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Coaches

If you are a junior or adult, just starting out, need some help or want to improve your standard come and book a lesson with our coaches or come to one of our squads.

For individual coaching from any coach please contact Tom Higgins on 07885 968237 email headcoach.gpltc@gmail.com

Coaches

Tom Higgins

Head Coach

Level 4 LTA Licensed Coach
CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified

Individual Coaching £35 per hour

Mobile – 07885 968 237
Email – headcoach.gpltc@gmail.com

Many of you may already know me from being that young 9 year old boy who played every weekend at this club.

Tennis became my life passion and I achieved many of my goals during my playing career from playing or Essex at 10yrs of age to playful on the Men’s ATP circuit.

My aim for everyone who is currently a part of this club is to ensure that all your needs are met. I believe that tennis is a game for life and can be enjoyed by all ages and standards which should be reflected in the club atmosphere.

Coaching Profile

I coach adults and juniors of all ages and abilities.

Over my 15 years of tennis coaching my highlights have been creating a high performance academy, Compete Tennis, which will be linked with this club.

I have individually coached over 80 junior players to county/regional/national levels. I have also started up ‘HIT Tennis’ (Higgins In Tennis) a successful talent identification scheme run within numerous schools.

For the past 11 years I have been Essex County Captain and Selector : 8&U, 9&U, 10&U, 12&U, 14&U and 18&U.

Player Profile
  • Former ATP tour player, reaching a ranking of 900 ATP
  • Junior ITF world ranking of 200
  • UK 18&U ranking of 6
  • Represented Great Britain at junior level
  • Played Junior Wimbledon 2 years running
  • Men’s Aegon National Team Champions 2009 & 2010
  • Represented Essex Men’s County Team for last 20 years
  • Represented Junior Essex Teams in every age group
  • 2019 Essex Men’s County Captain

Ollie Collis

Club Coach

Level 3 LTA Licensed Coach
CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified

Individual Coaching £22 per hour
45mins – £18 • 30mins – £14

Mobile – 07960 141 427

Tennis Profile

I began playing tennis at the age of 10 at David Lloyd Tennis and Leisure Club and won a scholarship membership by age 11, playing performance squads and tournaments. At Redbridge Tennis Centre I represented the club in a number of leagues and singles tournaments.

I then joined ‘COMPETE TENNIS’ the only high performance tennis centre in Essex where I began achieving my coaching levels, learning and gaining valuable experience from the highly qualified and professional team of coaches.

After gaining my level 3, I took on a full time tennis role supporting the Head Coach here at Gidea Park Lawn Tennis Club, teaching all levels and ages as well as managing the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. My aim is always to help and improve our members, both junior and adult in their tennis journey, as well as ensure they have fun!

Coaching Profile

2008 – Level 1 LTA Coaching Assistant

2009 – Level 2 LTA Coaching Assistant

2011 – Level 3 Coaching Certificate

2011 Aug – Gidea Park LTC … running tennis squad programmes alongside individual coaching.

I have privately taught numerous mini and junior tennis players that have had great success by progressing into our performance squads and on to county level standard. I also individually coach adults, building their confidence and ability to join in with group adult tennis sessions.

Nicole Cruse

Club Coach 
Level 3 LTA Licensed Coach

CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified

Individual Coaching £22 per hour
45mins – £18 • 30mins – £14

Mobile – 07511893968

Tennis Profile

I began my tennis journey at the age of 8 at the Gidea Park Lawn Tennis Club and progressed through the club performance squads and represented the club in County Junior AEGON Team Tennis. Played for girls/boys Chelmsford League teams, through all age groups.

2007 – Concentrated on my love for tennis & gave up other after school activities to follow my passion!

