Tennis coaching is a rewarding career as you inspire people to start playing the game and empower them to fulfil their potential. Every day is a new challenge, from young children picking up a racket for the first time through to players chasing grand slam success.
If you’d like to take that first step on the coaching journey, the coaching pathway can guide you through a coaching career, from becoming a tennis leader through to developing players to an elite standard with a level 5 master performance qualification.
Level 1 - Coaching assistant
The level 1 coaching assistant course is the starting point for people who want to get into tennis coaching and become a coaching assistant. It will train people to:
- Plan and deliver a structured lesson under the guidance of an accredited coach.
- Have basic knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of tennis.
- Have a full understanding of the structure of Mini Tennis.
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Level 2 - Coaching assistant
The level 2 coaching assistant course is aimed at coaching assistants who want to improve their coaching skills and be able to work with groups of beginners on their own under the umbrella programme of a accredited+ coach.
- Plan and deliver a structured lesson using LTA level 2 coach resources.
- Coach groups of beginners using different equipment.
- Give advice on tactical and technical improvement for beginners of Mini Tennis.
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Level 3 - Coach qualification
The level 3 coach qualification course is for people who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession. On successful completion of the coach qualification candidates will be able to:
- Coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals.
- Understand the basics of business management
- Manage the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants.
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Level 4 - Senior club coach qualification
The level 4 senior club coach qualification is aimed at coaches who will either be managing a section of a commercial club or running a team of coaches in a park or a members' club. On successful completion of the senior club coach qualification coaches will be able to:
- Manage a team of coaches.
- Work effectively with tennis participants from mini tennis red to adult competition.
- Understand advanced tactical and technical skills.
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Level 4 - Senior performance coach qualification
Level 5 - Master club coach qualification
The master club coach qualification is for coaches who are or who aspire to work at the very highest level of club coaching.
On completion of the course, a master club coach will be able to:
- Deliver on court sessions of the highest quality to all club members.
- Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of club programmes.
- Display leadership skills to create and manage change and adaptation in dynamic club environments.
- Mentor a team of coaches to be ensure delivery of a quality programme.
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Level 5 - Master performance coach qualification
Guide to previous LTA coaching qualifications
Non LTA coaching qualifications
LTA tutors inspire and train the next generation of tennis coaches. The requirements to become an LTA tutor are:
- Level 4 coaching qualification (SCC/SPC or former equivalent).
- Be an LTA Accredited+ coach.
- Successful completion of the Certificate in Tutoring Skills (CTS) course.
- Be able to demonstrate experience of running in-service training or leading a team (this is indicated by completing the form sent to you once you have booked onto the course).
Find out more about becoming a coach tutor.
Tennis coaching management degree
The BSc Hons Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management enables students from the tennis coaching profession to undertake a flexible programme in higher education. The course is designed around modules of work-based learning to do with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be needed to develop tennis coaching management practice learning.
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Coaching qualification upgrades
If you qualified as a coach before 2008 and have previous qualifications such as a DCA, CCA, PCA or TDA you can upgrade to the current qualifications on the coaching pathway without doing the entire course.