LTA Tennis Leaders youth leadership programme re-launched for even more young people
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Tennis Leaders, the LTA’s Youth Leadership Programme, has been re-launched to open up the programme to even more young people.
Delivered by LTA Accredited Coaches at tennis venues as well as secondary school teachers within education, the LTA Tennis Leaders programme initially launched in 2005 and sees close to 3,000 young people enrolled on the course each year. It is designed to develop young people’s leadership skills, that can be applied across roles within tennis, sport or more widely into other aspects of life.
Now also recognised and accredited by SLQ Sports Leaders, the re-launched Tennis Leaders course brings it in line with the new LTA Youth Secondary Schools Programme which went live last month, and caters for an expanded age range to now incorporate children and young people aged 11+.
In line with this, the course content has been given a refresh to make it suitable for a wider range of ages, whether an individual is starting out on their tennis career pathway, right through to older teenagers looking to support their local coach, official or club committee. The programme can act as a pathway into a range of future opportunities and careers in tennis for young people, and as a pre-cursor to gaining qualifications such as becoming a Coaching Assistant (Level 1) – the first stage of the LTA’s coaching pathway.
WATCH: What LTA Youth Tennis Leaders is all about
To become known as a tennis leader, participants must complete the Introduction to Tennis module, plus one additional module. Elective modules include; helping at a venue, helping in a coaching session, helping at a school, helping in a competition. To embed their learning, tennis leaders are strongly encouraged to get involved and volunteer at a local tennis venue by supporting a qualified coach, teacher, club committee member, official or community project manager in a ‘tennis leader’ role. Further online learning can be accessed upon completion of the course.
Alex Beaumont, Volunteering Manager at the LTA said: “We are excited to relaunch our Tennis Leaders programme this month, with refreshed content for a wider age range of young people.
“A lot of work has gone into this course over the last 15 years, and it is fantastic to see it now recognised and accredited by SLQ Sports Leaders.
“We have lots of course information available on our dedicated Tennis Leaders hub on the LTA website, so if you are a teacher or coach looking to deliver the course, please head here for more information.”
Tennis Leaders is aligned to the LTA’s vision of Tennis Opened Up, ensuring that tennis is relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable. Inclusion and diversity sit at the heart of this, ensuring that development opportunities are made available to all.
Coaches and teachers have responsibility for enrolling their own participants onto the programme. To run a programme, simply contact the LTA to order the course materials. For more information on Tennis Leaders, please click here