Brijesh Kumar Soni – Lawn Tennis(9450050232)
Coach Brijesh Kumar Soni is a renowned tennis player and coach from Allahabad. He was highly influenced by his cousins who were gymnasts and thus grew his attraction to sports. Brijesh trained himself by watching tennis matches and his seniors play as back then there wasn’t much coaching available for professional tennis in the state. In 1992, he began practicing in Mehul Sports Complex, Allahabad. From 1995-97 Brijesh competed in inter university tournaments and played in state and national level tennis matches winning several matches.Currently he is posted as a Lawn Tennis Coach in KD Singh Babu Stadium,Lucknow
He has a diploma in Sports Coaching from NSNIS, Patiala. Coach Brijesh is a Deputy Sports Officer and was posted in Allahabad from 2004-2017. While giving noteable credit to his 2 sons as his biggest motivation Coach Brijesh also adds,” A coach plays a crucial role on the field and parents fulfil the same off the field.” He continues,” As nature is all about balance, everything should be done within its limit. A good diet and studies should be taken seriously too, while learning the technology behind the sport is also vital.”
He has coached successful players like Navneet Kumar (junior Asia ranking Chennai 2007) who is now a coach too at SAI and Atul Sri Patel who has played for national as well as international Tennis Federation.
Amit Kirti Tilak – Lawn Tennis(9971015961)
Born and raised in Lucknow city Amit Kirti Tilak was inspired in his formative years by his brother who was an international tennis player. Coach Amit was enrolled in U.P. Sports College at the age of 13. With his thorough education in sports and hands on training in tennis Amit has come a long way in his reputed career as a tennis coach. He briefly coached tennis at the Aligarh Muslim University followed by a ten year tenure as a senior coach in Teen Tennis Academy, Delhi. Amit currently mentors trainees as the Head Tennis Coach in SDS Tennis Academy, an initiative of Sports Development Society in Lucknow.
Coach Amit says, ” There has been a considerable growth in affinity for sports in people over the past few years and they are more willing to enrol their children into professional sports.”
Amit instils self-motivation in his trainees and encourages them to make their own decisions. He also reiterates, ” Mental counselling is equally important as physical training in any sport as it gives strength to withstand the struggle of the initial years.”