Our coaching courses are ideal for those who want to inspire and motivate budding tennis players.

We also run CPD workshops to help develop your coaching

UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis

The UKCC 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis (QCF) is an introduction to tennis coaching, aimed at learners who are enthusiastic about tennis and want to become involved in delivering Mini Tennis. The Level 1 course is 100% court-based, and all activities within the course take place either on court or at court side.

What you will learn

The course programme will teach you how to:

  • Motivate and inspire others to play tennis.
  • Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Organise tennis activities constructively and safely.
  • Plan and deliver a structured lesson using Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 1 coaching assistant resources.
  • Have basic knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of tennis
  • Have a full understanding of the structure of LTA Mini Tennis.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to attend this course, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.
  • Have an active interest and involvement in tennis.
  • Provide evidence of a satisfactory enhanced LTA Criminal Records Bureau disclosure within the last 12 months or have a letter of deployment from the club you will be working with; this can be obtained from the course providers.

Dates

Each course takes place over three days at Exeter Tennis Centre.

  • Sat 4 & Sun 5 February and Sun 5 March 2017
  • Sat 1 & Sun 2 April and Sun 7 May 2017 

Cost

£200. University of Exeter Students are eligible for a £30 refund after successfully completing and passing the course.

How to apply

For further information on this course or to book a place please call Ann Williams on 07591024361, email a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk or book online

UKCC Level 2 Award in Coaching Tennis

The 1st4sport UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis (QCF) is aimed at tennis coaching assistants who want to improve their coaching skills and be able to work with groups of beginners on their own under the umbrella programme of a licensed coach.

It will build on the skills learnt on the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis (QCF) and will expand your knowledge of working with groups of players in different environments. It will also focus on running short-format competitions that will allow beginners to enjoy competing.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis (QCF), you will be able to:

  • Organise competitions for groups of beginners.
  • Coach groups of beginners using differentiated equipment.
  • Plan and deliver linked and progressive lessons.
  • Give advice on tactical and technical improvement for beginners in Mini Tennis.

Course criteria

The UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis (QCF) is designed for you if you are over 16 years of age and hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • 1st4sport UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis (QCF).
  • LTA Tennis Assistants Certificate of Attendance.
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in PE.
  • Recognised Level 2 coaching qualification in another sport.
  • LTA Elementary Tennis Teachers Certificate (ETTC), Elementary Coaches Award (ECA) or Part 1 Coaching Qualification.

Dates

Each course takes place over five days at Exeter Tennis Centre.

  • Sat 21 & Sun 22 January, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March and Sat 25 March 2017
  • Sat 29 & Sun 30 April, Sat 20 & Sun 21 May and Sat 17 June 2017

Cost

£370. University of Exeter Students are eligible for a £50 refund after successfully completing the course.

How to apply

For further information on this course or to book a place please call Ann Williams on 0759102436, email a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk or book online

UKCC Level 3 Award in Coaching Tennis

The level 3 coach qualification course is for people who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession. On successful completion of the coach qualification candidates will be able to:

  • Coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals.
  • Understand the basics of business management.
  • Understand the competitive structure in the UK.
  • Manage the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants.

 Course structure

The course is 13 days broken down into 4 modules of 3 days plus 1 assessment day. The breaks between modules will be 4-6 weeks to allow coaches time to undertake 27 hours of coaching experience.

Module one:

Days 1,2& 3

  • Coaching process.
  • Observation and analysis.  
  • Coaching skills.
  • Planning.

4-6  week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed coach.

Work on portfolio.

Module   two:

Days 4, 5 & 6 

  • Technical development.
  • Stages of learning.  
  • Communication and organisation.
  • Mental skills.  
  • Business management.

4-6   week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed coach.

Work on   portfolio.

Module   three:

Days 7, 8 & 9 

  • Disability awareness.
  • Behaviour management.
  • Teaching progressions.
  • Group coaching.
  • Competition.

4-6   week break for a minimum of 9 hours coaching experience with an LTA licensed  coach.

Completion   of portfolio. 

Module   four:

Days 10, 11 & 12

     
  • Formative assessment.

Summative   Assessment:

Day 13

The course is assessed in two areas:

  • On court practical coaching assessment of group and individual lessons  
  • Portfolio of evidence to be completed by day 10 .

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

Course pre-requisites

Hold the level 2 coaching assistant certificate/ECA/ETTC

  • Be LTA registered or have undergone a criminal record in the last 12 months. Please note it may take up to eight weeks for the criminal record  check to be processed and you must be in receipt of the criminal record check 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.

Dates

Exeter Tennis Centre

  • 22-24 January 2017
  • 26-27 February 2017

Cost

£600. University of Exeter Students are eligible for a £80 refund after successfully completing the course.

How to apply

For further information on this course or to book a place please call Ann Williams on 07591024361, email a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk  or Book online

UKCC Level 4 Award in Coaching Tennis

The Level 4 Senior Club Coach qualification is aimed at coaches who will either be managing a section of a commercial club or running a team of coaches in a park or a members' club. On successful completion of the senior club coach qualification coaches will be able to:

  • Manage a team of coaches.
  • Working effectively with tennis participants from mini tennis red to adult competition.
  • Understand advanced tactical and technical skills.

