Busy coach education weekend at the indoor centre

Totally Tennis’ indoor centre was a hive of activity last weekend with coaching candidates participating in Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 1 and 2 courses. The club itself has an excellent track record for developing homegrown coaches with several of the current coaching team making the successful transition from player to coach. The club offers its own mentoring programme as well as LTA coach education courses held throughout the year. This weekend was no exception with yellow squad player Harry Feast starting his LTA coaching journey on the Level 1 course.

Totally Tennis’ Director Nigel Long, who is also a director of UCoach and a LTA Master Tutor, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people at the indoor centre this weekend starting their journey into coaching.”  He added, “Candidates come from all over the country to take courses and we hope that their introduction to coaching will inspire them to continue their journey as well as benefitting the players at their respective clubs.”

bc1033a9-5ac3-41c4-8f19-19c57a879603Totally Tennis is one of three coach education centres operated by UCoach, the others being Batchwood and Sutton, that deliver LTA courses on behalf of the country’s national governing body of tennis. UCoach, the largest coach education provider in the UK trains over 1000 coaches a year from level 1-4. Alongside fellow LTA tutors Long delivers a variety of courses across the various levels at Totally Tennis every year.

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NEW Junior Leaders Course Begins

The latest batch of candidates attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last Sunday run by coach Simon James, himself a young coach who have made the successful transition from player to coach at the club. James started his coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at school and throughout the years many of the Totally Tennis coaches started playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award.

IMG_3530.JPGTotally Tennis performance player Matt Berry was joined by Costello Technology College students, Queen Mary’s College (QMC) students and the Sport and PE assistant from QMC. As well as attending the first core module, most of the candidates will be volunteering at the annual Primary Schools Tournament being held at the indoor centre on Thursday.

Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a junior players first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.

IMG_0447-2Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing and coaching, developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career. IMG_0446

NEW Totally Tennis Junior Leaders Course

Throughout the years many of the Totally Tennis coaches started playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award, whilst still at school.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing and coaching, developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.

IMG_6517In testament to Long’s approach to retaining players in the game and give them the opportunity to turn their hobby into a career, all of the current coaching team are home-grown coaches who has made the successful transition from player to coach, working hard to gain their qualifications and progressing through the LTA coaching qualifications.

Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a junior players first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.

1904175_10152525427173042_153466145118265551_nThe Tennis Leaders Course provides candidates with different skills and experience and enables them to volunteer as an assistant coach, competition assistant or playing partner, you don’t have to be a great tennis player! Even though a candidate may not want to work in sport, becoming a tennis leader will provide lots of skills, experience and knowledge that will help when applying for further education, courses, universities etc. To pass the course candidates must complete the three-hour core module, gain on court work experience as well as volunteering at the Primary Schools Tournament to be held at Totally Tennis on the 23rd of April (9am – 3pm).

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The next Tennis Leaders Course commences on Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke

Cost: £35

Anyone who would like to book onto the course can contact Totally Tennis by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the Indoor Centre. The £35 course fee is payable to Totally Tennis by the 1st April 2015.

As part of the course candidates will also become a British Tennis Member affiliated to Totally Tennis FREE of charge, see www.LTA.org.uk/membership for all the member benefits!