Sam Chapman, a Year 9 pupil at Ellesmere College has been selected to attend the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) regional training camp. This is part of their talent spotting programme and where the LTA coach the next generation of tennis professionals.
Sam, who has been playing tennis for over 6 years and is currently ranked number 2 in Shropshire, is part of the Ellesmere College Tennis Academy which gives him the opportunity to compete against international players which develop his game. The LTA Development Programme identifies talented players at a young age, and offers support to the player and his coaching programme to ensure that they are given every opportunity to grow and develop. This support takes the form of high level training sessions and professional one to one guidance.
“As part of the Ellesmere College Tennis Academy, Sam has individual coaching, takes part in the on-site squad programme as well as accessing the High Performance Centre at Wrexham. If he works hard and dedicates himself to the sport he has the talent to go far in the game,” says Academy Senior Performance Coach, Stephen Welti, LTA Registered Professional. “The LTA obviously agrees, as Sam has been identified and invited to a regional training camp this term.”