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 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 relevant info in the form of our newsletter. This will include but not limited to:
• Any logistically related news/info related to county training/fixtures
• Introduction to the ‘theme’ of this month’s county training sessions
• Any notable results for the county teams/county players. Please see the newsletters at the bottom of this page.
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’:
Elliot Chang – U18 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, Bolton Arena & currently Cultiv8 Regional Player Development Centre in Leeds. During his time at Bolton Elliot coached players the represented GB and won ITF & Tennis Europe events and this culminated in him coaching the champions in both the U18 and U16 national singles championships 2019. Alongside his role for the county, in September 2019 Elliot started as part of the team of coaches at the Regional Performance Development Centre at JCCS Leeds. He has since captained the Yorkshire boys U18 team who became national champions in February 2020 for the second year in a row. Elliot has a clear idea of what the highest levels of the Junior and Senior game look like having helped players achieve ATP rankings.
Tom Loughton – 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 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.
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. During the lockdown period Yorkshire coaches were fantastic at continuing to drive the engagement in our sport and 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.