The vision for the BISP RPT Tennis Academy Centre of Excellence is to produce outstanding young tennis players from within our school.

Through a coordinated curriculum in and out of hours, our students will have access to world-class coaching and teaching. Students have the opportunity to hone their skills inside the BISP Tennis Centre.

The establishment of a BISP Tennis Club where high quality performers can play matches and tournaments will ensure tennis quickly becomes embedded into the life of the school and its surrounding community.

Top players will be entered into tournaments and receive Thai ranking points to ensure national recognition. The school will look to attract top juniors from around the world as there will be outstanding opportunities to work alongside RPT qualified coaches.

Indeed our very best prospects will have the chance to attend top training camps in Spain as part of tennis exchange programmes.

The RPT will utilise the school facilities to host training courses for its advanced coaches. This will place BISP at the heart of all new innovations and technologies in RPT tennis advancement.

Finally the BISP Tennis Club will act as a community club for all interested tennis players young and old who want to pursue a lifelong commitment to tennis through competitive and social opportunities.

Lee Austrin

Briton Lee Austrin represented his county, region and country as a junior, playing in many competitions both within the UK and across Europe.

At the age of 20 he moved to Newport Beach in Southern California to compete in the US Money Tour and Futures events. Here he gained world ranking points and regularly competed against players ranked inside the top 300 in the world.

In 2001, Lee had the opportunity to coach at The Palisades Racquet Club in California. This club was the home to former World No.1 Lindsey Davenport and was an extremely successful tennis academy – well respected across the US. Having learnt his trade here, Lee returned to the UK to pursue his passion for coaching.

Lee follows the Spanish methodology of coaching, as this is arguably the most successful system in the world. He rapidly became an ambassador for the RPT across the East Coast of England and has tutored over 50 coaches in the Spanish system.

In doing so, Lee has worked with some of the best Spanish coaches from around the world and is currently working at the highest possible level as a ‘Master Professional’ in the RPT System.

Richard Edrich

Richard Edrich has been developing aspiring athletes in martial arts, boxing and tennis for over 16 years. Richard Edrich holds numerous qualifications in fitness, nutrition, sports conditioning and education, and is currently performing biomechanics research in junior tennis players and lower back pain as part of his dissertation for his MSc in Strength and Conditioning, at St Marys University Twickenham.

In addition he holds a 2nd degree Black belt in a Mixed Martial Art, which requires high levels of proficiency in Western, Chinese boxing and Doce Pares. After some success in full contact at the regional level, he takes on the role of fitness trainer for several stick fighters – one of which gained great success.

Between 2000 and 2005 he was responsible for the physical preparation of Stuart Brown during his national and international stick fighting career. During this period Stuart Brown won 3 world titles in Los Angeles (USA), Cebu City (Philippines), London (UK), and 2 European titles in Krakow (Poland) and Berlin (Germany). Richard was, when possible, required to ensure appropriate physical preparation for fights, which resulted in traveling to Los Angeles and London.

Richard currently leads sport and exercise science programmes, level 3 at Great Yarmouth College (Norfolk, UK) and lectures in Exercise Prescription and Testing and Advanced Training Techniques at University Campus Suffolk (UCS). Alongside developing the next generation of fitness, health and human performance specialists, Richard provides individualised periodised programmes to maximise student’s physical potential.

Although Richard has a great appreciation of all sports performance aspects, his passion is in individual sports, such as tennis. During his time playing for his local tennis club, he undertook the physical development of many top junior players and helped all improve on their county and National rankings dramatically. For many years Richard has worked closely with RPT National Director of Thailand, Lee Austrin in providing personalised training plans for top ranked tennis players.

Working collaboratively with Matt Allen, Head of Physical Development for Tottenham Hotspur FC, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Physical Development and can provide personalised plans and programs to all aspiring tennis players.

For more information on the BISP RPT Tennis Academy, contact:

Academy Director Jeff LaMantia: [email protected]

Head Coach Lee Austrin: [email protected]