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Become an LTA Youth Tennis Leader

LTA Youth leaders

Want to get into tennis coaching, develop new skills or help support your local venue? Our LTA Youth Tennis Leaders leadership programme for people aged 11 to 18, could be just for you.

It doesn’t matter if you already play tennis or not - the programme is completely free and will help you improve your coaching ability as well as building key skills across many different areas in the game. LTA Youth Tennis Leaders is the first step on a leadership programme in tennis, sport and beyond.

To find out more about the qualification and how you can get involved, talk to your coach or teacher about running a course.

What is an LTA Youth Tennis Leader?

So, what does an LTA Youth Tennis Leader do?

As a leader, you’ll support coaches, volunteers and teachers to deliver coaching sessions, holiday clubs, after school clubs, competitions, open days, off-court activities and much more. You’ll never have to run a session by yourself, but you’ll get the chance to lead some activities and get some valuable experience in coaching.

You’ll become an integral part of your venue and act as role model for others – inspiring more people to play tennis.

What are the benefits of becoming an LTA Youth Tennis Leader?

Where to start! Above all else, the programme is a fun and rewarding way to develop skills that will help you both in tennis and off-court in your daily life.

What you will get from the programme:

  • Experience to go on and complete LTA coaching qualification
  • Support applications for jobs or further education opportunities
  • Provide the first step towards a career in tennis or another sport
  • Connect you to your local community and make new friends
  • Give you valuable life skills that you can take into anything

LTA Youth Tennis Leaders can help set you up for a career in coaching, officiating or other volunteering opportunities in the future.

“I completed my Tennis Leaders course when I was 15 and was quickly asked to help at a school competition and also weekly coaching at my club. I loved the course, and it helped me a lot with my communication and organisation. I have now completed my level 1 course, building on the skills I learnt as a tennis leader. Having the opportunity to work with the coaching teams at my club has been brilliant!"

Bradley Triffitt, Wetherby Tennis Club & Knaresborough King James Tennis Club



How to get involved

The first thing you need to do if you’re interested in becoming an LTA Youth Tennis Leader is speak to a club coach or secondary school teacher who can register you on the course.

All resources for coaches and teachers are available for free – find out more about how they can get you set up on the programme here.

Once you’re all set up you’ll need to complete your introductory course, as well as one other training module and then you’re ready to get started on court. We’ll also send you a free t-shirt as well so you can look the part in all your sessions.

Here’s a run down of all the different training modules available to complete:

  • Helping at a competition
  • Helping at a coaching session
  • Helping at a venue
  • Helping at a school

Post-course completion

Once you've completed the course, your coach can fill out our Tennis Leader Course Completion Form to receive free tennis leaders certificates and t-shirts.

Information for coaches

All LTA Youth Tennis Leader resources for coaches and teachers are available for free – find out more about how they can get you set up on the programme here.

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