Mike Armstrong coaching
Coach Mike Armstrong

Basford offers a comprehensive coaching programme for all ages and abilities. The club’s resident coach Mike Armstrong is qualified and accredited as a Lawn Tennis Association Performance Coach and has more than 20 years coaching experience. He has been Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and has Safeguarding and First Aid training. Over the years Mike has worked with county and nationally ranked players, including two players who have received tennis scholarships at American Universities.

Group sessions for juniors are run during term time as pre booked courses. These courses commence at the start of each half term and run for around 5 weeks. Sessions are open to both members and non members although members enjoy discounted rates. Players may try a session by paying on the day for that one session and can join part way through a course and pay on a pro rota basis (if spaces are still available). The group session program has been scaled back due to Covid but more groups should start up in the spring of 2022.

The term time coaching programme is as follows:

Junior SessionMondays 5:00-6:00pmFor younger children aged 6-12 using low compression balls in the service boxes or 3/4 sized court.
Youth SessionFridays 5:45-6:45pmFor high school children or advanced primary school aged children. This session uses normal tennis balls on a full court.

During the school holidays the club runs tennis camps and match play events. These sessions must be pre booked and can fill up quickly.

Prices and further details of regular coaching, tennis camps and matches can be obtained by phoning Mike on 07412 037774 or emailing

Mike is available for private coaching at the following rates:

Members£24 per hour
Non Members 18 and under£26.50 per hour
Adult Non Members£29 per hour

30 and 45 minute private lessons can be arranged and Mike also offers a restringing service should your racket require new strings. Mike can also obtain discounts on Tennis equipment and clothing through Tennis Point.

If you wish to book a private lesson or for any coaching enquires please contact Mike on 07412 037774 or email