8Come and meet our friendly Walton on Thames team! Besides being LTA qualified and CRB checked our experienced coaches are great with kids and ensure that that they have a fun, active lesson as well as learning to take their tennis to the next level.
Roger Fretwell: LTA & BTCA Registered Coach
Roger is a registered LTA & BTCA coach and has wide experience of over 30 years both in the UK and abroad. He has coached on summer camp tennis programmes in the USA and on school and tennis camp programmes in Surrey. He takes great pride in helping them progress from the beginner stage to regularly competing in LTA tournaments.He is very passionate about tennis and is very Keen on getting children and adults into the game. Roger is also First Aid trained.
Besides coaching tennis Roger plays competitively for his club, Walton on Thames LTC. He has been Mens Captain there for several years and an executive committee member. Outside tennis he is an avid supporter of Ipswich Town FC.
Here’s what Roger has to say about our tennis sessions:
“we will take your child from complete beginner to mini tennis tournament player through our popular coaching programme. These are fun and friendly sessions which also help children learn team skills and improve their confidence and fitness. Adults too are not forgotten with our popular Rusty Rackets group sessions. If you would like to get back into tennis and hone your skills just get in touch”
Coach Bio: Phil Giddings – LTA & BTCA Registered Coach
Hi there, my name is Phil, I am 21 years old and I am from Walton on Thames! I am a registered LTA & BTCA coach. I have been coached by Roger Fretwell for over 8 years and have learned so much from him.Tennis is a big passion in my life and am very keen to get children in tennis. I love seeing kids having fun playing tennis and having just as much fun playing as I do. I am first aid trained through St John Ambulance and I am also an active member as an Operational Duty First Aider and have completed over 1000 hours of public duty including covering the Wimbledon tennis championships during June/July, Queens this year and Wimbledon again this year.
Outside of tennis., I dance tap and ballet at Carlo Rossi School of dance and have been for 18 years. It is another big passion of mine and the school is like a second family! I used to play cricket at the Weybridge vandals from 2004-2008. I am currently studying sport science but will still coach tennis for as long as possible
Some of my favourite quotes:
Tough times will never last, Tough people will
Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits
Nothing in life worth having comes easy to you