Since its inception two years ago, the Loughborough University Tennis Programme coaching and volunteering strand has gone from strength to strength with both numbers involved and subsequent success stories on the up.
With a highly motivated complement of tennis mad staff and students, the coaching and volunteering strand has grown from the ground up, with just four students involved two years ago. Fast forward to the present day and a staggering 78 students have been recruited into tennis’ comprehensive coaching (42) and volunteering (36) pathways this term alone.
That figure spans across Coaching, Sport Psychology, Performance Analysis, Performance Lifestyle, Strength & Conditioning, Marketing & Communications and Officiating career strands, the diversity a real asset to both the programme and tennis in the local community.
Within each strand students are able to take advantage of training and development workshops and mentoring from experienced professionals, whilst gaining internal work experience and potential placements with significant partners in the tennis industry.
To celebrate the inputs of students to this vibrant programme, this year Loughborough Sport Tennis have established “Tennis Volunteer of the Month” and “Tennis Coach of the Month” awards, with the first of these having been awarded for October.
Both accolades for October have gone to third year Sport & Exercise Science student Jake Moon, who is involved in the Tennis programme both as a Participation Programme Coach and the Performance Analysis Student Lead.
Regarding his Coach of the Month award, Tennis Coach Development Manager Dave Boddy remarked:
We have had an unbelievably busy start to the student programme and Jake has really stepped up to the plate assisting and leading more sessions than usual to ensure student experience wasn’t compromised. Jake leads on court with real confidence and quietly goes about his business off court with reliability and efficiency. He is a huge asset to the programme and has set a high standard going above and beyond at this early stage of the academic year.
On his Volunteer of the Month award, Julie Blackwood, Tennis Strands Coordinator commented:
As part of our Performance Analysis team last year, Jake’s commitment to his position with Loughborough Sport Tennis earned him a role working with the LTA Performance Analysis team over the summer, where he further honed his skillset.
This year we have given Jake greater responsibility as the Tennis Performance Analysis Student Lead, a role in which he has so far been outstanding. From speaking to students about his experiences during the Performance Analysis strand briefing to mentoring the new intake of Tennis Performance Analysts on Dartfish software and liaising with the LTA regarding training needs, no task is ever too big for Jake. We are so appreciative of all his time and effort in contributing to other students having a wonderful experience of this career strand pathway.
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