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Tillie has talent to become a big hit in tennis
TOTALLY Tennis Mini Performance player Tillie Reid has been awarded a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School in Basingstoke.
Coach Jamie Jordon was instrumental in her being put forward for the scholarship as part of the partnership program between Totally Tennis and Gems Sherfield School.
Jordan believes that Tillie has the talent and determination to perform at a high level and sees the scholarship as the ideal way to not only develop her tennis but also get a good school education at the same time.
Jordan said: “I am so very impressed with Tillie’s progress and the new club/school partnership offers her a great opportunity for further development. Tillie has moved on so far this year and I am really excited with what the future holds for her and what can happen in the coming years.”
Reid underwent a one-hour tennis assessment at Totally Tennis and then passed an academic admission test at the school.
The club and school partnership gives Reid the support and development she needs to succeed without feeling too pressured at a young age.
The scholarship programme involves her having two one-hour individual tennis lessons with Jordan at the school each week as well as her two squad sessions at Totally Tennis.
She will also be entering tournaments with the support of Jordan who will attend some events and be closely following her tournament progress.
Reid’s mother Jayne said: “Tillie has settled really well into Sherfield School, working hard in tennis training and enjoying everything that the school has to offer. As her parents, we are ecstatic at her gaining a tennis scholarship through Totally Tennis to Gems Sherfield School.”
Reid moved to the Totally Tennis Orange squad in April and is currently an Orange Two. She is aiming to be an Orange One before Christmas with six more wins needed to achieve her goal.
Reid’s best achievement so far is winning the Summer County Tour Leaderboard 2013 for the Girls nine and under age group. It brought a gold medal from the LTA as well as a 2013 winner towel and a letter recognising her success.