Jake’s third year as a FutureStar

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TALENTED young player Jake Hersey has been retained on the Lawn Tennis Association’s AEGON FutureStars Programme for a third consecutive year.

It recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country.

The Paddox Primary School pupil, who trains at Solihull Arden Club, will join top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of support and funding for their coaching programmes from the LTA.

After another successful year on court, which included representing Warwickshire, The Midlands, Great Britain and becoming the U10 National Champion, the ten-year-old was named as part of the 2011 intake of players after first being awarded a place on the AEGON FutureStars programme in 2009.

Steven Martens, Player Director of the LTA, said: “It’s an exciting time for British tennis with so many promising young players coming through the junior ranks.

“We recognise that it’s a long journey for players who develop through the player pathway.

“It’s therefore very important we continue to provide the necessary support and the AEGON FutureStars programme is central to this process.

“Identifying talent from a young age is not only crucial for player development but also for the future success of the sport.

“The new 2011 intake of players showcases a wealth of talent across different age groups and we hope that all of the AEGON FutureStars will go on to reach their full potential through the support we provide.”

Elena Baltacha, Britain’s number one women’s player and a member of Team AEGON, the elite squad of performance players, added: “It’s really important that players get the right level of support from a young age so they can develop their skills and grow as tennis players.

“That’s why the AEGON FutureStars programme plays such a big role in nurturing talented young players.

“I’ll be keeping an eye on all our AEGON FutureStars and I wish them all the best.”

Jake said: “I am really proud to retain my place on the programme as the training it provides really helps my game.

“Next year I will continue to work hard to improve and hopefully get selected for the U11 Great Britain squad if I can.”

n In recognition of his potential and achievements on the tennis court in 2010, Jake has recently been fortunate enough to be offered and accept a two year sponsorship deal to become a ‘Babolat Nationally Sponsored Player’.

Babolat, a leading manufacturer and supplier of tennis equipment and clothing and footwear, came forward to offer the sponsorship after watching and meeting Jake at the Nationals in Bournemouth last August and were pleased to be able to offer him the contract.