Level 5 - Master Tennis Club Coach Qualification

August 2021: In light of the current circumstances we have decided to put the MCC on hold until further notice. We will use this as an opportunity to review the current course in line with other qualifications on the LTA pathway to ensure they are driven by industry needs and will service tennis in Britain moving forward. 

If you are interested in taking the course in the near future please complete the expression of interest form so that we can contact you with any relevant updates. 

About the course

The Level 5 Master Tennis Club Coach (MCC) qualification is the highest level of LTA coaching award run by the LTA Coach Development team and is for coaches who aspire to work at the very highest level of development coaching.  It has now been achieved by 70+ coaches across the UK.

The MCC encompasses an even split between off court and on court sessions delivered by the course tutors and a range of guest speakers to inspire and improve your coaching and business knowledge.  Successful candidates will also gain the 1st4sport qualification in Workforce Mentoring.

 On completion of the course a Master Club Coach will be able to:

  • Deliver on court sessions of the highest quality to all venue members
  • Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of coaching programmes
  • Display leadership skills to create and manage change in dynamic environments
  • Mentor a team of coaches to deliver a quality coaching programme 

Duration of the course

  • 9 months of course contact time.  Full course completion typically takes between 1-2 years. 

Course structure

Five modules plus assessments.

Module One (days 1, 2 & 3) 

Foundation Module

  • On court overview of coaching methodology
  • Introduction to coaching at Level 5
  • Off-court exposure to tennis leaders across the industry
  • Group teaching
  • Group training
  • Relevant feeding and drill progressions within a doubles context from closed practises through to open points play

Module two (days 4, 5 & 6) 

Tactics & Technique

  • Observation, analysis, teaching with PAS
  • Technical checklist and effectiveness
  • Development of hand skills
  • Practical Interventions
  • Increasing awareness of singles and doubles tactics
  • Serve mechanics
  • Observation of different movement patterns and how to apply this in both singles and doubles

Module three (days 7 & 8) 

Business Module

  • Vision
  • Leadership and Management
  • Negotiation
  • Business Planning
  • Business Metrics (KPIs)
  • Scaling the Business

Module four (days 9, 10 & 11)

Case Study Module

  • Teaching and training principles
  • Use of CDIEW as an analysis tool
  • Tactical demonstrations
  • Creating closed practices that deliver volume, energy and intensity
  • Decision-making challenges
  • Working with adult groups
  • Practical interventions

Module five (days 12 & 13) 

Mentoring Module

  • Mentoring principles and application
  • Introduction to mentoring project
  • On court development of group teaching and training

Module six (days 14 & 15) 

Business Module

  • Customer Profiles
  • Customer Journeys
  • Customer Emotions & Loyalty
  • Customer Feedback
  • Marketing Budgets & Investment
  • Marketing ROI
  • The Different Marketing Channels
  • Marketing Campaigns & Marketing Calendar

Module seven (day 16)

Pre – Assessment

  • Final assessment preparations

Assessment: (day 17)

  • Final assessment

(+ 5 days of placements)


Candidates will undertake three main personal studies during the course:

Business Project:

All candidates will be required to produce a detailed, structured and actionable business plan that they can relate to and action to improve their business

Performance tennis placement:

All candidates will be required to spend a minimum of two days in a performance tennis environment. This can be either in the UK or abroad.

Non-tennis placement:

Candidates will also need to complete a minimum of two one-day placements.  One of the two placements will be in a sporting environment, whilst the other must not be sport related.  

Course pre-requisites

  • Hold the LTA Senior Club Coach qualification, Senior Performance Coach qualification or equivalent
  • Be an Accredited+ coach. The LTA strongly recommends that you ensure your Accredited+ status remains active throughout the entirety of the course or that appropriate insurance cover is in place when undertaking supervised experienced hours that are a requirement of the course.
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 5.1 or higher or hold a play test grade 2.
  • Hold or have held a position as Head Coach. 

Cost of the course

The full cost of the next edition of the MCC course will be clearly communicated to coaches once the course has been finalised. 

How to apply

Please complete the form on the right hand side and we will notify coaches when applications are open.