Alex Forster

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I started playing tennis when I was 3 years old with a plastic racket and a sponge ball in the garden given to me by my parents. I’ve never looked back and loved it ever since.

 

I joined the local tennis club in Hampshire and reached a good standard winning numerous club tournaments in singles and doubles. It was at this club that I first started coaching when I was 13 years old. My coach asked me to help with both tennis camps and lessons of kids my own age, and even some adult groups - it was a new side to tennis that I really enjoyed, and from there I wanted to become a tennis coach.

I studied Sport Coaching and Development at Gloucester University, where I also played in the 1st team for 3 years.

Following University I have had a great variety of coaching roles and opportunities including:

  • Two summers working as the sole tennis coach and organiser in Greece for Neilson Holidays,

  • Two and half years at Highfield School in Liphook,

  • Since 2015, David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Southampton (previously Virgin Active).

 

During this time I have also coached for and alongside Lee Childs, an ex-professional tennis player, at St.Teresas Tennis Academy. 

In the past year I have started coaching Andrew Penney who is a fantastic wheelchair player and has recently been accepted into the Great Britain (GB) National Junior Tennis Programme. 

Most importantly, I love what I do and I love having fun whilst doing it!

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