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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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