Meet our Coaches
We run an extensive programme of coaching for all ages and abilities at the club. Head Coach, Chris Stringer, and his team provide one-to-one lessons and conduct a variety of group coaching sessions throughout the year. They have priority on court 6a and 6b at all times. Meet our team:
Chris Stringer - Head Coach
Qualifications: Level 4 LTA Senior Performance Coach, Dip.Sports Psychology, BAWLA (Strength Training)
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £16.50
Tel: 01442 871424
Mobile: 07766 707686
Chris was born in Sheffield in 1963 and started playing tennis at age 11. He played numerous junior events and was a member of the Yorkshire Country Team. He played full time tennis for 3 years after leaving school, playing in tournaments in England, France and Spain. Chris has been Head Coach at BLTSRC since 1994 and enjoys everything about the club – playing for the teams, coaching and the general friendly atmosphere. Chris arranges all the tennis coaching courses including term time mini tennis, holiday courses through to performance squads.
Olly Culwick - Performance Coach
Qualifications: Level 4 LTA Senior Performance Coach, Dip.Sports Psychology
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £15.50
Mobile: 07956 944899
Olly joined Berkhamsted Tennis Club at the age of twelve. He has represented the club at all levels from junior through to men’s national league first team. Olly started coaching at the club in 1998 when he passed his DCA (Development Coach Award). Since then he has taught at all ages and levels from beginners to advanced. During that time he has also passed his CCAP (Club Coach Award Performance) and just recently passed his highest level qualification which is the Senior Performance Coach Award.
Olly is now the head of performance for mini tennis where he works with all of our most promising juniors at the club. He is currently working with players who represent their counties and with players who have been regionally and nationally identified in their age groups. Olly enjoys working with players of all ages and standards and feels honoured to work at one of the best tennis clubs around.
Qualifications: LTA – Level 4 &RPT 'National Pro' level tennis instructor
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £15
Mobile: 07985 412025
Tim has played racket sports extensively from a young age and represented his home county of Gloucestershire in both tennis and squash. He was selected for his university tennis squad as well as playing for a number of different club teams and now continues to love the game, both coaching and playing. Tim started coaching at BLT & SRC in early 2009 and has quickly built up a great reputation as a skilled, patient and encouraging coach.
Craig Blythe - Performance & Development Coach
Qualifications: LTA – Level 3 &RPT 'National Pro' level tennis instructor
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £13
Craig has been coaching at BLT&SRC since the spring of 2011. Craig joined the club as a member in late 2009 playing matches for all four summer club teams and in the club box leagues before deciding to take his tennis to another level. Craig then joined up with the BETA Academy team to improve all parts of his game, including travelling to Germany and being taught by some world class coaches. Coaching was the next natural step and working alongside the highly experienced team of coaches at BLT&SRC has given him valuable knowledge which he now uses in every lesson, from Tots Tennis to Adult individuals. Craig loves everything about tennis, from watching to playing to coaching and to improving his own game. This level of commitment to the game will drive him towards realising his potential as a coach and to being a valued member of our coaching team.
Qualifications: LTA – Level 3
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £13
Mobile: 07962 029391
Jezz has played tennis since he was 4 years old and represented his home county of Hertfordshire many times and also had success as a singles player. As a junior he trained at Batchwood high performance tennis centre in St. albans where he worked with some of the top coaches and players in the world to develop his tennis game and knowledge. He joined BLT&SRC in 2011 and has continued his success as a confident and popular coach. Jezz also still loves playing tennis matches and playing for the BLT club teams and club tournaments. Jezz coaches all ages and at all levels from beginners up to Academy players looking to perfect their game. Playing from such a young age, tennis has been a big parts of jezzs’ life which has given him a wide knowledge and understanding of them game. He now wants to develop and share what he knows to improve players at Berkhamsted!