The Challenge Tennis Team

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

Formed in 2012 by founders James and Tom. 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 and Tom have been joined by some great coaches along the way. Challenge Tennis now have 8 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.

James Goodchild  

James Goodchild , Director of Tennis
07752 724488, james@challenge-tennis.com


James started coaching at 16 and has coached all levels of players from beginners to performance players. James' role has evolved as the company has grown and he is mainly off court dealing with the company as a whole.
 

Scott Paxton       

Scott Paxton, Great Missenden Head Coach
07860 616562, scott@challenge-tennis.com,
 

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 is currently pending 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, Performance Coach
07976 556602, phil@challenge-tennis.com,
 

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.

Tom Edis  

Tom Edis, Head Coach
07876 666679, 
tom@challenge-tennis.com

Tom has been a coach since 2001. He is the Bucks Under 9s and Under 10s Head Coach. He’s been involved in performance tennis since 2005. Tom is responsible for all our junior tournaments and match-play information. He is also first point of contact for our “Challengers” Performance Programme.

Matt Branton  

Matt Branton, Club Coach
07585 552488, 
matt@challenge-tennis.com

Matt started coaching in early 2008 as an unqualified coach looking for something more. In 2008 he took Level 3 Club Coach Qualification. I approached every lesson with the attitude of "Fun comes first" Why play something if you don't enjoy it? Matt is a strong all-rounder coaching all sessions from Tots to Adult beginners. His passion and enthusiasm for the game shine through in his sessions.

 

Ben Moy, Club Coach
07557 330992, ben@challenge-tennis.com
 

Ben is joining us as Club Coach and will be coaching at Chesham 1879 and Great Missenden tennis clubs. Ben has been coaching since 2010. In his previous role as Lead Coach he has been focusing on working with juniors of all ages and standards including performance players. Ben also has experience of providing coaching within schools and different venues. In addition to this he has experience working with adults from beginners through to those of a competing standard.

Hannah  

Hannah Russell, Club Coach
07983 338767 hannah@challenge-tennis.com
  

Hannah has been playing tennis competitively since very young and was county champion for many years.  Hannah has been coaching with Challenge Tennis during the holidays whilst she is working on her degree and she will be joining the team full time in May 2018 once it is completed.  Hannah will be coaching all levels and ages but has a special interest in Performance Tennis.

Callum Humphries  

Callum Humphreys, Club Coach
07400 516239 callum@challenge-tennis.com
 

Callum joined us as our apprentice in 2016 after finishing his GCSE's. Whilst with us Callum has passed his first two coaching qualifications and is now a full time coach. Callum coaches across our Futures squads and is available for individuals.

Sarah Yalden  

Sarah Yalden, Office Manager
07592 185622, sarah@challenge-tennis.com


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, supporting the management team and the GMLTC committee.  Sarah has recently passed her Level 1 Coaching Assistant qualification and can be seen assisting during camps.

 

 

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