Junior James is a smash hit at tennis talent day

James Parkin, from North Shields, who took part in the Lawn Tennis Association's National Talent ID Day.
James Parkin, from North Shields, who took part in the Lawn Tennis Association's National Talent ID Day.

Junior tennis player James Parkin has been showing off his skills to national selectors.

The 12-year-old from North Shields was one of 22 youngsters from around the country who took part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) National Talent ID Day held at Bolton Arena.

James, who trains at Northumberland Club, showed off his skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players and those displaying the right attributes that could see them make an impact on the game.

The St Thomas More RC Academy pupil said: “I just wanted to do the best I could and show my ability to the coaches.

“I have done quite well.

“Before I was looking forward to it and I thought it went well.”

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw.

He said: “James has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks testing qualities including athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility and a real natural talent and love for the sport.

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all.

“The LTA is committed to developing and supporting talent, and we now have the systems in place to give players like James the best possible chance of reaching their potential so I look forward to seeing him progress.”