In the wake of Colin Fleming joining the organisation as National Coach, Tennis Scotland has announced the appointment of two senior positions designed to further strengthen its performance team.
Joining in December from University of Stirling, where he is currently Winning Students and Sports Performance Co-ordinator is Jason Atkins, who will take up the position of Head of Operations (Performance and Competition). A graduate of Stirling with combined honours in accounting and sports studies, Jason sits on the BUCS Tennis Competition Group, and has previously held roles as English Universities Team Manager and British Universities Assistant Team Manager for golf.
In his new role, Jason will provide operational leadership and support to the TS player development, coach development and competitions programmes to help ensure that more Scottish players achieve their potential across the performance pathway and that a comprehensive competitions programme is delivered for players at all levels.
Making a welcome return to the organisation as National Pathways Coach is Ellinore Lightbody, who was National Coach between 2004 and 2010 before joining Tennis Wales as National Talent Performance Manager. Ellinore, who will start her new role at the end of this month, will focus on developing the next batch of aspiring stars between the ages of 8 and 14 and be responsible, along with Colin, for driving a TS Pathways Programme that will support the transition of more players to the National Squad.
Commenting on the appointments, TS Board Director of Performance Leon Smith said “We at Tennis Scotland are absolutely delighted to have Elinore Lightbody back working in Scotland. Ellinore is a hugely popular figure and brings with her a wealth of experience at all levels of the game. With Colin and Ellinore leading our National programme and Jason coming in as Head of Operations, there is a great opportunity to develop our support to players, coaches and programmes."