LTA granted Approved Provider Status by Professional Development Board For Physical Education

10/09/2020

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 The LTA has announced it has been granted Approved Provider Status by the Professional Development Board for Physical Education.

The announcement comes as millions of pupils across England and Wales are returning to school this week after lockdown and the summer holidays.  

Granted the status for a period of three years, the LTA has been approved as both a provider of professional development and as a provider of resources – more specifically, for the governing body’s LTA Youth primary school materials.

Designed by teachers for teachers to support the national curriculum, the LTA Youth schools programme brings together PE lesson plans, personal development resources, teacher training and much more. It is aimed at getting pupils’ minds and bodies’ active, helping them to develop both mentally and physically on and off the court. 

The LTA Youth schools activity is fully embedded as part of the overall LTA Youth programme, which connects all tennis activity for juniors so the offer will look and feel the same, whether a child is playing in a school, park or club.  With a fresh, modern approach, the innovative progamme has been developed by the LTA to help more kids play and stay in tennis whatever their ability, whatever their background.

The Professional Development Board (PDB) was established in 2000, with a goal to promote quality for all practitioners in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA). The PDB’s work contributes to ensuring PESSPA professionals have an entitlement to relevant and appropriate professional development including high-quality learning, teaching and coaching.

The LTA’s approved status comes as teacher training for the LTA Youth schools programme has recommenced following lockdown.

The process of gaining approval from the PDB is an arduous one and the LTA demonstrated that the quality of their professional development, including their resources is outstanding. 

 Speaking about the announcement, LTA Head of Education Tom Gibbins commented:

 “We are exceptionally proud of LTA Youth and our schools programme embedded within it, so we are delighted to be working with afPE and be granted approved provider status by their PDB. We want tennis to be leading the way among sports in our offer for schools, and this endorsement is testament to the investment we have made in producing a programme of the highest standard that works for teacher and pupils. LTA Youth is free for schools to be part of – it’s now open for primary schools and will be rolled out to secondary schools next year, and so we’d encourage any teacher or school interested to get involved”.

Eileen Marchant MBE, Chair of the PDB added:

“The aim of the Professional Development Board (PDB) for Physical Education is to promote quality in Professional Development for all practitioners in the subject. The process of gaining approval from the PDB is an arduous one and the LTA demonstrated that the quality of their professional development, including their resources is outstanding. To be approved by the PDB is very highly regarded by practitioners in physical education and members of the Board were unanimous in their endorsement.”

The LTA’s vision is to open up tennis in Britain by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable to all. Designed for children aged 4-18, LTA Youth aims to help more kids play and stay in tennis whatever their ability, whatever their background - find out more here.

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