Level 4 - Senior Performance Tennis Coach Qualification

Course Purpose

The Senior Performance Coach (SPC) qualification is for coaches who 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 capable of delivering the LTA Performance Strategy.

SPC Course Objectives

On successful completion of the Senior Performance Coach Qualification, coaches will have the knowledge and competencies to:

  • Fully understand the aspirations of the LTA Performance Strategy and the Player Pathway.
  • To be able to apply the player development philosophy specific to the age stage and gender of the players.
  • To be able to effectively plan the long term development of a player based around their specific strengths.
  • Support the physical development 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 an 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.

2018/19 Course dates & venue

Please see below the 2018/19 course module dates - all modules will be held at Loughborough University (Dan Maskell Tennis Centre) unless otherwise specified: 

Course 1

Course 2

Module Date Module Date
1 9 - 11 September 2018 1 13-15 December 2018
2 11-13 November 2018 2 16-18 January 2019 (Teen Tennis, Bolton)
3 17-19 December 2018 3 7-9 February 2019
4 24-27 January 2019 (Tarbes, France) 4 17-19 March 2019
5 14-16 February 2019 5 22-24 April 2019
6 10-12 March 2019 6 19-21 May 2019
7 3-5 April 2019 7 28-30 June 2019
8 15-17 May 2019 8 28-30 July 2019
9 25-27 June 2019 9 2-4 September 2019 (Nottingham)

N.B. You must be available for all of the above dates.

Course structure

  • Eight modules of three days
  • One trip to an international junior event
  • Set of assignments in between modules
  • Continuous assessment


Coaches will have to complete and pass a number of assignments throughout the course to prove they meet the competencies of being an LTA SPC coach.


This course is a continuous assessment based course. More information on course content and assignments will be given once successfully enrolled onto the course and during module 1. 

Course pre-requisites

Hold either the LTA Level 3 qualification, Performance Coach qualification, Club Coach qualification, DCA or a non LTA qualification awarded with NVQ level 2 coaching teaching and instructing tennis.

  • Be an Accredited+ coach.
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 4.1 or better, or hold a play test grade 3, or playing level supported through written confirmation by a member of the LTA Regional/ National Performance team.
  • Be working with a player between the ages of 10-14 years who is part of the County, Regional, or National Age Group Programme.
  • OR meet the criteria for the Pathway Coach Fast Track Programme. For more information, please see here or contact the Head of Performance Coach Education at Performancecoachsupport@lta.org.uk

Cost of the course

The full cost of the course is £1,200.

This includes:

  • Attendance at each day of the course, indoors at Loughborough University
  • Attendance at an international junior event - details will be communicated with candiates once enrolled
  • Marking of assignments, between modules

Places available

  • The SPC accepts a maximum of 16 candidates per course.


  • There will be a core of two LTA performance tutors throughout the course plus several guest tutors from the LTA performance coaching and sports science team.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018/2019 course have now closed. To be notified when applications for the next course are open, please submit your details at the top of the page to be added to the expression of interest list.

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