Mother and son take on tennis club coordinator role

October 07 2016

DOWNEND and Frenchay Tennis Club (DFTC) has appointed a mother and son team to take on the new role of Tennis Club Coordinator and help shape the future of the club.

DOWNEND and Frenchay Tennis Club (DFTC) has appointed a mother and son team to take on the new role of Tennis Club Coordinator and help shape the future of the club.

Josh Wraith, an 18-year-old Level 2 coach at DFTC, and Sally Wraith, who is an administrator, put in separate applications for the job but after the interview stage, it was decided that combining their strengths in a job-share would be the best outcome for the club – with both parties happy to accept!

The role  is part of the continuing modernisation of DFTC. Josh and Sally will help coordinate and expand the coaching and outreach programmes and will implement efficient administrative procedures. 

Josh said: “I’m really delighted to be appointed to this role and keen to begin to shape the coaching programme and develop the outreach programme over the next 12 months. This is an exciting step for my career and I hope to begin to attract the next generation of players to the club.”

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will part-fund the role for two years and is looking to replicate the position at clubs across the region as it adopts a city-wide approach to get more people playing tennis more often.

The club has continued to develop since moving from Cleeve Hill in Downend, where it was known as Downend and Fishponds Tennis Club, to its new, £300,000 four-court site in Frenchay.

DFTC was formally opened in June 2015 by former club member Paul Hutchins and celebrated by inviting former GB No 1 and World No 4 Greg Rusedski to take part in its first Great British Tennis Weekend.