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About Growing The Game

LTA - Coach Education Centre

Growing The Game Ltd is an LTA/Skills Active accredited Coach Education Centre based in Oxfordshire. With over 60 years of tennis experience within our team we specialise in delivering training courses for tennis coaches who are looking to develop and progress their coaching careers. Our approach to coach education is simple - we work hard to make coach education accessible for as many people as possible across the UK.

We have two core coach education offerings:

  1. Qualification courses and CPD workshops delivered at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre in Oxfordshire
  2. Bespoke qualification courses and CPD workshops which are delivered at our partners’ venues around the country.

Being an LTA Coach Education Centre means we can deliver the widest range of coaching qualifications from Level 1 to Level 4, as well as a number of one day and half day CPD courses.

 

About the course

The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis (QCF) is the starting point for people who want to get involved in tennis.

It is aimed at those who are enthusiastic about tennis, who want to assist a more experienced and qualified coach deliver Mini Tennis, and who meet the entry requirements below.

It is endorsed by UKCC and successful learners will receive a Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis awarded by 1st4sport.

Course aims

To train learners how to assist an LTA licensed coach with groups of Mini Tennis players aged 8 and under.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Level 1 learners should be able to:

  • motivate and inspire people to play tennis
  • use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • organise tennis activity constructively and safely
  • plan and deliver a structured lesson using LTA Level 1 coach resources
  • have basic knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of tennis
  • have a full understanding of the structure of Mini Tennis

Course structure

  • The course typically consists of three days (two days, followed by a three to six week break for coaching experience, then a one day final assessment). We may occasionally use different course formats to suit exceptional circumstances.
  • During the three to six week break learners will need to complete their portfolio of evidence and complete a minimum of three hours coaching with a licensed coach mentor at an LTA Clubmark-accredited club.
  • Learners are required to have their coaching experience organised before the course starts. For help with this please contact the LTA County Office for a list of local LTA Clubmark-accredited clubs. Alternatively we will try our hardest to signpost coaches to the most relevant coaching programmes in their area.

DAY ONE

Introduction to Level 1
Mini Tennis overview
Lesson Structure
Basic Tactics
Basic Technique
Feeding Demonstrations

DAY TWO

Organisation
Communication
Initial Assessment
Tutorial
Action plan

3 – 6 week break

Minimum 3 hours coaching experience

DAY THREE

Advanced organisation
Differentiation
On Court assessment
Portfolio assessment

Course assessment

The course is assessed in two areas during a summative assessment on Day 3 of the course:

  1. On court practical coaching assessment using course materials
  2. Portfolio of evidence

Learners must attend all the sessions on the course and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.

Cost of the course

The full course fee is £220 per learner. A place on the course cannot be allocated before the course application with all supporting documents and fee has been received. Applications should be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the course start date. All places are subject to availability.

Course pre-requisites

  • Learners must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.
  • Learners must have an active interest and involvement in tennis
  • Learners must submit one of the following pieces of documentation with their application:
    • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure obtained through the LTA (see below) before applying for the course, or a DBS enrolment number which has been sent to you by the LTA on receipt of your DBS application.
      OR
    • a copy of the ‘Deployment Without DBS’ letter which can be obtained from the ‘Downloads’ section of the Growing The Game website (www.growingthegame.co.uk) . Click ‘Coach Education’ then ‘Downloads’. The letter must be signed by a member of the committee or the head coach at the club where you are planning to gain your coaching experience.

N.B. Please be aware that applications cannot be accepted unless accompanied by the correct pre-requisite documentation. Please note that we will not hold spaces for applications which are not supported by the appropriate documents.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

It is not necessary to hold a valid DBS to take your Level 1. However, depending on where you intend to work after successful completion of the course, an employer may require you to apply for a DBS. DBS application forms can be obtained from the LTA website. Click on ‘About LTA’ then ‘Policies and rules’.

'Deployment Without DBS' letter

A copy of the ‘Deployment Without DBS’ letter can be obtained from the ‘Downloads’ section of the Growing The Game website (www.growingthegame.co.uk). Click ‘Coach Education’ then ‘Downloads’. The letter must be signed by a member of the committee or the head coach at the club where you are planning to gain your coaching experience.

Non-attendance and withdrawal from the course

  • If a learner withdraws from the course less than 21 working days before the start date, then the full course fee will be forfeited if the vacancy is not filled.
  • Once learners have enrolled onto a course they must attend all 3 days at the same venue.
  • Under no circumstances can a learner move between venues without the prior consent of the Growing The Game coach education manager. In all cases, a transfer administration fee will apply.
  • Non-attendance and withdrawal for whatever reason during the course will also result in the loss of the full course fee.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the course application form. You must read and sign them before you will be accepted on the course. Application forms are available from the Growing The Game website (www.growingthegame.co.uk)

Following acceptance onto the course

  • Details of the course venue, directions and times will be sent by Growing The Game
  • Course resources will be given out by the tutor on the first day of the course
  • The signed application form will be retained by Growing The Game

(Please note that information contained in this document may change at any time and without prior warning.)

