PRIMARY PLACES AVAILABLE: 0
(Current Waiting List: 0)
We are now only directly accepting national standard players and those who have been training in our Mini Academy for at least the previous year. At our discretion we may extend capacity to accept an exceptional player who would be allowed to bypass any waiting list.
The Full-time Prodigy is a "tennis and primary education" programme that meets the unique requirements of young players who are showing exceptional ability at a very early age. Accommodation is available at additional cost to players who require it.
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The programme is geared towards the pursuit of excellence both academically as well as in tennis, while developing balanced and well-rounded personalities and strong positive characters.
We do not work by "school years". Our education philosophy is to work through the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum as quickly as possible at each child's own pace - without compromising on the quality of learning.
By cutting out the “padding” and less important school activities, and by having a maximum teacher:pupil ratio of 1:10, we are able to deliver a top quality education programme to go with the tennis. The fee is much less than typical private school fees while the quality of education would arguably be of much better quality.
Mrs. Yasmin Ahadpour is our primary - Key Stage 2 - school teacher. She is a very experienced teacher (highest primary teaching grade) with an impeccable CV which is available upon request. She has been head of year at Montpellier Primary School in Ealing and school literacy co-ordinator at Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon.
The school day is geared around tennis, and the timetable is carefully designed to ensure that children have adequate rest and “down-time” both mentally and physically. Homework is structured into the programme with on-site help from a supervisor (adult or older student).
Meal times are also structured into the programme to ensure that the children eat well, and in a manner that will help them perform to the best of their abilities. Nutritious evening meals will be prepared by the academy for an additional fee or children may bring their own packed meals, to be heated if necessary.
If the child can successfully complete Key Stage 2 ahead of time, then they can move on to Key Stage 3 and try to gain more time. The long term plan is to achieve exemplary grades at GCSE and Advanced level - one or two years ahead of schedule. Any time saved academically can be used to compete on the tennis tour full-time and gain a head start on others who would still have one or two years of schooling left.
Critically for parents, it should be noted that the ages 16-18 is when external distractions start posing a serious threat to future tennis ambitions. This threat can be largely neutralised if the player is pre-occupied with competing full-time, winning tournaments and climbing the rankings at this time.
|Monthly Hours Training
|Monthly Hours Study
||50 + homework
Various levels of sponsorship are available to exceptional players
||Arranged at additional cost
Our methods can sometimes involve not playing tournaments for a certain period of time or playing matches without too much emphasis on results or ratings/rankings. For players who are matrix funded (in the LTA Talent ID system) this can be difficult as they seek to maintain their funding status and feel under pressure to compete and maintain results.
If such players are accepted into the academy and are willing to follow our methods, then we will guarantee a full or part sponsorship package that will normally far exceed their matrix funding level. This should alleviate any concerns about losing or having matrix funding reduced.
The Full-time Prodigy programme brings together "under one roof" the very best players aged under 11 to train and study together and push each-other to the limits of their potential.
It also gives these players the (normally rare) chance to interact with others who are just as gifted as them on a daily basis, making excellence their norm. This reduces the chances of complacency that often accompany extreme and unmatched talent, and creates a highly challenging environment to get the best out of them.
Our squads are only suitable for players who aspire to reach the top in tennis. For us this means a top 100 world ranking as a professional. In the Full-time Prodigy, the bar is even higher and we are looking for players who have the potential to be world No.1 and grand slam champions.
When a player first joins us, we map out a target improvement path for them that takes into consideration this objective, their age, current playing standard, and number of hours training. This improvement path then becomes our guide with regards to the player's relative standing at any given time. It allows us a fairly accurate measure of how "on track" we are over time to meet our objectives.
Balls & Court Dimensions
All our Full-time Prodigy players train on full-size courts with normal nets and standard yellow or green balls. They never train with red or orange balls, and we do not gear our training to prepare players to compete at these lower levels - whatever their age.
We focus on preparing our players for the time when they are ready to compete with standard yellow balls on standard courts. Our players may, however, optionally compete in Mini Tennis Green events at the same time purely to gain competitive match practice and experience without being particularly concerned about results.
Tournaments & Matches
The emphasis in these early years is very much on technical development, building strong foundations and having fun hitting tennis balls - with tournaments and external matches being selectively chosen to help this process.
We fundamentally disagree with putting lots of competitive mileage on children at such a young age, with the associated strain of travelling and playing "X" number of matches in a season in order to get a higher rating. Children need to have a more balanced life at this age, otherwise premature burnout will be a real possibility, no matter how good they are.
For further enquiries or to apply for a place please contact us in the first instance via helpdesk@TennisAvenue.co.uk.
Our primary classes are now at full capacity. Priority for acceptance is given to players who are already in our weekend/evening squads. If any players are offered a place on the waiting list for a full time place, they will be expected to attend the Mini Academy or Junior Academy in the interim period. This enables us to make a start on the technical work - which is seamless and with the same coaches.
As an international academy, foreign players are very welcome at Tennis Avenue and constitute an important part of academy life.
If you would like to know whether you meet the acceptance standards, please send us an email with your details including: age, country, recent good results, and your national ranking / rating in your country.