Merchiston established Scotland’s first Tennis Academy in 2007 with 13 players. Since then it has grown to around twice that size. These players attend Merchiston (some boarding, some as day pupils) where they pursue both a bespoke academic timetable and a world class tennis programme. The Tennis Academy provides player pathways from top county level players to junior grand slam level. Students join the Tennis Academy by invitation, after passing an assessment.
For any aspiring sporting talent, there is always the challenge of balancing the dedication to sporting excellence with the need to gain a strong education. Alongside the School’s academic curriculum, the Tennis Academy aims to nurture and develop the boys through a progressive system that allows them to work on their personalised tennis programmes under the guidance of Director of the Tennis Academy, David Brewer, and a team of specialist coaches.
Merchiston has developed a programme which enables pupils to combine an excellent education with unrivalled on-court opportunities, which include top quality coaching, all-encompassing sports science provision (with our Institute of Sport Scotland partners) and appropriate level tournament travel. With individually tailored tennis programmes, the standards set by the players and coaches are of the highest level, whilst still maintaining enjoyment of the game. Our experience shows that our boarding school setup is highly successful in preparing individuals for life as a professional athlete while still enjoying childhood to the full.