What is independent learning?
"The ability to take charge of one's learning" (Holec, 1981)
Independent learning allows a fully flexible approach to CPD where you are able to engage in learning outside of the LTA course search tool, that is relevant to you and your needs. You can then reflect on your learning and how this will impact you and your coaching/business practice to apply for recognition.
What types of independent learning are there?
There are two forms of independent learning:
- Formal learning is where you have booked onto and taken part in a structured learning activity with clearly defined learning outcomes. These will be interactive and participation based. This is normally delivered face-to-face, or can be an online learning management system (LMS) with a formal learning assessment/knowledge check and certificate.
- Informal learning is where you have engaged in more unstructured learning, often self-directed and within your own time. This is through watching, reading or listening to content and non-participatory. Webinars are considered informal learning by the LTA.
All types of learning accepted are to be relevant to sports development and led by a subject matter expert/author.
(1 CPD credit per hour of learning)
(1 CPD credit per learning activity)
|LTA Coach Mentoring (and Deloitte)||
Book or article
|Degree programme||Videoed resource|
|Coach Network Event (face-to-face)||Coach Network Event (webinar)|
Do you have any recommendations for independent learning?
Please find a list of recommendations for content and resources for you to explore as part of your independent learning:
- ITF Academy - Tennis specific online courses from the International Tennis Federation, many of which are free of charge.
- We highly recommend:
- ITF Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players Course - Player development. It offers top tips for coaches to create a developmental plan that allowes players to feel more confident in their approach to training.
- ITF Coaching High-Performance Players Course: Introduction to Strategy and Tactics. Designing a game plan for Perfomance players by using tactical analysis is the core subject of this online module.
- We highly recommend:
- Coursera - Learning platform with over 5,800 courses on a wide range of topics that can be revant to your coaching/business.
- UK Coaching - Learning Online courses and webinars to equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to operate confidently and competently so that they can meet the wants, needs of the people they coach.
- We particularly recommend:
- Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity, developed by Mind1st4Sport Learning and funded by Sport England.
- Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital badge, a series of knowledge checks and resources set across the five distinct pillars that represent the Duty to Care ethos: Safeguarding, Inclusion, Diversity, Well-being and Mental Health.
- Inclusive Programme eLearning Module, available as an interactive online classroom.
- We particularly recommend:
- NCFE - A wide range of qualifications and online modules to choose from, which allows you to develop in numerous subject matters.
- We specially recommend:
- Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness. Designed to provide knowledge about mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.
- We specially recommend:
- LinkedIn Learning - Their headline caption reads ‘Advance in your career. Learn in-demand skills with over 14,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals’. With plenty of courses to help you and your business.
- Google - Digital Garage - Online courses, designed for you to grow your career or business. Select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.
- The Open University - A selection of free Health, Sports & Psychology online courses, focusing on how best to maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body.
- We recommend:
- Supporting Female Performance in Sport and Fitness, developed by Dangoor Education. It offers a wide range of specific female physiological and psychological topics.
- Exploring sport coaching and psychology. Learn how factors like mind, body, environment and training techniques combined contribute to enhance one's porting career.
- Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness. Enhance your communication skills and learn to adapt depending on your audience needs.
- We recommend:
- Future Learn - Online courses with ‘experts from world-leading universities and organisations’.
- A variety of learning modules from reputable charities:
- Autism, sport and physical activity: National Autistic Society.
- All about Autism, All about Me: Youth Sport Trust.
- Delivering an excellent service for disabled customers: Activity Alliance.
- UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD’s) Coach Clean course, for coaches who want to know more about clean sport and their own responsibilities with regards to anti-doping.
- My Tennis Journey - Rob Salmon
The High Performance Podcast - Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes
The Knowledge Project - Michael Lombardi - Leadership on the field
Sporting Success - Candy Reid-Harrop
The Tennis Business Academy Podcast - David Martins
Talent Takes Practice - Matthew Syed and Robbie Savage
- The Game Changers - Sue Anstiss
- Positive pedagogy for sport coaching - Stephen Harvey
- The Padel School Podcast - Sandy Farquharson
- CIMSPA Digital Marketing Hub is a free hub of on-demand training, webinars, mentorship and benefits to provide support for those in Sports and Physical Activity in England.
