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Tim Henman and Elena Baltacha are among Britain's leading tennis players
Have you got the talent to make it to the top?

Every time there's a big tournament, no matter what sport, watching the big stars surely makes you think.....that could be me one day.

You've got a sensational serve, a fabulous forehand and terrific topspin.

Now all you need is someone to sit up and take notice.

Most people start playing tennis for fun.

But if you reckon you've got what it takes to become the next Tim Henman or Elena Baltacha, there's now a path you can follow to help you make it to the top.

We asked LTA Academy chief Mike Walker to fill us in.

Club Futures

There are about 100 clubs across the country now providing special training for junior players through the LTA's Club Futures programme.

This is expected to increase to around 500 clubs over the next few years.

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So get in touch with your county development officer to find out where your nearest club is.

As a Performance Player you will receive regular training sessions at your club with LTA qualified coaches.

You'll aslo get the opportunity to take part in matches and tournaments.

This is one of the best ways to measure your improvement as a player.

Some of the qualities of a performance player include:

  • Natural talent for the game
  • Keeness and love of the game
  • Athletic ability
  • An appetite to improve basic technique
  • Potential to become a county, national or international player

    County Futures

    The best young club players will progress to be part of the nationwide performance programme at county level.

    Your county performance officer will be happy to direct you into an appropriate programme for your standard.

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    Route to the top
    4-8 years: Mini Tennis
    8-10 years: Club Futures
    11-13 years: County Futures
    11-13 years: National Futures
    14-22 years: Academies/Intermediate

    STAR TIP::

    Arvind Parmar
    Arvind Parmar
    Professional tennis player

    If you have the potential you've got to believe in yourself and the people around you. Play in the right tournaments and perform well and you'll soon get spotted.

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