Educating Tennis Stars of the Future 14.06.18

Loughborough Endowed Schools have been entrusted to deliver a first-class education to the country’s leading junior tennis aces, following a new partnership with Loughborough University and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Loughborough University has been announced as one of two National Academies for tennis, intended to nurture 14 to 18-year-olds who demonstrate the greatest future potential in the sport.

Alongside world-class coaching, science, medicine, and welfare expertise, from 2019 those selected will also be provided with an excellent mainstream education at Loughborough Amherst School.

From September 2019, Loughborough Amherst School, currently known as Our Lady’s Convent School, will provide a full co-educational curriculum for the first time.

The tennis players will receive a high-quality, flexible education and boarding that will fit around their training.

Julian Murphy, Headmaster of Loughborough Amherst School, said that the Foundation was looking forward to working with the country’s finest tennis talents.

He said: “We are honoured to be working with Loughborough University and look forward to providing an education for future British tennis champions at Loughborough Amherst School.

“It’s a testament to our reputation for delivering a first-class education and we are confident that the athletes chosen to attend the National Academy will leave us, not only as better sportspeople, but as mature and confident adults.

“It’s a big responsibility but one that I know our superb team will rise to and we can’t wait to welcome the first cohort in September 2019.”

Loughborough University’s Executive Director of Sport, John Steele, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the LTA to host a National Academy at Loughborough University. This is an extremely exciting opportunity to create a world-class player development pathway for the best players in the UK, who have aspirations to go on to represent Great Britain and achieve success at the highest level in tennis.

“Our world-class facilities, internationally recognised sports science offer and unique sporting ecosystem, combined with a partnership with Loughborough Endowed Schools Foundation, provides the structure and foundation to make the LTA’s vision a reality. We look forward to working closely with the LTA’s performance team and welcoming the first cohort of athletes in September 2019.”

For more information about the Loughborough Endowed Schools