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Griffiths earns place on star programme
10:00am Sunday 6th January 2013 in Sport
AN up-and-coming young tennis player from Kidderminster has been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country after she was included on the LTA’s Aegon FutureStars programme.
Ellie-Rose Griffiths, 13, has earned her place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.
The Broome teenager trains at the Riverside Health and Racquets Club Northwood by Virgin Active Classic.
The programme recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country based on the individual player’s talent ID assessment for players aged 13 and under, and rankings for all other age groups.
The talented youngster has been included as part of the 2013 intake of players and will be part of a group of 486 top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of funding and support from the LTA.
Leon Smith, head of men’s and women’s tennis, said: “We are committed to identifying and supporting our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.
“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”
British number one Heather Watson added: “The Aegon FutureStars programme identifies the most talented young players in the country and so it’s great that Ellie-Rose has been chosen to join the squad.
“I hope she uses this support to help her to play at the highest level.”