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About us

We are PDHSports.com, a family run racket sports specialist based in Duffield, Derbyshire. PDHSports began trading in 1992 when professional squash player Paul Hargrave set up a restringing business and started selling rackets to supplement his squash playing income. Paul built the first PDHSports.com website himself (after a crash course in basic HTML and web design at night school) and we were one of the first racket sports retailers to sell online. We've come a long way since then, with a much more sophisticated online presence and a showroom in Derbyshire.

We are proud to be one of the few independent, specialist racket sports retailers based in the UK yet also offering worldwide delivery.

As official racket testers for Tecnifibre, HEAD and Dunlop, we test many products pre-launch and we also try to review as many of the other ranges which we sell as possible so that we can give informed advice. Our YouTube channel, with new product reviews and coaching tips, has now had over four million views.

We stock all major racket sports brands and also work with emerging brands to offer our customers fantastic choice. We secure exclusive racket deals and offer brilliant Bundles and Multibuys which you won't find anywhere else.

We don't just have an online presence. Our busy showroom in Duffield offers customers the chance to try before you buy and we love meeting our customers face to face! Many travel hundreds of miles in the search for specialist advice. 

Our unique Ten Day Racket Trial also sets us apart from the competition. First introduced in 2009, it has been a highly successful scheme which allows online customers the chance to test our products. 

Our philosophy 

We aim to offer an extensive range of squash, tennis, badminton, racketball and fitness equipment at the best prices. Selling online means that our prices are always competitive. We believe our technical expertise and our commitment to delivering superb customer service, combined with highly competitive prices, sets us apart from other racket sports retailers. 

Our team

Paul Hargrave (Partner)

Ex-pro squash player Paul Hargrave represented England 28 times at Junior level, was British Open U14 and U16 Champion and European U19 Junior Champion, with senior ranking highs of England No 12 and World No 52.

As a current Level 4 squash coach, Paul has seen three of his protégés namely Mitchell Cook, Joel Hinds and Millie Tomlinson head the National rankings. Paul still plays squash and tennis and is also an avid snowboarder and golfer.

Paul is in charge of product testing, selection and reviews. He also oversees website design and content and all our brands and suppliers as well as managing the business.

Lisa Hargrave (Partner)

Lisa played squash for Derbyshire and was also awarded a Blue for squash after representing Cambridge University. She ran her first half marathon in 2015 and is a regular runner and fitness-fanatic.

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant and is now responsible for PDHSports' Marketing and Social Media alongside overseeing finance, website design and content and managing the business. 

Jamie Meynell 

Jamie started work at PDHSports as an Apprentice eight years ago and now heads up our despatch team. He is a dedicated Derby County fan and also plays squash, tennis and badminton. Jamie also enjoys running and has completed several 10k races.

Life goal: run a marathon

Life after racket sports: Yoga (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it)

Will Gray

Will started working for us as a summer student and never left, although he will start his degree at Bristol University from September 2018. Will is a regular squash player and huge squash fan. He is a founder member of the PDHSports run club and the current course record holder.

Career highlight to date: Filming with the Shorbagy brothers.

Claim to fame: The only member of our team to hold a private pilot’s licence.

Oli Storr

Oli joined PDHSports in 2017. Oli is our tennis expert. He also plays five a-side football and has been victorious in more than one PDHSports racketlon challenge match.

Sophie Brealey

Sophie joined us in May 2018 after completing her degree in Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam University. Superstar badminton player and Level 1 Badminton Coach and all-round racket sports player and fan.  

 

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