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Coaching Profiles

Windsor Tennis Club Belfast has three excellent tennis coaches, Director of Tennis Simon McFarland, High-Performance Coach Przemek Stec, and Coach Michael Blease. Great experience in working with 4 year olds to 98 year olds, and all ages in between!

Simon McFarland – Racquets Director

Simon, coaching at Windsor Tennis Club Belfast

Clubs played for : Ward Park, Donaghadee and Windsor Tennis Club Belfast.

Tournament experience : A total of 14 Junior Ulster Titles and 3 Senior Titles around the Ulster circuit, Simon represented Ulster at U18 Level and County Down at Senior Level.

Preferred type of coaching : Simon loves coaching Under 10s that are aiming to become serious tennis players as well as beginner / improving adults who are keen to learn about the game. Aims to make sessions fun, energetic and challenging, coaching anyone who wants to improve their Tennis and all round fitness.

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Coaching experience – Windsor

Main activities & Responsibilities : Simon joined the club in December 2009 and is coaching juniors and seniors in the club as well as Saturday afternoon Club Play and Thursday Club Night. Simon is also deeply involved in the development of the Junior and Senior Club and making Windsor the best squash and tennis club in Ulster. More recently Simon has gained his Squash coaching qualifications and is delivering squash clincs to juniors and teenagers as the game enjoys a re-surgence.

Coaching experience – outside of Windsor

Main activities & Responsibilities :

– Ward Park Tennis Club Coach 2003 – 2005
– Donaghadee Tennis Club Coach 2005 – 2009
– Lurgan Tennis Club Coach 2008 – 2009

– Ulster Squads U8/9/10/11

Simon has been coaching  at Ward Park, Donaghadee and Lurgan Tennis Clubs, coaching players to Ulster and Irish level as well as developing the Junior sections and developing clubs into both a recreational place for beginner tennis and also a performance base for developing players to Ulster standard. Simon is also the South East representative for Junior Development in Ulster Tennis and helps run a number of Junior Tournaments around Ulster. Simon has also coached the Ulster Squads at U8, U9, U10 and U11.

Tennis coaching Qualifications : Tennis Ireland Level 2, Cardio Tennis, Squash Club Coach Qualification.

Awards: Tennis Coach Ireland – Ulster Coach of the Year 2017 

Private coaching availability : Mornings, evenings or afternoons except Sundays.

Private coaching rates – single : £20 per hr for 1st lesson, £25 after.

Private Coaching rates – groups up to 2, 4 & 6 : £25 per hr.

Bit about him: Simon is from Bangor but grew up in Belfast going to Methody – Simon won the Tennis Schools Cup for Methody in his final year and then went to University in Lancaster studying Sports Development and Sports Coaching.

His favourite tennis players are Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova.

Contact details:

mobile: 0785 1282 210


Michael Blease

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Clubs played for : CIYMS and Windsor Tennis Club Belfast.

 Tournament experience : Michael has competed in Ulster tournaments from the age of 14, winning 5 junior doubles titles and 3 senior doubles titles, and representing County Down at junior and senior levels. Michael also represented Ulster at the Senior Interprovincial Championships in 2016.

 Preferred type of coaching : Technical and physical coaching.  All performance squads.  Under 8s, 9s and 10s as well as under 18s, 16s, and  14s performance squads. Beginner adults right up to adults competing in Ulster tournaments and Ulster leagues division 1-10.

 Coaching experience – Windsor

Joined in September 2015 coaching the junior Performance squads for all ages and some recreational squads.

Coaching experience – outside of Windsor

Main activities & Responsibilities :

  • Tennis Fundamentals Coach 2007 – 2013
  • Wallace Park Head Club Coach 2012 – 2013
  • Hillsborough Club Coach 2013 – 2014
  • CIYMS Club Coach 2014 – 2015
  • Queens University Tennis Club Coach 2015 – Present
  • UTAUlster Tennis Academy College Squad Coach 2015 – Present

Michael has coached children of all standards and adults from recreational level up to Ulster and Irish competition level. Michael also coaches the Ulster Tennis College squad which aims to help juniors who wish to go away to US College to play tennis.

Tennis coaching qualifications – Tennis Ireland Level 1

Awards: Ulster Tennis Academy Coach of the Year 2017 

Private coaching availability: 7 days a week.

Private coaching rates – Single: £20 per hour for first lesson, £25 after.

Bit about him:

Michael grew up in Belfast and started playing tennis at 14, this was considered late for someone to start playing and competing in Ulster tournaments. Michael played his tennis at CIYMS Tennis Club where he won many junior and senior league titles. Michael attended Sullivan Upper school where he won two Ulster Schools Tennis cups.

Michael has 8 years’ experience in coaching tennis.

Contact details:

mobile: 0754 5846 416

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Junior Squads Development Programme

junior squads, Sports NI Clubmark logo silverThe Junior Squads  tennis programme runs at Windsor Tennis Club Belfast to cater for all age groups and abilities, from 4 years old to 18 years. Our aim is learning & improving whilst still having fun!

