LTA support for next generation of wheelchair tennis players
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The LTA has announced the twelve players selected for the Wheelchair National Age Group Programme – the governing body’s wide-ranging package of support designed to help high potential wheelchair players progress towards future international success.
As part of the programme, players will have access to training and tournament guidance from LTA coaches, international competitions, training camps, home training visits from LTA coaches and support to maintain a sport/life balance for an initial period of one year.
'A seamless route for our highest potential players to progress'
The programme is designed to educate and develop players as they transition through the LTA’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway, allowing them to be best prepared to become elite international athletes. The following players have been selected:
Ruby Bishop, 16 (Norwich, Norfolk)
Dahnon Ward, 14 (Ilkeston, Derbyshire)
Abbie Breakwell, 17 (Long Eaton, Derbyshire)
Ben Bartram, 14 (Sprowston, Norfolk)
Greg Slade, 17 (Dorking, Surrey)
Ellie Robertson, 15 (Glasgow, Scotland)
Joshua Johns, 14 (Ilkeston, Derbyshire)
Martha Harris, 16 (Bingham, Nottinghamshire)
Megan Bradley, 15 (Leyland, Lancashire)
Oliver Cox, 13 (Swindon, Wiltshire)
Ruben Harris, 13 (Hersden, Kent)
Andrew Penney, 15 (Alresford, Hampshire)
'This is a very exciting group of players'
Players who continue to show high potential at the end of their NAGP support will advance to the next stage of the pathway, the World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, which currently supports multiple Grand Slam champions Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett, Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne.
Rob Cross, LTA Technical Lead Performance Coach, said:
“I would like to congratulate everyone who has been selected for the NAGP this year. This is a very exciting group of players who now have access to a fantastic package of support which will hopefully allow them to develop even further both as players and as people. While we have a track record of producing high performing wheelchair tennis players in this country, the standards of the sport across the world continue to advance and this programme is design to help us stay ahead of the pack and maximize the potential of our best players. The LTA’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway provides a seamless route for our highest potential players to progress from junior competition to playing major tournaments. I wish all our new NAGP players every success as they continue their journey this year.”