Safeguarding in tennis for coaches

National Coaching Week

Safeguarding Standards for Coaches working in LTA Registered Venues

Updated July 2021

In 2019 it became mandatory for all Level 3-5 qualified coaches operating at LTA registered venues to be LTA Accredited.

The requirement for 2021-2022 LTA registration was to be that all Level 2 and above coaches working at LTA registered venues must be LTA Accredited and that any activity carried out by Level 1 coaching assistants, tennis activators and tennis leaders should be in line with LTA deployment guidelines.

The LTA has reviewed this requirement in light of the various lockdowns and periods of restricted activity due to COVID-19. This coupled with challenges faced by coaches to complete required training for Accreditation has resulted in the decision being taken to delay the requirement for Level 2 coaches to become LTA Accredited until 2022.

The coaching workforce plays a key role in keeping those involved in our sport safe, and are often the front line of tennis delivery. The implementation of safeguarding standards for coaches is a crucial next step following the implementation of venue safeguarding standards in 2018 and we encourage all Level 2 coaches to obtain their LTA Accreditation now, ahead of it becoming a mandatory requirement in 2022.

By holding valid membership of LTA Coach Accreditation, coaches will have completed the appropriate safeguarding training, first aid training and undergone Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks if working with children. If working in Scotland they are required to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (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 3-5 coach is conducted by an individual who is trained in safeguarding and has the appropriate qualifications, and that Level 1 and 2 coaching assistants, tennis activators and tennis leaders are operating in line with LTA deployment guidelines.

The coaching workforce plays a key role in keeping those involved in our sport safe, and are often the front line of tennis delivery. The implementation of safeguarding standards for coaches is therefore a crucial next step following the implementation of the venue standards in 2018.

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 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).