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Academy Cram-med full of young talent.

EIGHT youngsters are feeling ace - after being selected for the Northumberland Tennis Academy.

The octet are members of Cramlington Community Tennis Programme (CCTP) led by head coach Phil Barron.

Barron has coached 12-year-old John Boden since he was five and the youngster is now ranked 10th in the country in the 12 and under boys' category.

He is also No 1 in Northumberland for his age group and has won every National Ariel Indoor tournament he has entered - and followed this up by winning the Waverley and Northumberland Grand Prix.

Another pair who have been coached by Barron since the age of seven are Emma Wilson, 11, and 10-year-old Dominic Thompson.

Emma won the Gateshead Open 12 and under girls' category without dropping a set.

Dominic was selected to play the top boy representing Northumberland at the Boys' 10 and Under County Cup.

The other Academy members are Kasulta Gurung, Amelia Dickinson, Jessica Laws, Cormac Lunn and Peter Musgrove.

Barron said: "We are really proud of the dedication shown by the young players at CCTP.

"Tennis is available for all levels of ability and to both children and adults.

"We have classes for everyone from the complete novice to the more advanced player.

"Whether it's competitions, tournaments, group coaching sessions or one-to-one coaching, CCTP has something for everyone.

"We are keen to encourage an interest in tennis within Cramlington.

It is great fun at any level and we feel there is a wealth of talent within Northumberland."

The CCTP has been granted pounds 8,600 by the Big Lottery Fund, which has enabled it to recruit coach Grant Watson to help it encourage and develop tennis in local schools.

Anyone interested should contact Phil Barron on 07711 479 026 or Grant Watson on 07921 078 198.

DURHAM Archery Lawn Tennis Club's under-12 girls' team have reached the semi-finals of the regional knockout stage of the National Junior Club League.

Having progressed through local leagues, county finals, and regional matches, the team travelled to Scotland and put in a splendid performance to beat Prestwick 5-1.

The team of Bethany Smiles, Laura Wright, Zoe Ness, Elizabeth Bradley and Rowan Rochester trains regularly at Durham Archery Lawn Tennis Club and also attend sessions at the Durham and Cleveland Tennis Academy in Sunderland.

The winners of the four regional deciders will travel to the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, London in September for the finals.

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TENNIS ACES: Cramlington Community Tennis Programme yougnsters (left to right) Emma Wilson, John Boden and Dominic Thompson
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jul 9, 2008
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