Guide to Schools Tennis 2011
An overview of all the resource and support available to schools
3 Introduction Tennis is fun, great for ﬁtness and for developing hand eye
4 School Club Links co-ordination. It can be played by all ages and abilities - boys and
girls can play together, so it’s ideal for mixed classes.
5 Places to Play
6-9 Teacher Support Schools give most children their ﬁrst experience of sport and their
early experience can often determine whether they stay in the game.
10-11 Leadership & Volunteering
Recent research* (England) shows that tennis in schools is growing,
12 Schools Competition with 80% of schools offering tennis and 47% of schools having a link
13 Schools Tennis Registration & Membership with a local club or place to play tennis.
14 Cross Curricular Support You don’t need tennis courts to play
15 Modiﬁed & Alternative Activities – it can be played in school halls,
16 School Trips playgrounds or sports halls and a
range of adapted equipment and
modiﬁed or alternative versions of the
18 Gifted & Talented game are available.
This guide provides an overview of all
22 Safeguarding in British Tennis
the resource and support available to
22 Special Schools Tennis schools, from The Tennis Foundation
23 British Tennis Membership and LTA.
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your area / local support * Source: DfE PE & Sport Survey 2009/2010
School Club Links More info... Places to Play More info...
• See the ‘Places to Play’ section later • You can search for local places to play
A school club link is a partnership between a school and local tennis provider, developed to in this guide to ﬁnd out about Tennis CLUBS online at: www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area
provide opportunities for all children and young people to get involved in the game. Clubmark and the range of different At the heart of British Tennis is a network of more than 2,700 LTA registered clubs – these are • You can view the ‘Places to Play Strategy’
places to play tennis such as clubs
made up of clubs that have specialist performance programmes (Satellite Clubs and High and download the Facility Development
School’s can link with local tennis clubs, parks or indoor centres to assist in delivering a and parks.
Performance Centres) and other clubs, many of which have achieved Tennis Clubmark. factsheets at: www.schoolstennis.org
wide range of activities, including; curriculum time coaching, out of school hours clubs
• Download the School Club Links
(breakfast, lunchtime and after school), competition, leadership and volunteering and to factsheets and templates at: Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs and the LTA, the national governing
provide pupils with affordable and accessible exit route opportunities to continue playing www.schoolstennis.org body of tennis in Britain, is an accredited partner. Tennis Clubmark is an opportunity for
tennis outside of school. places to play tennis to be recognised for achieving excellent standards and includes all the
• Download the ‘School Club Links – A
Guide for Coaches & Places to Play’ key criteria of the national Clubmark programme.
Developing a link with a local tennis provider brings many beneﬁts to schools, including:
resource online at: www.schoolstennis.org
Increased opportunities for your pupils AEGON PARKS TENNIS
• Contact your local Tennis Development
Raise the school’s proﬁle in the community Manager about linking up a local AEGON Parks Tennis aims to increase community access to tennis in parks and communities
Share facilities and equipment tennis provider. nationwide. AEGON Parks Tennis is a key programme in British tennis’ drive to increase
Access expert coaches delivering in school to work with teachers participation and grow tennis at all levels. The long-term aim is to have one beacon site
acting as a centre of community tennis excellence in each of the local authority areas in
Deliver Out of School Hours Clubs
Britain. A Beacon site provides free and affordable tennis for the local community.
Healthier and more physically active pupils – improving standards across the school
Increased awareness of exit routes for players, coaches and volunteers FACILITY DEVELOPMENT
Assist in achieving targets, standards & recognition The ‘Places to Play Strategy’ sets out the aspiration that everyone should have access to
A range of templates, factsheets and the ‘School Club Links – A Guide for Coaches & Places a quality tennis facility and outlines the support available to assist in the development of
to Play’ resource are available to assist tennis providers in developing school club links and places to play tennis.
are available for all to view online.
A range of 15 facility development factsheets are available online to provide guidance and
support. These include;
General court maintenance guidance
Floodlighting outdoor courts guidance
Key court dimensions guidance
Mini tennis court guidance
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Teacher Support More info... Teacher Support
• You can view a short promotional ﬁlm
PRIMARY and download/print a ﬂyer which both PRIMARY CONTINUED
explain more about the course and the
Teacher Training package of resources online at: Lesson Plans More info...
The three hour ‘Primary School Teacher Training Course’ has www.schoolstennis.org A series of lesson plans are available, which provide the content and structure for a 5 week
been developed to give teachers the conﬁdence and tools to block of activity. The lesson plans are provided for three age groups: • You can download the lesson plans from:
• To arrange a course, please contact
deliver tennis to a class of children in a small space. your local Tennis Development Manager.
