Meet Our Tennis Coaches

The Shrewsbury Club tennis programme is managed by inspire2coach, the leading tennis operator in the Midlands, which also looks after the coaching programmes at several Shropshire tennis clubs.

Josh Price is the club manager for our Shropshire programmes and each club works together and links into the Shrewsbury club where ever possible.

Alvin Ward, General Manager

Alvin Ward, General Manager

I oversee the delivery of our tennis programme at The Shrewsbury Club as Director of Tennis. Both the indoors and outreach programmes are geared towards creating a love for the sport. My main focus is creating an atmosphere in which all players can enjoy their tennis and create an affinity with the sport which will stay with them forever.

Three words: Strategic, mentor, passionate

Lyndsay Silverthorn

Lyndsay Silverthorn, Tennis Coach

I was a professional tennis player for over 10 years around the world, reaching world rankings of top 200 in doubles and top 400 in singles. I have experience in both on and off the court training and nutrition, gaining valuable knowledge while being trained out of Connecticut in the United States. Post playing career, I have coached for the past 10 years around the UK and also briefly in the United States while also having a background in sales. I am driven to increase the number of female tennis players while also focusing on the overwhelming benefits playing tennis has on health and wellness.

Three words: The Scottish One

Adam Wharf

Adam Wharf, Performance Manager

The Performance Manager here at the Shrewsbury Club, I come from a professional playing background and have been coaching since I stopped playing full time. I was programme manager at Edgbaston Priory HPC before taking this exciting position here at The Shrewsbury Club. My role is to impact all players on our Academy and raise the level of standards across the club. Our main focus is to facilitate the needs of our players and to also help them gain a scholarship at an American university.

Three words: Always seeking perfection

Simon Bird

Simon Bird, Tennis Coach

I have been coaching at The Shrewsbury Club ever since it first opened its doors. My role is to co-ordinate the adult programme and oversee the club's teams currently playing in the Shropshire Summer League. I represent the county at over 45 level and still enjoy the competitive side of the sport. I also had the huge honour of representing Great Britiain's over-45s team in Spain which was a great experience.

Three words: Simply the Guru

Simon Ferguson

I have worked for inspire2coach since 2009 having previously headed up the Academy programme. I enjoy my role at The Shrewsbury Club working alongside Adam Wharf and focusing on all performance players. I still play to a high level and like using that experience to benefit all players on the programme. I enjoyed being team captain in the summer of 2016 as The Shrewsbury Club's 14 and under boys finished in the top four of the Aegon Premier National Finals held at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton.

Three words: Quiet but professional

Nigel Hunter

Nigel Hunter

My role oversees all tennis activity for Tennis Shropshire. I am responsible for organising all county teams along with arranging county training sessions for all age groups. I am a past winner of the Great Britain over-35 men's doubles title and enjoy representing Shropshire at over-35s level.

Three words: Strategic, mentor, passionate

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