Coaching and Staff

Coaching

The Saints Sport Tennis Centre offers lessons (out with the student club offer) to both members and non-members, across all ability levels and age groups. Lessons can be booked Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm depending on the availability of the coach, and make use of four indoor and four outdoor courts at University Park.

Prices

Tennis lessons Non-member Member
Individual lesson £35.00 £30.00
3 lessons £95.00 £80.00
5 lessons £150.00 £130.00
10 lessons £280.00 £240.00

To book email cmm45@st-andrews.ac.uk

Staff

Claire McCulloch – Director of Tennis

Claire has been appointed as the Director of Tennis from August 2021, joining our other six sports specific directors. Claire will oversee tennis at Saints Sports, managing the student club including the Performance Programme and BUCS Teams. Working with the student committee, to ensure tennis is accessible and available to all. Using the universities incredible facilities, Claire will look to develop a thriving community program, as well as creating workforce development opportunities and a range of competitions throughout the calendar year.

Previously, Claire has worked for the Tennis Foundation and LTA for 5 years as the Disability Competitions Manager, which involved managing a national calendar of events for players with a disability and overseeing the GB Disability Tennis Teams. Before this she was the University Tennis Coordinator at the University of Stirling, where she also achieved a Masters degree in Sports Management. Claire is an LTA Level 3 coach, and has experience in running tennis clubs, creating programs for both juniors and adults, as well as creating important community links with schools and external organisations.

Euan Bell – Tennis Coach

In 2018, Euan joined the coaching team as a full-time tennis coach, developing the student, staff, community, and junior tennis programmes. During semesters, Euan delivers sessions to A, B and C squad players in large groups, small groups and individually on a weekly basis. Outwith the university, Euan continues to develop his coaching skills alongside some of the top coaches in Scotland at their respective clubs or academies.Previously, Euan spent nine months as the University of St Andrews Tennis Co-ordinator, which focused primarily on co-ordinating a schedule of student volunteering opportunities, mentoring student coaches, and organising additional match play opportunities against universities and local tennis clubs. During this time, Euan also started working with the student squads.

Euan is an LTA Level 3 coach, regularly working with players competing in the top two divisions of the Tayside Tennis Leagues, both on and off the court. He has great experience developing club tennis programmes and school club links, including teacher training workshops.

Euan achieved an honours degree in Sports Development covering key areas in sports performance such as Motor Control and Skill Acquisition, The Coaching process, Sports Psychology and Performer Improvement and Development. He continues to develop his knowledge in these areas through coach workshops, research and cutting-edge literature.

Senior Performance Coach

Steven Birrell

Steven has been working with the University team squads since 2015 and brings a wealth of high level coaching experience. Currently involved in player development and National/County training, he coaches highly ranked Scottish juniors including the current GB number one in the 12 and under age group. Steven regularly travels with county teams and has great experience at preparing children to compete.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Allan Gartshore

ag81@st-andrews.ac.uk

Allan has worked within the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table. Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level.Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role. Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research. As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.