Harrogate players’ talents sees them picked as Aegon Future Stars

JB Pickard
JB Pickard

Two up-and-coming junior tennis players from Harrogate have been highlighted as some of the brightest talents in the country after they were included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon FutureStars programme.

The scheme recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country.

Emerging young stars JB Pickard, aged 10, and 15-year-old Sophie Dodds have earned their place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.

The talented youngsters have been included as part of the 2014 intake of players and will be part of a group of 424 top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of funding and support from the LTA.

Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s Tennis, said: “We are committed to supporting and identifying our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.

“There’s obviously a long way to go for these players.

“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”