Culford School

Culford School Tennis Academy

Culford School’s Tennis Academy is amongst the finest in the UK. In 2018, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) ranked Culford School as the number two boys’ and number three girls’ school in Great Britain.

The Culford Tennis Academy provides first-class training and coaching opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. There are opportunities for all pupils to be involved in the sport with the option of individual lessons, team training throughout the year and the chance to play for one of the many school teams.

Culford is recognised as having exceptional coaches and facilities and is home to both LTA Local and Regional Player Development Centres. Our exceptional facilities include:

  • Five Outdoor Court
  • Four championship standard indoor courts
  • Two indoor courts covered by a single skin air-hall
  • Strength and conditioning gym and fitness suite


Why do families choose Culford Tennis Academy?

Our Programmes

Culford tennis academy allows for not only a dynamic and challenging setting, but also provides a competitive atmosphere where individuals always have another player above and below their level with varying game styles. The School Tennis Programme is open to all pupils and has 12 different levels and varies from squad to individual sessions based on the player’s ability, potential, desire to succeed and progress.  

Centre of Excellence

Culford is an LTA Accredited Regional Player Development Centre (RPDC) and Local Player Development Centre (LPDC) and acts as a centre of excellence for the East region. For players who achieve the LTA criteria, funding can be available. 

Future Success

Culford Tennis Academy produces tennis players of National or International standard, with the potential to make the transition from top-class junior to world-class senior. We ensure that all scholars develop as both tennis players and individuals, maintaining a competitive but sportsman-like attitude to their sport. Each year, Culford tennis academy pupils gain scholarships to the United States; we work with Tennis Smart, who believe in helping players along a developmental pathway that means staying in education at every stage of their tennis development, from getting GCSEs, A Levels to gaining a scholarship to a top US university.

Space to Thrive

Established over 10 years ago, Culford School Tennis Academy provides pupil athletes with the resources they need to perform at the highest level. Framed in 480 acres of majestic parkland, the School boasts a wealth of modern facilities including a championship-standard indoor tennis centre, five outdoor courts, two indoor courts covered by a single skin air hall and a strength and conditioning suite. 

School Tennis Programme

The School Tennis Programme is open to all pupils and has seven different levels and varies from squad to individual sessions based on the player’s ability, potential, desire to succeed and progress.

High Performance Tennis Programme

Beyond the School Tennis Programme, our performance programme is open to all Culford pupils above the age of nine who are in county training squads and have a ranking of Orange 1 or 1*. Suitability is determined by an interview with the Head of Tennis as well as an assessment by one of our seven full-time performance tennis coaches. Player desire, potential, commitment and family support are all taken into consideration during this process.

Sessions for pupils on the performance tennis programme are scheduled around the academic timetable and may take place during the school day, at lunch times and before and after school. Although a large portion of their day will be focused on tennis, it is expected that players remain up to date with their academic work, and they will have full support from teachers and their tutor to do so.

Sessions in the performance programmes focus on technical and individual skill development, game understanding, strength and conditioning and mental development.

View Our Individual Sports Programme Booklet

Culford Tennis Blog

Keep up-to-date with all aspects of tennis life through our dedicated tennis blog. Run by our team of coaches, the Culford tennis blog is full of practical advice and inspiration to keep you on top of your game.

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