The course is supported by an innovative DVD teaching aid, Ages 7-9yrs
which is pupil facing and delivers the demonstrations and
progressions directly to the children, allowing the teacher to do
what they do best, teach. Each lesson plan contains warm-ups, ABCs and main theme activities, ﬁnishing with either a More info...
game or competitive activity.
In the 2010/2011 academic year, each teacher that attends the course receives: • You can download the Schools Tennis
Activity Cards from:
Innovative pupil facing DVD box set and handbook Activity Cards www.schoolstennis.org
Guide to Schools Tennis A range of over 70 Activity Cards are also • In addition, you can purchase printed
Schools Tennis Competition Guide available to help plan and deliver lessons. copies of this resource at:
The activity cards, which can be used in both www.schoolstennis.org
Tennis Activity Week Pack (cross curricular resource)
Primary and Secondary schools, provide
Out of School Hours Tennis Club Toolkit ideas for ABCs, tricks, drills, main theme and
There is a network of over 125 tutors approved and ready to deliver the course across Great More info...
Britain. Through British tennis’ ‘Core Offer Support’, funding is provided to most School
Sport Partnerships (England) and Local Authorities (Scotland and Wales) to run a course each Tennis Assembly Video • The tennis assembly video is available
year. Additional courses can be arranged and if funding has not been sourced, the only cost to download in a variety of formats online
A musical tennis compilation video has been
involved is £100 + mileage to cover the tutor fee. developed for use by teachers and coaches
during tennis themed assemblies, or as an
introduction to a block of tennis sessions.
Out of School Hours Club Toolkit More info...
This toolkit has been developed to make running an
Out of School Hours Tennis Club as easy as possible • The Out of School Hours Tennis
in Primary Schools. Club Toolkit is provided to teachers
attending the three hour Primary School
Out of School Hours Tennis Clubs are a great opportunity to Teacher Training Course.
‘bridge the gap’ between a young person experiencing tennis • You can download the toolkit from:
at school for the ﬁrst time and participating in a community www.schoolstennis.org
environment. They are an easy way for schools to add to the
• In addition, you can purchase printed
range of activities offered to pupils and they are a great way
copies of this resource at:
of developing a link with a local place to play tennis, helping www.schoolstennis.org
sustain and grow participation beyond the school day.
Teacher Support More info... Teacher Support
• To arrange a course, please contact your
SECONDARY local Tennis Development Manager. SECONDARY CONTINUED
The three hour Secondary Schools Tennis Teacher Training Course has been developed • You can download all elements of the The ‘Secondary Schools Tennis – Teacher Resource’ contains the following elements:
resource from: www.schoolstennis.org
to provide teachers with the conﬁdence and knowledge to deliver traditional and modiﬁed
versions of the sport. • In addition, you can purchase printed Traditional Delivery
copies of this resource at: A series of lesson plans providing the structure and content for 6 lessons, using the
The course also demonstrates an innovative new resource which has been developed to www.schoolstennis.org traditional method of delivery on tennis courts.
assist teachers in assessing the ability of pupils against National Curriculum attainment
levels, through a range of descriptor cards and ﬁlm clips. Modiﬁed Delivery Mini Tennis
A series of lesson plans providing the structure and content for 6 lessons, using Mini Tennis
Teachers attending the course are also provided with an overview of other areas of support as a modiﬁed method of delivery in a sports hall or on tennis courts, ideal for older beginners.
and resource, including; cross curricular activities, competition, alternative delivery using
Cardio Tennis, leadership & volunteering and how tennis can contribute to the delivery of Alternative Delivery (Cardio Tennis)
external PE qualiﬁcations. An overview of Cardio Tennis, a fun, tennis-based aerobic workout to music as an alternative
method of delivery within Secondary Schools.
Schools attending the course receive a free copy of the innovative ‘Secondary Schools
Tennis - Teacher Resource’*. Schools are also provided with 1 year of free Schools Tennis Assessing Ability Framework
Membership, which provides access to a wide range of beneﬁts, including 30-40% discount A series of descriptor cards and ﬁlm clips developed to assist teachers in assessing the
on equipment. ability of pupils against the National Curriculum attainment target levels.
Links to Qualiﬁcations
An overview of some resources and courses British Tennis has available, which can
contribute to and link with external PE qualiﬁcations such as GCSE, A Level and BTEC.
A number of lesson plans and resources for Key Stage 3 covering a range of subjects, using
tennis as the theme.
