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Merchiston Castle School pupils Charlie and Jacob are taking to the tennis court with some legends of the game at the moment.

The Tennis Academy has developed an international standard tennis programme for the Academy Tour Players. As a guideline, players must be county standard or above.

The programme is based on each player’s individual ability and career path. Flexible academic timetables ensure that it is possible to schedule a full tennis programme within school hours, thereby maximizing classroom time as well as training time.

Each player has an annual competition schedule with specific events supported by coaches and a personalised strength and conditioning programme.

The Tennis Academy is an excellent way for young players to develop their tennis as well as for older players to pursue a University or US college career. Your son must have an assessment with David Brewer, Director of Tennis, before being offered a place in the Tennis Academy.

  Tennis Academy  - Elite Squad Tennis Academy- Development Squad  Tennis activity (Summer Term Only) 
1:1 Coaching sessions with Level 3/4 LTA qualified Coaches  x x  
Daily Squad Coaching (Weekly sessions- Min up to 12 hours a week) x x  
Video Analysis  x x  
Reporting to include Goal Setting & Improvement Targets x x  
Tournament scheduling  x x  
Strength and Conditioning - up to 6 hours a week x x  
Nutrition for optimising performance x    
Tournament attendance from coaches x x  
Sport Psychology support  x    
Academic support  x x  
Support and guidance for tennis in further education (US/UK Universities links etc)  x    
Links with Tennis Scotland, LTA and Scottish Institute of Sport  x    
Up to 6 hours of court time per week      x
Regular school fixtures  x x x
Age of boys 10-18 10-18 7-18
Entry Level  County  Club/ Recreational  All levels
Assessment required x x  

The success of the Tennis Academy has stemmed interest from many and with limited spaces on offer there certainly is a demand for places. Entry to the Academy is by invitation, after passing an assessment.

Kay Wilson Director of Admissions

Merchiston is a member of the World Leading Schools Association, the only School in Scotland, and one of the UK’s leading independent schools for sporting excellence.

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