Welcome to the County Training page.
Here you’ll find everything you need to know as a player who will be invited to attend county training, we hope you are as excited/motivated for the tennis season as we are. Whether that will involve county training and subsequently representing Yorkshire in County Cup events, or whether it will be county training and seeing where you can improve to get selected for a team, we really want everyone to feel involved and up to date with what’s going on in Junior Performance Tennis in Yorkshire.
County Training is a great way to bring the best young players in the county together in each age group and supplement their weekly programmes. The county performance team look to schedule sessions led by some of the best coaches in the county to help in the development of players whilst creating a common identity for Yorkshire players and a definite feeling of team spirit within the county.
Introducing the ‘County Head Coaches’:
Richard Crabtree – Performance Director. Richard has had a wide range of experiences both as a player and as a coach. His playing achievements include a National Junior College Team Title representing Abraham Baldwin in the USA. Richard became an ‘All American’ in Singles and Doubles in 1999 and 2000. He then moved to Texas Tech University where he was named in the All Conference Team for Singles and Doubles, being ranked in the top 50 in the Doubles National Rankings. Richard gained ATP points in Singles and Doubles and represented England in the Senior 4 Nations Championships. Richard continues to represent Yorkshire at Senior County Week and was a member of the team that became Division One Champions.
In his first Head Coach role at Pershore Tennis Centre Richard quickly developed the Junior Programme, resulting in the club having many players competing at County and National Level. His move to Head Coach at Nuffield Tennis Academy, Hull in September 2008 was successful with the Centre being awarded LTA High-Performance Status. Richard then furthered his coaching career, moving to Bolton Arena and taking over as Head Coach in 2012. He had a number of notable achievements during his seven years at Bolton which concluded with three of the Junior Teams winning the National Finals in July 2019.
Richard has worked with full-time players who have competed on the ATP and WTA Professional Tour, as well coaching Great Britain Junior International Players. In addition, he has held Yorkshire LTA County Captain roles, winning National Titles with the Under 10 Girls and the Under 18 Boys Teams. In his capacity as Head Coach, Richard has guided players to success in Domestic Grade 1 and 2 Events, ITF and Tennis Europe Events, as well as coaching players who have competed in the Main Draw at both Tarbes and the Orange Bowl. Richard has also coached numerous players who have represented Great Britain in Summer and Winter Cup Competitions.
Sam Salt – 10U Head Coach.
Sam has a wealth of coaching experience in Yorkshire having coached players from mini-tennis through to picking up senior international rankings. Sam began his coaching journey in Sheffield before becoming the Head Coach at Graves for 6 years in a period where he coached 2 national winning teams in team tennis and numerous county team victories at National Finals. In 2019, Sam was the North of England’s Winner of the LTA’s coach of the year awards, finishing RU Nationally. Sam currently runs a performance academy in Sheffield and works closely with key stakeholders to develop the players on and off the court. Sam has a good track record of producing players who can go on to compete at the highest levels.
Some of our main areas of work as Head Coaches include:
· Leading the programme of County Training for all age ranges. Being responsible for the selection of players and coaches for sessions, and for the quality of these sessions
· Selecting teams and coaches for County Cup events at all Junior age groups and trying to drive the continued success of these teams
· Providing other support for Yorkshire players where required: This may take the form of providing tournament support at National level events, or providing advice/help to players/coaches regarding schedules etc.
We would welcome any aspiring performance coaches who would like to be involved in the county training set-up or like to gain work experience shadowing performance sessions to get in touch. We welcome anyone to join the expansive network of Yorkshire coaches working in performance.
County training selections are made in consultation with coaches within both the LPDC network and aforementioned Yorkshire performance network with support from the regional LTA team.
More information on County Training and Talent Identification.