Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Ogba, I am an accredited level 3 professional LTA tennis coach. I have helped developed many kids in my time at Southwark tennis club and Southend. I love an interactive coaching style. I like my coaching sessions fun and with lots of energy!
When did you first start playing tennis and what was your early tennis experience like?
I have been involved in tennis since I was 15 years old. I represented my school in tennis competitions and was also captain of the school team. I was actively a member of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company tennis club from 1999 to 2005 until I moved to England. When I came to England I was part of the Southwark tennis club, Camberwell London. I represented them in many inter club tournaments and also did voluntary coaching under the mentoring of Umran Ali and the late Milton Gayle. I moved to Southend to join legacy leisure as a coach and then a fusion-lifestyle level 2 coach until I was made redundant last year in December due to the Covid pandemic. I recently acquired my level 3 coaching qualifications under the mentoring and tutorship of Alex Roche, Mark Tennant & Richard Macklow, Tom Carlton.
What got you started in Local Tennis Leagues?
I remember seeing the advert and just decided to give it a try and I have loved it ever since!
What are some highlights from your time with LTL and tennis in general?
Playing some unbelievable matches! I remember joining the Kennington and Brockwell singles league as it was one of the first leagues to open just after lockdown. Even though I was always tired traveling from Southend to London, I relished the challenges and enjoyed meeting new players and friends and just playing tennis outdoors again.
What have been some of the benefits of LTL and tennis for you?
I have benefitted a lot. I have made new friends, met really nice people and kept fit. It's also been satisfying to me giving and sharing my knowledge of the game with many of the players.
What is your tennis claim to fame?
I've helped many players, young and old, to develop their game. Participating and having fun on the court; it really is satisfying!
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