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Welcome to Talent ID!
This area provides useful information to help guide parents and players through their tennis journey.
Tennis is a very technical sport and as a result many top players will have started at a young age. The LTA have developed a Talent Identification system which allows players to be monitored from the age of six onwards. The system offers support, advice and feedback to players entering the game and wishing to pursue it at a performance level.
Whilst there is no exact age a player should take up tennis, it is recognised that the younger a player can develop, the more chance this can gives them to succeed later on.
If a young player is showing strong signs of physical, technical and tactical development their coach will have the opportunity to nominate them for a County Fun Day. These days have now replaced County Talent ID days for players with the purpose to make the day for kids more fun and to include more game-based activities for 6, 7 & 8 year olds. For many players and parents, this will be their first contact with the LTA and its Talent Team.
The Talent Team is made up of a group of experienced coaches who are on hand to help clubs, players and parents achieve their goals in tennis.
Wherever you live, your region will have one or several Regional Performance Coordinators (RPC). These are mini tennis specialists who are in charge of overseeing the development of players in the 6-10 age group. The RPC will have a good relationship with the coaches and promising players in the region, support the local perofrmance centres, arrange County Talent ID days, lead on Regional Training Camps and assist in the acceptance and seeding of County and Regional level tournaments.
Overseeing the development of players age 6 -12 are Talent & Performance Managers (TPMs). These are responsible for regions of the country and are as follows:
Find a full list of the Performance Centre Network.
Please get in touch with a local member of the Talent Team here