Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice for coaches

28/05/2020

Please refer to this page regularly for the latest advice and guidance on dealing with Covid-19.

The information on this page has been produced based on the latest information available to us and in consultation with both Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and follows our continued dialogue with Government.

The guidance on this page is intended to be read in conjunction with the information on the LTA’s main coronavirus (Covid-19) page which provides links to the latest Government and NHS advice. 

Playing Tennis During Lockdown

Wales

All tennis facilities and courts should currently remain closed, and tennis coaching and activity should remain on hold.

Scotland - Return to Restricted Play

Tennis activity can resume in Scotland on a resticted basis from Friday 29 May, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and the announcement from the First Minister on Thursday 28 May

The LTA and Tennis Scotland have developed a set of practical guidelines for tennis venues, coaches and players to follow so that tennis can be played in Scotland in a way consistent with the route map for moving out of lockdown, where the local environment allows.  The full guidelines guidelines can be downloaded below:

England - Return to Restricted Play

Based on our discussions with Government and following the adjustment of lockdown restrictions, the LTA has developed a set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players to follow so that tennis can be played in England during lockdown, where the local environment allows. 

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations so that tennis activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

Coaches are also advised to refer to the guidelines for venues and players, which can both be accessed from lta.org.uk/coronavirus, as well as the further guidance published by the Government on the phased return of sport:

Government support for self-employed Government support for self-employed addremove

Following the Chancellor’s statement on Thursday (26 March) in relation to providing support for the self-employed, further details will be added to this page outlining what this means for those involved in tennis in Britain as further details are released.

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/

COVID-19 Support Packages COVID-19 Support Packages addremove

We have created a bespoke web page which gives an overview of all our packages of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain who have been severely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

These measures have been developed by the LTA in consultation with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and will make additional support available to tennis venues, coaches, officials and players in recognition of the vital contribution these groups all make to tennis. Our goal in providing them is to help tennis in Britain emerge from this period in as strong and healthy a position as possible, and that the sport is able to resume its unique role in keeping the nation active as soon as conditions allow.

You can read our announcement of these support measures here.

Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses addremove

The Government has published information on financial support packages including tax payments deferral for the self-employed, advice for businesses, support for your employees and information on changes to planning and regulations.

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

The latest guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the Coronavirus, COVID-19 is available via the Government web pages 

LTA Programmes and Initiatives LTA Programmes and Initiatives addremove

The National Tennis Centre is open on a controlled basis for elite player training only, and all other activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses.  We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 28 June 2020.

All activity relating specifically to the Big Tennis Weekends, Tennis for Kids (see below for more information) and Team Challenge is on hold until further notice.  

Tennis for Kids Delivery (LTA Youth) Tennis for Kids Delivery (LTA Youth) addremove

Following on from the communication that LTA Youth training days are postponed until further notice, all activity relating to Tennis for Kids will also be placed on hold.

LTA will shortly be closing the Tennis for Kids course search finder and implementing measures on ClubSpark to avoid new courses being uploaded for the time being. The fulfilment of coach and participant packs will also be postponed.

Following the Government’s statement on Monday to keep social gatherings to a minimum and avoid unnecessary travel, LTA provides the following recommendations to coaches: 

  • Avoid uploading any new Tennis for Kids courses
  • Cancel any courses that have 0 bookings
  • Take immediate steps to postpone or cancel courses due to start in the next few months and which have bookings, offering a refund to parents (£25) if cancelled
  • For any courses that are part way through, postpone or cancel the remaining sessions, offering a partial refund to parents (dependent on the number of sessions remaining). Please note that partial refund for Tennis for Kids cannot be actioned through ClubSpark so will need to be organised independently. 
  • For courses starting later in the year, change the status from ‘Public’ or ‘Direct Link Only’ to ‘Hidden’

The process to change the dates of your course in ClubSpark is outlined here .  

You can find guidance here on how to action a refund in Clubspark-How-To-Refund-A-Booking.

To support your communication to parents, LTA has developed an email template that can be accessed here – template.

Insurance Cover Insurance Cover addremove

The LTA Insurance Centre provides full details of the Accredited Coaches insurance cover, along with FAQs and a dedicated ‘contact us’ function if you have any specific questions.

http://www.lta-insurance-centre.com/

HMRC Helpline HMRC Helpline addremove

For the self-employed  affected by this current situation HMRC has set up a help line specifically for the self-employed and businesses who will be effected. They can give you advice on your tax and any benefits you can claim for

Helpline: 0800 0159 559

Coach Accreditation Members and Membership Coach Accreditation Members and Membership addremove

We have agreed a period of leniency for all LTA Accredited Coaches which will see a temporary extension to their Accreditation grace period and insurance policies.

If your Coach Accredition has recently expired or is due to expire in the coming months we will be extending your accreditation grace period until 31st July, this will provide temporary relief of all pre-requisites including DBS, safeguarding and first aid training and CPD credits. During this period coaches who are in their grace period will now be covered by the insurance policies. Those coaches affected will receive an email with more information.

Coaches not already part of Coach Accreditation will need to meet requirements as normal. It may therefore not be possible for new coaches to join the Coach Accreditation during this period, due to an inability to complete training requirements.

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We've made LTA online Continuing Professional Development courses free to access.

LTA Delivered Coach Education & Development LTA Delivered Coach Education & Development addremove

  • Participation: In addition to LTA Youth CPD days, all LTA owned and delivered CPD are all postponed (including coach networking events) until further notice. Online will continue to be available.
  • Performance: LTA County workshops (May) &  Awareness of standards days are postponed until further notice

Additional Queries Additional Queries addremove

If you have any further questions, the LTA Services Team are working remotely and can be contacted via info@lta.org.uk.

For the latest  advice for clubs and venues click here.

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https://www.lta.org.uk/Members-Area/home/Personal-Details/

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.