If you’re looking to take your game to the next level or iron out your forehand technique, coaching could be a great option.
Here are a few things to look out for when looking for a coach:
Are they qualified and accredited?
Being qualified demonstrates that a coach is competent to deliver tennis instruction. Coaches will have different levels of competency based on the level of qualification they hold. LTA qualifications range from Level 1 to Level 5 (highest). Whilst the qualification is important when choosing a coach, it is also important to check if they are Accredited. Coach Accreditation is the LTA’s professional membership scheme for coaches in Great Britain. Being Accredited with the LTA guarantees that coaches;
- Hold a valid qualification
- Have completed First Aid training in the past 3 years
- Have a valid Criminal Records Check with the LTA
- Commit to 15 hours of professional development per year (Accredited+ coaches only)
Do they offer individual, group coaching or both?
Some coaches only provide individual coaching, but group coaching can be a fun, social way to improve your tennis skills and is often available at a cheaper cost.
Do they offer the service you’re after?
Coaches can excel in one or a variety of tennis programmes, whether one on one coaching, Mini Tennis or Cardio Tennis.