We are very proud of sixteen-year-old Ffynone House student, Elinor, who has won a place to train at one of just four International High-Performance Tennis Centres in the UK. After exceeding all expectations in her GCSEs, and following a hugely successful summer on the tennis circuit, Ffynone House tennis scholar Elinor will move to Bath Tennis Academy to receive world-class coaching.
She has been accepted onto a government-funded sporting apprenticeship at the Academy, which will help to support her coaching. Funding is awarded to top junior players who are considering turning professional. The move will enable Elinor to increase her tennis and train with some of the top junior players in the UK.
The apprenticeship will give Elinor the opportunity to train on the red clay in Barcelona as well as spending time at the National Tennis Centre in London. She also hopes it will be another step towards her goal of achieving a tennis scholarship to study a degree at a USA University.
Ffynone House fundamental to tennis success
Elinor was one of the first players to benefit from a tennis scholarship at Ffynone House in a unique partnership with Swansea Tennis Centre, which enabled her to double her tennis training. She said: “It had become increasingly difficult to balance my tennis with school and I was travelling to Swansea from Pembrokeshire to train four times a week. It was exhausting.
“Moving to Ffynone meant I was able to train more without missing any lessons and I have just passed all 10 of my GCSEs.
“I’ve loved the small classes and the friendly teachers, who have all been really supportive. I will miss Ffynone House and my coaches in Swansea.”
The extra training at Swansea Tennis Centre means Elinor has improved from a county standard player to national standard in just four years. She achieved her best ever GB ranking this summer after becoming Welsh Champion five times over. She won the u16s singles and doubles, U18s singles & doubles and the women’s doubles at the Welsh National Tennis Championships and was also runner up in the women’s singles.
She has added to her Junior World Tennis Ranking with a great win at an ITF in Ireland and competed in her first British National Championships against some of the best girls in Great Britain.
It has been a pleasure to support Elinor in her studies and her tennis and we are thrilled to see her get this opportunity to train with the very best. We wish her all the best in the future, both on the court and in the classroom.