Find a tennis coach near you

Under guidelines in England and Scotland, tennis players, new and experienced can now start to get back on court and develop their skills with lessons from local coaches. In England, you can take advantage of participating in coaching groups of up to 6 people (including coaches), but in Scotland, only one-to-one coaching is currently permitted. With tennis beginning to return, what better time to find your local coach and start getting back to tennis.

The LTA Coach Finder tool is a fantastic search tool for players and parents wanting to find a coach in their local area. Using the location search, you can find tennis coaches near you and which venues they operate from in your local area. You can then contact them directly to enquire about coaching or discover and book the sessions they’re running at your local venue through LTA Rally.

Want to know a bit more about your coach and their tennis background before booking on? No problem. Each coach listed on the LTA Coach Finder comes with full details of their qualification level and LTA Accreditation, as well as a short biography on their background in tennis and the types of courses they run.

Improve Your Game With an LTA Accredited Coach

If you want to improve your tennis, often the fastest and most effective route is through coaching. A good coach will listen to what you want from the game; for example you might want to improve your fitness, hone your skills, get competitive, and they will help you achieve those goals.

Coaching is a great way to take full advantage of all the social benefits that tennis has to offer as well. Your coach will be able to set you up with some group lessons or just connect you with other players of your level who you can meet up with to play.

Why Use An LTA Accredited Coach?

Coach Accreditation is the LTA’s professional membership scheme for coaches. There are two levels of Accreditation to look out for, Accredited (base tier) and Accredited+ (upper tier), which are determined depending on their level of training. Choosing an LTA Accredited coach ensures that your coach is qualified, insured and meets safe to practise standards, such as first aid and safeguarding training.

When looking at coaches’ qualifications, it’s useful to know that these range from level 1 to 5 and are an indication of the level of formally assessed training a coach has. Level 1 and 2 are coaching assistants with Level 5 being the highest available qualification. Level 3 coaches are those who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession and are classed as fully trained tennis coaches.

Find out more about LTA Coach Accreditation and the tennis coaching qualifications pathway.

Who Can Use an LTA Accredited Coach?

Anyone can take part in tennis coaching, whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or if you’re a seasoned veteran, there’s always an opportunity to work on your game. Luckily there’s a whole host of LTA coaching programmes that you can take part in such as:

LTA Youth – a fresh, modern and comprehensive coaching programme for children aged 4-18 years that is designed to grow as they do.

LTA Youth Tennis for Kids - a fun starter course for kids aged 4-11 who have never played the sport before packed with games to keep children active and having fun.

Tennis Xpress – a beginner adult introductory coaching course for players who want to learn the basics of the sport. Tennis Xpress is all about meeting other players, having fun and start playing tennis.

Cardio Tennis – a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and abilities.

Tennis can be adapted for any level of ability, as well as for players with different disabilities. Nearly 400 venues across the country provide subsidised disability-specific tennis sessions and all the equipment can be supplied for you. Using the LTA Coach Finder you can find local disability tennis coaches in your area.

Please note that whilst the delivery of these programmes is now possible in England in groups of up to 6 people, many coaches are still continuing to working to get these back up and running. If you have any questions do contact them directly but please be patient as they continue to return to their coaching programmes – thank you.

What Do Coaching Sessions Involve?

A typical session will involve some type of warm up, your coach teaching you something to improve your game, and then you working on it together. Within that loose format there are many different variations to account for different ages, stages, and motivations.

In Cardio Tennis, for example, sessions are designed to improve fitness levels, so everything happens at a relatively high intensity. Whereas LTA Youth sessions for kids are fun, colourful, and bring to life tennis skills in a playground format.