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.

There are currently five Regional Academies of Sport in Victoria. They are Barwon, Bendigo, Gippsland, Southwest, and WestVic.

Each Academy has a catchment area that is aligned with Tennis Victoria’s 11 country tennis regions and uses the local regional council boundaries (refer map for these Academy catchment areas and boundaries). Victoria 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.

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.



View the Regional Academy of Sport catchment areas below.

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 Tour AR tournaments
  • Opportunity to be part of Tennis Victoria’s tournament tours to inter-state ITF Junior and Nationals tournaments (subject to age and tournament eligibility).
  • Annual Inter-Academy Challenge weekend held at Fosterville Gold Tennis Centre (Bendigo)
  • Opportunity to be part of Tennis Victoria’s Player Support Program (subject to age and Australian Ranking eligibility).


Contact Region Email Number
Nathan Isles South West [email protected] 0478 401 981
Carolyn McGann Barwon [email protected] 0412 706 614
Calan McCarthy Bendigo [email protected] 0423 772 960
David Laird West Vic [email protected] 0430 336 543 
Aidan Fitzgerald Gippsland [email protected] 0422 150 911