About the course

The course is aimed at Coaching Assistants who want to improve their tennis coaching skills and be able to work with groups of beginners on their own. It is endorsed by UKCC (UK Coaching Certificate) and successful learners will receive a Level 2 Award in Coaching Tennis awarded by 1st4sport.

Course aims

The main aims of the course include training learners in how to create a motivating and enjoyable environment, organise competitions for groups of beginners, and coach beginners using differentiated equipment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Level 2 learners should be able to:

  • motivate and inspire people to play tennis
  • organise competition for groups of beginners to include Mini Tennis, older juniors and adults
  • use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with groups of beginners
  • organise tennis activity constructively and safely with groups of beginners
  • plan and deliver a structured lesson using LTA Level 2 coach resources
  • have basic knowledge of tactics and techniques, rules of tennis, and Mini Tennis
  • have a full understanding of the structure of Mini Tennis and tennis in the UK
  • give advice on tactical and technical improvement in Mini Tennis and tennis

Course structure

The course is five days. It consists of 2 consecutive days followed by a 4-6 week break for mentored experience with a licensed coach, a further 2 consecutive days followed by a 4-6 week break for mentored experience and then a final 1 day summative assessment (see diagram). During the breaks, learners will need to complete their portfolio of evidence and a minimum of eight hours mentored coaching experience with a licensed coach mentor. Learners are required to have their mentored coaching experience organised before the course starts. For help with this please contact your LTA County Office. Contacts can be found on www.LTA.org.uk by searching County contacts.

Module 1 Days 1 & 2

Course introduction
Lesson structure
Warm ups & ABCs
Main theme/progressions Technique
Tactics
Observation & analysis

Mentored experience

Minimum 4 hours working with a qualified coach during the 4-6 weeks before module 2

Module 2 Days 3 & 4

Differentiation
How players learn
Skill acquisition
Teaching groups
Working in a team
Formative assessment
Organising competition
Working in primary schools

Mentored experience

Minimum 4 hours working with a qualified coach during the 4-6 weeks before module 3

Module 3 Day 5

Summative assessment

 

Course assessment

The course is assessed in two areas during a summative assessment on Day 5 of the course:

1. On court practical coaching assessment using course materials
2. Portfolio of evidence Learners must attend all the sessions on the course and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.

Learners must attend all the sessions on the course and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.

Cost of the course

The Level 2 course fee is £399 per learner. A place on the course cannot be allocated before the course application with all supporting documents and fee has been received. Applications should be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the course start date. All places are subject to availability.

Course pre-requisites

Learners must:

  • hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Coaching Assistant Qualification OR the LTA Tennis Assistants/ECA/ETTC OR hold a 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in coaching another sport with UKCC endorsement
  • be LTA Registered or have a DBS (formerly known as CRB Enhanced Disclosure) through the LTA less than 12 months old
  • hold a current, HSE approved Emergency First Aid at Work certificate
  • have an active interest and involvement in tennis

Non-attendance and withdrawal from the course

  • If a learner withdraws from the course less than 21 working days before the start date, then the full course fee will be forfeited if the vacancy is not filled.
  • Once learners have enrolled onto a course they must attend all 5 days at the same venue.
  • Under no circumstances can a learner move between venues without the prior consent of the Growing The Game coach education manager. In all cases, a transfer administration fee will apply.
  • Non-attendance and withdrawal for whatever reason during the course will also result in the loss of the full course fee.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the course application form. You must read and sign them before you will be accepted on the course. Application forms are available from the Growing The Game website (www.growingthegame.co.uk).

Following acceptance onto the course

  • Details of the course venue, directions and times will be sent by Growing The Game
  • Course resources will be given out by the tutor on the first day of the course
  • The signed application form will be retained by Growing The Game

Successful completion of the Level 2

Learners who are successful in all areas of assessment on the Level 2 will receive a certificate from 1st4Sport showing that they are Level 2 Coaching Assistants.

 

 

 

 

About the course

If you are considering a career in tennis coaching then this is the course for you. The Level 3 Qualification covers the key coaching skills required to be an effective coach as well as the tactical, technical, physical and mental information a coach needs to work with beginners and improvers. The Level 3 Coach Qualification is for people who want to work full time within the coaching profession within a range of settings including clubs, parks and schools.

Course aims

The main aims of the course include helping coaches to coach beginners and improvers in groups and individuals, organise relevant competitions for beginners and improvers, as well as understand the basics of business management.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Coach Qualification learners should be able to:

  • Motivate and inspire people to play tennis
  • Organise relevant competitions
  • Understand the competitive structure in the UK
  • Effectively use the coaching process and its integral parts to improve player performance
  • Work on their own with beginners and improvers in groups and individuals
  • Manage the work of Level 1 and 2 Coaching Assistants

Duration of the course

  • 4 modules of 3 days plus 1 assessment day
  • 9 hours coaching experience between each module

Course structure

The course is 12 days broken down into 4 modules of 3 days. The breaks between modules will be 3-6 weeks to allow coaches time to undertake 27 hours of coaching experience.

