Gateshead Tennis is based at Blaydon Tennis Club, and works throughout the borough within the primary schools. Led by Jonathan Newton since 1999, he established himself as a Head Coach by developing the coaching programme, players, schools and coaches.
It is this drive, enthusiasm and initiative that saw him rewarded with the BTCA National Coach Of The Year Award, 2001. With the success of junior players and teams, both the club's and Jonathan's reputation grew quickly for quality coaching and high achievement.
Jonathan mentored several club juniors through their coaching awards: Ian Pearson and newly qualified Grace Dixon are club coaches. Phil Holmes is part time along side a new car sales job. David Esther is another Gateshead Tennis coach, but qualified from outside the area and has since become the performance coach at Bristol. Grace is a nationally ranked player with a 2.1 rating. She is adding a performance outlook to the team and is very keen to get more girls playing tennis.
Through the high standard of development and a massive amount of work from club chairman David Rochester, Blaydon TC opened 3 floodlit hard courts in 2007 for juniors and coaching. This brought the court count to 9 and made Blaydon one of the biggest clubs in the North of England. In 2008 Blaydon TC was awarded Club Mark status by Sport England, a kite mark award for excellence in management and coaching.
Jonathan is a Senior Club Coach (level 4) and is using this to further enhance the quality of the coaching programme with up to date coaching techniques and terminology.