Performance Coach Education and Development
The Performance Coach Education and Development Team provide education, guidance and support for performance coaches, to help create a continual supply of world class coaches at every stage of the performance pathway.
Find out more about the range of continuous professional development opportunities and formal education that we offer for performance coaches:
10U Performance Coach Development Programme
This programme will be a 12-month learning journey, exploring best practice at this important stage of the pathway alongside in-situ support. This programme launched in September 2021 as part of the support on offer to the new network of Under 10 Performance Programmes, but we hope to offer it out more widely after its pilot year.
Player to Coach Programme
Learn more about the Player to Coach Programme and hear from ex-players that have made the transition about their experience in the video below:
The programme launched in 2022 to help current British players with opportunities to support and develop a possible career in performance coaching for when they retire.
We want to support the players so they can transfer their knowledge, experience and understanding into coaching. If you're interested in finding out more, you can get in touch below:
Individual Coach Development Programme
This programme takes an individual approach with a coach, taking into account their existing practice and associated knowledge, skills and experiences and aims to prepare and support their learning and development, with both their current and anticipated future needs.
Female Performance Coach Engagement Programme
This bespoke programme is for passionate and committed female coaches who are looking to progress in performance coaching.
The programme features tailored support from specialised mentors, as well as creating opportunities and exposure to the LTA Player Pathway. Coaches will connect through performance-focused workshops where they can share ideas and discuss best practice, whilst establishing a future network of support.
Applications are now open for the 2024 programme. To apply, please download the application form here, fill it out in full and submit to email@example.com. Please note, there is 1 section of the application form that requires you to film a video, so please ensure you read the form in full, ensuring all sections are complete before submitting. Applicants will be notified if they have been successful by the middle of November. Applications will close on Sunday 29th October.
Level 4 - Senior Performance Coach
The Senior Performance Coach (SPC) qualification is aimed at coaches who are working in, and have genuine aspirations to progress in, performance coaching. The course teaches the required competencies and knowledge to develop international level 14U junior players.
To learn more about our SPC qualification and how to apply, head to our SPC page below:
Level 5 - Performance Coaching Pro Course
The Performance Coaching Pro Course has been built around the challenges and demands coaches experience within the International Junior, Pro Transition and Pro stages of the Player Pathway.
In each of these stages, the central figure is the player, and this course acknowledges the importance of the coach's role in supporting the player to move through these transitions.
To learn more about our Level 5 qualification and how to apply, head to our Level 5 page below:
Level 5 - Performance Coaching International Junior Course
Similar to the Performance Coaching Pro Course above, the International Junior Course has been built around the the challenges and demands for coaches, but targeted at those within the Regional Performance, National Performance and International Junior stages of the Player Pathway.
You can learn more about this course, and how to apply, by visiting the page below:
Targeted performance content delivered face to face and virtually throughout the year.
Below you can find our 2023 Performance Coach Education and Development Calendar to see what's coming up:
Coach's Eye workshops
These bespoke workshops are held at key tournaments both domestically and internationally across all junior age groups. They will challenge coaches to understand what they are noticing in matches, with these observations shared with the coaches of the players they are watching. We will aim to provide insights from as many experienced coaches as possible during the day to give coaches a deeper understanding of the stage of the pathway they are observing.
Performance Coaches Institute
The Performance Coaches Institute is an online platform of learning specifically designed and tailored for performance coaches. This innovative area allows coaches to learn remotely by completing online modules that link back to the 6 Performance Coaching Principles. The principles drive the content we develop and produce on the Institute. You can access the Performance Coaches Institute if you are a level 4 or 5 Accredited+ coach.
You can sign up to the Performance Coaching Principle Modules 2 and 3 below:
The principles you'll learn about in the above modules drive the content we develop and produce on the Institute. You can access the Performance Coaches Institute below if you're a level 4 or 5 Accredited+ coach.
We run specific Performance Coach Webinar Wednesdays, as well as additional sessions, with UK-based and international experts, offering coaches an opportunity to listen-in live and post questions in the comments section of the platform to add to the conversation.
To find out when these webinars are taking place, head to our coach webinars page below and view the 2023 calendar:
These virtual sessions provide performance coaches with the opportunity to come together online and participate in a structured and themed discussion around a number of performance tennis topics. This will allow the participants to network, as well as benefit from the shared skills, knowledge and experience of the group, on one specific topic – without having to be in the same room.
A joint strategy with the Coach Development and Support team, LTA Coach Mentoring helps coaches achieve their personal, professional, and career goals. It aims to offer bespoke and more tailored professional development, going above and beyond 'off-the-shelf’ CPD opportunities. Mentoring is open to all levels of LTA Accredited coaches and is a chance for coaches to reflect on where they are now, set personalised development goals for the future, and work alongside one of 54 trained industry experts to help them achieve these goals.
For more information, head to our LTA coach mentoring page below:
The Performance Coach Reps were put together in March 2021 as a channel for coaches to voice their thoughts and opinions in and around performance coaching in the UK. They are a contact for coaches who will listen to the collective views of others and communicate these to the LTA on a quarterly basis.
We have a team of 10 reps on board and below you can find the coaches that make up the group.
- Adam Wharf - The Shrewsbury Club
- Anna Britton - Riverside Chiswick
- Ben Roberts-Law - Gosling Tennis Centre
- Candy Harrop - Head Coach at David Lloyd Southampton
- Craig Allen - Kent Lead County Coach & Coach to Alfie Hewett
- Graeme Adams - Stratford on Avon TC
- James Pankhurst - Bath University
- Martyn Bray - Performance Coach, Bristol
- Simone Marcantonio - Bolton Arena
- Steve Whelan - DL Hatfield
- Stuart Wilkinson - Middlesex Performance Coach
Performance programmes will now have an opportunity to recruit an apprentice performance coach. The apprentice coach will gain on-court experience and support from the programme, alongside gaining qualifications, additional training and experience opportunities delivered by the LTA.
If you're in a performance programme and interested in delivering a performance coach apprenticeship programme, then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.