Stephen Gertsen

Table Tennis Coach and Coach Educator
Based in Scotland, UK

 

My Services

Elite Performance Coaching

 

My work with Table Tennis Wales and Table Tennis England has involved coaching at national level with both juniors and seniors; this has included coaching at international events such as the Commonwealth Games, Worlds and Europeans. I have also led numerous national training camps for Table Tennis Scotland.

Qualifications/Highlights:
• MProf in Elite Performance
• UKCC Level 4 qualified
• PGDip in Elite Sports Coaching & Talent Development
• Coached Wales (Junior & Senior) at International events 2002-2010 & 2013-2015
• Coached England (Junior & senior) at International events 2011-2013
• Coach for British Paralympic Association 2004-2010

Coach Education

 

My role as regional coach at Table Tennis England involved nurturing the development of the coaches in the area and bringing the overall quality of coaching in the region up to the highest standard possible. My role as Coach Development Officer at Greenhouse Sports involved managing and mentoring a team of coaches across London. I have also led coach education workshops on an ad-hoc basis for Table Tennis England, Table Tennis Scotland and Sports Coach UK.

My coaching philosophy is tailored around an athlete-centred approach, providing opportunities for the athletes I work with to take ownership of their own games.

Here is a video showing my coaching style, building self-responsibility by facilitating opportunities for athletes to design their own exercises:

 
Here is an example of how I facilitate a feedback session during training, giving athletes opportunities to provide their own input:

Coach Development qualifications & experience:
• BSc Sports Development
• 1st4Sport tutor/assessor
• Tutor for SportsCoachUK

Training Events

 

I regularly organise and run training events across the UK, these have included both table tennis training camps and coach education workshops. Please contact me if I can help you out with a course or event you are organising.

Girls training event in St Neots:

 
Exhibition at school in Cambridge:

 
Coach education and player development training session with Greenhouse Sports:

 

Private Coaching

 

I am available for private coaching and I have experience of working with a range of abilities from novice to elite performers. Please contact me directly to discuss your requirements.

Multiball training with performers at Table Tennis England:

 
Some of my young performers at Greenhouse Sports:

About Me

My Background

 

From representing Wales in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli to breaking a Guinness World record with Ipswich Table Tennis league, I have a wide range of experiences which feed into my role as a coach and Coach Educator.

I've worked for high-profile organisations such as Greenhouse Sports in London, NGB’s in Wales, England and Scotland as well as coach education organisations like Sports Coach UK.

Highlights:
• Raine's shortlisted for Programme of the Year at Greenhouse Sports awards 2015
• AK Vint OBE Staff Award (Employee of the Year for Table Tennis England 2013)
• Table Tennis England Eastern Region - Regional Squad Champions 2013
• Table Tennis Wales "Club of the Year" for Ferndale Greenhouse Sports 2010
• Represented Wales at the World, European and Commonwealth Games 2000-2010
• Commonwealth Bronze medalist (Glasgow) 2008
• British Team Champion 2007
• British Under 18 champion 2004
• Welsh under 18 champion 2002

Testimonials

 

"Stephen is a proactive and tireless contributor to the Eastern Region in his role as ETTA Regional Coach. He has transformed the players and coaches into the positive team they are today with his creative and enthusiastic approach to training. He naturally serves as an inspiring mentor for the whole team being able to motivate, has strong interpersonal skills and a unique capacity to lead. Stephen’s positive attitude and the respect others feel toward him are palpable. I can heartily recommend Stephen."
Maria Ingles
Table Tennis England - National Coach of the Year 2013 - UKCC L3 Table Tennis

"Stephen is a very well respected coach and receives great feedback from whomever he works with. He's great at encouraging people to work together and at getting the most out of them. His coaching knowledge is second to none and his ability to encourage and motivate only adds to his coaching skills."
Craig Bryant
Coach Development Offier - London & South East at Table Tennis England

"Stephen is a person who has the remarkable knack of motivating his players in a quiet unfussy way. He is highly focussed on results and continually pushes for higher levels of performance. He is also a great networker with volunteer coaches from a very wide area. He has excellent powers of analysis and intuitive team building skills. He works hard and with high efficiency and is ambitious for his team."
Graham Frankel
Owner, Genesis HR Ltd and Human Resources Consultant

“It's not only Stephen's vast expertise as a Table Tennis Coach - he's great at supporting coaches and improving their own continuous professional development. I've worked with Stephen in the Eastern region on numerous occasions and he certainly has the full skillset to lead, motivate, improve and retain kids and young adults to play table tennis at local league, county and international standards.”
Mark Semple
Table Tennis coach

“Stephen combines an efficient approach to organisation and administration with a real love of the game and desire to see those he is working with succeed. He is always looking for new and innovative ways to motivate/ develop those he is coaching, picking up on the mental and physical aspects which are sometimes overlooked in favour of pure technical development. A top performer in this field.”
Sean O Sullivan
Parent

Gallery

Coaching the England Junior Girls Team

Briefing the Eastern Region team

Greenhouse Sports - East London Schools Champions

Leading a Scottish National training camp in Glasgow

Girls Training Camp with Kelly Sibley

Coaching the Welsh National team

Eastern Regions Girls Training Day

Eastern Region winning the Regional Championships

Competing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli

Competing at the 2008 Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow

Breaking a Guinness World Record in Ipswich

Leading the Young Coaches Academy

Contact

Please call me on 07882272940 or email stephengertsen@hotmail.co.uk if you wish to discuss any coaching or education services I can offer you.