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

All LTA Youth training will be delivered in COVID-19 secure venues. Please refer to the FAQs further down this page for guidance relating to COVID-19.

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)

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 throughout the year. We would recommend you keep checking the LTA course search page.

What if I can't find a suitable date for the practical training? What if I can't find a suitable date for the practical training? addremove

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

What should I do if I live in an area in Britain where there are still local lockdowns or local restrictions in place? What should I do if I live in an area in Britain where there are still local lockdowns or local restrictions in place? addremove

It is your responsibility to know what the restrictions are where you live and abide by these restrictions. LTA are tracking restrictions registered with the Government and keeping the COVID-19 information page updated with these details. If training is due to take place at a location which goes into lockdown or implements restrictions which affect the ability to continue with the training, the session will be postponed and re-arranged once restrictions are lifted, or moved to another location.

Will the LTA be asking coaches to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to training? Will the LTA be asking coaches to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to training? addremove

The LTA will not be asking coaches to complete anything further to the normal booking form, unless the venue where training is taking place has additional measures in place as part of their risk assessment. Coaches should be following the Track and Trace guidelines to keep everyone safe:

  • Before leaving home to attend training, all participants should undergo a self-assessment symptom check for any COVID-19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website
  • If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and not attend training, following NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation
  • If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others
  • If you have recently travelled from a country not on the Government’s self-isolation exempt list and are required to self-isolate, you should remain at home and not attend training; travel guidelines can be found here
  • If you do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, but are ill in any other way, it is preferable that as a precaution, you rebook onto another training session in the future, with sufficient time to recover.

Can I still attend training if I am classed as high risk? Can I still attend training if I am classed as high risk? addremove

The LTA will not stop anyone attending training due to being high or moderate risk. Training sessions will have social distancing measures in place and will follow Government recommendations, but you should also take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. Government guidance is available here.

Do I have to wear a facemask in the venue or during training? Do I have to wear a facemask in the venue or during training? addremove

It is not a requirement to wear a facemask in leisure centres or sports venues however if you wish to do so that is fine. LTA will implement measures in line with Government guidelines to ensure social distancing is maintained and we ask coaches at training sessions to adhere to the guidelines provided by staff to keep everyone safe.

Will changing rooms be available at the venues? Will changing rooms be available at the venues? addremove

Coaches should arrive at the venue ready to participate in the training. Even if the changing facilities at the venue are open use of these should be avoided before and after training.

What will I need to bring with me? What will I need to bring with me? addremove

Coaches will need to bring their own racket. Due to the additional hygiene measures, LTA will not be supplying any food or drink. Coaches should bring their own water and snacks to sustain them for the duration of the training as well as hand sanitiser.