Level 4 – Senior Coach and Senior Performance Coach Qualifications

The LTA Senior Coach and Senior Performance Coach (SPC) qualifications (Level 4) are for coaches committed to developing their on and off court coaching skills beyond Level 3 Coach competencies.

The Senior Coach curriculum is developed to prepare candidates for lead and head coach roles and develops deeper expertise with on-court coaching frameworks. The SPC curriculum is developed to prepare candidates who will typically be working with players on the National Player Pathway. Both strands of the Senior Coach Qualification (Level 4) will share an aligned curriculum across four core training modules, with candidates then specialising through Electives in programme and business management or player development.

Senior Coach course aims and objectives

The Senior Coach qualification is aimed at coaches who strive to further develop their on-court coaching practice, as well as developing the skills needed to fulfil the role of a head coach, including leading a team of coaches, managing a programme, and running a tennis business. 

On successful completion of the Senior Coach qualification, coaches will be trained to:

  • Be highly competent on-court coaches, able to provide impactful coaching to improve players of all ages, stages, and abilities.
  • Fully understand and practically apply the Performance Coaching Principles and the key performance coaching frameworks and know how they apply in a grass roots and development framework.
  • Understand the fundamentals of personal leadership and coaching styles.
  • Gain age and gender specific knowledge of learning and skill acquisition.
  • Nurture the players holistically through creating transformative training environments putting the person before the player.
  • To be able to effectively plan the long-term development of players.
  • Run a successful coaching programme in any coaching environment.
  • Manage a team of coaches and provide internal coach development opportunities.
  • Implement more expert coaching behaviours that drive inclusive and welcoming environments for tennis participants.

Senior Performance Coach (SPC) course aims and objectives

The Senior Performance Coach qualification is aimed at coaches who have genuine aspirations to progress in performance coaching and wish to gain the required competencies and knowledge to develop international level 14 & under junior players. The SPC will train and develop a coaching workforce who are committed to the performance coaching journey and capable of delivering the Performance Coaching Principles.

On successful completion of the Senior Performance Coach qualification, coaches will be trained to:

  • Be highly competent on-court coaches, able to provide impactful coaching to improve players of all ages, stages, and abilities.
  • Fully understand the aspirations of the Performance Coaching Principles and the Player Pathway.
  • To be able to apply the Performance Coaching Principles specific to the age, stage and gender of players.
  • To be able to effectively plan the long-term development of a player based around their specific strengths.
  • Support the physical development of players including prevention and management of injuries.
  • To be an effective teacher, trainer, and match-play coach using different modes of training in singles and doubles.
  • To understand the fundamentals of personal leadership and coaching styles.
  • Gain age and gender specific knowledge of learning and skill acquisition.
  • Nurture the players holistically through creating transformative training environments putting the person before the player.
  • Have a clear awareness of 14 and under world junior standards.

Course duration

Senior Coach

  • Four modules of three days for core training 
  • Virtual session prior to each core module
  • Four days of electives (from a list of Senior Coach level approved CPD options)

Senior Performance Coach

  • Four modules of three days for core training 
  • Virtual session prior to each core module
  • 3 x 2 days of intensive performance modules, plus a three-day awareness of standards tournament experience visit

Course Structure 

The detailed qualification learning outcomes and curriculum is provided upon acceptance on either strand of the course.

Course pre-requisites

  • Hold either the Level 3 Coach qualification, LTA Club Coach qualification, DCA or equivalent.
  • Be an Accredited+ coach for the duration of the course.
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 5.1 (4.1 for SPC) or better or successfully complete a Senior Coach Readiness Test (Senior Coach applicants with a historical play test grade 2 will not need to do the Senior Coach Readiness Test).
  • Appropriate coaching experience to enable you to progress through a curriculum.
  • A track record of working in a performance environment with current access to a minimum of three players who compete in Grade 2 tournaments or above.*

*SPC applicants only

Please note for the SPC, priority will be given to coaches who:

  • Are currently working and living in the UK.
  • Need the qualification in order to meet Player Pathway programme requirements.
  • Have been Level 3 qualified for 3+ years.
  • Are currently coaching players competing in Grade 2 tournaments or above.

Course dates

Senior Coach

Venue: Nottingham Tennis Centre**

Module 1 (core)

8 – 10 February 2022

Module 2 (core)

29 – 31 March 2022

Module 3 (core)

3 – 5 May 2022

Module 4 (core)

14 – 16 June 2022

Senior Performance Coach

Venue: Split between Nottingham Tennis Centre and National Tennis Centre**

Module 1 (core)

1 – 3 February 2022

Module 2 (core)

1 – 3 March 2022

Awareness of Standards

TBC

Module 3 (core)

10 – 12 May 2022

Module 4 (core)

21 – 23 June 2022

Module 5

2 – 3 August 2022

Module 6

13 – 14 September 2022

Module 7

11 – 12 October 2022

**Venue subject to change

Cost of the course

The cost of the core and elective modules combined is £1,500.

How to apply

There are limited spaces on the Senior Coach Qualifications and therefore a place on the course is accessed by application. Please complete the form on this link.

Applications close on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Reasonable adjustments are available and encompass any arrangements made prior to the delivery of a qualification, course, or workshop to reduce the effect of a permanent, long-term or temporary disability, a learning difficulty, long term illness or permanent disability that places a learner at a substantial disadvantage. Reasonable adjustments can be communicated and detailed on your application form.