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Heron welcomes Steve Wood, our new Head Pro!


IMG 1381After we said an emotional thank you and farewell to Matt at the Junior Christmas Party & Awards on Saturday 21 January (click on this link to see our slideshow of junior award winners and farewell wishes to Matt: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuyvrTIVq30), we are proud to announce that Steve Wood will be Heron and Ace's new Head Pro.

Steve Wood (you can call him "Woody" as Heron now has 3 coaches called Steve!) brings his vast and impressive playing and coaching experience to Heron's coaching team.

Below are some of Steve's achievements and experiences:

- Steve, originally from Devon, represented the Devon Men's Team and recorded an impressive 13 match wins out of a possible 15 matches in Division 1!
- he was a US College Tennis Scholar at Texas Tech where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Exercise Science.
- Steve has coached at clubs in Foxhills (Surrey), Chiswick (Surrey) and at the prestigious Evert Tennis Academy (Boca Raton, Florida) where he gained experience coaching in a wide range of sessions from mini tennis to ladies coffee mornings, and with players from aspiring pros at university to professional players competing on the pro tour.
- he is a former LTA National Coach and Head Coach of Exeter University where he led the Women’s and Men’s Teams to the no.1 and 3 rankings in the UK respectively.
- Steve was also a Touring Professional Coach to Vince Spadea (highest ATP ranking 18) and hitting partner to pros including Venus Williams, Amanda Coetzer, Karel Novacek and Mardy Fish.

In his free time, Steve likes going on coastal walks, kayaking and mountain biking with his 3 children.

Steve starts his role at Heron on Monday 6 January. If you would like to contact Steve to book a lesson, please call him on his mobile - 07496327621. For more information about any aspect of our junior and adult coaching programmes, please contact Steve A on 07790017603.