Meet our coaches...
At Knutsford Tennis Club, we are privileged to have two coaches working in partnership with us, to provide members with a range of opportunities to help them 'fine tune' their game - whatever their playing standard.
Mark Airey is our head coach and leads on the coaching activities with KTC. He's been here for over 8 years and is a Level 4 Master Coach. He offers members a range of coaching options to help them develop their tennis. Below he talks about his career and what he is trying to achieve in partnership with Knutsford Tennis Club
'I have been involved in tennis since the age of 4, after watching Boris Becker at Wimbledon. My dream of becoming a professional player tennis became reality in my late teens but unfortunately due to a back injury my hopes of becoming the next British Wimbledon champion was short lived, and I moved forward to pursue a career in coaching the game I love.
I've held a number of coaching positions, both in this country and abroad including the USA. Before my appointment at Knutsford Tennis Club, I had been the Head Coach at Bramhall Park Tennis Club, head of performance tennis at the David Lloyd club in Cheadle and the Head Coach of Alderley Edge Tennis Club
I enjoy all aspects of the game and passing on my knowledge to anyone keen to learn. Whether you're a 4 year old picking up a racket for the first time, coming back to the game after playing as a teenager or an adult wanting to try a fun and exciting way to exercise, I can provide you with the experience and service to achieve your goal at Knutsford Tennis Club.'
More details about the activities Mark currently has on offer for Adults and Juniors can be found here
"I love tennis and it's all down to Tennis Aces making it fun to learn"
"If ever there was a safe, respectful, fun and progressive environment to learn tennis, then Tennis Aces gets my vote!"
Katie Hobbs works in partnership with Mark, and is part of the Tennis Aces family. She particularly focuses on ladies tennis, both at a junior and senior level. Katie also plays competitively for our Ladies 1st team. She has been involved with KTC since she was a junior player. To get in touch with Katie about coaching, in the first instance, contact Mark Airey, our Head coach.
'I am a level 3 LTA registered coach, a coaching science graduate with over 15 years teaching experience.
I find it extremely rewarding to see a young child or an adult new to the game learn from what I am teaching them. Tennis is a game for life and as a female coach, supported by Judy Murrays 'She Rallies' programme, my main role at Knutsford Tennis Club is to empower and expand the number of girls and women playing tennis. Previous positions at Birchwood Tennis Centre and Manchester United Youth foundation have made me realise how important sport is for all. I would relish the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm to anyone who would like to learn, enjoy or thrive to compete in the game of tennis..
I had never played tennis before when I first joined Katie’s group coaching lessons and just over two years later I am now playing league tennis thanks to her! She did a great job of initially teaching me the fundamentals of the game and her lessons were always fun and engaging.