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Loughborough Secures Deal with Lawn Tennis Association

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Loughborough University has entered into a deal with the Lawn Tennis Association that sees it being named alongside Tennis Scotland at Stirling, as the UK's first National Academies for tennis.

The National Academies will play a vital role in implementing a new seamless player pathway, which sits at the heart of the new Performance Strategy aimed at making Britain one of the top nations in the world for tennis player development.

The new player pathway will provide a route for beginners to reach major tournament success. It has been specifically designed to enable the best British players to regularly train and complete with one another at every stage of their development.

Commenting on the deal, Loughborough University's Executive Director of Sport, John Steele said: "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."

The academics are due to open in September 2019 and will support 14 to 18-year-olds.