Each athlete at SotoTennis Academy will receive the best possible programme to suit their individual needs. We understand that every player is different in technique, physicality and personality, and at STA we work with them to develop their own game style within a team and family environment.
A standard training week consists of 20 hours on-court time, including squad and individual sessions with Head Coach Dan Kiernan and his coaching team. Mornings sessions are held six days a week, where we focus on the individual needs and technical development of their game. In the afternoon, the focus switches to more detailed tactical situations, where our players learn ‘how to play the game’. Sessions are often filmed for video analysis as part of our players goal setting process, and players have match practice against local Spanish players every week, while gaining fantastic experience working with Fernando Gil who was Bjorn Borgs former coach.
On top of this, our players spend up to 15 hours a week developing the necessary speed, agility, flexibility, mental and physical skills, as well as core stability and functional strength, to reach the elite level in tennis and ensure they are fully prepared for life on the tour. Their fitness programmes are written and delivered by our Head of Sports Science Nick Morgan and Strength and Conditioning Coach. To find out more about this area, please click here.
At STA we pride ourselves on our bespoke programmes, but still maintain the team environment that the STA coaches believes in. We sit down with players and parents regularly to do annual plans, goal setting, write tournament schedules and discuss areas of improvement. Player reports are written every few months to give feedback to parents about how each player is getting on both on and off the court.
The STA team understands how difficult it can be training away from home, so we believe strongly in creating a solid team and family environment around each individual, all working towards the same goal. Dan or one of our team of travelling coaches are also available to travel with our players to tournaments to chart matches, and help with pre-match preparation and post-match support.
We are very proud of all our players here at STA and all their achievements so far. To read more about how they are doing, click here.
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