School aims to nurture tennis stars

Ewell Castle School has launched a high-performance tennis academy in conjunction with Tennis Avenue Academy

The new Ewell Castle Tennis Academy is designed to allow pupils to combine extensive quality tennis coaching and training together with a bespoke independent school academic education within a flexible and integrated curriculum.

The launch of the academy, which is for players aged 7-18 years of age who are minimum county level, is the first of what the school plans to be many sports that will enable pupils to achieve and succeed. At Tennis Avenue Academy in New Malden, the tennis programme is one of the largest in the country. Hareen Wasantha, the director of tennis at Tennis Avenue who will be running the tennis side of the academy, is a former England 18-and-under player, two-time Middlesex county 18-and-under champion and former member of the LTA School of Excellence.

Peter Harris, principal of Ewell Castle School, remarked: “I am delighted to have recently launched the tennis academy and to be working in partnership with Tennis Avenue Academy. The tennis programme includes 48 weeks per year of tennis coaching tailored to meet the needs of the individual, full tournament planning and support, with a 15-hour weekly training programme. Daytime sessions will be based around the players’ academic timetable. Pupils will be full members of the school community and follow core subjects but with some flexibility to drop some subjects, to free up time to train.”

The Ewell Castle Tennis Academy is open to boys and girls, and interested families should contact Mr Jon Grindrod, director of sport at Ewell Castle.

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