The 2012 Barclays Ball Kids programme kicked off on Saturday in Peterborough, UK.
Now in its third year, the national search aims to find 30 young people aged between 12 and 16 to join the world’s top eight tennis players and star as Barclays Ball Kids at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, taking place this November at The O2 in London.
Kids from around the country have applied to attend 14 regional selection trials between now and March.
At each of these trials, hopeful applicants will be put through their paces in 90-minute sessions, where they will be tested on their agility, endurance, coordination, ball skills, balance, speed and team work – all attributes needed to make it as a Barclays Ball Kid.
From these trials, approximately 100 kids will be selected to attend a national selection trial on Saturday, 28 April, from which the final squad of 30 Barclays Ball Kids will be chosen.
As the only initiative of its kind in the UK, the Barclays Ball Kids programme is backed by many of sport’s biggest names.
Boris Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion, said: “The Barclays Ball Kids scheme is something that I feel very strongly about. It is a brilliant way for kids to get up close and personal with the top players of today and takes both courage and discipline.
“I met all the guys last year and they all seemed to be having a great time. I can’t wait to see the guys from this year do the same.”
Kids wanting to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can still register their interest at: