DITC COACHING TEAM
Meet our committed and fully trained coaching team.
CHRIS - HEAD COACH
- Chris has been coaching for over 10 years, in a variety of clubs in the
Kent area including Hythe LTC (Schools Coordinator), Hayne Barn
(Tennis Manager), Charing TC (Head Coach) and Wye TC (Coach).
LTA Level 4 Licensed Club Coach
ABTO Qualified and Accredited Referee
MTI Level 4
First Aid at Work Qualified
In March 2016 Chris was picked as one of a thousand Davis Cup Legacy Coaches to deliver FREE tuition to inspire the next generation of Kent players.
As part of the scheme Chris went on a training day at the National Tennis Centre where he worked alongside Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith.
A keen player, Chris tries to play regular team tennis in the area playing reserve for the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre Men's teams.
In 2010 Chris started the revival of Folkestone Tennis Club and coaching programme something very dear to him, as he originally started playing there as a junior.
VANESSA - TENNIS COORDINATOR
Vanessa has been involved in Kent Tennis for a number of years and has numerous
roles. She was appointed Kent LTA Deputy President in January 2016. She has a seat
on the Kent LTA Council and is the Kent LTA District Associations Representative
for the East Kent Area. Vanessa also sits on the East Kent LTA Committee and is
their East Kent LTA Regional Representative and East Kent League Organiser.
Kent LTA Deputy President.
Kent LTA District Associations Representative for the East Kent Area.
Kent LTA Tennis Mark Advisor/Assessor.
LTA DBS ID Checker
Kent LTA Mixed League Organiser for the Kent Inter-Club Leagues.
EKLTA Regional Representative.
EKLTA Summer League Tournament Organiser and Fixtures Secretary
EKLTA Competition Organiser East Kent Championships.
Deal Indoor Winter League Tournament Organiser and Fixtures Secretary.
ABTO Qualified & Accredited Licensed National Referee Grade 3.
Qualified LTA Level 1 Coaching Assistant.
Deal ITC Welfare Officer (Certificate in Safeguarding and Protection in tennis for Children, Young People and Adults).
Vanessa received the Kent LTA 2008 Volunteer of the year award at the Annual Kent LTA Awards ceremony for the numerous roles she has taken on at Kent Clubs.
In 2011 she was runner-up for the Thanet Sports Personality of the Year Award.
In 2012 Vanessa was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her work for the Kent Lawn Tennis Association.
A very keen player, Vanessa captains and plays in numerous teams representing the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre in the Kent LTA Inter-Club Leagues, AEGON Leagues, East Kent Summer League and the Deal Indoor Winter League.
Vanessa has worked with great enthusiasm and passion to help develop the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre since its opening in 2011 and is responsible for leading the Tennis Team, Internal and External events, Competition Organiser, Junior and Senior Teams Coordinator, Results Manager, Fixtures Secretary, Press Officer, Wimbledon Ticket Ballot Administrator and Course Enrolments. She is currently working with schools to obtain more school links.
Vanessa was overjoyed when the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre was voted 'Club of the Year 2014' at the Annual Kent Tennis Awards evening held at the Bromley Tennis Centre on the 8th February 2015 and in August 2015 were the first centre in the East Kent Area and only the third in the South East to obtain the prestigious Tennis Mark+ Accreditation.
In March 2016 The Centre became the first in the East Kent area and one of 35 clubs in Great Britain to become an LTA Focussed Club.
TOBY - COACH
Toby has been a keen Tennis Player since a very young age, competing
in County and Regional Tournaments since the age of 12. In both U14
and U16 age groups he broke into the top 10 in the County Rankings.
Toby is an LTA Qualified and Licensed Level 3 Coach and Performance
LTA Qualified and Licensed Level 3 Coach.
First Aid Qualified
ABTO Qualified and Accredited Referee.
Schools Lead Coach.
Over the last few years, he has won numerous Winter County Tour Events and has reached the Final of the Kent County Championships and has won the East Kent Men’s Doubles Championships. Toby now competes in Grade 1 & 2 British Tour Events.
Toby was awarded the 'Dover Express Sporting Moment of the Year Award' in January 2015 after he featured in a lot of news stories during 2014. There were a number of memorable sporting moments to choose from but
the readers of the 'Dover Express' voted for Tennis Star Toby who continues to show he is one of the county's best.
Toby also captains the Mens 1st team playing in the Aegon Leagues, Kent Slazenger Inter-Club Leagues, East Kent Summer League and The Deal Indoor Tennis Centre Winter League.
As Schools Lead Coach for the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre he delivers weekly
coaching sessions at 8 local schools in the Deal/Dover area.
Toby is to start his Level 4 Performance Coach qualification in the Autumn 2016.