LTA Coach Mentoring - coming soon

LTA Mentoring

The new LTA Coach Mentoring aims to tap into the vast experience within our tennis workforce (and other relevant industries) to give bespoke professional development opportunities to LTA Accredited coaches.
In its pilot year, this initiative will train a cohort of experts as mentors, with the aim of developing level 4 and 5 coaches in a ‘Head Coach’ role capacity, working in grass roots and development coaching, as mentees.*

What is it?

LTA Coach Mentoring has two main components:

  • Firstly, it will recruit and engage a limited number of leading experts (across a range of specialist subject matters), and provide training to those experts to develop robust mentoring skills.
  • Secondly, it will match interested mentees (Level 4 and 5 Accredited Coaches in Head Coach positions) to the trained mentors, to help maximise their impact on Tennis for Britain.

Why has it been developed?

LTA Coach Mentoring is a key part of the Coach Development and Support strategy, supporting the LTA’s vision “Tennis Opened Up” and its mission to make tennis Relevant, Accessible, Welcoming, and Enjoyable. It aims to offer more bespoke and meaningful professional development opportunities to LTA Accredited coaches, particularly at the higher level of qualification and experience in the industry. 

When will it launch?

Applications to become a mentor on the 2020 pilot have now closed. For mentees, the LTA Coach Mentoring will be open in Summer 2020, there will be more information on this launch coming soon through the coach newsletter and other relevant channels*

*the performance strand of LTA Coach Mentoring uses the same training and delivery framework, although prospective mentees and mentors will be contacted through the performance pathway and teams.

Mentor applications are now closed. 

For more information and details please contact Coach Development and Support at coachingsupport@lta.org.uk.

Successful applicants will receive significant investment, by undertaking a European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Qualification, funded by the LTA. With ongoing CPD and support throughout the year. The ultimate aim of the grass roots and development arm of LTA Mentoring will be to further grow tennis participation.

Why become a Mentor? Why become a Mentor? addremove

This is a fantastic opportunity to directly contribute to tennis in Britain, sharing your knowledge and experience, while continuing your own professional development.

As part of the LTA Coach Mentoring, successful applicants will undertake a European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Qualification, funded by the LTA. They will also have access to ongoing CPD and support throughout the year.

Further benefits of being an LTA Coach Mentor include:

  • Obtaining personal satisfaction from making a difference to the development of another person(s)
  • Enhancing your people skills in areas such as leadership, interpersonal skills and communication
  • Increasing your professional networks within the sports industry
  • Hearing fresh perspectives from the next generation of leaders within our sport
  • Increasing your profile amougst the sport coaching industry
  • Being a part of a specialist mentoring group that share and network regularly and with regular support and contact from the LTA.

What is expected of a Mentor? What is expected of a Mentor? addremove

Pre-programme:

  • Be willing to apply and provide evidence to the LTA, as to your suitability for the mentoring programme, including specifying your areas of expertise, your outstanding contribution to tennis in Britain, and overall profile.
  • Be available for a significant commitment to your own professional development, including attendance for the full duration of Mentor training. The mentor training includes three days of contact time at the National Tennis Centre (plus one virtual day split over two days). The duration of contact time is over eight weeks, with the submission of a robust coursework programme taking place over 16+ weeks.
  • Able to select two appropriate mentees for the duration of the training in order to fulfil coursework requirements.
  • In a position to commit to and submit robust course works, to gain the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accreditation and complete the qualification by October 2020.

During the programme:

  • Available and willing to deliver one-to-one mentoring sessions throughout 2020 (face-to-face and/or remote depending on needs of mentee and subject matter).
  • Open to receiving requests across the year from the LTA and/or directly from prospective mentees looking to engage a mentor.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of three meetings per mentee (two hours each, six hours total), including an initial session, mid-point session, and review sessions across a period of months (duration and frequency to be arranged with mentee).
  • Able and willing to review the mentees needs analysis and audit as part of the initial meeting to set goals and targets.
  • Able to submit, along with the mentee, evidence of meetings and engagement along the mentoring relationship and journey.
  • Willing to set your own transparent consultancy fees that mentees will be liable to pay in 2020, within an industry range of acceptability, as set by the LTA.
  • Able to engage and network with other mentors to share learnings and best practice.

Post programme:

  • Revisit the initial needs analysis and audit to submit results of the mentor relationship.
  • Submit and be accountable for the final submission of evidence from the mentee, to enable efficient LTA review and approval for CPD credits, whilst ensuring the integrity of the CPD credit system.
  • Engage with the broader programme of events linked to LTA mentoring, including but not limited to support events and ongoing communications from the LTA (Central, Regions and Counties).
  • Provide ongoing feedback and suggestions to improve the programme.
  • Continue to engage with LTA Coach Mentoring.

What do I need to do to become a Mentor? What do I need to do to become a Mentor? addremove

Please note applications to become a mentor have now closed for the pilot year.

  • Able to demonstrate an outstanding proven track record of success and investment in their own CPD and learning.
  • Willing to apply and provide evidence to the LTA, as to your suitability for the mentoring programme, including specifying your areas of expertise, your outstanding contribution to tennis in Britain, and overall profile.
  • Available for training in either of the two training groups (spaces allocated with availability). Note: Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, the mentoring programme will continue as planned, but will operate virtually with some adaptation to the curriculum to ensure there is no reduction in educational impact of the programme. Please note however this is under constant review at this time.
    • Group A: 6 and 7 May, 7 July 2020
    • Group B: 12 and 13 May, 9 July 2020
  • Available for a significant commitment to your own professional development, including attendance for the full duration of Mentor training.
  • Able to select two appropriate mentees for the duration of the training in order to fulfil course-work requirements.
  • In a position to commit to and submit robust course work to gain the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accreditation, and complete the qualification by October 2020 (note: subject to change, dependant on training dates).

For more information please see the Person Specification.