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All ABOUT LARRY

Passionate About Improving Your Tennis Skills

Hello and welcome to my site! It’s great to have you here. So who am I? My name is Laurence but you can call me Larry. I’m from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

 

After working as a Marine Scientist for 10 years, I decided to follow my passion in tennis and make it my full time job. I haven’t looked back and I’ve been coaching now for nearly 10 years! Time flies when you’re having fun. I have taught thousands of people over the years and have been Head Coach in my local club for 5 years, developing a full junior (ROG) and adult coaching programme, quadrupling the club membership during my time there. 

I absolutely love tennis and as I’ve grown into my role as a coach the thing I enjoy the most is getting to know people, working with them to help them improve their tennis and their confidence on court. Everyone is different and everyone learns in a different way. I enjoy being able to find a way to connect and help individuals learn in the way that suits them best. 

Laurence on Court

I am passionate about helping tennis players of all levels reach their full potential. As an experienced coach, I have helped players from complete beginners to competitive tournament and league players, improving their skills and achieving their goals. I believe that with the right guidance and training, anyone can become a great tennis player. If you're ready to take your tennis game to the next level, contact me today to get started!

Tennis Certifications

  • Tennis Ireland - Level 2 Certified Coach (ITF International Tennis Federation Certified)
     
  • Professional Tennis Registry (PTR):
    • Adult Coaching development
    • 10 and Under
    • Performance Level Coaching
    • Tennis Fundamentals
       
  • NSPCC child protection in Sport

  • Child protection (SportNI)

  • First Aid (via British Red Cross) 

Attendance at the PTR International Coaching Conference – Rome May 2017. PTR International Symposiums 2021 and 2022. Tennis Ireland National Coaches Conference 2020, 21, 22 & 23.

UKRSA (UK Racket Stringers Association) – Certified Stringer – Wimbledon – May 2017

 

For reference, I'm roughly a playing level 5.5 on the USTA NTRP/ UTR 12.5 - though I haven't been rated in that system.

Pickleball

In March 2024 I qualified as a Pickleball coach! PPR-UK

Languages

I enjoy learning languages, as well as those listed below I know a little Latin, Irish, Portuguese, Romanian, Ukrainian, Hungarian & Russian.

Languages:

  • English – University / Native
     
  • Spanish – Level 4/5 (QUB) CERF C1
     

  • French – (School) CERF B2 
     

  • Italian – Level 3 (QUB) CERF B1
     

  • German – Level 1 (QUB) CERF A2
     

  • Arabic - Level 4 (QUB) CERF A1

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Pam

Tennis has improved my life in so many ways. Feeling more confident about my tennis has allowed me to connect with more people and make more friends at the tennis club which has been amazing

Damien

Laurence is an amazing coach. He made me feel really comfortable and really knows his stuff!

Warren

I've improved so quickly, you have a very easy way of explaining what's going on and how I can make changes in a way that I can understand

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