The Voyager Academy program at Sydney Olympic Park is one of the most elite training environments in Australia.
Programs are run by a world class coaching team in a competitive environment with many elite athletes. On any given day in the program, most people are amazed at how many great players are all training together and pushing each other along. The following groups all train in the Academy program:
1) The Voyager McDonald College Program students including National Champions and other top ranked Australian Juniors
2) Part time students who attend other schools in Sydney and get time off during the school week to come out and train
3) The Pro Tour Program which are made of of Futures / Challengers players and touring professionals doing training blocks in between travel
4) College players who return home to train during their off season
5) International players (from Japan, India, China, US, Singapore and many other countries) who train for short and long periods
6) Regional and Interstate players who do training blocks at the Academy for 1 - 3 weeks at a time
The Voyager Tennis Academy at Sydney Olympic Park delivers 15 on court practice sessions and 9 physical sessions each week from Monday to Friday. The programs are designed by our world class coaching team with ex-tour professionals and are developed around the 4 key 'Cal's' Techni-cal, Tacti-cal, Psychologi-cal, and Physi-cal.
Our programs focus on building fundamental technical skills across all aspects of the tennis game. The aim here is for players to develop sound technique so that they have the ability to execute all desirable tactics needed to increase their chances of winning a match.
The program focuses on basic fundamentals such as footwork and optimal strike zones but leaves the detailed and more complex technical changes for one on one private lessons.
We also understand that some players will have their own private coaches who we work with closely with to re-enforce key messages.
Understanding your game, that of your opponent and how best to implement patterns of play that will give you your best opportunity of the game is a skill that is at the heart of the Voyager approach. Our coaching team has incredibly strong playing backgrounds and experience competing against many of the world's best players and know what it takes to understand the tactics of how to play the game.
We provide numerous drills, approaches and thought processes that will help the tournament player optimise their match-play tactics.
The mental side of tennis can make or break a player and there are libraries full of different approaches. At Voyager we coach a number of simple techniques that we have developed over our playing and coaching careers that have been proven to reduce competition anxiety and improve focus. The other key focus at Voyager is building strong positive in between point routines that should be incorporated into live matches at tournaments.
We are also in the process of partnering with a sports Psychology group who can provide additional services to players.
The game of tennis has become more and more physical over the years and demands tennis players to be fast, agile, fit, strong, flexible and remain injury free. Voyager places a strong emphasis on building ‘tennis athletes’ which is a key component of our programs.
We have also seen first hand how injury can end promising tennis careers and we provide advice and resources on stretching and strength routines that help prevent injuries.
For this reason we have partnered with Precision Athletica - Sydney's leading Institute of Sport & High Performance Sports Physiotherapy Centre based out of Sydney Olympic Park.
Read more about Precision Athletica on our partners page.
Knowing how to prepare for your match (physically, nutrition, strategy etc.) is of vital importance. Our coaches are available at key tournaments to offer advice on how to maximise performances when players are competing in live matches.
Our coaching team has extensive experience on the professional Tour and through College Tennis and know to educate players on best practices at tournaments as well as provide valuable feedback on what areas of their game they need to work on next. The Tournament Mentoring Service that we offer is where Voyager Tennis Academy coaches travel to tournaments to provide valuable mentoring to the players.
Choosing an appropriate tournament schedule is something that takes years of experience and can make a huge difference to a players progress if done well. Some factors to consider include:
- A players win/loss ratio
- Ranking goals and types of events targeting (AR, ITF, UTR, ATP, WTA)
- Preferred surfaces
- Adequate periods and training blocks for technical development
- Number of tournaments back to back
- Physical Fitness
The Voyager Academy can assist in providing a tournament scheduling service on request.
The majority of tennis athletes are now pursuing U.S. College Tennis Scholarships which can be worth up to $500,000.00 over a 4 year period. As a result of this, we are running a weekly Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournament on Fridays each week. All results are sent back to the governing body for UTR tournaments where match scores are recorded and players rating are adjusted. College coaches are now using UTR rating system as the major tool for recruitment and every player interested in this pathway should focus on UTR events.
For more information visit our U.S. College Tennis Pathway Page.
The Voyager Tennis Academy at Sydney Olympic Park is run by a world class coaching team which is lead by Luke Bourgeois, a former touring professional and one of Australia's leading high performance coaches.
The coaching team have all played top level junior tennis, have been coached by some of the most experienced international coaches and many have competed on the professional tour or played Division 1 U.S. College Tennis. The team has a love for the game and their aim is share that passion and impart their experiences as players, coaches and professionals to students so that they can become the best tennis players and people that they can be.
Read more about our Voyager Academy Coaching Team.
At Voyager we recognise the challenge of balancing the training requirements of an elite tennis player with that of getting a great education. To this end we have partnered with McDonald College who specialize in providing a first class academic program that dovetails with a high performance pursuit program.
For those who are interested in a full time integrated education & tennis program we have created The McDonald College Program
Distance education is also available for those who are top 10 in Australia for their birth year. Tennis Australia approves each athlete who applies for Distance Education and will only do so if the players meets the top 10 in birth year ranking criteria.
A number of students in the academy program who also attend other local schools nearby receive time off during school hours to join the training program.
We also have a number of students who are studying at Sydney Universities and are training part or full time.
For more information about these options please contact us.
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is one of Australia’s leading venues for tournaments. Each year there are:
- 20 Junior Tour Tournaments – 12U, 14U and 16U
- 7 Australian Money Tournaments
- 4 ITF Futures Events – 2 Womens / 2 Mens
- 1 Mens Challenger
- 1 Tour Event - ATP/WTA Sydney International
As we run our program from the same venue, building important tournaments into your program is very straightforward.
Step 1: Contact Olympicpark@voyagertennis.com or call 0403 485 533
Step 2: Arrange an on court evaluation which will take place to determine your playing standard and group allocation
Step 3: Arrange your course attendance dates
Step 4: Pay course fees prior to commencement of program
Step 5: Complete and sign all forms
For the McDonald College enrollments please visit The Mcdonald College Page.
For students who attend other schools outside of the Sydney Olympic Park area there is still an opportunity to get involved in the Voyager Tennis Academy program which runs in line with NSW school term dates. Many of Sydney's private schools break up one week prior to our academy program finishing date, which provides a fantastic training opportunity during this week.
It's also quite common for students attending public and other schools to attend a day or two during the last week of the term as well.
If you'd like to know more about our holiday training dates feel free to contact us.
School holiday tournament mentoring
We encourage all players to use the school holiday period as a time to compete in the numerous tournaments on offer and test their progress.
Our Tournament Mentoring Service involves our Voyager coaching team traveling to tournaments and providing valuable mentoring to the players.
The tournament mentoring involves:
- Professional warm up and cool down routines
- Pre match coaching on tactics and tips for maximising performance
- Coach match analysis
- Post match debrief from the coach
For Voyager Academy athletes who live outside of Sydney, there are a number of accommodation options to choose from.
1. A popular option for our players is Home-stay, as it helps to encourage a normal family environment and gives players a support group outside of the training program.
2. Living with another McDonald College student's family who lives in Sydney can also be great option for students who live interstate or overseas.
3. For short term accommodation options near the Sydney Olympic Park venue click HERE.
The Voyager Tennis Full Time Program has many great players visiting from various countries including Canada, France, Japan, China and India as well as Australian tour professionals who join in when they are back home in Sydney between professional tournaments. International players are very welcome and always bring something special to the program.
To read more about this visit our internationals page.