GB National Tennis Academy Programme

GB National Tennis Academy player Samuel hitting forehand shot.

Tennis Scotland is delighted to operate one of the National Academies at the University of Stirling.

The GB National Tennis Academy in Scotland is part of the LTA’s vision to make British tennis one of the most respected nations in the world for player development.

Tennis Scotland deliver the GB National Tennis Academy in partnership with the University of Stirling, the sportscotland institute of sport and Dollar Academy to provide a level of coaching and service provision which sets new standards within the sport and transforms the development of future professional British tennis champions. The academy will be first major transition point in the Player Pathway as a player moves from the National Player Pathway to the Pro Tour Pathway.

Who is it for?

The National Academy is for players aged 14 to 18 (although some players may join from age 11 in exceptional circumstances).

The maximum number of players in each National Academy will be capped at 16, selecting Britain’s highest potential juniors.

Visit the Player Pathway section to find out more about National Academies and the pathway for aspiring young players.

What will the programme be like?

The GB National Tennis Academy is an inspiring, holistic and highly transformative environment. The Head Coach is responsible for leading and establishing the culture across the programme as well as developing and delivering an inter-disciplinary, Individual Athlete Plan (IAP) for each player.

The IAP is created and delivered by coaches and practitioners across the programme and will be interdisciplinary; combining technical, tactical, athletic, psycho-social and lifestyle objectives. The IAP ensures the holistic development of each individual as both a player and a person is achieved and measured.

Creating an Inspirational Pro-style Training Environment

The GB National Tennis Academy delivers a pro-style, interdisciplinary training environment tailored to specifically prepare players for the demands of pro tennis.

Whilst the University of Stirling currently provides an excellent performance environment, the pending facility investment will deliver a truly world class setting from summer 2020 onwards and the players will be training in an environment where they have everything they need to succeed. However, facilities alone do not create an inspirational pro-style training environment and this needs to be cultivated by the staff and players involved.

To create the right training environment, the GB National Tennis Academy at Stirling is integrated with the Tennis Scotland National Player Programme (NPP) and the University of Stirling International Sports Scholarship Programme (ISSP) players and coaches to create a motivational atmosphere on the court. Off the court the players will be rubbing shoulders with elite athletes from a wide range of sports via the partnership with sportscotland institute of sport, for example, Olympic medallists, Commonwealth Games champions and European record holders.

High quality, best with best sparring will be one of the real strengths of the National Academy due to the integration of the ISSP and NPP players as well as pupils from Merchiston Castle School’s Tennis Academy Scotland all enhancing training sessions. The volume of quality squad training, match play and player led sessions will contain a mixture of the above players which will provide great variety and high quality training for all. 

Philosophy and Culture

The coaching and support team at the GB National Tennis Academy will adopt a holistic approach to player development:

  • Develop players with ID
  • Players from the Stirling will be recognised for the values they demonstrate rather than the tracksuit they wear
  • Respectful, hard workers, team approach, open minded, integrity, tough competitors and passion for the game
  • Independent players who problem solve and make decisions
  • Matching their tennis game style to their physicality and personality
  • Monitoring and tracking progress through IAPs embedded in tennis, science and medicine
  • Committed to supporting and encouraging academic programmes
  • Wider social development of young people
  • Daily and weekly meetings to discuss player by player so the day to day activity links to the longer term IAP
  • All staff making the commitment to the same process