Meet our young coaches

2 young tennis coaches holding tennis rackets

Canterbury Tennis Academy

We spoke to two young leaders who have recently completed their LTA Level 1 Tennis Assistant’s course with a bursary from Kent Sport. We saw them in action during a mini-tennis session and had a chat with them about their coaching journey so far.

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Group of young coaches from the Kent Young Coaches Academy

Folkestone Academy Girls

In 2019 the Kent Young Coach Academy saw record numbers joining, including a group of seven girls from Folkestone Academy. We were keen to hear more from the girls so we went to visit them and find out why they got involved.

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Meet our female coaches

synchronised swimmers in a swimming pool

Lisa Bishop – synchronised swimming

Lisa Bishop is a synchronised swimming coach working with young people and adults, providing sessions that help swimmers achieve their potential without pressure. Ahead of UK Coaching week we spoke to Lisa about her experience of coaching, particularly her masters group aimed at swimmers over 18.

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coach instructing participants at a para-badminton session

Lesley Uphill – badminton

Lesley Uphill is a badminton coach working across the game – from beginners to talented athletes, and from children as young as six to adults in their 80s. Ahead of UK Coaching Week Kent Sport visited Lesley and her para-badminton group in Canterbury.

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Meet our Satellite Club coaches

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Keith Sleafer – trampolining

Keith Sleafer is a trampoline coach with Dartford Trampoline Club. He has been coaching at his club for more than 40 years and is also delivering as part of our Kent Sport Satellite Club programme. We asked Keith to share his coaching story and tell us how he believes coaching builds social connections and improves wellbeing.

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Female football coach instructing a group of young female players

Cori Daniels – football

Cori Daniels is a football coach. As a former player she wanted to give something back to the sport that gave her so much.

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