The Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis or EBAT as it has become to be known provides very high quality tennis programmes for both young girls and boys. EBAT’s doors are open to all, no matter where they live or go to school. EBAT are well aware that many families can afford to provide tennis opportunities for their children, but we are also aware that there are many families in Ipswich and the surrounding areas that cannot. At EBAT our mission is to ensure that we visit and promote tennis in all schools, those situated in the deprived areas of Ipswich as well as the more affluent areas.
We also are working hard to ensure that the many barriers that stop young children playing tennis are removed. Where ever possible we provide a wide range of support for players and their families if they are struggling to start in tennis or move up the performance pathway. EBAT is an official charity and all sponsorships and funding is re-invested, EBAT is a non-profit
making tennis academy.
The Academy Programme is based at The Ipswich School at Rushmere, Ipswich and offers pastoral care, medical screenings, Sports Science support, strength and conditioning, injury prevention programmes and tennis technical squads and individuals. It prides itself on having the most comprehensive parent and player educational programme in Great Britain which includes player emotional support, psychology, nutrition and tennis lifestyle programmes.
The academy team and programme is run under the watchful eye of Academy Director and touring WTA coach Nino Severino who launched the academy in 2010 with Elena Baltacha who is currently a WTA professional touring player.