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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 and grow the PTR coaching community in the UK and further afield. Emma is the Head of Coach Education for PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) for the UK and she is the first female to hold this international director position. She is the sole owner of Emma Wells Tennis, a successful Tennis Club in Wimbledon Park which has over 700 weekly players and operates 365 days a year. Earlier this year she expanded and opened a sister site in Roehampton (London) As an experienced tutor and a trainer for the LTA and PTR and has worked closely with the LTA in developing the Tennis For Kids program from 2015-18 as well as managing the implementation of other LTA programs. 
Emma has delivered several international symposiums for PTR, she has delivered clinics for the USTA at the National Campus as well as speaking at other events including; Evolve 9, WTCA, Coach the Coaches, etc. She has worked with Women’s Health Magazine. Her efforts have earned her two consecutive LTA Surrey Tennis awards and her international recognition has led her to be the personal tennis coach for an international royal family.

Phil Vivian – Coach Developer

Phil has over 40 years of experience, teaching at clubs around the UK and was the co-founder of the Holly Park Junior Tennis Club which was the first all junior club in the UK. Phil is a LTA Level 4 Senior Club Coach as well as a Professional Tennis registry (PTR) Professional Coach. Phil was also awarded the PTR UK Pro of the Year in 1998 & THE PTR lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He has been a key-note speaker at Coach Education seminars and the PTR National Symposiums. Phil has over 40 years of experience, teaching around clubs in the UK. He has been a PTR Coach Education Tutor and Chief Assessor and was awarded the International Tester of the Year 2013. Phil has trained over 3,000 coaches in the past 25 years. He combines his coaching role with his successful restringing business and holds the UKRSA Professional Stringer qualification. Phil is currently working with MDL Coaching in Surrey and at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, Olympic Park.


AJ Cotter - Coach Developer

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.

Simon Wheatley Performance Coach Developer

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

Maria Lauren Coach Developer

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.

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. Anne has a PhD from Edinburgh University in 2014.
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.

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