AASE at Exeter

Many options available for AASE players at Exeter

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Exeter 16+ Tennis

AASE is delivered through a network of Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) accredited High Performance Centre (HPC’s) or Student High Performance Centres. The programme is aimed at players aged  16 - 18 years old and provides a clear pathway for young players to become professional players, coaches and other tennis professionals, whilst gaining qualifications.

The AASE programme offers an extensive programme for players by offering access to high quality training, key speakers, educational resources, day tournament visits and the possibility of high quality progression routes to full time tennis, full time coaching or a University scholarship either at home or abroad.

How does it work?

The scheme comprises the following elements:

1. Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance made up of nine units covering technical; tactical; mental skills; physical conditioning; nutrition; career, planning; communication skills; lifestyle management; and health and safety.

2. Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in tennis, made up of nine units covering technical; tactical; mental skills; physical conditioning; nutrition; career, planning; communication skills; lifestyle management; and health and safety.

3. Functional Skills in Application of Number and Communication (Please note that if you have achieved GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths, you will be exempt from this component).

It should be noted that AASE is for players who are committed to tennis training and competition. AASE is not for players who do not have tennis at the centre of their plans.

Playing ability and criteria

  • 6.1 rating or above.
  • Training a minimum of 16 hours per week (including physical conditioning and matches) with a further additional commitment to tennis related activity such as planning, file work, travelling, hitting with HPC juniors, etc.
  • Expected to compete at National/International level on a regular basis. This means demonstrating a full tournament programme including a minimum of 10 identified national events (a year) including AEGON British Tour; ITF Junior Events, ITF Pro-series, AEGON County Cup, National Grade 1 and 2 events (additional AEGON Team Tennis events).
  • Completed GCSE’s in Maths and English.
  • Option of undertaking an additional 16 hours learning per week outside the AASE programme.
  • Completed GCSE’s in Maths and English.

Education

In discussion with your centre, there is also the option of undertaking an additional 16 hours learning per week outside the AASE programme. This education must be completed outside of the AASE Apprenticeship and around the training and competition programme.

For more information about AASE please see the LTA website.