Nominate U8 Players for ‘County Open Day’

Yorkshire County Training

It has been a very disrupted last 12 months for County Training (to say the least!) From March 2020 all county sessions/matches/county cup events for the Summer season were cancelled. No sooner were we back in the swing of regular sessions in October than ‘Lockdown 2’ put paid to that, and saving for a handful of sessions in December, the hiatus has continued since into ‘lockdown 3’.

Whilst the near future continues to be uncertain, we hope that hopefully before to long all county training activity can resume in earnest. Upon doing so our main priority will be as always to drive the standards of our junior county teams, which goes hand in hand with our county training sessions being of the highest of standards, with an oversupply of players of the appropriate standard. For these areas to flourish, the county strongly wishes for the entire coaching community in Yorkshire to feel they can play a part and in turn be part of our great county’s success now and in the future. The following are ways that we would love to have you involved:

1. Nominate a player/players for a ‘County Open Day’. (Look out in your inbox for an email from the county with further info on this)

‘’These sessions are specifically aimed at U8 players, born in 2013 & 2014. However, if you feel you have a player born in either 2015 or 2012 who is displaying high potential then please nominate them also (highlighting their year of birth) The aim of these sessions is to:

· To look at potential players to be selected to attend Yorkshire County Training. To allow the County Head Coaches (Tom Loughton & Elliot Chang) to gain a good overview of emerging players at county level, where they train, and who their coaches are.

· Provide a fun and enjoyable session for the children

· Provide to parents some information and advice for players at the early stage of the pathway.

· When nominating, please consider the following criteria:

· Good level motor skills:

· Speed

· Agility

· Co-ordination

· Tactical skills\game instincts

· Technical potential

· Determination

· Competitiveness

· Focus

2. Let the county head coaches know about any player of any age that you feel could be at County Training standard! Feel free to get in touch at any time (contact details are available on the Yorkshire Tennis website)

3. Arrange a visit to a county session. Get in touch with the county head coaches if you would like to come and down and observe a county training session (subject to Safeguarding checks and procedures)

4. Get in touch with the county head coaches to discuss county tennis in general, or to discuss any other ways you may be able to get involved in the county training setup!

Tom Loughton
U14 Performance Coach: Cultiv8 Tennis @ Leeds Regional Performance Development Centre
U14 County Head Coach: Yorkshire Tennis

loughton.t@googlemail.com