Renowned tennis coach Rhys Hanger appointed at Bede’s School

September 10, 2018

Bede’s is pleased to announce that Rhys Hanger has been appointed as the new Tennis Consultant, leading its elite training programme. Rhys will also advise on the strategic direction for tennis at Bede’s and lead on the School’s partnership with the LTA, working alongside the Interim Head of Tennis, Francesca Scollo, who also played nationally and internationally for nearly ten years.  

Rhys played tennis professionally for five years before moving into coaching twenty years ago and is a Level 5 coach as well as an LTA tutor, developing Level 4 coaches. He will combine the role at Bede’s with his ongoing coaching work at Virgin Active and his work for the charity, Give It Your Max, which encourages children in deprived areas to take up tennis.

Commenting on the appointment, Bede’s Director of Sport, David Byrne said: “We are delighted to welcome Rhys to Bede’s. Bede’s has been lucky enough to have received the Sussex LTA’s Education award for the last two years, which recognises our commitment to the sport so it was important that we found the right coach to take the programme forward. Not only does Rhys bring superb qualifications and experience to this role, but he also shares our commitment to improving performance at the elite level as well as widening participation in the sport.”

Rhys also said: “Bede’s has always had a superb reputation for its tennis programme so this is an amazing opportunity for me.  I attended an independent school myself and it was my experience there that allowed me to pursue a career in performance tennis, so I understand the important role schools can play in developing talent and nurturing a passion for tennis.  I can’t wait to get started!”