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1st Jan 2017

Event Description

The UKRSA Professional Stringer course has seen over 3000 successes since 2002. The training takes two days and covers all aspects of racket servicing. By the end of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to restring all types of rackets to a professional standard. Its an ideal way for absolute beginners to start off or for experienced stringers to check their skills and knowledge, gain the certification and perhaps even set up a successful stringing business. The 12 hours of learning is split into four x 3 hours modules which can be done all together over two days or one extended day.
The first day of a two day course can be extended into the evening. Many coaches just cannot get away for two consecutive days, so we provide a Home Study pack in advance that deals with String types and Tensions. This forms one 3 points module and will be checked out in a 30 mins theory test on the course. If all goes well then you will finish at 7.30pm. In the event that you do not achieve the required standards in theory or practical skills, then you may return free of charge to a later course. 
We start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm each day. (unless doing the extended day) After tea/coffee and course introduction, its straight into the practical stringing work, all very informal and continual assesssment throughout. 
Food – Each venue is different, sometimes we have a restaurant service at our disposal and sometimes we end up having a walk to the nearest cafe. Refreshments are taken as needed and food and drinks can be taken to the course.
Course fee is £249 and this is best paid online – contact us for details. 
The complete package of 12 hours of learning must be paid for in advance.
What to bring – Pen/paper is always handy. You will be given a CD of the essential stringing skills and other course information. Rackets to work on are welcome, always good to do the work for real.
Coaching credits - If claiming LTA coach licence points, then please send your licence number when applying. The LTA awards 12 coaching credits for the full Professional Stringer course.  
Stringing Machines – If you already have a machine, then you may wish to bring it along as its familiar. Quite often we will have new stringing machines available for purchase after the course. These can be electronic machines at around £2295 or manual machines that cost around £700. We only use machines that are best value and top quality. Beware of cheap machines that LOOK good but break down a few months later. Its good to test a machine out on the course and then take it home, satisfied that it suits your needs and you don’t have to unpack a very large box later on and have an assembly nightmare. 
Free 3 months UKRSA membership – We create a username and password for the UKRSA members forum to ensure you are technically supported afterwards. 
Liam Nolan will be your main stringing tutor and he has been working at top tournaments such as Wimbledon for 30 years, some as head stringer. David Hall also has a tournament stringing background, is very active on the commercial side of racket servicing and one of his specialisms is badminton.  

Safety Aspects - Badminton – Squash – Tennis – Racquetball - Stringing Patterns - String & Frame Technology - Tensions Selection - Grommet Strip Replacement

Marketing Your Skills - Machine Calibration & Maintenance – Knots - Tennis Elbow Considerations - Tools and their uses - Frame Mounting - Problem Solving -  

Customising - Gripping & Handle Resizing - Tubing & Individual Grommet Replacement - Stringing Unknown Frames - Causes Of  String Breakage

The UKRSA runs the USRSA Certification testing in the UK and Ireland. The Professional Stringer award is an ideal place to start if you intend to apply for the USRSA Certified Stringer or ultimately the Master Racket Technician award. 

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