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1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis

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Qualification Number: 501/2248/4

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis has been developed in partnership with The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), employers of tennis coaches and the tennis industry.

The qualification is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed to become a tennis coach as well as equipping you with the skills needed to develop your ability to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate tennis coaching programmes over an extended period of time in order to coach independently in a role such as a Head Coach.

The qualification will build on the skills you learnt on the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis course and will expand your skills and knowledge to: independently coach beginners and improvers in both groups and individual lessons. You will also learn the basics of business management – crucial if you are looking to become a self-employed tennis coach. 100% of the learning that you will receive will support you in being able to independently coach tennis and lead the work of others.

The qualification is composed of eleven mandatory units giving you 26 credits. Upon successful completion you will:

  • understand the principles of safe and equitable coaching practice including the role and responsibilities of a tennis coach working at this level
  • understand the fundamentals of coaching programmes
  • understand the principles of planning coaching programmes
  • understand the principles of nutrition, physical conditioning and mental preparation relevant to supporting players’ lifestyle through tennis coaching programmes
  • understand the competitive tennis structure in the UK
  • understand the basics of business management
  • be able to analyse player(s)’ performance and set programme goals
  • be able to plan and deliver safe and effective tennis coaching programmes that improve player(s)’ performance over an extended period of time
  • be able to work on your own with beginners and improvers in groups and individuals, and have the knowledge and skills to be able to coach disabled players, motivating and inspiring them to play tennis
  • be able to monitor and evaluate tennis coaching programmes
  • be able to develop own tennis coaching practice
  • be able to organise relevant competitions
  • be able to manage the work of Level 1 Tennis Coaching Assistants and Level 2 Tennis Coaches (often referred to as Assistant Coaches).

The learning programme will be twelve days long, broken down into four modules of three days followed by a final assessment day. During the four to six week breaks between course delivery days, you will need to complete your 1st4sport Learner Pack, accessed via the LTA’s MyTraining Diary online portal (internet access is required), and a minimum of 27 hours mentored coaching experience with a Level 3 (minimum) Accredited+ Coach.

The National Governing Body for Tennis (The Lawn Tennis Association) recognises the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis as the industry standard for coaches progressing into a full-time career in coaching. Additionally, the LTA Coaching Pathway is recognised at the highest level by the sport’s International Governing Body, the International Tennis Federation.

It has the support of CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, as an industry-relevant qualification contributing to the industry’s professional framework and is recognised by, and has the support of, a range of employers, including tennis clubs, schools and colleges, as the sole qualification for those looking to work full-time as a tennis coach. The qualification is also endorsed by the lead agency for coaching, UK Coaching, as meeting its UKCC criteria.

This qualification is designed to prepare you for immediate employment in full-time roles such as a Head Coach. It will also equip you with the skills to develop and deliver your own full-time tennis coaching programme, which is technically appropriate, safe and inclusive. Upon successful completion of this qualification you will also be eligible to become an LTA Accredited+ Coach as part of the LTA Coach Accreditation scheme.

To access this qualification, you need to hold one of the following qualifications:

  • 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis
  • 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis (taken as part of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Coaching)
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Tennis and have had an ATP or WTA ranking
  • Hold the LTA Elementary Tennis Teachers Certificate (ETTC), the LTA Elementary Coaches Award (ECA) or LTA Part 1 Coaching Qualification.

And:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 or hold a Play Test Grade 1
  • Hold a valid First Aid certificate
  • Hold, via the LTA Safeguarding (DBS) department, a clear enhanced DBS check prior to registering for the qualification.

The qualification is designed to prepare you for immediate employment as a tennis coach who is able to coach independently in education, park sites, community venues and local tennis clubs. It also prepares you to take on Head Coach roles where you will be managing the work of Level 1 Tennis Coaching Assistants and Level 2 Tennis Coaches. Click here for further information on the LTA Coaching Pathway.

The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable you to progress further up the tennis coaching career ladder, or to access other industry-relevant qualifications in coaching other sports, activity leadership, supporting PE in schools sport and sports development.

This qualification is part of a progressive suite designed to support your development as a tennis coach. Following a period of practice as a qualified Level 3 Tennis Coach, your next step on the LTA Coaching Pathway would be either:

  • Level 4 – LTA Senior Club Coach Qualification. This qualification will lead to head coach roles and will allow you to manage the tennis department of a commercial club, or to run a team of coaches in a community venue or members’ club. It is delivered in a course environment, similar to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, but over a longer time period (30 weeks). Please note: This is an LTA qualification and is not awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications.
  • Level 4 – LTA Senior Performance Coach Qualification. This qualification is aimed at coaches who work full-time in a performance environment with 10-14 year old junior national players. It is delivered in a course environment, similar to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, but over a longer time period (30 weeks) Please note: This is an LTA qualification and is not awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications.

You might also consider developing your coaching skills in other sports, by accessing one of the many sport-specific coaching qualifications available, or utilising your tennis coaching skills to qualify via the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport to be able to coach a range of sporting activities in schools.

Is there an alternative pathway to this qualification?

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis is the recommended qualification if you are looking for immediate employment as a tennis coach who is able to coach independently in education, park sites, community venues and local tennis clubs often in a role such as a Head Coach.

Alternatively, following completion of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, you may choose to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Coaching. The Advanced Apprenticeship in Coaching contains the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis and the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis. Apprenticeship vacancies can be found here. However you may not wish, or you may not be eligible, to complete an apprenticeship.

An Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Coaching must last a minimum of 12 months. It is a much longer programme than the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis and therefore is not suitable if you are intending to take up immediate employment in a role such as a Head Coach. Additionally, you must be employed within a suitable environment, such as a tennis club or tennis centre, for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis is a progression from the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis or the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Coaching (Tennis Pathway), however it is only available to be completed as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship in Coaching. It is fundamentally different to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis as it requires you to be employed, and assessed, within a real tennis coaching environment, rather than the course-based, simulated environment of the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis. You will also gain knowledge and skills in areas of additional responsibility such as customer service, business development, community engagement and working with disabled participants. This qualification is 47 credits.

Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Learner Pack and appropriate learning resources.

For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre. Opportunities for funding may be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.