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 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 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, 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.

Sarah Yalden  

Sarah Yalden, Office Manager
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, 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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