Independent Learning

What is it?

Independent learning allows coaches to source quality and relevant CPD that is based on their needs and interests, and be awarded CPD credits upon successful reflection of learning for activities completed in the last 12 months. This will include a flexible range of formal and informal learning and can be outside of the core LTA offering. 

What learning is accepted?

There are two forms of independent learning, formal and informal.

Formal: Where a coach has booked onto and taken part in a structured learning course/activity with defined learning outcomes (e.g. online eLearning and face to face workshops). Coaches can submit a reflection on their formal learning, along with a certificate of attendance. Subject to a satisfactory reflection, a coach will be awarded 1 CPD credit for each hour of CPD attended. E.g. A two hour online course can be submitted for two credits. 

Informal: Where a coach has taken part in unstructured learning practice (e.g. a video lecture on ITF iCoach, a technical book relevant to coaching, a peer-reviewed research article). Subject to satisfactory reflection, a coach will be awarded one CPD credit per informal CPD activity. E.g. Watching a two hour technical coaching video. You will receive one CPD credit for the reflection of that activity and how it will impact your coaching practice. 

Your learning will be logged in the LTA database as 'Independent Learning'.

Examples of formal and informal learning formats

Formal Study - one CPD Credit per hour of learning undertaken

  • Face to face workshops (relevant non-LTA courses, conferences or CPD events)
  • Online courses (that include assessment/checks for learning)
  • Degree programmes (relevant undergraduate or postgraduate study)

Informal Study - one CPD credit per satisfactory reflection of learning

  • Webinars (in a relevant subject matter)
  • Videoed lectures and presentations (from leading experts)
  • Technical books (relevant to coaching i.e. not including autobiographies)
  • Peer-reviewed research article (i.e. not including magazines)
  • Sports coaching podcasts (i.e. educational rather than entertainment)

How do I apply?

You can apply through this Independent Learning form. Please reflect on the learning fully and give all correct details to avoid any delays in application.

Do you have any suggestions for Independent Learning I can engage with?

Please find a list of recommendations for content and resources for you to explore for you to explore as part of your Independent Learning. These are some of the ‘editors picks’ by the LTA Coach Development and Support team, and are not exhaustive nor an endorsement of any or all opportunities. The responsibility is with the coach to source relevant and quality learning based on their needs and interests.

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  •  ITF Academy Tennis specific online courses from the International Tennis Federation. With many courses open up for free during this period of time.

  •  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 Mind, 1st4Sport Learning and funded by Sport England and 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. UK Coaching has also developed an Inclusive Activity Programme in partnership with Activity Alliance (available as an interactive online classroom), and Coaching People with a Visual Impairment with British Blind Sport.

  • 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.

  • Future LearnOnline courses with ‘experts from world-leading universities and organisations’.

  • A variety of reputable charities, including National Autistic Society (Autism, sport and physical activity), Youth Sport Trust (All about Autism, All about Me), and Acitvity Alliance (Delivering an excellent service for disabled customers).
  • There may be a variety of courses from other reputable tennis coach training providers across the UK and Internationally. Please visit their websites for specific courses they offer. These will be valid and accepted.

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  • 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.

  • Coyle, D. (2009). The talent code: Unlocking the secret of skill in maths, art, music, sport, and just about everything else. Random House.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

Google scholar has an extensive library of academic books to search and explore

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Google scholar has an extensive library of peer-reviewed research articles to search and explore

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  • The LTA have been, and are continuing to host a series of webinar events for you to book onto and attend. If you have attended any of these you can reflect on your learning and gain credit. If not, please look at the upcoming events and book on.

  • UK Coaching run their Time2Learn webinars from a host of sports coaches and experts.

  • Tennis Ireland National Conference 2020 is being held as an online webinar, and includes key note speeches from Dr. Mark Kovacs, Louis Cater, Simon Wheatley, Ruben Neyens and more. Book here.
  • WTCA Virtual Conference 2020 - "Coaching Men's and Women's Tennis"

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