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Junior County Training

County training in Essex enables the best players in the county to train together on a monthly basis. We are looking to create and develop strong team spirit and identity across all players involved in training and representing the county.

Nigel Parsons is the Essex Performance Liaison Competitions Officer for Essex Tennis and is
responsible for Junior County Training, liaising closely with the Junior Captains. He is also responsible
for notifying parents and players with regard to selection for junior county teams.

Nigel can be contacted via the Essex County office on 0208 502 6364 or E mail: nigel@essextennis.org.uk


This year the following centres are  supporting us by providing courts for county training:

  • Billericay LTC
  • David Lloyd Gidea Park
  • Frinton LTC
  • Redbridge Sports and Leisure
  • The Essex Golf and Country Club
  • Virgin Active, Clearview
Nigel Parsons, Essex Performance Liaison Competitions Officer
What's the purpose of this programme?
  • To provide regular opportunities for the best players in the county to train and compete with one another
  • To accelerate the development of players aged 7-14 to create competition for places at Regional Training & the NAGP
  • To retain more young players in regular training and competition through to age 18
Who is County Training For

The best junior players in the county in the following age categories:

  • U8/U9/U10/U11 Girls//U12/U14/U16 – 18


What will this programme be like?
  • There will be high intensity, fun squad training on monthly basis – the cost of which will be subsidised by Essex Tennis
  • Players will get opportunities to represent their county as part of a county team
  • County training will be delivered by local coaches who have specialised training and a track record of working with county performance players
  • The programme will be supported by the LTA National Player Pathway Team
Selection and Criteria

Selection is done through a Selection Panel consisting of:

  • County lead coach
  • Essex Tennis Chair of Performance

Selected players will be informed by email from the EPLCO.

The Player Pathway

The Player Pathway is a seamless pathway for tennis champions that nurtures people, teams and leaders. Players on the pathway will start at the National Performance stage which normally covers development from 7-14 years, players are then selected to progress to the Pro Tour Stage which usually starts at age 14. The final stage is for those singles players who reach the world’s top 100 and doubles players who reach the world’s top 32 in the ATP/WTA rankings.

Read more on The Player Pathway