Safeguarding in tennis for coaches

National Coaching Week

Safeguarding Standards for Coaches working in LTA Registered Venues Updated information due to Covid-19

As a result of the suspension of tennis activity the LTA is postponing the requirement, due to come into effect from October this year, that all L2 coaches operating at LTA registered venues need to be accredited. This is in recognition of the significant difficulties new coaches, wanting to join the accreditation scheme face in obtaining the pre-requisite in particular DBS and face to face safeguarding and first aid training as a result of the current situation. It is important to state the this standard is a key element of our continued work to help make our sport safer for children and vulnerable adults and as such, this requirement will now come into effect from the registration window in 2021.

In order to support and maintain the excellent work carried out over the past two years by venues and coaches, the requirement for coaches at L3-5 operating at registered venues to be accredited, and the need for venues to maintain the five venue safeguarding standards remains unchanged. Venues and coaches should ensure they maintain their accreditation and venue safeguarding standards this year.

Coaches have a shared responsibility with everyone else involved in tennis to promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk. 

We should all ensure those who are at risk are safeguarded from abuse and enjoy their tennis experience. 

Please see below further information on the new safeguarding standards at LTA Registered Venues, support and guidance, and how to report a concern. 

Coaches play a key role in keeping those involved in tennis safe and are often the front line of delivery. The implementation of standards for coaches is therefore a crucial next step following introducing venue standards in 2018.

In holding LTA Accredited status it means coaches will have completed the appropriate safeguarding and first aid training and undergone DBS checks. Coaches working in Scotland are required to be a member of the PVG scheme. This will provide greater clarity to parents and players when selecting a coach. Players that choose an LTA registered venue will know that the activity delivered by a Level 2-5 coach is conducted by an individual who is trained in safeguarding, has the appropriate qualifications and is insured.

We will also be releasing guidelines for venues on deploying LTA Level 1 Coaching Assistants and Activators. Mandatory accreditation will also apply to those coaches holding non-LTA qualifications delivering tennis sessions on their own. 

Support and Guidance

The LTA will be conducting safeguarding support visits at venues on an ongoing basis to support Registered Venues and ensure safeguarding standards are being maintained. Failure to comply with the standards can lead to the withdrawal of a venue’s registration and associated benefits.

Please note that coaches without a recognised coaching qualification cannot join LTA Coach Accreditation and therefore would not be able to deliver tennis sessions independently in registered venues. If they are found to be doing so they would be in breach of LTA Safeguarding Standards which could impact venues’ registration benefits.

It is the coaches’ responsibility to purchase and maintain their LTA Coach Accreditation.

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Reporting a concern

If you have concerns, or wish to report anything, you can use our online form below or call the LTA on 020 8487 7000 (view operating hours). For further enquiries please email the Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@lta.org.uk.

If you'd like to speak to someone outside office hours, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999).