- The LTA host monthly Coach Webinars with industry-leading experts. You can book onto upcoming webinars by checking by regularly to the Webinars, and Accredited coaches can watch recordings of past webinars in the resources section of the Coach Secure Area.
- UK Coaching run their Time2Learn webinars from a host of sports coaches and experts.
- The Well help active women, and those who support them, gain knowledge and know-how in women's health. Webinars include 'Understanding the athletic pelvic floor' and 'The female mindset'.
- Alred, D. (2016). The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform when it Counts. Penguin UK.
- Carey, B. (2015). How we learn: the surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens. Random House Trade Paperbacks.
- Cialdini, R. (1984). Influence: Science and Practice.
- Conde, R. (2022). Padel & Tactics: Train Smart Modern Approach, Independently published.
- Collins, J. (2019). The Energy Plan: Eat Smart, Feel Strong, Perform at Your Peak. Penguin Random House LLC.
- Covey, Stephen, R. (1989). 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Free Press.
- Coyle, D. (2009). The talent code: Unlocking the secret of skill in maths, art, music, sport, and just about everything else. Random House.
- Dawson, Roger. (1988). Secrets of Power Persuasion.
- Deci, E. L., & Flaste, R. (1995). Why we do what we do: The dynamics of personal autonomy. GP Putnam's Sons.
- Duckworth, A., & Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit: The power of passion and perseverance (Vol. 234). New York, NY: Scribner.
- Dweck, C. S. (2008). Mindset: The new psychology of success. Random House Digital, Inc..
- Epstein, D. (2014). The sports gene: Talent, practice and the truth about success. Random House.
- Ferguson, Alex., & Moritz, Michael. (2015). Leading. Hodder & Stoughton.
- Fogg, B. J. (2019). Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Gallwey, W. T. (2014). The inner game of tennis: The ultimate guide to the mental side of peak performance. Pan Macmillan.
- Garcia, F. (2019). Padel Guide for Coaches: Become a better coach, Rafael Conde Ripoll.
- Gilbert, Brad., & Jamison, Steve. (1993). Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis. Simon & Schuster.
- Gladwell, M. (2017). Outliers: the story of success. Audio-Tech Business Book Summaries.
- Goleman, D. (2014). Focus. Bur.
- Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan.
- Kline, N. (1999). Time to think: Listening to ignite the human mind. Hachette UK.
- Mukherjee, Peter (ed.). (2020). A Few Wise Words: Volume One. Amersham Publishing Limited.
- Perez, C. C. (2019). Invisible women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men. Random House.
- Schmidt, E., Rosenberg, J., & Eagle, A. (2019). Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell. Hachette UK.
- Syed, M. (2010). Bounce. Collins.
- Syed, M. (2015). Black box thinking: Why most people never learn from their mistakes--But some do. Penguin.
- Whitmore, J. (2017). Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership. Performance Consultants International.
Google scholar has an extensive library of academic books to search and explore
- Activity Alliance (disability, inclusion, sport) house a number of online resources and articles.
- ITF Coaching and Sports Science Review.
- Collins, A. (1996). Design issues for learning environments. International perspectives on the design of technology-supported learning environments, 347-361.
- Kovalchik, S. A., & Reid, M. (2017). Comparing matchplay characteristics and physical demands of junior and professional tennis athletes in the era of big data Journal of sports science & medicine, 16(4), 489.
Google scholar has an extensive library of peer-reviewed research articles to search and explore.
- Coach Secure Area - houses an exclusive content library for LTA Accredited coaches.
- ITF Academy (previously iCoach, login required, available for Accredited+ Coaches in the Coach Secure Area).
- Academia Sanchez-Casal 360 System, drills for direction and height.
- Beni Linder - Winning Through Intensity.
- Craig O’Shannessey - The First 4 Shots.
- Jo Ward and Merlin Van De Braam - Integrating Mental Skills On-Court.
- Mary Pierce - The Future of Women's Tennis.
- TED talks - lectures with inspirational speakers across a variety of topical areas.
- Amy Cuddy, Your body language may shape who you are.
- Carol Dweck. The power of believing you can improve.
- David Epstein, Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
- Stefanie Reid, Why accessible design is for everyone.
- Simon Sinek, How great leaders inspire action.
How long will my independent learning form take to process?
Independent learning forms are reviewed and approved one-by-one, therefore, if approved, the process can take up to 4 days for the learning to appear in your Coach Secure Area.