Tennis Scotland is delighted to announce a new RPDC Head Coaching Team of Karen Lamb (Edinburgh), Jonny Willcox (Glasgow) and Callum Lloyd (Stirling). The coaching team will be supported by Colin Fleming and Ellinore Lightbody. The team represents a wealth of knowledge and experience and a credible track record of success.
Karen Lamb (pictured above)
During a seven year professional playing career Karen won 2 ITF singles titles and 5 ITF doubles titles, achieving a World Ranking of 369 in singles and 220 in doubles. Since retiring Karen’s coaching journey has seen her work with the LTA High Performance Centre in Chiswick and most recently as County Coach and Programme Lead for the Performance Pathway Programme delivered by the East of Scotland LTA. Karen has delivered success by coaching junior and senior players to grand slam level, alongside other top level coaches. Karen now hopes to combine the RPDC Head Coach role with East of Scotland coaching and management of the new Wee Aces programme and County tennis programme. Karen’s experience will help develop aspiring junior in the RPDC programme.
Jonny is no stranger to success having recently won Tennis Scotland Coach of the Year, British Tennis Coach of the Year and sportscotland’s Young Coach of the Year. Jonny is currently Head Coach at Rutherglen Tennis Club, helping to contribute to consecutive Club of the Year Awards. Jonny will be continuing his work with Rutherglen alongside RPDC Head Coaching commitments. He previously combined this with work with a Lead Coach role in the Performance Pathway Programme delivered by the Tennis West of Scotland, as well as being captain for several County Cup teams. Jonny also holds a Performance Coach role at David Lloyd Renfrew. In addition to all of these accolades Jonny is a graduate of the University of Stirling and a postgraduate from the University of Strathclyde.
Callum is a former full-time international player, who once worked under Matt Little, who is now Andy Murray’s physical trainer. Callum represented Great Britain and competed in Tarbes and Teen tennis. Callum enjoyed a Senior National top 20 ranking. Callum is a former tennis scholar at the University of Stirling where he began the tennis and strength and conditioning coaching journey and previously supported Tennis Scotland as a performance tennis coach and strength and conditioning coach. Callum boasts qualifications which include: LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach and UK Strength and Conditioning Accreditation. Callum has significant coaching experience at Bromley Tennis Centre where he coached Hugo Coquelin to the 12&U national Title earlier this year. Callum has also supported National Age Group Programme trips and camps.
Blane Dodds, Chief Executive at Tennis Scotland stated: "Tennis Scotland is delighted to announce Karen, Jonny and Callum as the RPDC Head Coaching team. Together they boast a wealth of knowledge and experience. Their professionalism, passion and enthusiasm will be hugely influential in the development of aspiring Scottish juniors. We are also delighted that the new coaching team will be complimented by Ashley Webster (pictured right) who has been lead Under 14 performance coach at the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona where Andy Murray attended in his late junior career.
Blane added: “Tennis Scotland is excited to be supporting the player pathway through Local Player Development Centres (LPDC) and Regional Player Development Centres (RPDC), before the launch of our National Academy in August 2019. For the first time, Scottish tennis will deliver the complete Junior Player Pathway in Scotland and have the resources to develop a world class programme. The LPDC Coaching team and RPDC Head Coaching team are crucial to progress more Scottish juniors through the player pathway and on to the National Academy. Thanks to the Murray's success and achievements, we now have juniors who are inspired to play at the top of the game. This is part of a long term vision and strategy for Scottish and British Tennis to capitalise on this as part of the legacy for tennis in Scotland. We look forward to working closely with Karen, Jonny, Callum and Ashley and welcoming the first cohort of players in September 2018