Getting involved as a tennis volunteer can bring great rewards – it develops employability, can support your playing, help with your Duke of Edinburgh Award and lead to a long-term career in sport.
The LTA has a young volunteers pathway, which links into coaching and participation pathways.
At Sway LTC we can offer the volunteer Tennis Leaders course which is available for anyone from the age of 13 to 17. This is the first step to helping with coaching and competitions at the club. To register your interest in this course or with volunteering, speak to any of the coaching team. From the age of 16, players can undertake the Level 1 coaching course and/or an umpire course.
We have a number of under 16 juniors that volunteer with LTA Youth group coaching at the club who have achieved the Tennis Leaders course or will be completing at the next available course.
We are also happy to accept year 10 school work experience applications, with many current and past juniors taking on this role, and have two positions available every summer.
Andy Mayo is Sway Lawn Tennis Club’s Head Coach and has been at the club since February 2012.
Andy is an LTA Accredited+ Level 3 Performance Coach, fully DBS checked and holds a First Aid qualification. He has been coaching since March 2004, gaining experience with all ages and abilities in a variety of individual and group lessons.
He successfully completed the LTA Development Coach Award in December 2005, Club Coach (Level 3) upgrade in April 2010 and Performance Coach upgrade in February 2011. In 2007 he graduated from Chichester University with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Sports Coaching Science.
He has a high level of technical expertise and during his degree studied influences upon both the coach and student, including creating the correct learning environment, coaching principles, psychology, physiology and biomechanics.
Andy has a strong background in Mini Tennis leading into the new LTA Youth programme and has acquired coaching experience at a large tennis club in Chichester, West Sussex, a smaller club in New Milton, Hampshire and an independent coaching programme in Surrey.
He has excellent people skills and is a very popular coach, having a particularly good rapport with young people. He is experienced in inspiring both juniors and adults to rapidly progress from beginner to a higher level.
Will Luckwell is an LTA Accredited Level 2 Coaching Assistant, fully DBS checked and holds a First Aid qualification.
Will has been coaching at Sway Lawn Tennis Club since 2016 after playing here as a junior and undertaking his school work experience with Andy in 2015. He has gone on to complete his LTA Tennis Leaders Award and helping with mini tennis group lessons from April 2015, his LTA Level 1 qualification in 2016 before completing his Level 2 in 2017 whilst part of the LTA Apprenticeship Scheme. Since coaching full time in 2017, Will has gained a wide variety of experience working with all ages and abilities.
He is a very popular coach, has a good reputation within the club and represents junior members on the club committee. He has excellent organisational skills leading to him becoming the Sway Men’s 1st team captain since 2018.
Caroline recently joined the coaching team after completing her LTA Level 1 Coaching Assistant qualification in 2019. She aims to complete her Level 2 in late 2020 or early 2021 to assist with LTA Youth squads and run competitions in the future.
Caroline is a long time member of Sway LTC, is the fixtures secretary and Sway Ladies team captain.