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

Nik is currently combining coaching in the parks with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and German at the University of Sheffield. Nik has been coaching tennis for 5 years, from tots to seniors, and beginners to advanced players.  Nik has a real love for tennis, as he believes it's a skill sport and so it's not always the strongest, fittest and biggest who excel, rather it is a sport which anyone can play. His favourite part of coaching is watching players progress through encouragement, knowledge and hard work to achieve personal success. Outside of tennis, Nik enjoys swimming, keeping fit and travelling. For private lessons, contact Nik on nikirmanov@gmail.com.

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 undertakes the Partnerships Manager role in Sheffield facilitating relationships with a  cross section of partners, including the Education sector, ‘Friends of Groups’, liaison with the City Council and a number of facilities.

Alison has a wealth of experience in the sports sector, including service with Sheffield City Council, which included 12 years at Graves Tennis Centre working on the Tennis Development scheme, which saw her involved both on and off court undertaking a number of different roles, including coaching, refereeing, supporting players and parents and undertaking a range of administrative tasks. Latterly Alison has carried out a Coach Education role, prior to taking up an Operations Director role with a National Governing Body of Sport.

Alison undertakes a role for Yorkshire Tennis alongside her role at Premier Tennis.

Luis Sylvester