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.

2019/20 Course dates & venue

Please see below the 2019/20 course module dates - modules will be held at a variety of venues:

2019/2020 Course

Module Date Venue
1 10-12 October 2019 Nottingham Tennis Centre
2 12-14 November 2019 Bromley Tennis Centre
3 17-19 December 2019

White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Oxfordshire

4 23-26 January 2020 Tarbes, France
5 25-27 February 2020 Bromley Tennis Centre
6 31 March - 2 April 2020 White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Oxfordshire
7 5-7 May 2020 Nottingham Tennis Centre
8 8-10 June 2020 Oxstalls Sports Park, Gloucester
9 20-22 July 2020 Oxstalls Sports Park, Gloucester

* Dates subject to change

N.B. You must be available to attend all of the course dates

Course structure

  • Eight modules of three days
  • One module of three days 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 ex-professional tennis players currently coaching in performance tennis). 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
  • Attendance at an international junior event - details will be communicated with candidates 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 a range of expert presenters across coaching, sports science and medicine.

How to apply

To apply for the 2019/2020 SPC course, please download the application form below and submit to performancecoachsupport@lta.org.uk by Friday 31st May. Applications recieved after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be notified if they have been successful by the end of June.

 If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at performancecoachsupport@lta.org.uk


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