Performance Tennis

With the completion of a further six indoor courts Exeter Tennis Centre is the largest indoor centre in the South West. We are also one of the LTA’s Performance Centers’ and provide for the top players in Devon along with some others from Somerset and Cornwall.

As a centre we have a number of top level performance coaches bringing with them a wealth of coaching experience, with good tactical and technical knowledge along with high level playing experience. This calibre of coaching has enabled us to support, coach and manage many high level performance players including National Junior Champions, British No.1s and top National full time players.

The Centre has an extensive player support structure that replicates that of a High of Performance Centre, enabling players to have the help they need in order to perform at the highest level. Our support structure includes:

  • Video analysis.
  • Strength and Conditioning / Fitness - access to High Performance Fitness and specialist fitness trainers.
  • On site physiotherapy & rehabilitation clinic - Ocean Physio.
  • Weekly Pilates sessions.
  • Functional body movement screenings.
  • Musculoskeletal screening for injury prevention.
  • Nutrition workshops.
  • Coach led trips to tournaments.
  • Individual sessions.
  • Specific squad training.
  • Player Mentoring and goal setting.
  • Personalised tennis, fitness and mental skills programmes.
  • Squads, ‘hits’ and individual sessions 6 days a week.
  • Tournament programming and match analysis support.
  • Termly fitness testing.
  • For £100.00 a year you can receive unlimited free walk on courts (booked 15mins before time of use).

In addition to all of the above our facilities are of an exceptionally high standard and are already catering for top performance athletes through the University’s High Performance Programme. We also have a number of players of all ages, at regional level, who access a full high quality performance programme which can be carried out before and after school hours as well as during the day.

To create more opportunities for the top players within Devon and Cornwall we have teamed up with Tarka Tennis Centre to form Devon Academy. This enables the top players in the area from different centres to come and train together on a weekly basis.

We run training camps for all age groups from 8U to 18U on a monthly basis which is proving to be very successful and has attracted top players from across Devon and Cornwall, making Exeter the hub for performance tennis in the South West.


Peformance Manager & Devon Academy - Charlotte Wallace

Mini performance programme

Our mini performance programme boasts a number of players who regularly compete in national and regional level tournaments. We train several who are ranked in the top 25 nationally and top 10 regionally, with some also identified to have National ID status and receive Matrix funding from the Lawn Tennis Association. We also have players who are Regional and County ID level.

To allow the programme to progress and develop we have a full time Mini Performance Manager who looks after the 30 players currently on our programme.

There are four stages of the mini performance programme: Mini Red Elite, Mini Orange Performance, Mini Green Performance and Yellow Transition.

Mini Red Elite

These players have been selected from our mini red legends programme by the Mini Performance Manager or have come from another centre with the recommendation of joining this group. All players will be expected to attend two out of the three sessions available, showing they have a commitment to tennis along with real promise and talent! The sessions are 1 hour 30 minutes long with an option of three squads a week. 30 minutes of each session is dedicated to fitness.

Mini Orange Performance

This group of players will either come from the Red Elite programme or will be recommended by the Devon LTA Talent & Performance Coordinator and come from other clubs. We have two levels of performance within the programme to ensure players with similar goals train together in the same group. The usual split is to have the national and regional players together and then the county level players. These players should commit to at least three sessions per week. Players should be of a good county, regional or national level. There will be an option of three squads per week which are two hours long and include 30 mins of fitness. Term one is usually based on building cardiovascular endurance, term two is a mixture of speed and endurance and term three is based more on speed. At this level players should be looking to build in individual hits on a weekly basis and have one / two individual lessons per week on top of their squad sessions.

Mini Green Performance

These players come from the Mini Orange Performance programme or can be nominated from the development programme at the discretion of the Mini Performance Manager or the Devon LTA Talent & Performance Coordinator. They have the commitment that is expected from performance players, such as playing at least three times per week. Players’ criteria and options are the same as in the mini orange performance.

Yellow Transition

This is for the players who are on the performance programme but have just come out of Mini Green or are just leaving that age group. These squads allow the performance players to familiarise themselves with the yellow ball without the pressure of having to come into a squad with older performance players who may have more experience with this ball. 

Tier system

Akin to the junior performance programme we have a Tier system in place so that the players know their current level and what they need to attain to progress. It is a four tiered system with Tier 1 being the highest at a National level playing grade 2s and training around 14hrs per week. Tier 2 is for regional ID players playing grade 2 & 3s with 100% commitment to tennis and playing 8-12hrs per week. Tier 3 players are those who regularly compete in grade 3&4s, aiming for regional / county ID and playing & 6-8hrs per week. Tier 4 players play 4-6hrs per week, regularly compete in local tournaments and are aiming for county ID status. Please see our Mini Tiers leaflet for more details.

For further information on the Mini Performance Programme criteria see our Mini Performance Leaflet 2012 and Mini Performance progressions

Our programme is also accessed by players from other centres across Devon. This allows them to train with other high level players whilst receiving quality coaching and the other support services we offer. In addition to the weekly squad programme the top players will receive weekly strength and conditioning, Pilates, individual sessions and hitting sessions. We also offer individual goal setting for the top players, along with tournament visits and trips to High Performance Centres.

Other information:

If players complete two or more squads per week the cost per two hours will be £12.00, if players only complete one squad per week the cost will be £14.00 per squad.

Extra sessions such as 'hitting' and individuals are arranged separately according to the needs of the individual player.

For more information contact Charlotte Wallace.

Junior performance

We offer a full rounded programme for all performance juniors with opportunities to have squad sessions, individual work and hitting sessions. Our top level players will receive extra support with physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, Pilates, nutrition, goal setting and tournament visits. We run sessions before and after school and typically most of our performance players play three or four times (6-10hrs) of organised sessions per week and receive 1hr strength and conditioning and 1hr Pilates per week. Some players require and want more which we can organise and arrange separately. Each player will have an individualised programme that has been tailor made by the coaches at the centre.

Our flexible programme  ensures players have the right training to enable them to compete at the level they aspire to. We achieve this by grouping players together who have similar goals and commitment level to tennis.

The junior performance programme works to a strict criterion of what players need to do in order to become a performance player. To help understand the level and needs of our performance players we have a tier system that explains the requirements of each level of player. Tier 1 is the highest level and tier 4 lowest, the higher the tier the more support the player will be offered. To view the criteria see the Junior Tiers section.

Players will be classed as Tier 1, 2, 3 or 4 and be offered squads based on their standard and ambitions. We also have 'access players' (players whose main programme is based at another centre) who come to join our squads on a weekly basis.


If players do 2 or more squads per week then the cost per 2 hours squad will be £14.00, if players only do one squad per week then the cost will be £16.00 per squad.

For more information regarding junior performance please contact Charlotte Wallace (Performance Manager) or call 01392 723699.