Inside Out Tennis was formed as a partnership by Martyn Whait and Jonny Rudge in January 2008 and because a limited company in 2011. It was originally based at Loughborough LTC where Martyn had worked for around 18 years and Jonny for 3.
The existing coaching team were maintained much to the delight of both of them and is constantly strengthened as we look to offer a more complete tennis package to the clubs they work with. In 2010 we were incorporated as a Limited Company and in 2011 Richard Surtees joined the company as a director before he left in early 2014.
We have delivered coaching at Robert Bakewell School since our inception and in March 2009 we were brought in to deliver Quorn Lawn Tennis Club's coaching programme as well. In 2010 Burton on the Wolds Tennis Club and Ratcliffe School also signed up with us and in 2011 we also started working with Newtown Linford Tennis Club and St Bart's Primary School in Quorn. In January 2012 we were brought in to deliver the coaching programme at Keyworth Tennis Club.
In September 2012 we were appointed as one of a small number of the Tennis Foundation's Disability Hub Sites, the only site in Derbyshire or Leicestershire, with our bases being Loughborough LTC and Loughborough University. Initially we'll specialise in wheelchair, headed up by Martyn, and learning disability coaching, headed up by Jonny, but we're looking to work with deaf and blind/partially sighted players in the future.
In 2013 Loughborough LTC won both the Charnwood and Leicester Mercury (covering Leicestershire and Rutland) Sport Awards Club of the Year. This covered all sporting clubs, a huge achievement for the club, and for local tennis as a whole! Burton on the Wolds had new court surfaces installed as part of Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund, giving the club a new wave of optimism for the future as they continue to develop year on year. Inside Out Tennis juniors did well, picking up county titles and runners up spots and achieving strong regional and national rankings. It also saw the trial launch of our singles leagues, which were originally trialled at Loughborough LTC and rapidly expanded from a dozen, to over 30 players, and Newtown Linford beginning to launch their own version.
2014 saw us run a block of sessions with the RNIB college in Loughborough, which will hopefully form the base of the planned Visually Impaired Tennis Club in the area in the future. We also hosted the first annual Loughborough Wheelchair Tennis Open, part of the Tennis Foundation's Development Series. There was also some of the biggest recognition yet for the work Inside Out Tennis had been doing, with both Martyn and Tim winning national awards, Martyn being named LTA Disability Coach of the Year and Tim LTA Apprentice Coach of the Year. We were also appointed coaching team to Silebly Tennis Club and began working with Kegworth Primary and Burton on the Wolds Primary schools as well. The singles league model trialled at LLTC also began to spread, with Burton on the Wolds getting over 30 players to sign up for the first cycle.
Martyn is a Level 5 Coach and is currently a Tennis Foundation National Wheelchair Coach who specialises in video analysis. This has led to him being Team Coach for 4 Paralympics (Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London). He has worked with Jayant Mistry (former British Number 1 and World Top 10 wheelchair player) and David Phillipson (World Top 20 wheelchair player) and he is currently working with Antony Cotterill (World Top 10 Quad player) amongst others. His dedication to wheelchair tennis has enhanced the sport as a whole, with his video analysis work in particular providing an amazing platform for the sport to progress. This led to him being asked to present to both the European and World Coaches Conferences in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Martyn has also coached able bodies players of a high national ranking and is responsible for our 'elite' players. Despite his personal success, you will still find Martyn coaching players of all ages and abilities week in week out purely because he loves teaching everybody about the game of tennis. Martyn has represented Leicestershire, has played for Loughborough LTC's Men's 1st Team and been Mens Club Champion for many years and was a members of the team that won the National Over 35's League Title.
Jonny moved to Loughborough in 2003 to undertake a Sports Science with Management BSc at the university. He started assisting with LLTC's coaching programme within a couple of months of starting his degree, initially in their schools programme as an Assistant Coach. In 2005 he qualified as a coach mentored by Martyn and Phil Newbury (Jonny's predecessor at the club), both of whom helped him apply his degree to his coaching and also helped shape his attitude to both performance and inclusive coaching programmes. After graduating with a 2:1 in 2006 he became a full-time coach and, with Phil leaving the same summer, took on many of the administrative duties surrounding the coaching programme. This gave him the grounding in running club coaching programmes before he and Martyn formed Inside Out Tennis. He was nominated for Tennis Leicestershire's Coach of the Year Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was a member of the Tennis Foundation's coaching team for their LD Training Camps in Warwick in 2013 and 2014.