LTA Youth Tennis Leaders

A girl wearing a blue t-shirt with Team Leader printed on the back throws a foam ball to a young boy wearing red and holding a tennis racket

LTA Youth Tennis Leaders is our exciting leadership programme for young people aged 11 to 18. The programme provides young people, whatever their tennis ability, with the opportunity to gain invaluable leadership skills both on and off court.

All course materials and resources are provided free of charge, and the content can be delivered by any LTA Accredited+ Coach or Secondary School PE teacher. 

Preview course materials

What is a tennis leader?

Tennis leaders support coaches, volunteers and teachers to deliver tennis sessions on court, and support the running of a venue or event. They are a role model to younger players, members and school children, and inspire others to play. Off-court, they help volunteers, teachers and club management committees to make sure tennis is relevant, accessible, rewarding and enjoyable.

The programme is an excellent way of helping young people into leadership opportunities across tennis, sport and beyond, whatever their interests.

Find out about the programme from tennis leaders

Becoming a tennis leader

Tennis Leaders is suitable for juniors whatever their relationship with tennis – from those brand new to the sport through to those playing regularly.

If you are aged 11 to 18, speak to your sports co-ordinator, teacher or coach in your club or school to get involved. You will gain invaluable skills and experience that you can use throughout your life – whether in tennis or sport, or outside it. Upon completion of the course you will receive:

  • A branded LTA Youth Tennis Leaders t-shirt
  • A certificate for each module you complete
  • A workbook to refer back to

You can register your details to get involved in further opportunities and receive communications.

What are the benefits to coaches and PE teachers?

Tennis Leaders provide coaches and PE teachers with:

  • An extra pairs of hands in delivering their tennis programme
  • Fantastic role models for younger members or pupils to look up to
  • Help to attract more young people to participate in tennis
  • A fun and rewarding personal development opportunity. The delivery skills differ slightly from other sports

Find out more about the benefits for coaches and teachers:

What are the benefits to young people?

Young people who have completed a Tennis Leaders course have said the benefits go beyond tennis into other sports and life skills, and many have gone on to enjoy careers in tennis or sport. Parents have fed back that their teenage children have grown in confidence, made friends, found their voice, discovered a love of helping others to learn and continued to enjoy membership at a tennis club because of their newfound purpose and challenge. The benefits are huge! 

What are the learning modules?

Core module

Hours

(approx.)

Content for leaders

On court/ classroom

Introduction to Leading Tennis

3

Communication and organisation through a series of activities: warm up; body and ball; racket and ball; game

On court

 

Elective learning modules 

Hours

(approx.)

Content for leaders

On court/ classroom

Helping at a Competition

1

How a point is won; basic rules; how to be a confident scorer for a red tennis match.

On court

Helping at a Coaching Session 

1

The role of a leader in a coaching session; helping with demonstrations; ball feeding skills.

On court

Helping at a Venue

1

Different types of venues and how they are managed; activities and roles in a venue; how a leader can help.

Classroom

Helping at a School

1

Using organisation and communication skills to help with large group activities in school.

Classroom

To become a tennis leader, pupils need to complete a minimum of the core and one elective learning module. Timings are for guidance and modules may take longer depending on your group and what you wish to cover.

The programme is accredited by SLQ Sports Leaders, who have worked with the LTA to ensure the core leadership skills of communication, self-belief, teamwork, self-management and problem solving are embedded throughout the learning.