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Live4Tennis LLP is a tennis provider covering North and East Dorset. Headed up by partnership owners Ian Griffin and Chris Biddle. Friends for a long time Chris and Ian are committed to providing tennis to you with passion and drive to make you Live4Tennis! 

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Our Mission

Providing fun grassroots tennis coaching, leading to competition, leading to life-long participation in tennis.
Our motto:
  • Start having fun
  • Start to believe
  • Start to achieve
Our values:
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Determination
  • Inclusivity

Our Team

Chris Biddle co founder and director of live4tennis

Chris Biddle 

Level 4 Senior Club Coach


  • LTA Accredited + Level 4 (of 5) Tennis Coach

  • I have a degree in Music!! 


  • Level 4 Senior Coach

  • LTA Tutor

I have loved tennis since I was five years old where my coach came into school and introduced me to tennis, from there I got to county standard playing in Warwickshire, having had a break from tennis I moved to Bournemouth in 2002 and reignited my passion at University, I took my level 1 course and have worked my way up to Level 4 Senior Club Coach obtaining the highest playing level test. Apart from tennis I also love music and I am a keen guitar player at weekends you may see me on stage with my band. 

I consider myself very professional and inclusive for any ability, whether you are an adult just starting, your child is interested in one of our courses or summer camps, whichever your enquiry we have something for you.  

Ian Griffen Co founder and director of Live4Tennis


Level 5 Master Club Coach


  • BND Sports Science

  • 2.1 BS(c) Sports Development & Coaching Sciences


  • Level 5 Master Club Coach

I have over 20 years of coaching experience in grassroots tennis, and love coaching in primary schools and in mini-tennis. I started playing tennis at the age of twelve, where I played at Manydown Tennis Centre in Basingstoke. In 2002 I went to Bournemouth to study Sport Development & coaching Sciences degree. In my 3rd year out in industry  I  started to coached in Shaftesbury, working closely with Active Sports, Dorset LTA, Shaftesbury Sports College, North Dorset County Council and Marnhull Tennis Club. This was the start of Shaftesbury Community Tennis Club and Griffin Tennis Academy Ltd. Unfortunately in 2020 covid hit and I decided to close Griffin Tennis Academy down, and go in partnership with a great coach and friend Chris Biddle. In 2010 I was nominated for Dorset tennis coach of the year, and in 2011 I was again nominated and won the award. In December 2016 I achieved the LTA's highest coaching qualification the level 5 Master Club Coach. In my spare time, I love to play golf and watch a film on my home cinema.


Level 1 Assistant Coach


  • BTEC in Hotel & Catering

  • CIMA Qualified Accountant


  • LTA Level 1 Assistant Coach

I originally trained as a chef and worked in that industry for 4 years. I then retrained as an accountant. I am the Club Secretary at Donhead Tennis Club, our Shaftesbury site, and play tennis to league standard. I help Ian out coaching the little ones when needed and do Live4Tennis payroll and book keeping.

Angela Phipps Assitant coach and finance at Live4Tennis
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