The Schools Tennis Competition Guide is an interactive CD-Rom, providing over 40 resources
and templates to assist in running competition in schools. Here, you can
view and download each of the individual resources.
Leadership & Volunteering
An overview of the Leadership and Volunteering resources and
opportunities available to young people in Secondary Schools, including
Leadership & Volunteering More info... Leadership & Volunteering More info...
• To arrange Tennis Leaders modules • To arrange a Competition Organisers
Tennis Leaders at your school, or to ﬁnd out more Competition Organisers Workshop Workshop at your school or college,
about becoming trained to deliver please contact your local Tennis
Tennis Leaders modules can be delivered locally by trained tutors and there are various In order to get more people competing, there need to be more opportunities to take part in
Tennis Leaders, please contact your Development Manager.
different delivery / cost models, which can be agreed with the tutor. In addition, there is also local competition. Currently there simply aren’t enough competitions to meet demand, so
local Tennis Development Manager.
the opportunity for teachers to train as Tennis Leaders tutors. British tennis has trained 4,000 young people between 16-25yrs as Competition Organisers in
the last three years.
It is the ﬁrst step on the tennis and sport career pathway for volunteering and potentially,
paid employment. It has been designed to offer a wide range of opportunities to young A free 3 hour workshop, designed speciﬁcally for 16-25yr olds, can be delivered locally by our
people, providing them with enhanced skills and experience. Tennis Development Managers, to provide the skills to run a range of competitions.
Tennis Leaders is targeted at 14 – 16 year olds with an interest in tennis and sport At the training, attendees will be given a Competition Organisers Toolkit, providing them with
– however, this can be extended to 13 and 17 year olds. all of the tools and resources needed to run competition. Competition Organisers can then
play an important role in ensuring we keep more young people in the sport.
There are four Tennis Leader modules, each ranging between 2-3 hours in More info...
duration - they can be delivered individually, or together:
Other Leadership & Volunteering Resources • All the Tennis Resources factsheets are
Planning, Organisation and Communication* ‘Tennis Resources’ are a range of factsheets and templates which have been designed available to download at:
3 hours – no volunteering experience required to complete module to support tennis providers in the development and management of their programmes or
Club Media & Communications venues. In addition, many of the resources are beneﬁcial to those working in schools and the
2 hours + 6 hours volunteering required to complete the module school sport infrastructure.
Playing Partner / Buddy Hitting More than 250 resources are available within a series of key sections. The Club Management
2 hours + 6 hours volunteering required to complete the module section includes:
2.5 hours + 6 hours volunteering required to complete the module Role descriptions
*Leaders must take this module before the other Tennis Leaders modules Volunteer commitment form
if they haven’t taken Sports Leaders UK (SLUK) Level 1. Volunteer recruitment & retention policy
Tennis Leaders modules can be delivered locally by trained tutors
- there is also the opportunity for teachers to train as tutors.
Schools Competition Schools Tennis Registration More info...
The Schools Tennis Competition Framework has been developed to provide simple, & Membership • You can register, or join your school
inclusive and progressive schools competition opportunities.
up as a full member online at:
There are two categories of Schools Tennis Competition - ‘National’ and ‘Local’ and there is a
Registration is free and aimed at individuals such as colleagues in the school sport
strong emphasis on Team Tennis across all events:
infrastructure, teachers, coaches and anyone interested/involved in developing tennis
Through a Schools Tennis E-Update, it will become our main method of communicating
AEGON Team Tennis Schools is a programme of three nationally organised events,
updates and many of the resources online are only available to registered users, through
which provides Secondary School and Further Education pupils with the opportunity to play
an exclusive and personalised area of the website.
regular competitive tennis and to represent their school. All competitions begin locally and
culminate in a national ﬁnal.
In 2009, approximately 12,000 players from 3,000 teams compete in the following
Membership is aimed at schools to join for an annual fee - £15 per year for Primary and
£35 per year for Secondary Schools.
AEGON Team Tennis Schools National Championships
Membership brings a wide range of beneﬁts, including;
AEGON Team Tennis Schools Year 8 & 10
AEGON Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Online Shop – between 30-40% discount on Schools Tennis equipment
Eligibility to enter into the Wimbledon Ticket Ballot
Local Competition Free entry into AEGON Team Tennis Schools national competitions
The priority for local schools competition in 2010 / 2011 remains the Year 3&4 Mini Tennis Eligibility to apply to an annual small grants scheme
Competition and the equivelents in Scotland and Wales. Priority/free access to some resources
Free quarterly British Tennis publication
Tennis has also been included as one of the pilot sports for the new School Sport
Competition and a range of competition formats are available across the year groups.
