Friday 28 October 2016
Tel: 01442 863393 | Email:

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:


[images/tennis/stringer] Chris Stringer

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 and started playing tennis when aged 11 years old. He played in numerous junior events and was a member of the Yorkshire senior county team. After leaving school he played full time tennis for 3 years playing events in England, France and Spain and played in the same events as some of the world’s top 100 players of that time. Chris has been Head coach at BLT&SRC since 1994 and is captain of both our Herts league 1st team and our national club league team. Chris enjoys everything about the club and loves playing for the teams, coaching and the general friendly atmosphere. Chris arranges all the BLT&SRC mini, junior, adult and holiday tennis coaching at the club.



[images/tennis/olly] Oliver Culwick

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 played for the club at all levels from junior through to national league first team, as well as representing his home county Hertfordshire at junior level. Olly started coaching at Berkhamsted in 1998 and has worked with players of all ages and abilities.  Olly is now a Level 4 senior performance coach and works a lot with our most promising 10&under performance players. Olly has many years of experience in this area and has coached players to county, regional and national level within this age group. He is the director and head coach of the Berkhamsted Prestige Tennis Academy which caters for our mini tennis performance players.  Olly loves coaching players of all ages and abilities and helping them reach new levels in their game.




William Tribe - Academy Coach
Qualifications:  LTA – Level 2
M: 07871 476610    

Will joined BLT & SRC as a Tennis Coach in 2008 with a huge passion for playing the game and inspiring players of all ages and abilities to take it up or bring their game to the next level! Will has coached every level from Tots Tennis right through to internationally ranked juniors at Berkhamsted. He has coached in Australia at the very well established Pure Tennis Academy, where he was involved in club and performance coaching. Will’s fantastic character and very approachable nature makes him a huge asset to the club and his players.


[images/craig blythe] Craig Blythe (Craig Blythe)

Craig Blythe - Performance & Development Coach
Qualifications: LTA – Level 3 &RPT 'National Pro' level tennis instructor
Rates per half hour one-to-one coaching: £13
Mobile: 07941550850


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. 




Jose Mateus - Academy Coach
Qualifications:  LTA – Level 2
M: 07922 486113 

Jose started playing tennis at an early age and went on to represent Hertfordshire at both junior and senior level. He also coached and played in Germany between 1996-2000 which was a great experience for him and helped him develop as a player and coach. Jose biggest achievement was in 1994 in a challenge event in Portugal where he gained an ATP point which gave him a world ranking. He has also played against top ATP players in the world including Tim Henman. Jose has been coaching at Berkhamsted since 2006 and loves teaching players of all ages and abilities.   







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