Meet The Coaches

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Director of Tennis

My love for tennis is my key motivator. I have played tennis since I was 3 and I see tennis as much more than a career. The sport has taught me so much in life and passing that on is very important to me.

I am a firm believer that my enthusiasm for tennis comes from the family and community spirit club tennis can bring. ​


My passions lie with a combination of sport and business. My enjoyment of the competitive side for all sports, particularly golf and tennis has taught me a lot, which I have transferred to my work. This has driven me to expanding my knowledge of how great businesses thrive.


My biggest goal in life is to make tennis accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and pass on that feeling that I get when I walk into the clubhouse of a great sports club!

Dean Gayton


£30 per hour

Director of Performance

With a competitive playing background of 20 years, experience of coaching abroad in venues such as Dubai, Vale Do Lobo & Barcelona, Dean has developed a wealth of experience in the game.

Qualified through the Professional Tennis Registry, LTA, (BSc) Sports Development, DBS checked and approved first aider, Dean enjoys working at all levels from complete beginner, to county/regional performance.

Dean has represented his home club Northampton County Lawn Tennis Club, and Men's Northants County Team at the highest level, and is a Wilson affiliated coach.

Head Coach, Kettering TC

I have played tennis since the age of 5 when my family introduced me to tennis at my local tennis club. I grew up loving to compete at any sport and continue to do so now. Tennis has taken me all over the globe, signing to a Junior College in America at the age of 17. Whilst in America, our team and I became regional champions and placed 5th at the National tournament held in Dallas, Texas. Whilst in America I studied Business alongside my playing career.

 I became a full time coach when returning from America, and whilst coaching I realised my dream of pursuing professional tennis again. For the past 2 years I continued to chase this dream whilst coaching club and county players. Some of my county players have gone on to become no.1 in their respective counties. 


I now enjoy sharing my knowledge on and off the court with my younger/older counterparts and I enjoy seeing the growth of a person and player and programme during the tennis journey whether that is trying to pursue a tennis dream or if it is just to play socially and pick up a few tips along the way. My hobbies include, golf, fitness, swimming and weight training. 


Phil Smith


£25 per hour

Development Coach, Northampton LTC

I've been coaching tennis for the past 10 years now. I've coached mini tennis, juniors and adults during that time in individual lessons and squads. I am a level 3 LTA accredited coach.  I've won the east northants league 7 times and I was part of the mixed team that won the Northampton division 1 title.


I've worked at Northampton, Kettering, Brixworth and Crick & West Haddon tennis clubs. My favourite thing about coaching is bringing a sense of enjoyment to the player or players I'm coaching.


My favourite tennis player is Rafael Nadal as he never gives up and has the best forehand ever! I like to see tenacity, energy and enthusiasm from my players.

Ben Johnson


£15 per hour

Development Coach, Kettering TC

James Markovic


£15 per hour

Development Coach, Northampton LTC

Wayne Tideswell


£25 per hour

Development Coach, Kettering TC & Finedon TC

Sarah Vickers


£25 per hour

Development Coach, Northampton LTC & Bozeat

I have played tennis since the age of 10, representing Northants at junior and senior level as well as being a regular club player.
I am an experienced PE teacher who has taught students of all ages and abilities.

I am Currently an LTA Level 2 Development Coach, and looking to take my Level 3. I am a fully licensed and accredited coach.

I am also a swimming teacher, Sports Massage and Hot stones therapist.

Madde Blair


£20 per hour

Disability Lead & Head Coach of Rushmere TC

Maddee Blair is a level 3 qualified LTA accredited+ coach with 6+ years coaching experience. She offers a strong playing level playing for Rushmere ladies 1§st team, and playing ladies 1st division Northants tennis.


Maddee has specialist training for coaching disability tennis and has 4 years’ experience. We are always looking to expand our coaching to suit any individual of any ability. Tennis is for any-body.

Rob Slater


£12 per hour

Development Coach, Northampton LTC

Alex Ballinger


£8 per hour

Assistant Coach & Hitter, Northampton LTC

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Kristupas Dambrauskas


£8 per hour

Assistant Coach & Hitter, Northampton LTC