Professional Coaching at South Petherton

At South Petherton Tennis Club, we aim to 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 Carpenter and Rachel Apsey.

Natalie Carpenter

Natalie is our Level 3 Junior & Adult Coach.

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

Phone: 07810 251642



Coach Natalie meets Judy Murray and Leon Smith

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.

Achievements so far: 

  • LTA Somerset Disabilty Coach of the Year 2022

  • South Petherton Parish Council Chairs Award Winner 2022

  • LTA Somerset Coach of the Year 2021

  • LTA Somerset Disability Tennis Coach of the Year 2021

  • LTA Somerset Tennis Coach of the Year 2017 and 2019

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

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

Natalie runs an extremely busy adult coaching programme year round, with 7 adults groups running each week! Her groups range from beginners & 'rusty rackes' up to intermediate team players, so there's something for everyone. She also offers individual, shared and small group lessons to all adults using the club. Both members and non-members are welcome.​

Natalie also runs a large junior coaching programme, ranging from 'Tennis Tots' from 3yrs old, up to yellow-ball sessions for 11-18yrs. 6 junior groups run each week year-round and are very popular with the local children. Holiday Camps are also available during the summer. See for more information of Nat's full programme.

Natalie currently coaches 120 people a week at South Petherton Tennis Club, with a current split of 50% children and 50% adults.

Adult Coaching with Nat

On Mondays, Nat runs two sessions for improvers at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tuesday is Nat's ladies-only intermediates session at 7pm.

On Wednesdays Nat runs an intermediates session at 10am, improvers at 11am and 'rusty rackets'/beginners at 12pm.

Junior Coaching with Nat

Sessions with LTA Coach of the Year Natalie run all year round.

Nat runs a large junior coaching programme for ages from 3-18yrs, her groups are extremely popular and well attended with all the local children and she has strong links the local schools.

Her program runs as follows -


Red/Orange Ball (ages 6 - 8yrs.) : 4 - 4.45pm
Green Ball (ages 9 - 11yrs.) : 4.45 - 5.30pm
Yellow Ball (ages 11 -18yrs.) : 5.30 - 6.30pm -


Tennis Tots (ages 3 - 6yrs.) : 4.15 - 4.45pm
Red/Orange Ball (6 - 8yrs.) : 4.45 - 5.30pm
Green Ball - (9 - 11yrs.) : 5.30 - 6.15pm

For full details of junior coaching and holiday camps visit Nats Tennis

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Natalie receiving her Parish Council Chairs Award 2022

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The Parish Council Chairs Award 2022

Natalie with her awards

Rachel Apsey

Rachel has many years experiece as a professional coach after starting her tennis career at South Petherton as a junior player. Since then, she has captained England at the four nations and represented Great Britain for many years. She is currently captain of Somerset's Over 35s and plays for the Club's Ladies A team.


Mobile: 07583092811

Landline: 0146054428


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Rachel, second from left, with her team

If you're thinking of treating yourself to any new equipment, Rachel can arrange good deals with Wilson. Further information will be sent to members in due course.

Coaching with Rachel

Rachel Apsey provides coaching for all abilities, both groups and individuals. Her regular session during the winter season is on Monday nights, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.


Rachel provides junior coaching to all standards and ages, and offers junior coaching on Saturday mornings during term times from 09.30-10.30. Contact Rachel for more details.

Coaching elsewhere

We have a reciprocal agreement with Somerton Tennis Club regarding adult coaching opportunities. Members of SPTC & STC can receive coaching at either venue at the members rate.


This gives everyone more flexibility as well as an opportunity to meet and play with more enthusiastic tennis fans!

For more information about coaching at Somerton contact Neil:

Phone: 01458 396006

Mobile: 07752 272830