The South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) Tennis program, proudly supported by Tennis Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Sport, provides coaching, training and education sessions designed to compliment athlete’s daily and weekly training environment with their local private coach – through the provision of both on and off court activities. The program aims to bring together the most talented junior players in the South West region.
SWAS Tennis Program Structure
The tennis program is structured to deliver training days and local hitting sessions over the program period, the training days are delivered each school term. Each session combines on-court activities with sport science and personal development activities off the court. The training days are scheduled to avoid Tennis Victoria’s “Player Support Program” sessions (which is a further compliment to an athlete’s daily and weekly training environment of private coaching) as well as avoid Regional Teams events.
Nathan Isles - Professional Tennis Coach
INTERVIEW WITH PAST SWAS TENNIS COACH DOUG HILL
Hear from our previous coach Doug Hill talk about the SWAS Tennis program.
Benefits to athletes selected in SWAS:
60 Applied Professional Coaching Hours
2x fully supported inter-academy tournaments against the Limestone Academy sport and the Victorian Inter-Academy Challenge.
Musculoskeletal screening – conducted by qualified Exercise Physiologists to guide S&C programming and sports specific training
Access to strength and conditioning sessions in a facility in the athlete’s shire over the course of the program, sessions are ran by qualified strength and conditioning coaches
Education sessions delivered by industry professionals- including injury prevention, recovery, nutrition, sports psychology and specific much more
Sports psychology sessions with a qualified sports psychologist
Skill development and planning with accredited coaches
Sports science fitness testing used to inform S&C and sports specific training over the course of the program
Practical and online sessions that develop the “whole of an athlete’ both in and out of competition – a sport/school/life balance, leadership, goal setting, development of support structures and systems
SWAS will support state and national athletes for travel and accomodation to tournaments subject to funding from the Victorian Government Pathway Travel Grant
SWAS Tennis Program Selection Criteria
The SWAS 2022 Tennis program will cater for pre-elite male and female athletes in the 11-15 age groups (*approx age groups). The program services up to 16 athletes with final numbers dependent upon trial results and competency against the selection criteria.
Be an existing member of a Tennis Victoria affiliated club in the South West, or Tennis Victoria directly.
Have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Have reached a satisfactory standard of play based on current player rankings and/or performance at local tournaments and regional events.