Mr John Skinner
Position: Head of Fives & Tennis
Department: Games Coaching
Telephone: 01280 818170
Life before Stowe
I coached part time up until 2003 when I made it my full time profession. Before joining Stowe in September 2011, I was head coach at a North Bucks Tennis Club for 8 years.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
The reward from teaching tennis is to see the improvement that the Stoics make through hard work and dedication.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
I have found Stowe a most welcoming place to work and have been made to feel part of one big family.
What is your favourite Lesson?
It has to be tennis, having picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 7, I have not put it down since.
Other hats I have in the tennis world are Grade 4 LTA referee, so any questions on rules and regulations I should be able to answer. As a professional Racquet Stringer I have been fortunate enough to be invited to string on the pro tour and have covered events at Eastbourne and Queens Club in London. I am also Head of Eton Fives.
My passion for the sport inspired me to put something back, so in 1991 I qualified as a tennis coach.