2008 – Competed and won club Ladies Essex Senior League

2009 – Completed LTA Tennis Leaders Award course and then continued to assist the Head Coach here at Gidea Park with all Mini Tennis squads

2010 – Chosen from 1601 who attended trials for ATP World Tennis Tour @ O2 as Barclays Ball Kid 2010 Club Ladies Singles Open Tournament R/up

2011 – Club Ladies Singles Open Winner, Ladies Dbs winner, Mixed Dbs Winner, Ladies Dbs Handicap Winner

2012-14 – Winner of the above ladies singles, ladies dbs, mixed dbs and ladies dbs handicap

2015 – Club Ladies Singles R/Up & Ladies Dbs. Winner

Coaching Profile

Dec 2012 – Level 1 LTA Coaching Assistant

March 2013 – Level 2 LTA Coaching Assistant

September 2013 – Level 3 LTA Coaching Certificate

I have privately taught numerous mini and junior tennis players that have had great success by progressing into our performance squads and on to county level standard. I also teach in various schools supporting the work of the GPLTC programme. I regularly do individual adult lessons, building their confidence in their game so they are able to join in with group tennis sessions and be a part of the fun community here at our club!

Kane Patience

Club Performance Coach
Level 3 LTA Licensed Coach CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified Individual Coaching £25 per hour 45mins – £20 • 30mins – £15 Mobile – 07771 928 004
Tennis Profile

I left school early to further my education and tennis development at a full time tennis school. This enabled me to develop my game and help to achieve my goals which resulted in a top 20 ranking in Great Britain within my age group.

Tennis has always been a part of my life from the age of 7, representing Essex until the age of 18. I travelled frequently around Great Britain playing numerous national tournaments as well as competing in various international tournaments.

Coaching Profile

I rapidly completed the coaching level courses to my Level 3 qualification status and have been coaching all different levels and abilities in the last 5 years. I teach in schools supporting the work of the ‘HIT’ Schools Tennis scheme and GPLTC programme. I do regular development groups, performance squads and individual lessons for mini and junior tennis players and many of my players have had great success, progressing into our performance squads here at Gidea Park and on to county level standard. I also individually coach adults from beginners to advanced players.

I am passionate about passing on my love and competitiveness for this game and enjoy seeing players grow and improve. I feel it is an advantage to be able to use my past playing experience to help others overcome some of the hurdles I faced when I was playing.

Carrie King

Club Coach (Mini tennis)

Level 2 LTA Licensed Coach
CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified

Individual Coaching £20 per hour
45mins – £15 • 30mins – £10

Mobile – 07788 456 289

Tennis Profile
I have been playing tennis since I was a teenager and have enjoyed both competing and participating in social tennis over the years. I started here at Gidea Park tennis club when my partner, Tom, took over the head pro position and have been supporting him in different areas since. With my previous career being a nursery teacher, it is the under 8’s I have mainly focused on.
Coaching Profile

2008 – Level 1 LTA Coaching assistant
2019 – Level 2 LTA Coaching assistant
2018 to date – Tiny Tots and tennis school promotional programme
2019 to date – Tennis 4 kids
2019 to date – Mini tennis squads
2019 to date – Individuals (mini tennis)

My true passion is to inspire kids on their tennis journey, loving the game and enjoying the social side. I am enthusiastic and caring and always strive to do my best to ensure all children have the most amount of fun and reach their full potential.

Danny Hodges

Club Coach

Level 3 LTA Licensed Coach
CRB (DBS) checked and First Aid Certified

Individual Coaching £22 per hour
45mins – £18 • 30mins – £14

Mobile – 07989 550589

Tennis Profile

I have been a full playing member at Gidea Park LTC for over 15 years, where I have enjoyed both competing and socialising at the club. For over 6 of those years I was a member of the coaching team, coaching all standards of tennis playing juniors and adults in squads, groups and individual lessons. At Gidea Park LTC I have been active in several roles including positions on the committee, captaining our Essex men’s doubles teams and men’s vice captain.

Coaching Profile
2004 – LTA TEACHING ASSISTANT (Level 1 & 2) 2005 – GPLTC Started assisting in group squads (Adult and Juniors) 2006 – LTA DCA Licensed Coach (Level 3) I am excited to be returning to the profession I have great affection for, coaching within Tom’s enthusiastic team and ultimately working with all of the members here to enjoy and improve our tennis together.