Former professional player, David Shaw, has been appointed Director of Tennis at Stonyhurst College. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of tennis programmes for St Mary’s Hall School and Stonyhurst College pupils.
David joins the prestigious institution after more than 20 years as the Director of Tennis and CEO at The Northern in Manchester, where he helped build the club from 32 to more than 400 junior members enjoying weekly coaching sessions.
He finished British Junior No.1 in 1982, having won the British Junior Wimbledon singles and doubles titles in 1981. He played in the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon between 1981–1983. His playing career began when he was 13 and he achieved men’s world rankings by the age of 17.
“It’s important to stimulate interest in a sport like tennis from a young age and that’s what I’ll be working to do.”
Commenting on his appointment, David said: “I’m thrilled to have joined Stonyhurst and I’m looking forward to helping establish its tennis academy as one of the best in the North of England. The facilities here are second-to-none and provide the perfect opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.
“It’s important to stimulate interest in a sport like tennis from a young age and that’s what I’ll be working to do; nurturing talent and encouraging students to embrace the many benefits the sport has to offer.”
Stonyhurst’s £580,000 Glassbrook tennis dome, which has two Grand Slam-size tennis courts, was opened by Tim Henman last year and is used for lessons and matches, as well as being open to the public when not in use by students.