Profiles of Yarm’s tennis coaches, headed by Anne Clayton
In addition to the coaches mentioned below, some of our better and older Juniors qualify as official Junior Coaches, and others help out at the group coaching sessions as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Many of these juniors also represent the Senior teams, showing our youngsters how they can progress in just a few short years.
Anne first represented Durham & Cleveland in 1976, and has continued to represent the county at all age levels to this day. In 2012 Anne celebrated 21 years as County Captain. Since 1978, except for 2 years in the 80s, Anne never missed a County Week either as player, player/captain or non-playing captain. After this length of time Anne decided it was time to step down from captaincy and her selfless service and dedication to the county was acknowledged by a special award at the County Awards Evening in Sept. 2012.
Anne has won many county singles and doubles titles over the years and was awarded County Colours in 1980. In 1996 she was elected a member of the County LTA Executive Committee and the next year made a Hon. Life Vice President for services to tennis.
In 2002 Yarm TC was delighted to appoint Anne as their first full time head coach and now boasts a full, exciting, year round programme of playing and coaching activities for
juniors and seniors alike. In 2006 Anne received the BTCA (British Tennis Coaches Association) National Coach of the year award, and has won a number of other local and national awards.
Anne is now Deputy President and LTA Councillor for Durham & Cleveland and in addition Captains the County over 35 team, Yarm Ladies 1st team and is Brown Owl to 2nd Hartburn Brownie Pack.
Mark has been a member of the club for many years, both as a junior and a senior player. He is now a regular coach at Yarm, helping with the development of both our Junior members and some of our Adults.Mark’s friendly and outgoing nature makes him a favourite with the juniors, and if you get him talking about “The Boro” you may be tied up for some time.
John, a member of the club since 1968, has in that time been Club Coach, junior organiser and committee member. He is now the Chairman of Yarm Tennis Club.
He held the post of Chairman British Tennis Coaches Association, Durham & Cleveland for some 20 years and was a member of the BTCA National Executive committee until 2008. John is very active in running wheelchair tennis.
In addition, John sits on the Durham & Cleveland LTA Executive committee and was Chairman of the County Performance committee until 2004. Some years ago he was awarded County Colours for services to tennis and was made an Hon. Life Vice-President of the County LTA in 1995. In 2006 he became President of Durham & Cleveland LTA, a position he still holds, and in 2007 he was presented with the LTA’s Meritorious Award for Services to tennis.
John is also the Club’s designated Child Protection Officer.