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Virgin Active Northwood doubles up with new Tennis Bubble and cutting edge PlaySight performance tech
07 Oct 2015
Virgin Active Northwood becomes a home to tennis excellence today as Jeremey Bates, Jamie Murray and Jo Durie launched its new state of the art Tennis Bubble, making year round court access a reality for its tennis players and JTC’s up and coming stars. In addition to the Bubble, Virgin Active Northwood joins the world class facilities of Wimbledon, The Queen’s Club and Stoke Park as one of only four Tennis Centres to have the revolutionary PlaySight SmartCourt technology installed.
The bubble, part funded by the LTA, will house the Junior Tennis Coaching (JTC) Academy that has called Virgin Active Northwood home for the past three years. With the success of its programming, led by former world no. 5 Player Jo Durie, David Felgate and Alan Jones, JTC seeks to prepare students to enable them to achieve their highest possible level in tennis through intensive group training. JTC academy has recently expanded to enable a further 20 talented young tennis players to join the programme and will train at the Virgin Active Chiswick Riverside Club.
David Felgate said, "The new facility at Northwood is truly the best quality tennis bubble I have ever had the pleasure to play or coach in. Thanks to the partnership with Virgin Active and the LTA, JTC players will have the benefits of playing on an internationally recognised surface, without having to deal with the winter elements. Clearly, there will be no excuses for JTC players for not achieving their goals."
Simon Jones, Head of Performance Support at the LTA said, “The Virgin Active vision of delivering tennis in an engaging and exciting way, as well as the experienced and motivated JTC team makes the partnership a dynamic one for British tennis and the LTA is proud of. We believe that they both have the potential to deliver players of truly world class through their programmes and continue to help Great Britain become of the World’s leading nations.”
PlaySight’s SmartCourt technology has been installed on one of the club’s indoor courts and will:
Gary Stewart, Virgin Active’s Head of Racquets, is thrilled about the new technology.
"We are proud to bring to the Virgin Active members the most advanced player analytics technology. PlaySight will make the game more fun and appealing to new and casual players while providing an incredible training tool for the more frequent player.”