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The LTA's Player Pathway

The LTA's Player Pathway

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Player Pathway Overview

There are two interdependent stages to the Player Pathway, the National Performance Stage and the Pro Tour Stage. These stages are dedicated to nurturing the most promising players to become champions at all levels of national and international tennis.

Players start at the National Performance stage, which normally covers development in an age specific training environment from ages 7 to 14 years. It encompasses training from a local level (Local Player Development Centres) to regional level (Regional Player Development Centres). These centres run age specific programmes which are supported by the National Age Group Programme for players aged 10 to 14 years.

Selected players then progress to the Pro Tour Stage which normally starts at age 14, with the frequency and intensity of training and competition increasing. National Academies (normally for players aged 14-18) are the first step of the Pro Tour Stage and are supported by the National Age Group Programme for players aged 14 to 21 years. This prepares players for the Pro Scholarship Programme, a stepping stone from junior to professional tennis.

The final stage of the Player Pathway is for those singles players who reach the world’s top 100 and doubles players who reach the world’s top 32 in the ATP/WTA rankings. These players will become eligible for Elite Support.

Players can enter the Player Pathway through Local Player Development Centres and Regional Player Development Centres, but other programmes within the Player Pathway are on a selection basis only.

The table below illustrates the programmes that exist across the Player Pathway and the training environments available for players depending on the stage they are at.

Age group

Stage of Player Pathway

LTA Player Pathway programmes and Training Environments

7-10 years

National Performance Stage

  • Local Player Development Centres

  • County Training

10-14 years

National Performance Stage

  • Regional Player Development Centres

  • County Training*

  • Regional Training

  • National Age Group Programme (U12 and U14)

14+ years

Pro Tour Stage

  • National Academies (14-18 years)

  • National Age Group Programme (14-21 years)

  • Pro Scholarship Programme (16+ years)

  • Elite Support (open)

*County Training may continue until the age of 18. 

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHILISOPHY

Individual player development is at the heart of every programme. This starts with developing a strong all-court game and then working toward a clearly defined world-class game style.

We want to ensure expectations of what it takes to become one of the best in the world at a chosen game style is clearly defined between each player and their coach. To support this the LTA is developing evidence based age and stage specific profiles for each game style. Our Player Development Philosophy covers a broad range of individual development factors and is underpinned by:

  • Head - good decision making and problem solving; players stay focused and find ways to win

  • Heart - resilient performer who competes unconditionally

  • Legs - movement & athleticism positively influences the outcome of matches

  • Weapons - excellent technique & shot making consistent with game style

Local Player Development Centres

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • To attract athletic children into the game and nurture their tennis development
  • To transition children with talent into a regular training programme
  • To provide local, welcoming, inspiring and affordable training and competition

WHO’S IT FOR?

Kids aged 7 to 10 who are developing a love for tennis, and aspire to compete at county and regional levels.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • There will be a number of Local Player Development Centres (LPDCs) across Great Britain – hopefully one won’t be too far from where you live
  • LPDCs will offer high quality, local daily training environments, which nurture the development of young people and players
  • Programmes are run by an LTA Accredited+ Head Coach with a Level 4 or 5 coaching qualification and a track record of developing young players
  • All LPDCs will create fun and exciting environments for young players.

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

LPDCS will open in September 2018.

Download the map to see the locations of these centres

Please contact either the LPDC operator or a member of the LTA National Player Pathway Team for further information.

County Training

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • To provide regular opportunities for the best players in the county to train and compete with one another
  • To accelerate the development of players aged 7-14 to create competition for places at Regional Training & the NAGP
  • To retain more young players in regular training and competition through to age 18

WHO’S IT FOR?

The best junior players in the county, with emphasis on U8 to U14s.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • There will be high intensity, fun squad training on monthly basis – the cost  of which will be subsidised by the LTA
  • Players will get opportunities to represent their county as part of a county team
  • County training will be delivered by local coaches who have specialised training and a track record of working with county performance players
  • The programme will be supported by the LTA National Player Pathway Team

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

  • Each county will create and publish selection criteria by September 2018
  • To be considered for selection, players will need to be competing in local tournaments

Regional Player Development Centres

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • Regional Player Development Centres (RPDCs) will provide high-quality coaching environments which enable the best players to train regularly with each other
  • They will nurture the best young players to establish a robust all court-game and prepare to successfully begin playing some national and international competitions

WHO’S IT FOR?

This programme is for the best juniors aged 10 – 14 who are selected for Regional Training and the U12 and / or U14 National Age Group Programme.

Players at this level should be aspiring to achieve National Academy selection at age 14.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • RPDCs will provide high quality coaching support, alongside aspiring peers, to help nurture player development
  • Age and stage specific tournament schedules are included, as well as coach attendance at identified domestic events
  • Programmes include complimentary strength and conditioning support to maximise athletic development
  • In partnership with the operator, the LTA will subsidise individual programmes for players on the pathway

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

RPDCS will open in September 2018 and the locations are outlined below.

