Level 4 - Senior Performance Tennis Coach Qualification

January 2021: Due to the ever evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent delay in delivery of the current 2 courses, the next SPC course is due to run in early 2022. Applications for this course will likely open in autumn 2021. We will continue to update the website with any further developments.


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 performance coaching principles 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.

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 22 mini assignments throughout the duration of the course to prove they meet the competencies of being an LTA SPC coach. These assignments will consist of live practical coaching, coaching videos, written tasks and online quizzes.


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*.

* If you are not working with players of the speicifed level, please do not let this deter you from applying for the course.

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 recieve a notification when applications open for the next course, please fill in the Expression of Interest form at the top of this page.

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