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Coaching

Head Coach Sara Bamford
Playing:

Sara started playing tennis at the age of 4 when her mum took her to short tennis at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre. Sara started coaching as an assistant at Linslade Tennis Club when she was 10 years old and played for 8 years at the club supporting both the junior and adult teams. From the age of 8 Sara started representing Bedfordshire and has continued playing for the county ever since. At the age of 12 Sara started playing in the senior teams.

When she was 18 Sara gained a tennis scholarship to America for 4 years where she attended the university of Tennessee at martin. In a team of 6-10 players Sara continuously played at no.1 and no.2 position in both singles and doubles throughout her college career. In her freshman year Sara was awarded freshman of the year and in her senior year Sara was awarded athlete of the year and had a 10-0 record within the conference.

Coaching:
Sara gained her tennis assistant qualification when she was 16 and helped out at Linslade tennis club for several years.
Whilst in America Sara worked at Malibu summer tennis camp for 3 summers. Here she worked with john McEnroe’s daughter, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son and many more! Sara returned to England in 2010 and gained her PTR qualification and went on to gain her LTA level 3 qualification and license in 2012. Sara has  upgraded her qualification to an LTA level 4 Senior Club Coach in 2015.

Sara joined Eaton Bray Tennis Club in 2010 and is also coach and captain of the U18 county girls team and captain of the county ladies team.

Disability Tennis (Voted AEGON British Tennis East Region Disability Program of the Year 2016):

In 2014 Sara was given the opportunity to do some work in disability tennis. She went on a disability tennis awareness course and started working for the county as part of the coaching team “no barriers” based at Riverside Tennis Club. Sara took on the south of Bedfordshire focusing on Luton, Dunstable and Leighton buzzard areas. Due to such good progress, 2 years on Sara has now been able to set up a local club, Linslade tennis club, as the South Beds hub club while Riverside Tennis Club remains the hub club in North Beds. Sara is now the South Beds disability manager and works with over 60 people a week in the disability programme.

If you are interested in Disability tennis please contact Sara directly for more details as to what sessions are run locally in south beds.

 

Qualifications:

  • PTR Pro
  • LTA level 4 Senior Club Coach
  • AEGON British Tennis County coach of the year 2015 & 2017
  • Fully licensed
  • First aid trained
  • South Beds Disability tennis manager
  • Cardio tennis
  • U10 mini tennis performance
  • UKRSA professional stringer
  • Basic referee license

Current:

  • LTA rating 3.2
  • Ladies county singles champion 2017
  • Ladies doubles county champion 2017
  • South Beds ladies singles champion 2017
  • South Beds ladies doubles champion 2017
  • South beds mixed doubles champion 2017

Phone: 07561 571-578
Email: sara_leavy@hotmail.com

Assistant Coaches

Laura Williams – PTR Instructor

Max Freebairn – PTR Instructor

Philip Clarke – PTR Associate Instructor

 

Alison Lowe – LTA Level 2

Ben Johnson – LTA Level 1

 

Georgia Griffiths – LTA Young Leader

Finlay Tarvit – LTA Young Leader

Heather Kerr – LTA Young Leader