Shrewsbury tennis coach selected for Davis Cup legacy

A Shrewsbury tennis coach has been selected as one of a thousand Davis Cup legacy coaches to deliver free tuition to inspire the next generation of Shropshire tennis players.

Mike Barton, aged 23, head coach at Shrewsbury Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) was successful in his application to become a legacy coach after submitting a video to the LTA explaining how he would encourage Shropshire youngsters to take up the game.

Since Mike started coaching at SLTC, in 2012, he has bolstered the coaching programme from just 25 players to over 150; the club offers coaching to juniors through to experienced adult players.

The Davis Cup legacy is about inspiring the next generation to pick up a racket, following the success of the Great Britain Davis Cup team winning the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.

As part of the scheme Mike will be trained by top mentors from across the nation and then be part of a team who will help deliver 10,000 free six week coaching courses and will receive some free rackets to hand out to local children.

Mike Barton, head coach at SLTC, said: “When I first heard about the Davis Cup legacy I was really excited as it fits in really well with what we already offer at the club.

“I think we can capitalise on this fantastic achievement for British tennis and I am excited to help to promote the sport and inspire the next generation to pick up a racket.”

Rob Hatts, chairman at SLTC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Shrewsbury Lawn Tennis Club to be at the forefront of engaging young players to take up tennis. Mike has worked really hard to engage new players offering sessions for both junior and adult players, which has enhanced the family feel at the club.”