T: 07769255529 E: phil@firstballin.co.uk A: Heol Isaf, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DZ

Enjoy - Develop - Compete

Enjoy - Develop - Compete

The team of Professional's

Our Ethos & Philosophy

Our mission statement is to Enjoy-Develop-Compete. Regardless of what age or stage of player you are, as coaches we will strive to help you achieve your potential through our philosophy of Enjoy-Develop-Compete.

We treat all players with equal respect, with a growing programme of players, some players will require more connected time with our team in-order to reach their individual targets.

In order to excel at this difficult sport, i would encourage all players to be self-learners, practice as much as they can outside of squad and 1-2-1 lesson times and look to have regular match-play and learn from your match experiences. Head Coach Phil

Head Professional Coach

Phil is a former full-time player, ex-welsh no.1, s.wales county player of 10 years + & a former performance coach at Millfield & University of Bath.

With over 20+ years of teaching experience in many various tennis environments all over the UK. Phil heads up his first ball in coaching & tournament business at Radyr. Phil brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to the club at Radyr. He is currently men’s singles & doubles champion in his first year at the club. Phil also delivers many popular LTA graded 4,5 & 6 tournaments throughout the year at Radyr.

Phil is currently Director of Tennis for the popular & hugely successful Easter schools programme for 5 Star Tennis Holidays in Portugal / Spain.

Phil Thomas

Head Coach - Phil
First Ball In Team Coaches

Emily Watson

Emily is a level 3 coach & assists on the RTA programme. Emily leads sessions in mini tennis, girls development squads as well as the teenage development squads. Emily is captain of an age group for South-Wales at county cup. She is a great asset for the coaching programme and a key player for our ladies team.

Rhys Hill


Rhys is our junior assistant level 2 coach, who assists in mini tennis & some junior development & performance squads. He also provides our juniors with 30 minute pro-hitting services. Rhys also has a strong playing background & plays for Radyr junior & senior teams. Rhys is available for 1-2-1 pro-hits on Saturday’s, all enquiries must go through Head Coach Phil.

Charlie Heaton

Charlie has recently just joined us as assistant coach and provides some good experience for our mini tennis players and junior development / performance players. Charlie also plays for our men’s teams during the season. He is available for 1-2-1 pro-hits on Saturday’s, all enquiries must go through Head Coach Phil.

Ross Adams

Ross is a long-standing member & former club champion. He is a level 3 coach who leads sessions of all levels when we need extra support.

Dan Jewitt

Dan is a homegrown player and is currently our junior boys captain. He is a regular for the junior & men’s teams. He is a qualified level 1 coach and assists on some of the mini sessions on the programme.

Tennis Leaders

  • Harry Evans
  • Cameron o’Dwyer
  • Zack Roberts
  • Huw Riley
  • Ellie Healey

Come and be part of our Radyr tennis club and receive some top tuition that will transform your game!

Radyr Opening Times and Upcoming Events

  • Radyr Tennis Club opening times - 06:00 - 00:00
  • Coming soon... Glamorgan Open 7 in August 2020

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