All tennis squads and coaching are run according to the Tennis Ireland Development programme.

Windsor werjunior squads,  Sports NI Clubmark logo bronzee the first tennis club in Ulster to have been awarded the Bronze Clubmark, and is still the only tennis club in Ulster to have been awarded the prestigious Silver Clubmark Scheme, which means that we deliver programmes of a consistently high standard and in line with recognised practice. Windsor has exceeded the minimum requirements in:

  • Effective Management;
  • Quality Coaching; and
  • Competition Safety in Sport.

Windsor were the first and only tennis club to have been awarded the Silver ClubMark award.

A member of the Junior squads at WindsorIn line with the Tennis Ireland programme we offer specialised coaching for those children under 10 with different sized balls and courts,  to ensure they learn the basics of the game in a way which will give them the best foundation for their progression to full court tennis.

At that transition stage, they are then better equipped and more confident in moving to the next learning phase, when they are physically able to adjust to larger racquets and full size tennis balls.

This is an extremely important part of developing children in tennis and we are wholly committed to this programme.

Przemek coaching 4 juniors at Windsor Tennis Club BelfastCurrently we offer a number of tennis programmes to suit your child;

* Competitive Play
Windsor also has a number of Junior league teams who play in the B and D league at all age groups and for recreational players we organise friendly matches against other tennis clubs.

Windsor Junior Squads Application Form

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Windsor Junior Squads Application Form

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Mini Recreational Squad 4-7 years old (red ball)
(Mon-Fri  2:30-3:15  Sat 11:00-12:00)
Slower balls, smaller courts and shorter rackets enable players to play the game from the first lesson.  Players have fun team based matches and develop good basic technique and great early coordination skills for any sport.  Emphasis on fun with a tennis theme in a group environment.
Midi Recreational Squad 7-10 years old (orange ball)
(Mon-Fri  3:15-4:00, Sat 11:00-12:00)
The next step up from Mini Squads, players use a slightly ball on a larger court an continue their development of tennis strokes with introduction to scoring and team games, as well as keeping a fun and friendly group environment.
Under-14 Recreational Squad 10-13 years old
(Mon-Thur 4:00-5:00  Sat 12:00-1:00, 1:00-2:30)
Technical and tactical coaching for Under-14’s on a full court with proper tennis balls.  Players continue their development whilst being encouraged to play internal and external matches for their club and for themselves in Ulster recognised tennis tournaments and Windsor Junior League matches.
Under-18 Recreational Squad 14-17 years old
(Mon,Wed 5:00-6:30  Fri 4:00-5:00,Sat 12:00-1:00, 1:00-2:30)
Technical and tactical coaching for Under-18’s who are interested in the game and would like to enhance their skills but are not yet ready to play tournaments.  Groups are of similar ability and are ideal for beginners or teenagers returning to tennis that want to improve their overall game.
Elite Performance Programme – u14sThis programme is designed for those players that want to compete at tournament level.
The Under 12 Programme caters for up to 12 children who are coached for between 6 and 10 hours a week depending on availability due to schoolwork, etc. Coaching days are flexible and run Monday to Friday 4-6pm and Saturday 12-2pm.
Elite Performance Programme – u18s
This programme is designed for those players that want to compete at tournament level.
The Under 16 Programme caters for up to 12 children who are coached 4 hours a week. These are set classes that run from 5-7pm either choosing a Tuesday and Friday or a Thursday and Friday.

Elite Performance Programme Under 10’s

Since 2015, Windsor started a Performance programme for Elite Under 10’s. Our Under 8 players play for 3.5hrs a week, Under 9 players 5hrs a week and Under 10 players 6hrs a week.

High Performance Squad

Windsor has been running a High Performance Squad for 6 players who are doing 8 hours a week on the tennis court as well as physical hours in the gym. Their aim is to make it to European Tournaments and gain ITF ranking points so they are able to improve their World Ranking and ultimately lead to a possible scholarship in the USA or straight into the professional Circuit. Karola Bejenaru is our leading player on this Squad making it to 211 in the World U18 at present at the tender age of 16.

Please note there will be a competition on Week 5 and Week 10 exclusive to Squad members.

Windsor Junior Tennis Tournament – This is held every year for Tennis Club members and most of the events are run on a round robin basis to insure lots of matches for all entrants. The dates for this in 2014 are the 24th August to the 1st September.

Junior Summer Camps

junior squads, Windsor Tennis ClubThese are week-long daily Tennis summer camps run within the Tennis Ireland guidelines and staffed by our qualified coaches. They will not only improve your child’s tennis but also keep them fit and active as they include fitness regimes on a daily basis. The camps are also very popular with parents who have eight weeks of summer holidays to think about!
Details of Junior Summer camps for 2014  can be found here.

Application forms – right click the image and select ‘save as’. It will open as a downloadable pdf

Child Protection – Our designated Child Protection Chief Officer is John Adair and our Child Protection Officer are Simon McFarland (Coach) and Maxine Pauley (Receptionist).

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