Tennis Academy

Beaconhurst Tennis Academy is one of the best in Scotland. The Academy is led by Mark Walker, a Level 5 Licensed Master Performance Coach and supported by Rhuaridh McLeod, a Level 3 Licensed Club Coach who runs the Mini Academy and Community section.

“I have mentored and worked with Mark for several years. He is one of the best skill developers in kids age 8-14 that we have in Scotland. He has a lot of experience in working with young players both individually and in squads.” — Judy Murray

Beaconhurst has a long-standing partnership with the National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling and works in partnership with the national governing body Tennis Scotland. Partnership arrangements provide our pupils with access to:

  • The Gannochy National Tennis Centre, University of Stirling
  • The MP Jackson Strength and Conditioning Suite, University of Stirling
  • Sports facilities at the University of Stirling

NEWS — LTA & Tennis Scotland Announcement 

On 12 June 2018, British Tennis announced Tennis Scotland at the University of Stirling as one of two National Academies for tennis, a major milestone in the development of the Lawn Tennis Association’s ten-year Performance Strategy for British Tennis.

The National Academies will play a crucial role in the implementation of a new seamless player pathway, which sits at the heart of the new Performance Strategy and aims to make Britain one of the most respected nations in the world for tennis player development.

This is tremendous news for Beaconhurst School, as partners of the University of Stirling, and we look forward to welcoming and supporting some of the best young tennis players in Britain.

What does The Tennis Academy offer young tennis players?

  • Squad and individual sessions with Mark Walker and Rhuaridh McLeod
  • Specialised strength & conditioning training
  • International training camps in La Manga, Spain
  • Competitive opportunities
  • Video analysis
  • Lifestyle management and performance support


The Tennis Programme – A three tier system

The Beaconhurst Tennis Academy takes the tennis player from their very first hit of a ball, through the district and national programmes and beyond. The three-tier system allows each player to learn at their own pace, quantify development, set goals and achieve their true potential.

  • Tennis Scotland / National Programme Scholarship (Tier 1)
  • Beaconhurst Scholarship (Tier 2)
  • Regional / Development Support (Tier 3)

Tier 1 – This is for pupils who are playing and competing at the highest level in their sport. Entry into Tier 1 is based on selection through the National Governing Body. These athletes are GB internationalists. Beaconhurst School offers up to 100% scholarship and a flexible academic curriculum for these athletes.

Tier 2 – This is for pupils who are competing at a national level and are Scottish internationalists. Players in this tier can gain up to 50% scholarship and will be provided with a programme integrated with the University of Stirling Tennis Scholarship scheme. This will include early morning, after school and 2 individual sessions each week.

Tier 3  This is for our pupils who are regularly competing in national events and occasionally competing in Grade 2 and 3 British events. Pupils in this tier would take part in 1 university integrated scholarship squad, 1 Beaconhurst squad session and 1 individual session each week. These players would also feed into regional training programmes.

Feeding into the Tiers – At the level below this there are 2 main developments:

  1. Development Squad

A small group of players (aged 11-13) will be selected to be part of the Beaconhurst Development Squad.  This group of players will be provided with 3 squad sessions each week.

  1. Mini Development

In addition to the introductory mini tennis clubs offered in the school, 2 mini development squads run in the junior school.  Weekly mini match play opportunities are offered targeting pupils who are in Primary 3 and 4.

Meet the coaches

Mark Walker — Beaconhurst Head Tennis Coach

Mark is a dedicated, full time tennis coach with 20 years of experience. He has established himself as one of Britain’s highly accredited Level 5 Master Coaches. Mark’s strengths lie in his ability to improve players technically, tactically, through skill development and creative learning and coaching. Mark works with all ages, both individually and in a group environment. He designs training programs specifically tailored to suit individual players, ensuring an improvement in performance to fulfil their potential. Mark has worked with a number of players who have played at all four of the Junior Grand Slams.

“I have mentored and worked with Mark for several years. He is one of the best skill developers in kids age 8-14 that we have in Scotland. He has a lot of experience in working with young players both individually and in squads.” Judy Murray

Ruaridh McLeod — Beaconhurst Assistant Tennis Coach

Ruaridh has worked at the Scottish National Tennis Centre with some of the best players nationally and internationally. In that time, he has worked with a number of world class coaches such as Mark Walker, Toby Smith, Leon Smith, Judy Murray and Bob Brett. Mark has mentored Ruaridh for the last 2 years and has helped him develop his coaching skills. Ruaridh obtained his LTA level 3 coaching qualification after playing as a junior reaching a high ranking of number 1 in Scotland and Britain, also competing in the 14U World Championships

Get in touch

To discuss The Beaconhurst Tennis Academy in more detail, please contact or call 01786 832146.