Regional Academies of Sport

Tennis Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Institute of Sport and Sport and Recreation Victoria, supports emerging elite athletes from country Victoria through the Regional Academy of Sport network.

Tennis Victoria provides resources and works closely with the Regional Academy network across country Victoria to deliver tennis programs and a pathway that complement each athletes existing weekly programs with their private coach in their local environment.

How the Regional Academies work

Victorian players are aligned to an Academy catchment area based upon where they reside. For players residing in NSW (e.g. Albury, Moama or Barham), players will be aligned to the Academy catchment that the players’ Victorian Tennis club is within. 

There are currently five Regional Academies of Sport in Victoria. They are Barwon, Bendigo, Gippsland, Southwest, and WestVic – please see below for Academy catchment areas and boundaries.

Each Academy tennis program has up to 18 athletes aged approximately from 11 to 18 years of age. All players must be a registered player with a tennis club or centre in Victoria.

Benefits of being in a Regional Academy

Academy athlete positions are offered to athletes for a full calendar year and are invitation only (either by direct invitation or through an athlete selection trial day). The Academy tennis programs are delivered by Tennis Victoria’s network of Regional Academy State coaches and provide a range of benefits including:

✔ Regular 1 day training camps (approximately 6 – 8 sessions annually)

✔ Individual muscular-skeletal screening

✔ Individual strength and conditioning program

✔ Academy uniform and resources

✔ Range of sports science presentations including nutrition and mental skills training

✔ Tournament support from Regional Academy State coaches at one selected Junior Event

✔ Annual Inter-Academy Challenge weekend held at Bendigo Regional Tennis Centre

2024 Trials

Academy Coach 2024 Trial Dates & Location Registrations Key Contact
Barwon Sports Academy Jackson Varney Sunday November 19
St Stephens Tennis Club
Closed Tom Fary

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Bendigo Academy of Sport Callan McCarthy Sunday November 19
Bendigo Regional Tennis Centre
Closed Mark Perdon

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Gippsland Academy of Sport Jason Yap Sunday November 12
Traralgon Tennis Association
Closed Anita Pistrin

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WestVic Academy of Sport Jeremy Quast Sunday November 19
Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre
Closed Scott Watson

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South West Academy of Sport  Nathan Isles February 2024 – TBC Closed Andrew Sloane

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Regional Academy of Sport Catchment Areas

View the Regional Academy of Sport catchment areas below.