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Ms. Michaela Knespl

Sport resume


I am currently working towards the internationally recognised LTA Level 4 Senior Club Coach qualification, working as a lead club coach delivering individual, group and school sessions to players aged 3+, of all ages and abilities. I was the University Tennis Coordinator at Loughborough University from 2014-16, managing the organisation and delivery of an inclusive and engaging tennis programme, and managing the volunteers and coaches involved.


Ms. Michaela Knespl

Country of residence

United Kingdom



Coach since






Player Experience

Former pro tennis player


Other results

- Playing member of Loughborough University Women's Performance Team from 2011-16, winning gold in the BUCS Trophy in 2014. - 1st Team player in AEGON Team Tennis Women’s Regional League for Wilton Tennis Club in 2012, promoted to National League; competed throughout 2013, 1st Team player in Doubles League - Represented Surrey in County Cup aged 10-17

Coaching / Work Experience
09/2016 - Present

LTA Level 3 Tennis Coach (Accredited +) at Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club, London, UK

- Planning and delivering daily group, individual and schools coaching sessions for players of all abilities, aged 3 to adult - Organising and delivering Social Tennis, coordinating and scheduling court space and timings, engaging with members, promoting the coaching programme - Managing the work of Level 1 and 2 Assistant coaches, mentoring them and setting goals for review - Supporting the development of Junior Performance players, delivering performance squads, setting and reviewing agreed goals, accompanying players to matches and competitions - Assisting Head Coach and wider Coaching Team in the development and growth of an engaging and inclusive tennis programme, attending regular team meetings, reporting on feedback and player development and progress, assisting with composing emails to parents, taking telephone calls and enquiries, recording and logging Health and Safety information - Responsible the growth and delivery of the female player population at the club, running Ladies Nights and Ladies Team Trainings - I have a valid DBS check and hold the 'Emergency First Aid at Work' and 'LTA Safeguarding and Protection' certificates

09/2014 - 07/2016

University Tennis Coordinator at Loughborough University, UK

- Responsible for the planning, management, promotion and delivery of the university tennis programme, aiming to increase participation, grow the provision of tennis activities, and make it inclusive and engaging for all - Planning, promoting and delivering Beginners Tennis, Intermediate and Advanced Tennis, Social Tennis, Cardio Tennis to large groups of students and staff - Planning, promoting and delivering engaging and inclusive tennis competitions for players of all levels, including Box Leagues, Timed Tennis, Mini Tennis, Charity Tournaments, Club Championships and Grade 3 student tennis tournaments - Project managing and delivering inclusive and engaging one-day promotional tennis events to showcase tennis and increase participation - Working as part of the Loughborough Tennis Team, Athletic Union and Student Union to work towards the shared goal of increasing participation in tennis - Submitting detailed reports to internal and external stakeholders (LTA, Tennis Foundation, Sport England) on qualitative and quantitative data that I compiled using data collection software - figures of participation, feedback - Being the main point of contact for any issues or problems arising, and resolving issues in a professional, sensitive and timely manner - Setting up links and creating partnerships with community tennis clubs, increasing the provision of tennis opportunities for students and staff - Managing and mentoring the coach and volunteer workforce, recruiting new volunteers, providing CPD opportunities, organising team and individual meetings, organising rewards and incentives for volunteers

06/2014 - 09/2014

Tennis Performance and Conditioning Coach at Lapides Tennis Academy, Boston, MA, USA

Responsible for the delivery of individual progression coaching for Junior Performance tennis players, including: • Introducing and enhancing higher level game theory and related tactical and strategic elements of their game • Practicing dealing with winning points, matches and tournaments • Organised and acted as referee/umpire in weekly progress tournaments • Leader in age appropriate strength, conditioning and physical fitness routines, teaching good training habits and sport specific strength, explosiveness, and complex movement • Mentoring the junior players and responsible for their development on court, demonstrating excellent communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to resolve issues and deal with any on court issues.

06/2008 - 08/2013

Tennis Club Coach at Wilton Tennis Club, London, UK

• Training 2 Junior aspiring players towards goal of performance tennis at University or Community College USA scholarship • Coached Team Practice Sessions for Mens and Ladies 1st and 2nd Teams • Coached weekly tennis lessons and holiday camps for children ages 4-15 • Supported the Head Coach and wider coaching team in administrative and office duties, emails to parents and schedule planning • Individual coaching for Juniors and Adults • Organised and acted as referee/umpire in mini-tournaments • Creatively and proactively constructed and delivered physically and mentally challenging activities • Dealt with challenging situations involving difficult behaviour, parental concerns and unforeseen circumstances e.g. inclement weather • 1st Team player in AEGON Team Tennis Women’s Regional League for Wilton TC in 2012, promoted to National League; competed throughout 2013, 1st Team player in Doubles League • Represented Surrey in County Cup aged 10-17

  • MSc Sport Management - Loughborough University, UK. All modules achieved, research in progress (in 2017)
  • BA English with American Literature and Film - Loughborough University, UK. (2:1) (in 2014)
  • A-Level English Language, English Literature, Theology (A*,A,A) - Ursuline High School, London, UK. (in 2011)
Language skills




Preferences & Specialties

I am interested in

coaching and other business opportunities


Junior players, Female players, Male players


Travelling coach, Private coach, Hitting Partner, Teaching Professional, Head Coach (professional), Technical Coach, Developmental Coach, High Performance Coach, Physical Coach, Other coaching specialties, Speaker, Analyzer, Clinics, Brand promotion / Commercials, Other business opportunities, Management Tournament Organisation



Net salary

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Willing to travel for tournaments

Yes (5 - 15 weeks)

Target job locations

Europe, Australia / New Zealand, North America

Willing to relocate