed to developing his players and has continual success with his juniors reaching county and regional level. Dan’s experience of coaching expands over all levels of tennis from junior to adult coaching including performance coaching for all ages.

As Head Professional Dan’s ethos is to develop a culture where families love playing tennis and spending time at the club taking part in social events

Rate: £34 per hour // 07734 683596

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MATT CLARKE

GXLTC Club Coach , LTA Level 2 Qualified Licensed Coach

Matt has been coaching for 2 years at Gerrards Cross Bull Lane. Matt really loves seeing his players improve and enjoy their tennis.

This has inspired him to go on courses and to continually improve his knowledge and skills, and he strives to educate himself about the latest coaching theories and techniques.

He finds the variety of coaching different ages and standards one of the most exciting aspects of his work and is happy to do so with any player. He feels it is vital to have the perfect balance on court of having fun whilst learning new things and trying to get the best out of himself and his students.

As a junior Matt represented Bucks County Tennis and is now a regular men’s first team player, playing in the top County League. He has represented the club since the age of 12, competing in teams that regularly won county titles and played at regional level.

Rate: £24 per hour // 07487 737520

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HANNAH RUSSELL

GXLTC Club Coach, LTA Level 3 Qualified Licensed Coach

Hannah started coaching mini reds players when she was 13 years of age and is now a Level 3 qualified Tennis Coach, she likes to keep up with new initiatives and sharing ideas with other coaches. The philosophy of her coaching is to have fun and enjoy playing tennis whilst also making sure players work hard and meet their potential.

Hannah loves tennis and has been playing since the age of 6, as a junior she was ranked top 10 in Britain and has represented Buckinghamshire County Team in every age group. Hannah attended Cardiff Metropolitan University where she achieved a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sports Coaching.  As well as playing for Cardiff Metropolitan University, she currently represents South Wales Senior Team.

Hannah is proud to say she is County Coach for the under 10 and 12 girls Buckinghamshire teams. This has given her opportunities to pass on her technical and tactical knowledge to the young girls hoping this will benefit them and encourage them to stay within the sport.