Professional Coaching at South Petherton

At South Petherton Tennis Club, we aim provide a safe and relaxed environment for everyone to learn how to play tennis or brush up on their game. We have two coaches at SPTC, Natalie Grinter and Neil Driver .

Natalie Grinter

Natalie is our Level 3 Junior & Adult Coach.

She offers many group coaching session as well as individual lessons.

Phone: 07810 251642



Nat is an Award-winning LTA Accredited+ Level 3 Tennis Coach with a great passion for what she does. She has brought lots of new members into the club with many more Juniors, Families and Adults now members.

Natalie meeting Judy Murray and Leon Smith

Natalie has very good contacts with many of the local Schools and is also very much involved in Disability Tennis in the area. She is also Head Coach at Stoke-st-Gregory Tennis Club.

Achievements so far: 

  • LTA Somerset Coach of the Year 2019 (current)

  • LTA Somerset Tennis Coach of the Year 2017

  • Won national award of Benenden Tennis Venue of the Year 2017 for South Petherton LTC

  • LTA Somerset Disability Tennis Coach of the Year 2016

  • SASP Children's Coach of the Year Runner-up 2016 (only tennis coach in the last 3)

Once a child has found their feet, Natalie is well qualified to advise of the best route for each child. While group lessons are extremely important for a child’s social skills, private tuition is encouraged for a child to develop at a quicker pace and to enhance their playing skill.

Natalie coaches around 100 people a week at South Petherton Tennis Club, 60% of which are children.

Natalie with her awards

Natalie with her summer coaching group

Tennis4Kids 2017

Neil Driver

Neil is the Senior Coach to adults at the Club. 

Neil runs a Monday evening adult group coaching sessions 7-9pm, and is available for individual or shared lessons. 

Phone: 01458 270131

Mobile: 07752 272830


Please copy club secretary Pauline in all emails to Neil:

Neil is a qualified LTA coach (Level 4) with 35 years of coaching experience. He taught economics & coached both tennis & hockey at Millfield School for 25 years. 


He played for the men’s Somerset county team for 10 years and captained the team for 3 years. In 1991 he won a Volkswagen National Singles title. He now plays for the Somerset 45 & over county team and is the playing captain of the 50 & over team. He competes regularly in singles & doubles tournaments around the UK. 


Neil enjoys working with people on technical, tactical, psychological and movement aspects of tennis. He has been specialising in coaching adults since retiring from Millfield in 2011.


Neil is also Head Coach at Somerton TC and works part-time as a hypnotherapist & psychotherapist in the Somerton area, which links to his special interest in the psychological side of tennis.