The Challenge Tennis Team

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Challenge Tennis provides tennis coaching for players of all ages and abilities.

Formed in 2012 by founder James who now oversees the business. In 2015 they joined Great Missenden and introduced their Adult and Junior programmes.  During the last few years, these programmes have continued to grow as the team continue to bring their high quality coaching to the club.

James has been joined by some great coaches along the way. Challenge Tennis now have 6 full time coaches and a host of junior assistants.

Challenge Tennis also offer a bespoke collect and drop Racket Stringing Service.  Please see our website for more details.

Below you will find more information about the current Challenge Tennis team.

Scott Paxton       

Scott Paxton, Great Missenden Head Coach
07860 616562,,

Scott fell in love and started playing with tennis at the age of four. Unfortunately a knee injury in his early teens prevented him from continuing to playing competitive tennis at the highest level. Since then Scott has grown a strong passion for teaching the sport to others and has recently passed his level 5 LTA coach qualification. Scott took his first tennis qualification at the age of 17 and has continued to develop his technical/tactical knowledge and skills through throughout his 14 years of full time coaching. Scott has developed his own unique style of coaching which he adapts to fully support players of all ages and abilities. Scott has been involved with coaching and training club, performance and u12 and u18 Hertfordshire County tennis throughout his career. He also has a strong background for teaching in Primary Schools and Mini Tennis with a track record for producing u9 and u10 county players. Scott still has a strong passion for playing competitive doubles and takes any opportunity he can to play.


Phil Fowler, Head Performance Coach
07976 556602,,

Phil is a level 5 LTA Performance Coach and has worked with a number of performance players over his years in the game. He has been a national coach and national team captain in his time at the LTA at Bisham Abbey and Cambridge as well as a Fed Cup coach based at Wimbledon. More recently he was the Head Pro at the prestigious Stoke Park Tennis Club. Phil has worked with and produced numerous National/International Champions as well as coaching ITF, WTA, ATP Players. In his playing career Phil has represented GB in various tennis events and currently competes on the ITF senior tour where he has a ranking of 25 in the world.


Lee Nixon, Club Coach
Club Coach, 07477 810724,

Lee is an LTA Level 3 Tennis Coach. Having played tennis from an early age, he played County Tennis in many local tournaments whilst growing up in County Durham. During his time at University Lee played for the men's A team in both singles and doubles. More recently, he represented his club (David Lloyd Teesside) in local and regional Level and also captained the Men's A Team. During his time coaching Lee has coached people of all standards and levels from juniors to adults. Having 27 years of experience in the sport, Lee is able to adapt to any type of player to help improve their game. As a tennis coach, he likes to focus on doing the basics correctly as these are the building blocks to your strokes and game, whilst making sure every session is fun and enjoyable!


Ollie Murray, Club Coach

Ollie has joined the coaching team after coming through the Challenge Tennis coaching channels as a Tennis Leader.  He is now a fully qualified Level 2 coach and is looking to take his Level 3 qualification soon.  Ollie has a huge passion for tennis and has been a member at Great Missenden for many years.  He plays for the team, run's our Saturday morning Mini lessons and Junior Night with Scott.

Sarah Yalden  

Sarah Yalden, Director
07592 185622,

Sarah has a wealth of experience working with small and large businesses. Sarah brings knowledge from working with different companies from financial institutes to PR agencies. Sarah brings the whole business together and is responsible for all the day to day running of Challenge Tennis, looking after the coaches and supports the club committee's.  Sarah has recently passed her Level 1 Coaching Assistant qualification and can be seen assisting on court, at school fairs, at committee meetings and generally everywhere needed on court and off.




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