The coaching programme at Bledlow Ridge is supplied by our coaching partners, Challenge Tennis.
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Phone: 07592 185622
Challenge Tennis provide coaching to suit all experience levels and tastes. Offering adult coaching from Beginners to Team players. For the junior players they offer coaching from ages 3 upwards. If you are looking for something more personal, they can also offer you one to one lessons.
Challenge Tennis was formed in 2012 by its founders James and Tom. Challenge Tennis now have a host of full-time coaches and a plethora of junior assistants. The coaching program at Bledlow Ridge is run by one of Challenge Tennis’ Senior Coaches, Chris Graham, who brings a huge amount of experience to the club. Chris is supported by Lee and Sarah Yalden.
Chris has been playing tennis for nearly 30 years and coaching for 22 years. In 2016, he received his level 4 senior club coaching qualification having been a development club coach for 18 years. Chris can successfully adapt his coaching style to suit any age or ability. He has an excellent rapport with all his students creating a fun and high energy session making sure he never treats any student the same. Has worked with the Maltese and Gibraltan national teams, The Cliff Richard trust and Berkshire county teams. In the last couple of years Chris has been involved with a top 5 national junior player. He has also trained Rikardas Dromantas in preparation for the 2016 County Cup which he ultimately won within his age group both in the single and doubles whilst coming 3rd in in the U16’s.
Lee has started with us full time as a Club Coach in 2019 and will be taking over the classes from Chris as your full time coach at Bledlow Ridge, some of you may have already met him. Chris has been promoted to Head Coach and will be overseeing Bledlow Ridge and Chesham 1879 tennis clubs.
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!
Lee will be running all of the club sessions and will also be available for private one to one lessons.
In addition to tennis coaching, Challenge Tennis also offers the following services:
- Holiday Camps
- Bespoke collect and drop Racket Stringing Service
- Birthday Parties