Coaching Team

Patrick Gorman





Patrick Gorman

Head Coach

LTA level 4 licenced coach, Master Coach in NLP Psychology

Patrick joins us with a wealth of experience across a range of settings and is passionate about helping tennis players maxmise their playing potential be that at a competitive level, playing socially or maintaining fitness and well-being.

A level 4 licensed tennis coach, he has developed a concise and flexible coaching philosophy which enables him to coach from the inside out so the learning experience is all the more valuable and meaningful.

Patrick’s former roles have included head of tennis at Woldingham girls school for 12 years, head of junior program at Esporta, coaching his brother to Surrey county cup captain in group 1. He has also been mentored by an LTA coach to a former British no 2 player.

Altogether Patrick has over 30 years full time experience in the game and helps tennis players with the psychological side of the tennis too - this approach keeps players interested, engaged and able to fulfil their own goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact Patrick for coaching enquiries or if he can help you in the improvement and enjoyment of tennis!                                                      07985 797541

George Cooper




George Cooper

Club Coach

LTA Level 4 Licensed coach, USPTR Pro (Highest level) coach, Cardio Tennis Instructor

George has over 25 years’ experience coaching all levels of players.

He has been Head coach here at Woldingham LTC over the same period as well as holding Head coach roles at various venues across Surrey and Kent at different times, whilst successfully managing and running a team of coaches, coaching at  multiple clubs and venues throughout parts of Surrey and Kent, alongside running a club pro shop supplying and selling all sorts of tennis related merchandise.

During this time he ran a Tandridge wide community tennis scheme at various venues such as schools and parks offering opportunities to play and receive coaching for juniors and adults across the Tandridge district. The scheme also provided for those with various disabilities to play tennis including wheelchair tennis as well as tennis for special needs players. The scheme was very successful and attracted coverage from the national tennis press. It also benefited from the support of ex British number one Mark Cox who was commentating for the BBC at that time, by way of a series of clinics that George and Mark conducted across the district on a very busy and carefully coordinated day, where tennis coaching was provided free to all the many people who turned up at each venue, with the support and coverage of the local press.

George was also team coach for the  Sutton borough junior tennis squad and a member of the LTA pool of coaches, coaching at main events during the grass court season, like the Beckenham tournament and also Wimbledon, when on the middle Saturday he had the opportunity to coach local children alongside various ATP players who were competing at Wimbledon.

He also has a track record helping players to become coaches as well as training and mentoring various coaches over the years and has a keen interest in sports and performance psychology and has studied nutrition at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition.

George is a qualified and experienced stringer, although these days seldom has the time available to string for members.

George’s ethos and philosophy is simply; “no one knows how good you can be” and his focus is always on, fulfilling the potential in you, to be the best you can be, at any level.

George believes that the tennis court is somewhere we can learn and cultivate many skills, not just for tennis, but also for life.

His passion is to see people experience the fun and enjoyment of such a wonderful sport that really can be a sport for life.

James Flanagan






James Flanagan

Club Coach

LTA level 3 registered coach, RPT level 1 coach

James is an LTA Level 2 and RPT Level 1 Coach. Available to coach in either Spanish or English, he is available weekday evenings and weekends for both group and individual lessons.

The philosophy that James has in his approach to tennis is one of constant improvement, maintaining that you are never too young, too old, or too good to improve your game. In the same way, James never stops learning from his players and believes that there is always a better way of teaching a technique or tactic.

James is also one of the clubs success stories. Having been playing as a Junior at Woldingham, he continued to play during University and has returned to the club as a coach. He has played in junior and adult tournaments in both England and Spain, and even has a coaching record in Madrid.

James' goal is to make sure that everyone gets what they want out of tennis, whether that's fitness, performance, enjoyment or a combination of all three.

                               James Hall





James Hall

Club Coach

LTA level 2 registered coach, 

James is an LTA Level 2 tennis coach and is currently attaining his LTA Level 3 and available weekdays Tuesday to Fridays and Sundays for group lessons throughout the day and evenings. 

James brings to Woldingham great enthusiasm, which comes across in his coaching, encouraging younger children and teenagers to enjoy the sport of tennis. James ensures that everyone is learning and having fun whilst on court and likes to approach lessons which allow for good learning techniques for players to understand. James is always wanting to provide good technical and tactical ideas for competitive teenagers, he is always developing future plans of his own from players feedback. James puts together structured tennis plans that are both geared towards improvement and enjoyment.

James has studied Advanced Level 2 Diploma in Sport and competed in LTA tennis tournaments. James’s is looking to continue to develop his tennis coaching skills and increase his LTA levels of coaching to provide him with an enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling career.

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