GEORGE Hutchings has underlined his tennis talents after he was included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Aegon FutureStars programme.

The 13-year-old from Blackburn, a regular winner at county standard and one of the best players in his age group at national level, has been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country.

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

The St Augustine’s High School pupil earned his place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.

The talented youngster has 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.

George’s older brother Charlie is also a talented player while dad Jamie is a Lancashire player and a top coach.

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.”

David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon, added: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the LTA in identifying and developing young players across the country. The programme plays an essential role in enabling young people to fulfill their potential, and make the next step in their tennis journey.”