BIO - RICHARD CRABTREE
L5 MPC Coach
Co-Founder Cultiv8 Tennis
Richard has had a wide range of experiences both as a player and as a coach. His playing achievements include a National Junior College Team Title representing Abraham Baldwin in the USA. Richard became an 'All American' in Singles and Doubles in 1999 and 2000. He then moved to Texas Tech University where he was named in the All Conference Team for Singles and Doubles, being ranked in the top 50 in the Doubles National Rankings. Richard gained ATP points in Singles and Doubles and represented England in the Senior 4 Nations Championships. Richard continues to represent Yorkshire at Senior County Week and was a member of the team that became Division One Champions.
In his first Head Coach role at Pershore Tennis Centre Richard quickly developed the Junior Programme, resulting in the club having many players competing at County and National Level. His move to Head Coach at Nuffield Tennis Academy, Hull in September 2008 was successful with the Centre being awarded LTA High-Performance Status. Richard then furthered his coaching career, moving to Bolton Arena and taking over as Head Coach in 2012. He had a number of notable achievements during his seven years at Bolton which concluded with three of the Junior Teams winning the National Finals in July 2019.
Richard has worked with full-time players who have competed on the ATP and WTA Professional Tour, as well coaching Great Britain Junior International Players. In addition, he has held Yorkshire LTA County Captain roles, winning National Titles with the Under 10 Girls and the Under 18 Boys Teams. In his capacity as Head Coach, Richard has guided players to success in Domestic Grade 1 and 2 Events, ITF and Tennis Europe Events, as well as coaching players who have competed in the Main Draw at both Tarbes and the Orange Bowl. Richard has also coached numerous players who have represented Great Britain in Summer and Winter Cup Competitions.
Richard is very enthusiastic about Cultiv8 Tennis and is delighted to have been appointed Head Coach at the new LTA Leeds Regional Player Development Centre. He looks forward to developing Cultiv8 Tennis Academy and supporting players and parents as they progress along the development pathway.