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Tennis was one of four sports taking part in the first ever National Young Officials Academy run by the Youth Sport Trust at Loughborough University between 20th and 22nd December.
26 young Officials, aged between 14-18, took part in the three day Academy representing Tennis, Athletics, Cycling and Swimming.
A series of interactive seminars covering areas such as managing emotions, concentration and focus and communication aimed to grow and develop the skills of the Officials so that they could take them back to their sports.
Licensed Official Mia Palmer was awarded the ‘Young Officials Role Model’ award at the weekend’s closing address for her efforts across the weekend. Mia was one of five young Tennis officials taking part in the Academy.
Chris Drew, LTA Officials Licensing and Discipline co-ordinator, was the LTA representative across the weekend and said: “The weekend was a big success with all of the tennis Officials performing extremely well. The various sessions and exercises addressed many issues that they will face as Tennis Officials and we hope will help serve them well in developing as Referees, Umpires and Tournament Organisers. Special congratulations go to Mia on her award.”
The National Young Officials Academy ran alongside the established National Young Coaches Academy which was in its fourth year.
Read more about the National Young Officials Academy
Find out more about the LTA Officials Licence Scheme