Stonyhurst College has announced the appointment of David Shaw as its new Director of Tennis. The former professional player will be responsible for the development and implementation of tennis programmes for St Mary’s Hall School and Stonyhurst College pupils.
He joins the prestigious institution after more than 20 years as the Director ofYtennis and CEO at the Northern in Manchester, where he helped build the club from 32 to over 400 junior members having weekly coaching sessions.
David, who finished British Junior No.1 in 1982 and won the British Junior Wimbledon singles and doubles in 1981, played in the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon between 1981-1983. His playing career began when he was 13 and he achieved men’s world rankings by the age of 17.
Commenting on his appointment, David said: “I’m thrilled to have joined Stonyhurst and I’m looking forward to helping establish its tennis academy as one of the best in the North of England. The facilities here are second to none and provide the perfect opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.
“It’s important to stimulate interest in a sport like tennis from a young age and that’s what I’ll be working to do; nurturing talent and encouraging students to embrace the many benefits the sport has to offer.”
John Browne, Headmaster at Stonyhurst College, added: “David’s extensive experience and passion for the sport make him the perfect candidate for the role, and St Mary’s Hall and Stonyhurst College students are going to benefit from his leadership immensely.”