Sophie Hahn MBE unveils new boarding house for rising tennis stars
Loughborough Amherst School has opened a new boarding house for the country’s leading junior tennis aces, following a partnership with Loughborough University and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Named Hahn House in honour of Sophie Hahn, British Paralympic athlete and alumnae of Loughborough Amherst School, the new facility was unveiled on 14th of September.
Loughborough University is one of two National Academies for tennis, intended to nurture 14 to 18-year -olds who demonstrate the greatest future potential in the sport and this partnership with Loughborough Amherst School will provide the players with a high standard of education that complements their training schedule.
Now a fully co-educational, excellently rated school at the heart of the Loughborough Schools Foundation, Loughborough Amherst School is dedicated to ensuring the athletes feel at home whilst they complete their academic studies. Their timetable will work hand-in-hand with their tennis programme and offer flexibility in providing remote, digital solutions when players are travelling, or competing abroad.
Hahn House has been created for the players via the renovation of a an existing building on the school site. Additionally, a nutritionist from the University will work closely with the school to ensure all the needs of the athletes are catered for, and will provide a progressive educational programme for the athletes in basic cooking and life skills, preparing them for life on tour.
Celebrating this partnership with the University Dr Julian Murphy, Headteacher at Loughborough Amherst commented:
“We are honoured to be working with Loughborough University and look forward to providing an education for future British tennis champions at Loughborough Amherst School.
“It’s testament to our reputation for delivering a first-class education and we are confident that the athletes chosen to attend the National Academy will leave us, not only as better sportspeople, but as mature and confident adults.
“It’s a big responsibility but one that I know our superb team will rise to and we are looking forward to the year ahead.”
Helen Reesby, Director of Tennis at Loughborough University also commented:
“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Loughborough Amherst School and welcoming our first cohort of Loughborough University National Tennis Academy players into the programme. This is the start of an exciting new chapter for British Tennis, which I am confident will be a long and successful partnership between Loughborough University, Loughborough Amherst School and the Lawn Tennis Association.
“Together we will deliver a transformational development environment for junior British Tennis players which nurtures the person, performer and player in all aspects on and off the court. We are excited about what the future holds and through the bespoke support network in place are confident the students will flourish in their new environment”.
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