Our Sheffield coaching team

Ryan Bagshaw

Ryan has been coaching at Stocksbridge Tennis Club since 2008.  In November 2010, he gained his level 1 qualification and went on to lead his own session at the club. A few years later, he was coaching for Sheffield Wednesday community program and progressed onto his level 2 award. Then in July 2015, he started coaching for Premier Tennis around Sheffield where he felt his coaching ability improved and kept him on his toes with the challenge provided by the wide variety of participants involved in the programme.

Nikolay Irmanov

Nikolay has played tennis from the age of 5 and into coaching since age 15. Nikolay says: "For me introducing people to the sport and helping them improve their game is something I love doing. I find what you learn on the court often can get applied in life as well. Sportsmanship, respect and most importantly having fun."

He is a level 2 certified coach with a lot of experience with mini tennis at all levels and is at Sheffield University currently studying mechanical engineering with German.

Jack Kearton

Jack is a level 1 tennis coach with 4 years of experience at clubs in both the U.K. and Australia, having played competitively at a Regional level as a junior.

Jess Redfearn

Jess is the new Community Tennis Manager in Sheffield and Rotherham joining us from Sheffield Hallam University and with a background of working for the LTA North team. With knowledge in sport development Jess has been recruited to oversee the operations in Parks Tennis including the running of coaching sessions, court accessibility, promotion and marketing of all parks courts and growing the provision of lost cost tennis. Jess also holds her Level 2 coaching qualification and will be progressing to a Level 3 in October of this year.

Alison Steel

Alison has a wealth of experience working in the Sports Sector, including 12 years at Graves Tennis Centre working on the Tennis Development Scheme, followed by 4 years in a Coach Education role, prior to taking up an Operations Director position for a National Governing Body of Sport. Alison returned to Tennis last year and is relishing the opportunity to attract more people in to Tennis through the Parks Tennis initiative in Sheffield.                                                                                                                                                                

Luis Sylvester