Meet Our Coaching Team


We are extremely proud of our coaching programme at North Oxford Tennis Club. Tom Francis is the Head Coach and supported by a great team of highly qualified and experienced coaches. Our coaches have won awards recognising their delivery on court and commitment to the club and its members. The coaching team is made up of coaches all specialising in specific areas to ensure we are able to offer a diverse programme to players. For general coaching queries please email: noltc.coaching@gmail.com

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Tom Francis

Head Coach & Competitions Manager

Tom is Head Coach of North Oxford and is responsible for managing the coaching team and overseeing all aspects of the coaching programme including setting the participation strategy, outreach programmes and performance criteria.

Tom is also a Association of British Tennis Officials (ABTO) qualified referee and runs LTA sanctioned events across the South of England.

Tom Captains Oxfordshire for the 12u Boys & 9u Boys teams. He also sits on the Tennis Oxfordshire Selection committee.

E-mail: noltccompetitions@gmail.com

Tel: 07747 026 377

Allan Cooper

Lead Performance Coach

Allan likes to build long-standing, trusted relationships with players and parents alike to deliver a consistent programme across all age categories & abilities. Allan constantly works to improve his ability to deliver at the highest standard & level through refining knowledge of the technical, bio-mechanical, physical, tactical and psychological aspects of the game by seeking out cutting edge methods to stay competitive. Although Allans’  current focus is working with performance players; he has vast experience of working across all ages & abilities and enjoys the balance of encouraging developing players to grow their confidence & unlock their potential.


Rachel Tucker

Senior Coach

Rachel starts off our beginners on their way to improvement. Especially good with the 10u age group, Rachel has recently been trained up to be a Miss Hits coach, a course designed by Judy Murray and launched in partnership with the LTA to get more little girls aged 5-8 playing tennis.


Steve Smith

LTA Accredited Level 4 Coach

Over 20 years experience of individual and group coaching with adults and juniors of all levels


Lorne Edmunds

Lorne is a Licensed LTA Coach, RPT Qualified and a member of US Coaching badges, with experience coaching all ages and abilities.
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Lorne has over 11 years experience coaching and spent over 5 years working overseas in the US. In the US he worked for Cliff Drysdale and provided many hitting lessons for Tennis professionals including at one point world ranked No.4 Belinda Bencic and Davis cup player Nicole Gibbs.