One of the academy's happiest young players, Holly Tindle, has received a fantastic reward for all of her hard work - an invitation to a National Deaf Tennis camp at The National Tennis Centre, in Roehampton.
Catherine Fletcher, Deaf Tennis Manager for the Tennis Foundation, has taken a keen interest in Holly's development over the past year, resulting in the invitation to train with some of Britain's best players.
Newcastle Girl Holly, age 9, was invited to the Academy after taking part in our schools outreach programme. A pupil at Brunton First School, she quickly took to tennis and impressed all of the coaches with her positive attitude, her huge love of playing and her hard work.
As well as playing in orange squads, Holly also works one-to-one with James Newman: "We are all so pleased for Holly, she always plays with such determination to improve and she is a delight to work with. Her big smile and the fun she has are reminders that tennis should be fun - and that you can still improve whilst enjoying it".
"Over the past year I have seen Holly improve a number of areas of her game and I am sure she will use this National Camp as the next step in her improvement. We are all excited to hear how she enjoys the experience".
Holly will attend the National Tennis Centre during the Easter holidays.