If you want to become an LTA Accredited Coach, you’ll need to have Safeguarding training, which teaches you how to safeguard children and adults at risk by enabling you to recognise, respond, refer and record concerns in a tennis environment.
Safeguarding training is essential for anyone who has contact with children and/or adults at risk in a tennis environment, which is why it must be completed every 3 years.
- If the last Safeguarding training course you completed was more than 3 years ago, or you have never completed a Safeguarding training course, then it must be delivered by a qualified Safeguarding tutor in a face-to-face or virtual Zoom classroom environment.
- If you have taken a course with a qualified tutor within the last 3 years, then you are eligible to do an LTA Learn online course which will refresh your knowledge on how to safeguard children and/or adults at risk. This online course makes your Safeguarding training valid for further 3 years from the date of completion.
- If the last training course you completed was the LTA Learn online training course, and it is close to expiring, then the next training course you complete will need to be delivered by a qualified Safeguarding tutor in a face-to-face or virtual Zoom classroom environment.
Essentially, if you keep your Safeguarding training up to date and complete it every 3 years then you will alternate between a tutor-led course, and the LTA Learn online course.
To book a 'Safeguarding & Protection in Tennis' course, delivered by a qualified tutor, click here.
To book the LTA Learn online refresher course, 'Safeguarding in Tennis Together', click here. When booking your online refresher course, please ensure that you are selecting the one relevant to your role, i.e. Coaches, Welfare Officers, Officials.
We may be able to accept safeguarding training which was not completed with the LTA, if it covered the following:
- Basic awareness safeguarding training
- Have been a face-to-face or virtual training course which was led by a qualified Safeguarding Tutor
- Approximately three hours long
- Completed within the last three years
- Include information about the Prevent Duty*
*If the course did not contain Prevent training then this can be completed by clicking here.
We do accept the UK Coaching ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ training course and Local Authority safeguarding training (provided that it includes information on the Prevent Duty).
If your training met the above criteria and you would like to submit your non-LTA safeguarding certificate then you can do so by clicking here.
If you completed a Safeguarding training course with an LTA Coach Development Centre then you do not need to take any action for this to be added to your training record.
Safeguarding training teaches you how to safeguard children and adults at risk by enabling you to recognise, respond, refer and record concerns in a tennis environment.
It is also a training that coaches are required to do if you wish to join the LTA Coach Accreditation scheme.
Additionally, in 2019, it became mandatory for all Level 3-5 qualified coaches operating at any LTA Registered Venues to be members of Coach Accreditation.
From Autumn 2022, in addition to the above, anyone holding an LTA Instructor (Level 2), or an overseas or external tennis coaching qualification, who is actively delivering coaching activity at LTA Registered Venues must be members of LTA Coach Accreditation.
Read more about the new Safeguarding Standards for Coaches working in LTA Registered Venue, here.