Keith is an LTA level 5 Master Performance Coach and Qualified LTA Coach Tutor with over 20 years of coaching experience and a degree in Sports Science, Physical Education & Recreational Management from Loughborough University.
His role as Head Coach is centred on creating a healthy, thriving club by managing and delivering the club’s adult and junior coaching programme’s in collaboration with the coaching team. Keith is incredibly passionate about helping people to enjoy the game of tennis and creating fun but challenging learning environments for everyone to develop and progress.
Keith has coached in many schools, parks, clubs and academies and has been privileged to work with players at all levels from complete beginners to elite juniors and Grand Slam level seniors. Having grown up in Sussex to become 18u County Champion and a National level junior himself, he is very proud to also be the County Performance Manager for Sussex, in a dual role.
Before starting at Southdown, Keith worked for the LTA for 12 years as the LTA London & South East Region’s Performance Manager and was based at the National Tennis centre. During his time with the LTA, he led the regional training programme, assisted with national training camps and captained Great Britain’s 10u, 12u and 16u teams. He also managed the LTA’s investment across a network of coaching programmes and developed and delivered a region-wide coach education programme.
Keith looks forward to helping you enjoy your tennis and the club as much as possible.
Hourly private rate for individual tennis lessons – £40
Lydia is an LTA level 4 Senior Performance Coach.
Lydia started playing tennis at the age of 8 years old at her local outdoor tennis club in Brighton where she became a top county level junior, before moving onto Virgin Active Brighton where she progressed her tennis to a national level in her teens. She represented Sussex in both the county junior teams and the senior teams and is very proud to now have the role of Sussex Ladies Team Captain.
Before joining the team at Southdown last year, Lydia previously worked for 12 years as a tennis coach at Virgin Active Brighton and Halton Tennis Club, where she built up a lot of expertise and experience working in club environments and teaching all ages and abilities. Lydia is incredibly enthusiastic on court and passionate about tennis and is looking forward to helping everyone with their tennis at Southdown Sports Club.
She is a born and bred Brightonian, a massive Manchester United fan who enjoys watching all sports, socialising with friends and family and a nice glass of red wine!
Lydia looks forward to seeing you on court soon.
Ryan has been coaching at Southdown for 7 years gaining invaluable experience. Working with variety of ages and abilities, ranging from top National/International juniors to complete beginners.
As a player Ryan competed against some of the top juniors in the world, achieving a career high GB ranking of 3 in 2016. In the 2016/17 season Ryan recorded a number of victories against players inside the worlds top 200 ITF (junior world rankings) with a career win against a player ranked inside the top 150. Last year taking on the position of Sussex Boys 18u Coach Captain.
Ryan is very passionate about the club, it’s members and the game of tennis and enjoys working with players of all levels and abilities to help them to maximise their potential. Ryan looks forward to seeing you out on court enjoying your tennis!
Ellie is an LTA level 3 Tennis Coach
Having started playing tennis at the age of 7, she joined Southdown as a junior member at the age of 12. Ever since then, she has fallen more and more in love with the club and the members. Ellie also started assisting with the coaching at the club from the age of 14 and became a full time coach working here when she turned 18 years.
Ellie has represented Sussex as a county level junior from the age of 8 and reached a highest national ranking of 4th in her teens, gaining her a scholarship to Eastbourne College. She still plays to a very high level and is part of the current Ladies Sussex County team.
Ellie loves to coach tennis to all ages and abilities and brings infectious energy to the court to help keep everyone motivated. She is very excited about the future of the club and is looking forward to growing the tennis section alongside working with such a great team.
Ellie looks forward to helping you with your tennis.