  • Tennis Scotland (with network sites in Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
  • Culford School (Bury St Edmunds)
  • Team Bath Tennis (University of Bath)
  • Living Tennis (Bisham Abbey)
  • Batchwood
  • Reeds School (Surrey)
  • Dukes Meadows (Chiswick)
  • Bromley Tennis Centre
  • Swansea Tennis Centre
  • My Tennis (Nottingham Tennis Centre)
  • Bolton Arena

Download the map to see the locations of these centres

Players selected for Regional Training and / or the U14 National Age Group Programme will be eligible for a subsidy. However any keen young player can approach an RPDC to explore what training opportunities may be available for them.

Please contact either the RPDC operator or a member of the LTA National Player Pathway Team for further information.

Regional Training

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

To provide regular opportunities for the best players in the region to train and compete with one another.

WHO’S IT FOR?

The best junior players in the region aged 10 to 14.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • Sessions will be led by LTA National and Regional Coaches
  • There will be high intensity training with 3 to 1 player to coach ratios
  • Opportunities will be available for inter-regional match play, with other aspiring juniors
  • Environments will stretch promising players to help them develop a robust all-court game, and begin thinking about developing their future game style
  • All regional training will be subsided by the LTA – there will be a small per-session cost

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

The LTA have a selection criteria to ensure the best players in the region are selected. 

Download the Regional Training selection policy which outlines the application, selection criteria and selection process.

National Age Group Programme

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • To support the RPDCs by providing intensive camps, trips, competitions and grants in order to add value to the country’s best players daily training environments
  • The NAGP aims to increase the likelihood of players making the standard for National Academy (U14) and Pro Scholarship Programme (14-21) selection

WHO’S IT FOR?

The National Age Group Programme is for the very best U12 to U21 players in the country.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • The programme includes participation in inspirational camps at the National Tennis Centre in a ‘best-vs-best’ environment
  • There will be unique experiences available, led by LTA National Coaches with expert support including successful past and present pro players
  • Players will have opportunities to represent Great Britain at recognised international events
  • Financial scholarships are available

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

The LTA have a selection criteria for National Age Group Programme scholarships and trips.

Download the NAGP Activities Selection Criteria and Process for information on National Camps, LTA Official Trips and junior representation for Great Britain, including friendly international matches.

Download the selection policy for the NAGP Player Agreements Selection Criteria and Process, (also known as NAGP Scholarships going forward) to find out more about the support available for players on the programme. 

National Academies

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • To create a pro-style training environment that provides the volume, intensity and frequency needed for aspiring professional players
  • To nurture the person and the player to develop a game style with the head, heart, legs and weapons required for success
  • To increase the likelihood of players making the standard for Pro Scholarship Programme selection

WHO’S IT FOR?

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

Selection for National Academies is exclusive – the maximum number of players in each National Academy will be capped at 16.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • National Academies will provide high quality, high intensity daily training environments with world class science and medicine support
  • They will be led by a team of world class coaches together with specialist sport scientists, medics, personal development and welfare practitioners
  • Players will develop the weapons, decision making skills, athleticism and resilience that underpins a world class game style, and are required to successfully develop into emerging tour professionals
  • National Academies will deliver a comprehensive tournament schedule that’s right for for the age and stage of the player
  • National Academies will operate full-time, year round,  in partnership with a local school

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

From September 2019 there will be two National Academies; Loughborough University and Tennis Scotland at the University of Stirling.

Download the map to see the locations of these centres

More details on player application and selection processes will be confirmed in due course.

Pro Scholarship Programme

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

  • To provide individually tailored support to enable players with the highest potential to reach the top 100 within 5 years
  • To develop more players who are competing at Tour level and establish a strong group of players eligible for selection for Great Britain’s Davis and Fed Cup teams

WHO’S IT FOR?

Players with greatest potential to be WTA /  ATP top 100 within 5 years.

WHAT WILL THIS PROGRAMME BE LIKE?

  • It will provide individually tailored support and world class coaching at home and on Tour
  • A financial grant will be made available, intended to enable the player to employ uncompromised world-class coaching and dedicated personal strength and conditioning support
  • Access to world class science and medicine support at the National Tennis Centre will be on offer

HOW DO PLAYERS GET INVOLVED?

The LTA have a selection criteria for the Pro Scholarship Programme, Download the Pro Scholarship Programme overview and selection process guide for more information.

Elite Support

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME?

To deliver support for the highest performing players, who are targeting major tournament success.

WHO’S IT FOR?

  • Singles players who reach the ATP / WTA  top 100 and doubles players who reach the ATP / WTA top 32
  • Players demonstrating a commitment to maximising their potential and targeting major tournament success

WHAT WILL THIS SUPPORT BE LIKE?

The LTA will facilitate and deliver science, medicine and wellbeing support at the National Tennis Centre and Grand Slams.

The player will be expected to participate in an annual review of support and interdisciplinary planning / review meetings as required.

The Science and Medicine support available may include:

  • Medical assessments
  • Physiotherapy treatment
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Intensive rehabilitation
  • Psychology and emotional well being
  • Performance Lifestyle advice.

Shared onsite physiotherapy, Strength & Conditioning and performance analysis support at Grand Slams will be made available.

HOW DO PLAYERS GET ACCESS TO THIS SUPPORT?

Players who have reached the ATP / WTA  top 100 singles or top 32 doubles should liaise directly with LTA staff.

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