James has been coaching since 2008 after deciding to make the switch from selling IT equipment to teaching tennis. In that time, he has worked hard to become an LTA Senior Club Coach (Level 4) whilst gaining valuable experience on court too, including working alongside internationally recognised coaches.
James started playing tennis at the age of 16 at his local club in Tilehurst and was very proud to hold the position of Head Coach at the very same club, Woodland, when he embarked on his coaching career 13 years later!
Away from the court, James is an avid Manchester United fan - the best match he’s been to being the 2008 Champions League Final in Moscow - and a doting dad to his six year old daughter.
James is Head Coach at Malmesbury LTC in Wiltshire.
James started playing tennis when he was eleven years old at Greenacre Leisure Centre and Park House School. He started assisting at Greenacre aged 16 and has achieved his LTA Level 1, 2 and 3 tennis coaching qualifications.
In 2015, James finished his final year in sixth form at Park House and studied Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology at A Level. Since leaving school, he has completed an apprenticeship with Ignition Tennis, achieving his LTA Level 3 qualification, and is now working full-time with us.
His favourite tennis player is Roger Federer due to his creativity and the way he makes everything look effortless. James’ best assets as a player are his rapid speed around the court and his dominant first serve!
Away from tennis, James is an avid Arsenal FC supporter and also volunteers at a local youth centre for autistic children.
James is our Head Coach at Woodland LTC as well as heading up our ever-growing School Programme.
The Little Desk is owned and run by Alix Sidwell and has been part of the Ignition admin team since early 2015.
Alix is a qualified dental nurse and worked at three busy practices across Berkshire and Oxfordshire, before becoming a mother of two and starting her own business.
Away from her business Alix spends her free time with family and friends enjoying a coffee when she gets 2 minutes free from parenting!
Please use the details below to get in touch with Alix about the admin and marketing side of Ignition Tennis.
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Woodland Lawn Tennis Club is situated in the heart of Berkshire. A typical village club comprising of 3 hard courts and club house/changing facilities. Ignition Tennis director James Wescott spent most of his career in and around the club playing matches and coaching on a regular basis.Book now at Woodland >