Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice for coaches

07/08/2020

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

England - Return to Play

Following guidance published by the Government for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches, players and officials/competitions. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

The main update to this guidance is that Government has confirmed that adult group coaching is now possible in larger groups for those coaches and venues that are COVID-19 secure, in line with published Government guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events, and for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.  

Groups of up to 15 children plus coach(es) are also possible for junior coaching, in line with guidance from Government on out of school settings. Guidance from Government also means that clubs and venues can host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity participation events such as club nights and competitions, as long as they ensure they are COVID-19 secure.

These guidelines apply to tennis on outdoor and (from 25th July) indoor courts, as well as padel, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated 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 maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines apply to England only, and have been produced to help venues, coaches and players operate in line with the Government guidance. The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full:

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:

Scotland - Return to Managed Play

Tennis activity can take place in Scotland on a restricted basis, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and subsequent updates from the First Minister as Scotland progresses with a staged approach to exiting from lockdown.

The LTA and Tennis Scotland have developed an updated 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 can be downloaded below. 

These Phase 3 guidelines were originally published on 10 July but please note the coach section of the guidance was updated on 31 July to reflect the further relaxing of measures by the Scottish Government and updated guidance from sportscotland - following discussions with the Scottish Government and sportscotland, the LTA and Tennis Scotland are delighted to confirm that from 3 August there will no longer be a limit on the number of sessions a coach is able to deliver in a day.

Please click the link below for details of the changes to our guidance, including group coaching for children.

Wales - Return to Play

Following the statement made by the First Minister on Friday 31 July, Tennis Wales and the LTA have published updated detailed guidance for venues, coaches and players, so that tennis can be played safely in Wales, where the local environment allows. The guidelines are accessible via the link below with the updates to the guidelines clearly indicated.

Please note, this update (Version 4.1 - published 7 August) introduces further changes to Covid-19 guidance, and so venues, coaches and players are all encouraged to read the updated guidance carefully, and take any necessary time to implement them.

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If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you could be eligible to receive a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

This scheme has been extended and you have the opportunity to apply for a second and final grant if your business has been adversely affected on or after 14th July 2020. Claims can be made from 17th August 2020 and you can make a claim for the second grant, even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

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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.

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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 

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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 extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 5) up to 31st August 2020.

All activity relating specifically to Big Tennis Weekends, Team Challenge and the Quorn Family Tennis Cup is on hold until further notice.  

Find out more.

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On 15th June LTA launched the new LTA Youth search finder, which includes LTA Youth Tennis for Kids.

Coaches who have completed LTA Youth Tennis for Kids training (online) can upload content to ClubSpark and deliver Tennis for Kids programmes. The distribution of participant kits and coach kits has now resumed. Coaches who completed LTA Youth training between January and March 2020 can upload content and start to deliver LTA Youth programmes.

Coaches can complete LTA Youth Tennis for Kids online training anytime in order to start delivering programmes. If you were unable to attend an LTA Youth coach training day earlier this year, to get you started we have created LTA Youth online training. This is a pre-requisite to the on-court practical training, which must also be completed before you can deliver LTA Youth programmes. We hope to resume practical training later this year and will keep you updated.

For all children’s programmes, coaches will need to ensure they are adhering to government guidelines for the number of participants allowed at group sessions and safe hygiene practises (refer to the full guidelines for updates and further support). It is recommended that the minimum age for junior programmes is 5 years old due to the difficulty of managing social distancing requirements with younger children. Visit the Coach Secure Area where you will find tips to adapt Tennis for Kids sessions in line with social distancing measures, as well as the new LTA Youth Tennis for Kids session plans.

LTA provides the following recommendations to coaches for Tennis for Kids:

  • Cancel any courses that were due to take place between March and June and if these cannot be rescheduled, offer a refund to parents
  • For any courses that will take place and have the current status of ‘Hidden’, change this to ‘Public’ or ‘Direct Link Only'
  • Update the course capacity to the limit allowed i.e. currently 5 participants plus a coach. For any courses that have more than 5 bookings, this will need to be split into 2 separate courses and participants transferred

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.

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LTA adult programmes including Tennis Xpress, Cardio Tennis and Tennis Tuesdays can now restart taking into consideration adherence to the limit of people allowed in a group and social distancing requirements. Coaches can upload content to ClubSpark, which will be promoted via the LTA’s new mobile friendly website, LTA Rally, launched 15th June. LTA are in the process of rebranding a number of these programmes and will provide more information in due course.

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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/

Coaches in their Accreditation grace period are temporarily covered by insurance policies until 31st July 2020, as part of the Accreditation relief period.

Please note, if you remain in or enter your grace period on or after 1st August 2020 you will not be covered by these insurance policies.

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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

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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 (until 31st July 2020).

If your Coach Accreditation grace period was due to end before 31st July 2020, it has been extended until this date to 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 have received an email in March 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.

Coaches who hold a first aid certification that expires on or after 16th March 2020 may qualify for an extension if they have been unable to access requalification training due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The extension will only be applied in exceptional circumstances and will extend the validity of your existing first aid certification until 30th September 2020, in line with HSE guidance.

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Online Courses

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

Independent Learning

Whilst the maximum number of credits you can earn from online courses towards your Accreditation+ remains at 8, we have launched Independent Learning as a way of supporting coaches through opening up CPD.

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. 

Find out more here.

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  • 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

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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.