MEET THE TEAM

PTR is the largest tennis coaching organisation in the world & provides quality education, global certification and unsurpassed service to coaches.

We love tennis, and those who teach it.

It is our mission to educate, certify, and serve coaches so that the sport we love can continue to grow and evolve. We want to make being a great coach easier. Whether it’s providing you the certifications that will get you taken seriously at clubs, schools, and academies, educating you on the latest coaching methods that will take your students’ game to the next level, or connecting you with like-minded coaches around the world, we are here to support you!

Emma Wells Head of PTR UK

Emma’s coaching philosophy is all about connection and community and cannot wait to meet & grow the PTR coaching community in the UK and further afield. Emma worked closely with the LTA in developing the Tennis For Kids program from 2015-18 as well as managing the implementation of LTA programs for the biggest public outdoor provider of tennis in the UK.
Specialising in U10 delivery Emma has been a speaker for PTR, USPTA, Evolve 9, WTCA, Coach the Coaches, has worked with Women’s Health Magazine and recently was interviewed live on national television on the ITV This Morning show with over 1 million viewers. Emma has tutored & trained coaches in a variety of roles including for the LTA, GLL and for the holiday group Tui. Emma has built her coaching company from scratch with now 700 players weekly players in Wimbledon Park, London with her team of full time coaches.

Anne Pankhurst Education Consultant

Prior to the USTA position, Anne served as Coach Education Director for The Lawn Tennis Association in England. At the LTA, Anne had full responsibility for developing all Coach Education and Teacher Education courses, all Tutor Training, Coach Development and Coach Licensing.
She was a member of the ITF International Coaches Commission from 1997-2005. Anne has also coached full time, and presents at numerous tennis and other sport conventions and symposia around the world. She is in the process of completing her PhD, studying how the relationships between coaches, parents and the system impact the development of young tennis players with potential.

Simon Wheatley Performance Coach Educator

Simon Wheatley is a Coach Education & Player Development Consultant working with Federations, Academies, Clubs, Coaches, Players and Parents. For 14 years Simon worked at the LTA as a Regional Coach and more recently Performance Coach Education Manager. He was responsible for the highest level of performance qualifications and professional development opportunities for performance coaches across British Tennis. He is an author of 2 books and written over 50 CPD courses and 3 coaching qualifications for the LTA. He is also a ITF Academy Expert presenting at 6 Worldwide Coaches Conferences

AJ Cotter - Coach Educator


Since coaching 2002, AJ founded his Coaching Academy, CTA Sussex, officially launching it in 2013, which has since gone from strength to strength. AJ is involved with the WTCA (Womens Tennis Coaching Association) and appointed to the Board of WTCA in 2019 in recognition of his continued efforts to support the ongoing education of Coaches on the importance of encouraging Female Tennis Players and Female Coaches. AJ states that PTR education has always been some of the best and most valuable instruction available to Coaches worldwide. He wholeheartedly supports the development of PTR education and is excited to be part of the educational family.

Maria Lauren Coach Educator


Played on the AEGON British Tour and Futures Circuits, achieving a top 80 national ranking.
Director of tennis Maria Lauren Tennis, Former Head of Tennis at Paddington Recreational Grounds, Head of Performance Tennis at The Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club and Director of Tennis at Nike Junior Tennis Camps.
Maria has a life long passion for the game of tennis, which she likes to showcase during my coaching sessions, creating a fun and professional learning environment that will help players to achieve their goals.