LTA Youth: A fresh approach to tennis coaching for children aged 4 to 18

UPDATE: LTA Youth practical training

From 5th November 2020:

  • LTA Youth practical training will be delivered in an interactive webinar format.
  • All courses will continue to run in line with the dates and times advertised on LTA Course Search, unless communicated otherwise.
  • Coaches who have booked onto a course will receive an email containing the webinar details in advance of the training day.
  • Spaces are still available so book your place today!

What is it?

Building on the success of Tennis for Kids, LTA Youth is a fresh, modern and comprehensive coaching programme for children aged 4 - 18 years. Coaches will be able to access a suite of videos and session plans for all stages of player development with world class content.

Why has it been developed?

LTA Youth will help make tennis more relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable for more children. We know that the younger a child picks up a tennis racket, the more likely they are to continue to play throughout their lives. Sessions need to be fun, dynamic and provide children with a sense of progression.

How will it work?

There are many qualities to LTA Youth including a ‘player centred approach’ and ‘skill based development’. All content is underpinned by a comprehensive competency framework and guiding principles. By using a game based play with appropriate challenges and regular competition, LTA Youth will help retain more players as they progress through the stages.

Becoming an LTA Youth coach

Due to Covid-19, the training format has now changed into a blended learning approach. Any coaches that did not complete training between January – March 2020 will need to do as follows.

Complete the online training course (module 1):

  • If you did not attend one of the LTA Youth coach training days then you must complete this online training as a pre requisite to the practical
  • If you attended a practical LTA Youth coach training day in March (prior to lockdown) you do not have to complete this course. However, you are very welcome to use this as a refresher

Complete practical training (module 2):

  • If you did not attend one of the LTA Youth coach training days then you must complete this practical training as well as the online training (module 1)
  • Once you have completed both the online and the practical courses you will be LTA Youth trained, with access to upload content to ClubSpark

Book onto LTA Youth online training (module 1)

Book onto LTA Youth practical training* (module 2) 

*to be delivered in an interactive webinar format from 5th November 2020.

FAQs

Which coaches can complete the LTA Youth training? Which coaches can complete the LTA Youth training? addremove

All coaches with a tennis coaching qualification are welcome to complete the training. We would like as many coaches as possible to understand the programme and its benefits.

Who can deliver LTA Youth? Who can deliver LTA Youth? addremove

Level 2 - 5 Accredited and Accredited+ coaches will be able to deliver LTA Youth.

Level 1 Accredited coaches will be able to assist.

Coaches should ensure they are adhering to the insurance guidelines and refer to our FAQs for further information.

Will all coaches need to attend training to deliver LTA Youth? Will all coaches need to attend training to deliver LTA Youth? addremove

Yes, coaches will need to complete both the online and practical training before they can start delivering the programme.

What if I can't attend any training this time round? What if I can't attend any training this time round? addremove

Further training opportunities will be made available to complete the training. We would recommend you keep checking the LTA course search page.