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The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis has been developed in partnership with The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), and employers of tennis coaches and the tennis industry.
The qualification is designed to provide you with the tennis coaching knowledge and skills required to be able to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate a series of tennis coaching sessions. It will also enable you to gain employment as a Level 2 Tennis Coach working under the umbrella programme of a Level 3 (minimum) LTA Accredited+ Coach.
You will build on skills learnt on the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis and will expand your knowledge of working with groups of players of all age ranges in different environments. You will also learn how to run short format competitions that allow beginners to enjoy competing. The qualification is composed of eight mandatory units giving you 18 credits. 100% of the learning that you will receive will support you in being able to lead and deliver tennis coaching activities and sessions under the guidance of a Level 3 (minimum) LTA Accredited+ Coach.
During your achievement of the qualification you will complete the following learning outcomes:
- understand the roles, responsibilities and limitations of a tennis coach working at this level
- understand the coaching process
- understand players’ learning styles, motivation and how to manage behaviour in the coaching environment
- have a developed knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of the sport
- be able to create and maintain a safe tennis coaching environment
- be able to plan, deliver a series of structured and progressive tennis lessons using LTA Level 2 Coach Resources, using a range of differentiated equipment based on player ability
- be able to evaluate players’ performance and your own coaching
- be able to organise competitions for groups of beginners
- be able to give advice on tactical and technical improvement for beginners of any age.
Your learning programme will be five days long; days one and two will be followed by a break of four to six weeks for mentored experience, then days three and four followed by another break of four to six weeks for mentored experience and then a final assessment day. During the four to six week breaks, 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 8 hours mentored coaching experience with a Level 3 (minimum) LTA Accredited+ Coach.
The National Governing Body for Tennis (The Lawn Tennis Association) recognises the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis qualification as the industry standard for coaches working at this level. Additionally, the LTA Coaching Pathway is recognised at the highest level by the sport’s International Governing Body, the International Tennis Federation.
The qualification also 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 progress their career from the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis. The qualification is also endorsed by the lead agency for coaching, UK Coaching, as meeting its UKCC criteria.
The qualification is designed to prepare you for employment as a part-time or volunteer coach, rather than if you were looking to make tennis coaching your full-time profession – although it can be a stepping stone towards this end goal.
As a Level 2 Tennis Coach, you would be qualified to lead the delivery of group coaching and tennis activity sessions in:
- Clubs and Tennis Centres
- Park Sites and Leisure Facilities
As a Level 2 Tennis Coach (often referred to as a LTA Assistant Coach within the tennis coaching environment) you must work under the umbrella programme of a Level 3 (minimum) LTA Accredited+ Coach. The Level 2 Tennis Coach is a different role to the Level 1 LTA Coaching Assistant, with additional responsibility and the ability to be able to lead session delivery. The Level 3 (minimum) LTA Accredited+ Coach must provide regular guidance and support. To be qualified to coach completely independently and to take on roles such as Head Coach, you would need to achieve the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis. Click here for details on the LTA Coaching Pathway.
To access the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, you need to hold one of the following qualifications:
- 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis
- LTA Tennis Assistants Certificate of Attendance
- Certificate of Education in Physical Education
- Level 2 UKCC-endorsed non-tennis coaching qualification.
- Be a minimum 16 years of age on the first day of the course
- Hold a valid First Aid certificate
- Hold, via the LTA Safeguarding Department, a clear enhanced DBS check prior to registering for the qualification.
If you already hold the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis and have (or have had) a WTA or ATP world ranking you may be able bypass this qualification and seek direct access the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis.
This qualification is designed to prepare you for immediate employment in paid or voluntary roles as a Level 2 Tennis Coach in education, park sites, community venues and local tennis clubs. You will also be eligible to join the LTA Coach Accreditation scheme as a Registered Coach.
The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may 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 2 Tennis Coach, your next step on the LTA Coaching Pathway would be the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis. This qualification will allow you to be able to deliver independent tennis coaching, often in a full-time Head Coach capacity. It will also enable you to mentor and manage the work of the Level 1 Tennis Coaching Assistants and the Level 2 Tennis Coaches. It is delivered in a course environment, similar to the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, but over a longer time period (24 weeks).
Is there an alternative to this qualification?
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis is the recommended qualification if you have previous tennis experience and are looking to gain immediate employment as a part-time or volunteer coach.
Alternatively, following completion of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis, you may choose to progress to either the Coaching Pathway of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership or to the Coaching Tennis Pathway of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Coaching. The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Coaching Tennis contains the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis and the 1st4sport Level 2 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 Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Coaching must last a minimum of 12 months. It is a much longer programme than the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis and therefore is not suitable if you are intending to take up immediate part-time or volunteer employment. 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 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis is a progression from the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis, however it is only available to be completed as part of an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Coaching. The 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis It is fundamentally different to the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis as you must be employed (as part of the apprenticeship requirements) and assessed within a real tennis coaching environment, rather than the course-based, simulated environment of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis. You would also start to specialise in specific areas of additional responsibility such as event organisation, nutrition and working with disabled participants. This qualification is 41 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 Qualifications 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.
The qualification is only delivered by 1st4sport recognised centres, not all of which offer open courses to members of the public. Your first port of call to access a course is to check the Coaches section of the LTA website.