New Partnership: Tennis Europe

Aug 3, 2022
2 min
Photo credit: Tennis Europe

Minerva's Virtual Academy is delighted to become the 'Official Online School Partner' of Tennis Europe.

Comprising 50 European member nations, and over 20,000 young players, Tennis Europe is the largest regional association of the International Tennis Federation. The organisation takes an active role in all aspects of the European game, executing tasks delegated by the ITF, and organising over 400 youth competitions every year, such as European Tennis Championships.

The need for a flexible education is crucial within the sport of tennis and we are absolutely thrilled that at Minerva's Virtual Academy, we are able to provide a holistic, all encompassing education that can be accessed anywhere in the world for these athletes and fit around their training and tournament schedules. Young tennis players have often felt the need to choose between their tennis careers and their education with many dropping out of school at 16. Through this partnership we can promote that within the sport, a dual pathway is possible, so they don’t have to sacrifice education and qualifications.

As part of this partnership, Minerva's Virtual Academy will also be offering a significant number of scholarships to European players from economically less developed nations to support them in achieving their goals athletically and academically.

Elite Athlete Education Officer Fabian Spiess said -  'Tennis is probably the most prevalent sport in which we see players struggling to manage their education alongside their sport. It is a pleasure for us at MVA to be working with such a prestigious organisation as Tennis Europe to help as many young tennis players as possible receive a quality education that fits around them.’

‘As with many sports performed at a high level, Tennis requires a significant amount of training time and travel overseas which just isn't manageable alongside a traditional school. 

‘We are able to offer a flexible timetable, a reduced number of hours in the classroom, and the ability to take your entire school with you, wherever you are in the world.’

Minerva’s Virtual Academy will provide Tennis Europe members with: 

  • flexible virtual learning that can be accessed at any time
  • live lessons with passionate subject teachers
  • 1-to-1 mentoring which is focused entirely on our student's well being and academic progress
  • access to a thriving virtual school community with pupils and young athletes from all around the world

Starting in September 2022, our student athletes will also have the opportunity to join our High Performance club which includes an online course specifically designed for student athletes which will give them the tools to self-manage the mental aspect of their sporting careers.

Thomas Hammerl, CEO of Tennis Europe said, 'Education is a crucial component of our strategy. As the governing body of junior tennis in Europe, we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that our youngest players receive the best possible support in terms of education. With this new partnership with Minerva our juniors from all European Member Nations can earn their high school diploma online and focus on their tennis career at the same time.'

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