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Stirling Uni to host national tennis academy

Andy and Jamie Murray have helped promote the sport through on-court success

Stirling University has been named one of two UK national tennis academies.

Loughborough Uni will host the second academy, with programmes targeted primarily at teenagers.

The academies are part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s ten-year performance strategy for British tennis.

The facilities are due to open in September 2019.

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport University of Stirling, “Being awarded the National Academy is fantastic news.

“Sport is intrinsically intertwined within the fabric of the University of Stirling.

“We are Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we have a proven record of success at the high levels of performance sport, we host the Scottish National Tennis Centre and have worked in partnership with Tennis Scotland since 1991.

“The National Academy in Stirling will unlock our potential to consistently produce tennis players for Scotland and Great Britain.

“Integrating the training of Britain’s brightest young players with our scholarship students presents benefits for everyone.

“We look forward to the exciting times ahead.”

Judith Graham, Director of Sport, Beaconhurst School, “We are delighted to have secured the National Academy.

“Beaconhurst School looks forward to welcoming and supporting some of the best young players in Britain.

“Beaconhurst has an excellent record of academic and sporting success.

“Providing opportunities to follow a dual career pathway of a student athlete is a proven and enriching experience.

“Placing education at the heart of this journey is an important part of developing young people as rounded individuals who can thrive and succeed in society.

“The National Academy promises to provide an outstanding level of duty of care which safeguards the future of the youngsters involved.”

Chief Executive of Tennis Scotland, Blane Dodds, said, “This is tremendous news, for the partners involved in the bid and for both Scottish and British Tennis.

“Scotland has enjoyed unprecedented levels of success in tennis with Andy and Jamie Murray, Gordon Reid and Colin Fleming.

“Players win Championships but systems enable players to win consistently.

LTA’s Chief Executive Scott Lloyd said, “With an emphasis on creating a seamless player pathway for talent development, this new Performance Strategy marks a step-change in the LTA’s approach to developing a pipeline of future tennis champions.

“It’s fantastic to see the new player pathway start to become a reality with the confirmation of the National Academies, supported by our new Regional Player Development Centres.”

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