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Coaches

Coaches

Michael Heaslip

Head Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Professional Tennis Registry Instructor for 11 years.
  • Head of Junior & Adult Development Helen’s Bay Tennis Club 2014-present.
  • Head of Junior Development Helen’s Bay Tennis Club 2013.
  • Assistant Coach at Bangor Tennis Academy 2008-2012.
  • Trained and coached at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas 2010, 2014.
  • Director of North Down Junior Championships 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Director of North Down Mini Tennis Series 2010, 2011.
  • Assistant Tennis Coach Christians in Sport, Armagh Sports Plus Camp 2011.
  • Head Tennis Coach Christians in Sport, Belfast Sports Plus Camp 2012.

I love tennis and get a real buzz from helping the young and ‘the little bit older’ develop their game whether they are picking up a racket for the first time or are a seasoned club player.

For the past 10 years I have been a Qualified Tennis Coach with the Professional Tennis Registry. Between 2008-2012 I held the role of Assistant Coach at Bangor Lawn Tennis Academy where I developed my coaching knowledge under the expert tutelage of my mentor Tim Blomley.

In 2010 and 2014, I had the opportunity to train and coach at the prestigious John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas which has former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt and current ATP players David Nalbandian, Li Na and Ryan Harrison on their impressive list of alumni. This fantastic opportunity helped me to develop my own game but also enabled me to access cutting edge tennis coaching techniques and practices and bring them back to Northern Ireland.

In 2013 I teamed up with Helen’s Bay Tennis Club as Head of Junior Development. This was an exciting opportunity to build on the strong foundations the club had in place.

The past four seasons were fantastic for North Down Tennis Academy and Helen’s Bay Tennis Club. We have introduced new age groups and put a development structure in place so that every junior from 4-18 years old has the best possible opportunity to improve.

See you on the court!

Elizabeth Cardy

Development Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Professional Tennis Registry Instructor for 7 years.
  • Development Coach at Helen’s Bay 2014-present.
  • Tennis Fundamentals Coach for 4 years.
  • Christians in Sport Tennis Coach 2009-present.

I represented Ulster at junior level and won several Ulster singles and doubles titles along with four Ulster schools titles.

I played first team tennis (for three years at no. 3/4 singles and at no. 2 doubles) for the University of St Andrews and represented St Andrews at individual tournaments in England and Scotland. In 2010 I was awarded University Colours for tennis.

I have been PTR qualified for 7 years and coached throughout Northern Ireland with Tennis Fundamentals for 4 years.

Having been fortunate to have had such great coaching in Northern Ireland and in Scotland, I’m delighted to be able to give something back by coaching in Ulster. I am really enjoying coaching and getting to know the juniors at North Down Tennis Academy.

Claire McCrory

Assistant Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Professional Tennis Registry Assistant Coach for 2 years.
  • Captained the Helen’s Bay U16/U18 teams
  • Junior Captain CIYMS
  • NDTA Assistant Coach Helen’s Bay Tennis Club 2015- Present.
I have been involved in Helen’s Bay Tennis since the age of 14 when I was an enthusiastic member of the performance squads. I have been assistant coach for the U10 Mini Tennis programme for the past two years. I am inspired by the enthusiasm that all the juniors at Helen’s Bay have for tennis. I can’t wait to play my part and help them develop into mini Serena’s & Nadal’s!

David Perry

Assistant Coach

Qualifications/Experience

  • Professional Tennis Registry Instructor for 2 years.
  • Assistant Coach at Helen’s Bay 2009-present
  • Assistant coach at CIYMS 2011
  • Associate Coach during NI Parks Tennis week 2012

I have been coaching at Helen’s Bay for five years now, and have represented the Helen’s Bay youth and adult teams, including captaining the boys Under 18 team. I have been a Professional Tennis Registry qualified coach for 2 years and have been learning from the some of the best coaches in Northern Ireland, improving my coaching skills and broadening my experiences.

Testimonials

Sally Anderson

My son has had Michael as a tennis coach for a few years now. Michael is an excellent, skillful coach. He always goes the extra mile with a pupil and the encouragement he gives shows in their enjoyment. My son, now 13, looks up to Michael and I can only affirm he is an excellent role model to any young person.
2013-06-15T16:05:32+00:00
Michael is an excellent, skilful coach. He always goes the extra mile...

Heather McKibben

Michael is a true professional tennis coach. The children learn how to play tennis through fun and enjoyment whilst continually being given positive feedback and encouragement.


2013-06-15T16:06:13+00:00
The children learn how to play tennis through fun and enjoyment...

Shelley Cleere

Michael's tennis coaching is truly inspirational & my kids are loving the tailored focus he puts into each session. Helen's Bay will really benefit from his high energy approach that motivates, yet provides a fun environment for young players to develop and hone their tennis skills.
2013-08-16T14:14:15+00:00
"My kids are loving the tailored focus..."

Tony Mitchell

The Junior Squad Coaching sessions with Michael have been fantastic! My son has learned so much. His game has improved massively along with his enjoyment of tennis. He can't wait till the next coaching sessions to begin!
2013-08-16T14:18:18+00:00
"The Junior Squad Coaching sessions with Michael have been fantastic!"