Tennis Coach Development Plan
Coaches are at the very heart of tennis in Britain. They are often responsible for the very first experience people have when they step on court, and play a vital role in growing our sport and developing players that compete on the world stage.
However, if we are to see inspirational coaches helping to get more people choosing and staying in tennis right across the country, we need to do more to support current and future coaches to be the best coach that they can be.
Through this strategy, we are implementing what is the biggest ever transformation of coach education and development across three key areas:
- Continuous Professional Development
- Ongoing Coach Support
This strategy was developed through listening and speaking to 1200+ coaches of all levels, the employers and deployers of coaches, a range of venues, coach educators, and key bodies including UK Coaching, CIMSPA and Sport England.
What they said
Spencer Moore, Director of Strategy at CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity): "The work that the LTA have undertaken to review their coach development pathway has been truly transformational. The innovative and bold approach that has been taken, in my view will raise the standards and professionalism of tennis coaches in coaching and the industry more broadly.
"The embedding of the new professional standards into their programme, coupled with changes to delivery and assessment, set tennis as one of sport’s ‘trailblazers’. We look forward to working closely with the LTA to support them on their journey to broaden the appeal of coaching whilst driving up quality and standards of tennis coaching in Britain."
Miguel Crespo, Head of Participation & Education at the International Tennis Federation: "The LTA’s coach education system is recognised by the ITF at Gold level, our highest level of recognition. The introduction of new core and elective qualification curriculums, centralised video-based assessments, and a nationwide mentoring programme are exciting projects that mark their system among the leading coach development systems internationally in tennis."
The LTA Tennis Coach Development Plan has been created as an accessible PDF. However, a plain text version of the document is also available below. In addition, closed captions are provided on the video, but should you wish to view a version of the video with fixed subtitles you can do so via the link below.