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 13 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 provide high quality, high intensity daily training environments with world class science and medicine support
  • They are led by a team of world class coaches together with specialist sport scientists, medics, personal development and welfare practitioners
  • Players 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 deliver a comprehensive tournament schedule that’s right for the age and stage of the player
  • National Academies operate full-time, year round, in partnership with a local school

How do players get involved?

There are two National Academies; Loughborough University and Tennis Scotland at the University of Stirling.

Download the map to see the locations of these centres

The players who form the first National Academy intake are:

GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling

Player  Current Coach County
Henry Jefferson Ali Filmer Surrey
Sam Reeve Ben Haran Cheshire
Matthew Rankin David Brewer Scotland East
Hannah Read Jamie Fallis Hertfordshire
Hephzibah Oluwadare Jamie Fallis Hertfordshire
Millie Skelton Tom Loughton Yorkshire
Ella McDonald Jim Edgar Lancashire 
Talia Neilson-Gatenby John Black Leicestershire

Loughborough University National Tennis Academy

Player Previous Coach County
Eva Shaw John Black Nottinghamshire
Hugo Coquelin Luke Milligan Kent
Ranah Stoiber Neil Bamford Middlesex
Sophya Devas Paul Fisher Middlesex
Henry Searle Phillip Wagner Staffordshire
Luca Pow Gary Naughton Warwickshire
Given Roach Jamie Evans Middlesex
Kylie Bilchev Jeremy Cowley Suffolk

Download the National Academy player selection policy for information on the selection process and criteria.