Our Northampton coaching team

Maddee Blair

Maddee is the Northampton Parks Tennis Programme Coordinator and started playing tennis in school and fell in love with the sport immediately. After gaining an Apprenticeship through Northampton Leisure trust partnered with Parks Tennis, she has been able to undertake her level 3 coaching award. Her main interests in coaching are Disability Tennis (not just wheelchair tennis, all aspects). Experience in coaching Beginners and intermediate players of all ages and standards.  

She currently plays for ladies Rushmere A team and is a level 3 coaching apprentice.


Tom Cunningham

Tom is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Premier Tennis at Northampton LTC, being mentored closely by lead coach Simon Gallo. Tom is a young, energetic and passionate coach, and a fantastic role model for young, budding tennis players. Tom offers a strong playing level of tennis and 8 years of experience in the game and trasfers his personal knowledge very well to the practice court.

Simon Gallo

Simon holds his UKCC Level 3 Coach qualification. He is CRB checked, First Aid trained and fully licensed.
Simon has 8 years coaching experience and has been Head Coach at Northampton Lawn Tennis Club and West Haddon Tennis Club since 2011. He previously ran the coaching programme at Earls Barton TC.

Simon thoroughly enjoys his coaching with all ages and takes great satisfaction in seeing his players improve and enjoy their tennis. Simon is a highly motivated character and holds a strong playing level of tennis.

Phil Smith

I've been coaching tennis for the past 10 years now. I've coached mini tennis, juniors and adults during that time in individual lessons and squads. I am a level 3 LTA qualified coach.  I have an up to date coaching license, first aid trained, DBS checked and safeguarding checked. I've won the east northants league 7 times and I was part of the mixed team that won the Northampton division 1 title. I've worked at Northampton, Kettering, Brixworth and Crick & West Haddon tennis clubs. My favourite thing about coaching is bringing a sense of enjoyment to the player or players I'm coaching. My favourite tennis player is Rafael Nadal as he never gives up and has the best forehand ever! I like to see tenacity, energy and enthusiasm from my players.