Duration of the course

  • 5 modules of 3 days plus 1 assessment day 

Course Structure 

Module one:

Days 1, 2 & 3

  • Terminology.
  • Coaching process.
  • Observation and analysis.
  • Business management.

4-6 week   break to work on portfolio.

Module   two:

Days 4, 5 & 6

  • Goal setting.
  • Principles of technique.
  • Stages of learning.
  • Feeding skills.

4-6 week   break to work on Portfolio.

Module   three:

Days 7, 8 & 9

  • Decision making.
  • Doubles tactics.
  • Mini Tennis progressions.
  • Working with U10s.

4-6 week   break to work on Portfolio.

Module   four:

Days 10, 11 & 12

  • Development stage.
  • Training sessions.
  • Strength and conditioning.
  • Careers in tennis.

4-6 week   break to work on portfolio.

Module   five:

Days 13, 14 & 15

  • Effective communication in coaching
  • Mental skills
  • Schools coaching.
  • Group training sessions.

Course pre-requisites

  • Hold either the coach qualification, club coach qualification, performance coach qualification, 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 below a play test grade 2.
  • Coaching experience will be required as agreed with the course tutors. 

Re-assessment Information

  • You will be emailed information re- assessment by Ann Williams.  The cost of a re-assessment is £50

Dates

TBC

Cost of the course

£780 – University of Exeter students can claim refund of £80 once they have passed and completed the course.

How to apply

You can enrol onto the course through the LTA website.

Please contact Ann Williams for further information a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk 07591 024361

Emergency First aid at work

This is the Ofqual and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved Emergency First Aid at Work course, which complies in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

The Emergency First Aid at Work (AFAW) certificate permits the holder to be employed as a First Aider in the workplace in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The course delivered at the University Sports Park is a sport specific course and is designed to help diagnose and treat specific sport injuries. 

What you will learn

When you are on this course you will follow the below syllabus:

  • First Aid Priorities.
  • Managing Incidents.
  • Basic Life Support.
  • Examination of a Casualty.
  • Unconsciousness.
  • Control of Bleeding.
  • Fractures.
  • Burns and Scalds.
  • Common Illnesses.
  • Heart Attacks.
  • Eye Injuries. 
  • Dressing.
  • Recording and Reporting.
  • Regulations, First Aid Kits.

Course criteria

You must be 16 or over and have enthusiasm for sport.

Dates

TBC

Cost

£80

University of Exeter students £60

How to apply

For further information on this course or to book a place please call Ann Williams on 0759102436, email a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk

Additional Qualifications

Healthy Movement & Exercise For Mini’s

This workshop introduces us to children’s natural movements. From infants upwards, how do children move and how do they like to move and play? The course equips coaches with ideas as to how to build this into a fun tennis/ fitness class.

Children are natural Yogis. Watch children at play and you’ll see them spontaneously strike poses that happen to be traditional yoga poses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the benefits of Yoga inspired movements for children
  • Learn how to introduce these poses
  • Learn how to structure a Kiddie Yogi Tennis session

Dates

2nd April 2017

Yogi Tennis

All Tennis and sports professionals are raving about Yoga, but why? In this workshop we take a look at information on common tennis injuries and what causes them and outline simple pilates and yoga based exercises that would help to counter these injuries whilst rehabilitating old ones. The course is made VERY relevant to tennis coaches and is predominantly practical. Coaches would be able to implement these simple exercises and stretches into tennis programmes and will have gained an understanding of injury prevention and also what is appropriate and when in terms of strength building.

Dates

9th May 2017

Delivering Quality Cardio Tennis

If you feel you’re in need of more ideas to freshen up your Cardio Tennis classes then this is the course for you.

We look at Cardio Tennis as its intended- a group exercise class and not a coaching session.

Coaches will be equipped with ideas as to how to challenge all participants appropriately, from the super fit to the absolute beginner. All participants should feel included in this class and this CPD will help you on your way in both improving your fitness knowledge and creating the right environment. This is a chance to develop outside of your comfort zone and spice up your coaching timetable.

Dates

TBC

Disability Awareness

The Disability Awareness Course covers the key information and skills required to be a coach who can deliver tennis sessions to all.

The course will inform coaches of the specific impairment groups (Wheelchair, Visually Impaired, Deaf and Learning Disabilities), the implications for working with these impairment groups individually and in integrated sessions, and how to deliver sessions accordingly. Practical elements include participation in ‘disability simulation’ to allow coaches to experience the challenges faced by people with disabilities, followed by an opportunity to coach individuals.

The Disability Awareness Course is designed to develop coaches’:

  • Knowledge of specific impairment groups and the practical implications for coaches
  • Understanding of how disabled people can be integrated into tennis
  • Understanding of the impact of coaching behaviour when working with disabled players 
  • Attitude to inclusive coaching

Cost

£30.00

How to apply

For further information on this course or to book a place please call Ann Williams on 07591024361, email a.williams5@exeter.ac.uk or book online