Farewell Ryan and Welcome Ashleigh to Essendon TC

Vida Tennis would like to wish Ryan Palfrey and his family all the best as he makes his transition into a new career outside tennis towards the end of 2017.

Ryan has been a valued member of the Vida team since 2012 when he moved to Melbourne from Darwin. In 2013 he became the Head Coach at the Essendon Tennis Club and will finish up at the end of the year, leaving behind many great relationships and friendships. While he is moving on, he won’t be a complete stranger to the club and will be around from time to time helping with the transition of our new Head Coach at Essendon TC, Ashleigh Richardson.

You can view a little video from Ryan and Ashleigh below;

So who is Ashleigh Richardson?

Ashleigh has been involved in the Vida program for more than 15 years both as a player and coach. As a player, Ashleigh was an Australian National Junior singles winner, had a world WTA ranking and representing Australia in team events. Since moving into coaching she has found her passion for helping develop a great club culture, transitioning junior playing and engaging all players in the sport of tennis.

Ashleigh has been the Head Coach at the Veneto Club in Bulleen for the past few years but has had involvements with the Essendon TC through our tournaments, Hot Shots Challenge Days and Girls Camps.

Below is a little more info;

  • Ashleigh has lived in Essendon for the past 5 years and has a great network in the local community
  • Ashleigh is a Master Club Professional Tennis Australia coach, the highest TA qualification
  • Her key strengths are Hot Shots program development, squads, junior competition engagement, ladies and coach development.
  • Ashleigh had a WTA ranking as a player and was a junior National title winner.
  • Follows Geelong in the footy – please don’t hold that against her!

Over the coming weeks, Ashleigh will be around the club and be speaking to all the coaching students, parents and club members. On Saturday, December 2nd she will be at the Christmas Junior Comp BBQ.

It is a very exciting time for Ash and if anyone has any question please feel free to contact her on the below details;

Ashleigh Richardson
[email protected]
0422 240 269

Vida Tennis