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NT Academies Program

A key component of Tennis NT’s strategic intent is to develop a collaborative Athlete Development Pathway across the NTThis intent is in line with Tennis NT’s accountability to the NT Government and Tennis Australia for the establishment of a player development pathway which enables Territory juniors to reach their playing potential.

Tennis Australia’s Project Talent philosophy encourages players in the 12 and under age groups to remain with their private coaches allowing these coaches scope to build their player development programs. This fits well with our environment given the age of our aspiring players and Tennis NT’s desire to attract passionate aspirational coaches to its clubs.

At the March 2013 Centre Managers Workshop a decentralised player development model in line with Tennis Australia’s Project Talent philosophy was unanimously supported. Ongoing liaison with clubs has also seen continued support for the concept.

The Northern Territory Academies Program (NTAP) is designed to encourage and reward positive player development behaviours while providing a level of independence to foster ingenuity and creativeness in each academies attempt to produce nationally competitive players.  NTAP therefore is pivotal in fulfilling Tennis NT’s strategic intent. There are three broad areas of criteria (Establishment, Achievement and NT Responsibility) and four achievement levels within each criterion (Gold, Silver, Bronze and White) that academies can work towards to receive recognition and reward.

Establishment Criteria looks at the quality of the academies training squads and program

Achievement Criteria looks at the participation and performance of the academies athletes in local and interstate Junior Tour events and NT representative teams

NT Responsibility Criteria looks at the way the academy supports Tennis NT and Tennis Australia events and programs such as workshops, staff development opportunities, tournament tours for their athletes and representative teams and Tennis Australia’s Project Talent Programs

Recognition: The level of achievement in each criterion will provide each squad program a level or grading. Academies can then use this grading to advertise officially endorsed expectations to the tennis public. Tennis NT can use the grading’s to inform both the NT Government and Tennis Australia of the standards being met at each of our player development hubs.

Reward: In order to incentivise academies, professional development services will be provided by Tennis NT according to their level of achievement.

> White to Gold: Engagement with Tennis NT Coach & Talent Development Manager through club based Project Talent Camps
> Bronze to Gold: Access to Video Analysis Program
> Silver to Gold: Access to $1000 Credit on Tennis Australia Coaching Courses or PD opportunities
> Gold: Access to $3000 Credit on Tennis Australia Coaching Courses or PD opportunities

For further information on NTAP, please contact Tennis NT’s Coach & Talent Development Manager on (08) 8981 5609 or via email: [email protected]