Nottingham College students serve up top coaching tips

Nottingham College sport students delivered more than 1625 hours of coaching by supporting the Nottingham Mini Tennis Schools Festival, organised to run alongside the 2017 Aegon Open Nottingham earlier this month.

50 students coached in excess of 2000 primary school children who attended the mini-tennis festival as part of the celebrations. The students had to undergo pre-event training which was delivered by tennis coaches Dave Everington and Martyn Jones. They then took part in an onsite briefing and familiarisation session at the tennis centre before the event took place.

Diane Garfield, Community and Performance Sport Manager at the college, said: “As in previous years our students had a fantastic opportunity to be part of a major sporting event in Nottingham and develop their sport leadership and coaching skills. Many of the sport students have now signed up to get involved in more events at the tennis centre, therefore working more closely with employers in the industry. Sport work experience is embedded into the students’ sport course at college and it develops employability skills for their future careers.”

Paul Cummins, FE and Education Projects Manager at the Tennis Foundation, said: “The 50 students have, through funding from the Tennis Foundation, received Tennis Leaders training, with a number also receiving their Level 1 Coaching Assistant which has played a crucial role in allowing the students to develop their skills on court with the 2000 school students from local schools.

“Over the last couple of years a number of the students have gained employment with Nottingham Tennis Centre, to help deliver their growing programme. Without the support of Nottingham College, the Nottingham Mini Tennis Schools Festival wouldn’t be possible and we look forward to working with the college going forwards.”

AoC Sport projects officer, Laura Danskin, said: “It’s fantastic to see students from Nottingham College that volunteered at the 2017 AoC Sport National Championships have continued on their volunteering journeys, representing the college at the Nottingham mini tennis schools festival.

“After the college supported the students’ applications to volunteer at the Championships, they have encouraged them to develop their skills further, alongside other students, providing a unique opportunity working with the Tennis Foundation.”

If you would like any further information about this sport initiative or sport work experience please contact Diane Garfield, Community and Performance Sport Manager at: or 0115 914 6405.