ACTIVE SPORTS TENNIS
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Active Sports tennis aims to provide better coaching and competition opportunities for young people. This will ensure all young players receive a sufficient quantity and quality of coaching and competition to help them achieve their personal potential.
Active Sports Tennis will be delivered in 4 stages.
Stage One aims to attract those young people who have already learnt the basics of the game, usually in school, and now wish to take their involvement further. Such involvement will be in the form of local coaching for 7-13 year old players. Working with clusters of schools that already have a strong tennis development structure in place these programmes will be linked to clubs and run from April to June each year.
This stage includes developing and setting up quality junior clubs. These clubs will be responsible for providing regular coaching, competition and social programmes so that players can continue to improve their skills and enjoy the benefits of regular competition throughout the season. Existing clubs (or new ones when required) will be developed to Active Sports' minimum standards relating to safe play and equal opportunities. In the future clubs will also be developed to provide quality coaching and competition programmes in line with guidelines which the LTA will be publishing.
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of assessing the abilities of those in the ten and under, and 13 and under age groups who are participating at local level in schools and clubs.
Young players with the necessary skills and ability will be recommended by their teachers and coaches to attend assessment sessions normally held from March to May each year. Players will be selected for development squads or directed to recommended clubs based on the LTA Guidelines for Talent Identification.
During each school term, those ten and under and 13 and under players identified at Stage Three as having ability and talent, will be put into a new pre-county level Partnership Squad programme. These squads will provide further assessment and training opportunities that will include Sub-Partnership groups for both age ranges, as well as a match play competition for those in the 13 and under band.
We also feel very strongly as a sport that we could be doing even more to attract those sections of the community that have yet to enjoy tennis. That is why we are committed to using Active Sports as a way of targeting those groups that are under-represented in our sport, especially young people from the most disadvantaged areas and those with disabilities.