Colin Jakeway

Colin Jakeway joins the tennis coaching team

Exeter Tennis Centre is delighted to welcome Colin Jakeway to the coaching team. An LTA licensed level 5 Master Performance Coach, Colin is appointed as the Mini Red Manager and will be responsible for bringing new young players to the centre, creating a great environment for children to learn in and then delivering an excellent programme from beginners to players wishing to play several times a week.

Director of Tennis, Will McNally said “It’s fantastic to have someone of Colin’s calibre and experience joining the team. He is a tremendous coach and has produced many wonderful players through his career. It really is a most exciting time for us at Exeter Tennis Centre as we push for High Performance Status. We have 6 more indoor courts about to be built, a great team of coaches and staff who want the centre to keep developing.”

Colin first started coaching 20 years ago at his family’s tennis centre in Hampshire, loved it so much that he decided to make it his career. Since that time he has gone right through the LTA’s qualification system and passed with the highest level back in 1994/95 along side Judy Murray and other fellow students. He then became part of the LTA as a County Performance Officer for Hampshire LTA where he spent 5 years helping the best players in the county moving onto the national programme.

In 2000, he returned to his home tennis centre to take on the development of the club and the programme for the members. The club has grown in size, became a performance satellite venue and recently became a beacon site for its community work. Colin has continued to develop players to national level in the last 10 years and has been involved at county and regional talent id within the south.

Colin is looking forward to the new challenges that are ahead of him and to working with the players at the centre in Exeter. “I wanted a new challenge – something that was going to test me. Exeter Tennis Centre’s plans are really exciting as it is working towards being a ‘High Performance Centre’ and one of the best centres in the region.”



Date: 9 March 2012