During the course learners will need to work with an LTA Licensed Coach as their mentor. This will involve the mentor helping the learner to improve their coaching skills through work on the action plan provided by the course tutor. The mentor needs to have agreed to work with the learner before the course begins.

Module One: Days 1, 2 & 3

Introduction to the Coach Qualification, game situations, tactical intentions, the coaching process and the tools to use to improve players performance, lesson structure, communication, organisation.

3-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed coach. Work on 1st4sport Level 3 portfolio.

Module Two: Days 4, 5 & 6

Mini Tennis red, orange and green guidelines, goal setting, principles of practice, skill acquisition, lesson structure.

3-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed coach. Work on 1st4sport Level 3 portfolio.

Module Three: Days 7, 8 & 9

Lesson structure and coaching process for specific players, physical development, formative assessment, competition.

3-6 week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed coach. Completion of Level 3 portfolio.

Module Four: Days 10, 11 & 12

Behaviour management, working with players with a disability, running a business, Level 3 final sign off.

Summative Assessment: Day 13

The course is assessed in two areas: 1. On court practical coaching assessment of group and individual lessons 2. Portfolio of evidence to be completed by Day 12 Learners must attend all the sessions on the course and pass all elements of the assessment criteria to be successful.

 

As part of the Coach Qualification you will spend one day covering The Disability Awareness Course which covers the key information and skills required to be a coach who can deliver tennis sessions to all.

Find out more information about The Disability Awareness Course.

Cost of the course

The Level 3 course fee is £650 per learner.

Course pre-requisites

Learners must:

  • Hold the Level 2 Coaching Assistant certificate
  • Be LTA Registered or have a DBS (formerly known as CRB Enhanced Disclosure) less than 12 months old. Please note it may take up to 8 weeks for the DBS to be processed and you must be in receipt of the DBS upon booking
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 or a Play Test Grade 1
  • Hold a valid certificate of competence in either First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), or will have successfully completed the OFQUAL Level 2 in First Aid

Get a DBS (formerly known as CRB Enhanced Disclosure) processed through the LTA
Become LTA Registered
More information on Play Tests

Non-attendance and withdrawal from the course

  • If a learner withdraws from the course less than 21 working days before the start date, then the full course fee will be forfeited if the vacancy is not filled.
  • Once learners have enrolled onto a course they must attend all 12 days at the same venue.
  • Under no circumstances can a learner move between venues without the prior consent of the Growing The Game coach education manager. In all cases, a transfer administration fee will apply.
  • Non-attendance and withdrawal for whatever reason during the course will also result in the loss of the full course fee.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the course application form. You must read and sign them before you will be accepted on the course. Application forms are available from the Growing The Game website (www.growingthegame.co.uk).

Following acceptance onto the course

  • Details of the course venue, directions and times will be sent by Growing The Game
  • Course resources will be given out by the tutor on the first day of the course
  • The signed application form will be retained by Growing The Game

Successful completion of the Level 3

Learners who are successful in all areas of assessment on the Level 3 will receive a certificate from 1st4Sport showing that they are a Level 3 qualified coach.

 

About the course

The Senior Club Coach Qualification is aimed at coaches who are looking to run coaching programmes in a variety of settings including commercial clubs, members clubs and community venues such as parks and schools. Coaches will develop their coaching skills further as well as focus on the business of running a programme and the skills required to lead a team.

Learning outcomes

The qualification covers the coaching skills (tactical, technical, physical and psychological) required to work effectively with all players from mini tennis red to U10 performance to adult AEGON team tennis.

Duration and course structure

  • 5 modules of 3 days followed by 1 assessment day
  • Coaching experience will be required as agreed with the course tutors

Before the course candidates must:

  • Hold either the LTA Coach Qualification, Club Coach Qualification, Performance Coach Qualification or DCA or a non LTA qualification awarded with NVQ Level 2 Coaching Teaching and Instructing Tennis
  • Be LTA Licensed
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 5.1 or better or a Play Test Grade 2

More information on Coach Accreditation

More information on Play Tests

Cost of the course

The Level 4 course fee is £850 per learner.

 

CPD Courses

We run a number of bespoke one day and half day CPD courses (Continuing Professional Development Courses) allowing coaches to update their knowledge and gain valuable credits towards their coach licence.

Our training courses can be delivered at your own venue and can be targeted specifically to your team’s needs. They cover a wide range of subjects both on and off court including a study of the four performance factors (technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills), business planning, goal setting and tournament scheduling.

Downloads

Our downloadable documents are under review, if you have a specific question please contact us: info@growingthegame.co.uk