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AASE is delivered through a network of LTA accredited High Performance Centre (HPC’s) and TF Performance Universities. The programme is aimed at players aged between 16 to 18 years old and provides a clear professional pathway for young players to become professional players, coaches and other tennis professionals, whilst gaining qualifications.
The AASE programme offers an extensive programme for players by offering access to high quality training, key speakers, educational resources, day tournament visits and the possibility of high quality progression routes to full time tennis, full time coaching or a University scholarship either at home or abroad.
The scheme comprises the following elements:
1. Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance made up of nine units covering technical; tactical; mental skills; physical conditioning; nutrition; career, planning; communication skills; lifestyle management; and health and safety.
2. Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in tennis, made up of nine units covering technical; tactical; mental skills; physical conditioning; nutrition; career, planning; communication skills; lifestyle management; and health and safety.
3. Functional Skills in Application of Number and Communication (Please note that if you have achieved GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths, you will be exempt from this component).
It should be noted that AASE is for players who are committed to tennis training and competition. AASE is not for players who do not have tennis at the centre of their plans.
Players on AASE should be committed to tennis as a priority and aiming to continue their tennis commitment after the programme.
Please note the rating is only one of the acceptance criteria and on its own does not guarantee entry to the programme. In addition, players have to be accepted by their centre and fully demonstrate they meet all of the above criteria to join AASE.
Completed GCSE’s in Maths and English summer 2014
Players must have completed GCSEs in Maths and English in summer 2014. In discussion with your centre, players are able to undertake a maximum of 3 A levels outside the AASE programme and this is completed outside of the AASE Apprenticeship and around the training and competition programme.
An application form for 2014/15 will be available on this website during April 2014. Players will need to submit an annual plan, match charts and video with the application form and more info will be available from April. Please note tournaments and results will also be screened as part of the application process.
Applications are submitted directly to centres who will interview applicants.
Final acceptances are then made by the centres combined with the LTA. In the meantime if you need further information parents/players should contact their chosen AASE accredited centre to find out specific details about the programme and attend a parents evening at the centre.
AASE application form 2013-14
Watch a video of HPC coaches talking about the AASE scheme.
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"The areas covered in the AASE programme are helping me turn tennis into my profession." - Kyle Edmund, junior Davis Cup team member
"I didn’t realise the size of the AASE programme across sports" - David Thomson, AASE student
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