Meet the Team

All of our coaches are LTA Accredited, meaning they have an in date DBS, as well as valid first aid and safeguarding certificates. The prices below are for individual lessons - a great way to speed up improvement. Contact the coaches directly to arrange individual lessons.

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Phil Leighton

Co- Founder/Head Coach
Level 5 Senior Performance Coach
The man, the myth, the legend. Phil is widely renowned for being one of the best, most successful tennis coaches around. His career spans more years than he would like to share and has taken him all around the world, running hugely successful events at the biggest tennis competitions on the planet. Phil inspires more children per week than any other coach in the country during his tennis roadshows, where he will regularly see 3000 children in a week.
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Pete Leatherbarrow

Co- Founder/Head Coach
Level 4 Senior club coach
£40 per hour
Cool, calm and collected, our Pete has wisdom beyond his years, a patient disposition and a great sense of humour.
Despite his tender years, Pete’s tennis career has already seen him take on many roles within the game, from coaching Cheshire junior squads through to organising LTA tournaments in the region and beyond, Pete has the knowledge required to inspire youngsters and a proven track record of helping players of all abilities achieve their goals.
Unflappable and positive, Pete still plays competitively to a very high standard, picking up trophies to this very day. ​

Pete can be contacted on info@playpointsports.co.uk for all things tennis.
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Callum Atkinson

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
Callum's excitement for all things tennis is infectious, and if you can understand his broad Geordie accent you'll be able to hear just how passionate he is. He's a valued member of a lot of the adult teams where his competitive side always shows. Callum has a masters in History for some reason and we're currently wondering whether to charge him rent at Hoole as he is there so much! Contact Callum on 07931319455.
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Scott McCormick

Club coach
Level 3
£40 per hour
Scott is our lovable super coach - a curly haired ball of positivity and enthusiasm who can often be heard from 4 courts down giving his players the belief they can conquer anything! Scott has a special affinity with the club having first picked up a tennis racket as a boy at Hoole LTC, he went on to play at a high level as a junior and when injuries and family commitments allow, still continues to do so. When not on court at Hoole LTC, Scott can be found coaching the Cheshire county junior squads, helping to craft the next generation of performance players. Scott is currently working towards his Level 4 Senior Club Coaching qualification and is also a stringer.Contact him for lessons/stringing on @scottjamesmccormick@gmail.com
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AJ Huddart

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
Having achieved a Sport Science (Hons) and a masters degree in Sport Psychology from Edinburgh University, AJ went into grassroots tennis coaching and PE curriculum provision in many Chester schools. AJ is an LTA Accredited Level 3 Coach and has 18 years coaching experience including four summers in the USA. He used to be an absolute world beater until he was 12 but he’s still fairly decent. Top bloke.

Favourite shot is the volley – he hasn’t missed one in years (source not known) Contact AJ on 07783489843

Kate Merrick

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
If we paid Kate for every positive review she got, we'd be bankrupt. Kate is a hit amongst all of our players of any age. She is Mrs motivator personified, always getting the best out of her lessons and always leaving them wanting more. Kate is a former county champion herself, now she's busy creating the next!
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AJ Huddart

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
Having achieved a Sport Science (Hons) and a masters degree in Sport Psychology from Edinburgh University, AJ went into grassroots tennis coaching and PE curriculum provision in many Chester schools. AJ is an LTA Accredited Level 3 Coach and has 18 years coaching experience including four summers in the USA. He used to be an absolute world beater until he was 12 but he’s still fairly decent. Top bloke.

Favourite shot is the volley – he hasn’t missed one in years (source not known) Contact AJ on 07783489843
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Max Enston

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
Max is one of the most energetic coaches going. You will hear him before you see him. His tennis knowledge is incredible, but he is a complete weirdo on court. He serves right handed but plays groundstrokes with his left hand (weird, we know!). Don’t worry, he won’t insist on you playing that way, it’s just how he has always done it! Max also plays in and captains some of our teams. He also claims to be a Liverpool fan, but only ever mentions them when they win. Max is a Level 3 coach and also strings rackets. Max can be contacted on 07850434386
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Anne-Marie Tait

Assistant Coach
Level 1
Anne-Marie, mother of 2 tennis superstars-turned-coaches, Anne-Marie was a PE teacher for a long time in the local schools. She spent so much time on court with her family it made more sense for her to be paid for it! Her calming nature makes her sessions relaxed but full of fun and learning, perfect for those nervous first timers!
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Isaac Tait

Assistant Coach
Level 2
£20 per hour
Isaac is the most relaxed man you'll ever meet, making sloth's look high maintenance he has been playing at the club from young and is a brilliant player in his own right, becoming a regular part of the mens A team at Hoole. Isaac is off exploring Australia (jealous!) soon so get him while you can! He can be contacted on 07593 181809.
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Ben Purcell

Club coach
Level 3
£30 per hour
Having played tennis to a high level for his county (North Wales) Ben has now started the path down the coaching route. Ben has great knowledge and experience in tennis, still competes in tournaments and is a big part of our teams, although his antics on court can’t be associated with us! The only thing he loves more than tennis is his beloved Arsenal (he’s Welsh). His favourite shot in tennis is his Eastern Forehand straight from the 1940s even though reports do come in that he’s now trying out a semi western grip on the clay. Ben also can’t slide. Yep. Plays on clay but can’t slide. Ben can be contacted on 07342123656
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Dan Longshaw

Assistant Coach
Level 2
Dan is as hard working and passionate as they come. Although only young, Dan is already earning his stripes and constantly earning praise by members of all ages for his excellent coaching. Currently Dan is preparing for his GCSE's but when he's not revising you can find him on court assisting other coaches or at home watching Stoke lose every week. Dan is a valued member of our teams, a county champion and currently plays for the county teams. He is however growing allergic to playing singles, he must be older than we think.