Ace youngsters to be given a helping hand

Sam Gough
Sam Gough

TENNIS: A trio of talented young tennis players have been highlighted as some of the brightest up-and-coming talents in the country after they were selected to join a prestigious youth development programme.

The youngsters have earned their place on the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon FutureStars programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.

Talented 12-year-olds Sam Gough, pictured above, from Tring, and Larissa Gungah, 12, from Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club, were both selected.

Hemel’s Amelia Campbell, 13 – who trains at Langley Tennis Club – also takes her place on the scheme.

The programme recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country based on the individual player’s rankings.

Leon Smith, LTA head of men’s and women’s tennis, said: “We are committed to supporting and identifying our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.

“There’s obviously a long way to go for these players. 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.”

Ian Murray, head of sponsorship at Aegon, added: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the LTA with the development of the most talented tennis players in the country.”