Welcome to the County Training page! As a player (or a parent/coach of a player) who will be invited to attend county training during the next year, we hope you are as excited/motivated for the tennis 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. As such we will be giving you all a monthly update of (hopefully) relevant info. This will include A) any logistically related news/info related to county training/fixtures B) introduction to the ‘theme’ of this month’s county training sessions C) any notable results for the county teams/county players. Please see the newsletters at the bottom of this page.
We would like to introduce ourselves as the ‘County Head Coaches’.
Elliot Chang is the U18 county head coach: Elliot takes the role having had significant playing and coaching experience both within and outside the county. As a player he has represented Yorkshire at all ages (and continues to do so) and as a coach has worked at Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club, and most recently at Bolton Arena. His time at Bolton culminated in him coaching the champions in both the recent U18 and U16 national singles championships. As of September 2019 Elliot (alongside his role for the county) is one of the team of coaches at the new Regional Performance Development Centre at JCCS Leeds. Elliot has a clear idea of what the highest levels of the Junior and Senior game look like, and also what a good team looks like, having been part of numerous promotion winning Yorkshire Men’s teams as well as captaining the university Men’s team at Leeds Met Carnegie to National and International titles.
Tom Loughton has the role of U14 head coach. As a player Tom represented Yorkshire at all ages, and took county singles titles in all ages (apart from U12 and Men’s!) and as a coach spent 13 years at the Nuffield Tennis Academy in Hull, including 6 as head coach, before for the last year working at Bolton Arena. He is also now working at the new RPDC in Leeds alongside his county role. He has experience of working with players from U7 development level through to Men’s International level, and has significant experience of the International levels at U14/U12 having coached numerous players who have played for GB at this age group, and having been a vice captain for the U14 boys GB team in 2019. He has captained Yorkshire teams at U9/10/12/14 including winning 2 national titles with the U12 team.
· 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