Inside Out Tennis was formed by Martyn Whait and Jonny Rudge in January 2008 and was originally based at Loughborough Lawn Tennis Club 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.
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.
Martyn is an LTA National Coach with specialities in Wheelchair Tennis coaching and Video Analysis. This has led to him being Team Coach for 4 Paralympics (Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London). He has worked with (amongst others) 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). 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 2012 and was a member of the Tennis Foundation's coaching team for their LD Training Camp in Warwick in 2013.
Richard knows Leicestershire Tennis as well as anyone. He represented Leicestershire at every age group a and won several county titles as a junior. He was educated in Melton Mowbray where he was part of a team who were National Schools Tennis Champions three years in a row. He took his first coaching qualification at 17 and was offered a job working within Melton Community Tennis Partnership. He then moved to Corby Indoor Tennis Centre where he spent almost 8 years, 6 as Head Coach, helping deliver a programme to over 300 children each week and producing players from club through to national level. He left full time coaching to move into the retail side of tennis with TBS Sports (who look after coaches, clubs and individuals). In 2011 Inside Out Tennis offered him the opportunity to get back on the courts regularly and he now divides his time between Inside Out Tennis and TBS Sports.