Our Team

Neil Watts, Level 4 Performance Coach

+44 (0) 7810522628 / neil@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

started playing tennis at the age of 5 in Swindon and in the 30 years since have represented the county at every age group, including the Men's county team which I have been captain of for over 10 of those years. For those reasons I had the great honour of being awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Wiltshire Tennis award in 2008.

At the age of 17 I got my first ATP ranking and spent 3 years travelling the world playing tournaments which is an experience I will never forget. This helped me to become ranked within the top 15 Male players in GB.

My first coaching job was being appointed as the first team coach at Millfield school. In an enjoyable 2 and half years there the team won numerous titles including the National Schools championships. Upon leaving Millfield I took on the joint role working for Wiltshire LTA and Swindon Borough Council. Having been back in the county for 2 years Steve and myself agreed the only way to truly give local children the chance to reach their potential was to set up an independent academy that gave players the access to the number of hours required on court at a reasonable cost. It was upon arriving at Next Generation that the program has grown and evolved to be one of the leading program's in the region. I'm proud that we are able to cater for all ages and abilities and are constantly striving for ways to grow and improve what we are able to offer.


Steve Yeardley, Level 4 Performance Coach

+44 (0) 7739172492 / steve@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

My Tennis Journey started when I was just 4 years old! Having come from a tennis background in the family, I began playing locally in Wiltshire for the first few years of my tennis life and then from the age of 10 was travelling further afield across the country for both my training and competitions. I have represented and been County Champion at every age group in the juniors and have currently been representing the men’s Wiltshire County team for past 12 years.

My weekly tennis involved travelling to Bath for South West Regional training 2/3 times a week for 5 years before I started The Coach Education and Sports Performance at University of Bath. The program last for 3 years and continued to play tennis there.

Having completed Bath University program I returned back to Wiltshire and formed The Wiltshire Tennis Academy with Neil in 2006. In 2009 we moved to Next Generation Swindon and every year our growth has continued.

In my tennis career I have been awarded a couple of awards. In 2008 “The Wiltshire Player of the year”, and in 2010 “Special Contribution to Wiltshire Tennis Award” . I am in the process of completing the Under 10 Performance coach award and looking forward to start my Level 5 in the near future. I'm fully committed to continue developing both talented and hard working players by creating a great learning environment and ethos within The Wiltshire Tennis Academy.


Becky Prince, Level 4 Club Coach

+44 (0) 7716 094225 / info@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

I started playing tennis aged 10 and loved it right away, from either watching the pro’s at Wimbledon or Playing in a competition.

As a Junior I represented the County at every age group from 11 years old, and have been Wiltshire number 1 since 2003! I worked hard in also achieving top 25 in Great Britain at U18’s. The highlight of that year for me was winning the Grade 2 Bournemouth Open. I am currently the Wiltshire ladies County team captain.

I love coaching and knew that when I stopped playing competitively this was the path and journey I wanted to take. I completed my level 4 Club Coach Award in 2012 and aim to achieve The Level 5 award in the not so distant future. I work with all ages and standards from 3 years old right through to adults.

I am currently the Wiltshire 9 and Under Wiltshire County Captain as well as the Under 14 Girls County captain. I hope to continue coaching all strands of tennis for a long time and hope to find the future British number 1!


George Goodwin, Level 3 Tennis Coach

+44 (0) 7828 669149 / info@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

I started playing tennis at 12 years of age in Plymouth, Devon. I was part of a Tennis Academy from this time and competed around the County. I received coaching on a regular basis and love all aspects of tennis, whether it be watching or participating.

I continued playing throughout my teenage years and then moved into coaching when I moved to Swindon, Wiltshire. I took my Level 1 LTA coaching qualification when I was assisting at Delta Tennis Centre, Swindon. I then continued on up the coaching ladder and took my Level 2 and Level 3 LTA coaching qualifications and moved to work at the Wiltshire Tennis Academy, Next Generation Swindon.

I work with a range of ages and abilities through from Tots to Teenagers to Adults at Wiltshire Tennis Academy. I thoroughly enjoy teaching all levels of tennis especially the tots tennis as it is so rewarding and so much fun.


Lauren Prince, Level 3 Coach

+44 (0) 7855 284372 / info@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

I started playing tennis at the age of 8, and competing for the county since the age of 10. When I turned 15 I also started playing for the ladies county team. Because of my love for tennis I have gone from competing to becoming a level 3 tennis coach since the age of 18, and am now also the Wiltshire Tennis Academy racket stringer!

At the age of 14 and 16 I competed in the Nationals and had a European ranking for my age group. I was 16 and 18 under county champion, and became number 1 in the county. I reached the Bournemouth Open final for doubles and Semi-finals for singles, in the same year whilst competing in Cheltenham Junior Open I played against Heather Watson in the 3rd round and lost 6-3 6-3!

I would like to become a level 4 coach in the next couple of years as this will help me along the performance pathway. I enjoy coaching all age groups from tots to adults! I aspire to keep producing county players and in the future national standard players, and hopefully the next Andy Murray!


Matt Gleed, Coach

info@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

Matt is an International Educator within the Fitness Industry and a TRX Master Trainer. For 12 years his work helping clients, trainers and club management has inspired many. With high profile accolades from 3 Premiership Football Clubs, Team GB Athletes and high profile health club chains. Matt was recently nominated for Fitness Professional 2013 and has several articles and features in magazines, newspapers and TV work.

Matt has been working alongside The Wiltshire Tennis Academy now for 2 years and is a valuable member of the team. His knowledge of the fundamental movement patterns required for the game is superb and this has shown in the improvements the players have shown in recent years. Matt has an excellent work ethic and has driven goals for our players that only allow for development. The rapport Matt has built with the academy players is very strong and we can only see continued progress from every player Matt works with.


Dave Parker, Coach

info@wiltshiretennisacademy.org.uk

David has been involved in the fitness industry for 20 years. He is an experienced personal trainer, running coach, presenter and educator and has been extensively involved in developing and delivering fitness qualifications.

As a former programme manager for Premier Training, he was responsible for the development and implementation of Premier’s L2 and L3 Fitness Qualifications working closely with ActiveIQ Awarding Body. He worked in a similar role for Swindon College as operational manager. Before starting imove Training and Education he was a Co-director at FASTER Health and Fitness.

He is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute in America where is has studied the application of movement science for functional recovery. David is also a Master ViPR Trainer for Fitpro and National TRX Trainer for Fitness Anywhere, USA.

David is a regular presenter at REPs conferences and in health clubs across the UK. In 2011 he was invited to tour Les Mills, New Zealand, where he delivered a number of workshops to the personal training team on movement training.

He offers 1-to-1 running coaching, running technique workshops and online analysis and can be regularly seen applying his skills at Next Generation gym in Swindon.

For the past six years David has been involved with the Wiltshire Tennis Academy and now Swindon Triathlon Club and Swindon Dolphins Swimming Club where he provides strength and conditioning for the next generation of sport stars

Finally, he has a passion for feet!