Working closely with key partners, we look forward to engaging fully with the new schools
competition structure in 2011 / 2012 and beyond.
The Schools Tennis Competition Guide is an interactive CD-Rom, which has been
designed for teachers and the school sport infrastructure, to make competition in schools
as easy to run as possible. The Guide contains more than 40 resources and templates,
many of which can be edited. • More information about the three
AEGON Team Tennis Schools national
competitions and the priority local
competitions in England, Scotland
and Wales can be found online at:
www.schoolstennis.org – if you need
further speciﬁc advice, please contact
your local Tennis Development Manager.
• You can download the documents
contained within the Schools Tennis
Competition Guide and/or order a full
version of the interactive CD-Rom online
Cross Curricular Support More info... Modiﬁed & Alternative Activities More info...
• The Tennis Activity Week Pack is provided • Information on Mini Tennis equipment
PRIMARY to teachers attending the three hour Mini Tennis can be found later in this guide.
Primary School Teacher Training Course. Mini Tennis is a fun, modiﬁed version of the game, primarily used for players aged 10 and
The Tennis Activity Week Pack is a pre-prepared week of cross-curricular lessons, • View an online ﬁlm demonstrating how
• You can download the Tennis Activity under. Mini Tennis uses shorter rackets, smaller courts, slower/softer balls and simple scoring, Mini tennis can be delivered in Secondary
based on a tennis theme, aimed at children aged 7-9yrs, but can easily be extended
Week Pack from: www.schoolstennis.org to ensure players of all abilities can develop their skills. However, Mini Tennis is also a great Schools at: www.schoolstennis.org
and adapted for older primary year groups.
way of attracting pupils and those new to tennis in secondary schools.
• In addition, you can purchase printed • A range of Mini Tennis Activity Cards
The pack contains easy to use copies of this resource at: are available to download from:
Mini Tennis progresses through 3 colour stages:
lesson plans and worksheets www.schoolstennis.org www.schoolstennis.org
covering; Literacy, Numeracy, Mini Tennis Red is played on smaller courts
Science, History, Geography, with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s
PHSE, Music, Art, Design just like the real thing and gives players the
& Technology and PE, chance to have long rallies and play different
with many of the lessons types of shots.
Mini Tennis Orange is played on reduced
The resource is ideal full size tennis court, with bigger rackets
for delivery during the and balls that are not as soft as red balls.
Wimbledon Championships It’s the next stage to go through before you
and National School Sport start playing on a full sized court and it will
Week, where the school help players develop the different shots,
can adopt a tennis theme, providing fun competition.
however the individual lessons Mini Tennis Green is the next step. It is
and activities also lend played on a full tennis court, with bigger
themselves to being delivered rackets and balls that are a little softer than
in isolation and at other times traditional balls, making it easier. It’s the next
in the year. stage to go through before you start playing
with a full compression yellow ball on a full
sized court and it will help players work on
and improve all aspects of their game.
SECONDARY More info...
Mini Tennis is great as the different progressions cater for all abilities and it can be played
A number of lesson plans and resources are available, covering a range of subjects, • Printed copies of the lesson plans and outside on a playground, or inside in a sports hall or gym.
using tennis as a theme. resources are available as part of the
overall ‘Secondary School Teacher
At the time of going to print, lesson plans and resources are available to support the Resource’, which you receive by Cardio Tennis More info...
following subjects – more will be available online over the coming 12 months: attending the three hour Secondary Cardio Tennis is a fun group activity, featuring drills using Mini Tennis balls to give pupils of
School Teacher Training Course. all abilities a fun, high energy workout to music. • View an online ﬁlm demonstrating
how Cardio Tennis can be delivered
English/Media: Analysing and comparing how professional tennis players are • In addition, all of the lesson plans and
There are activities for absolute beginners through to advanced players, all of which provide in secondary schools at:
represented through their ofﬁcial websites resources can be downloaded from:
you with a great cardio workout while improving skill. www.schoolstennis.org
French: Based on the French Open, this lesson covers vocabulary of direction,
• Contact your local Tennis Development
imperative mood and cardinal/ordinal numbers. It involves reading, speaking and Music is played during the session to help create a high energy atmosphere and add Manager to ﬁnd out about local tennis
listening skills. motivation, as well as controlling the tempo of the activity. If available, participants are coaches and providers who are trained in
History: The origins and growth of tennis. advised to wear heart rate monitors or pedometers, so they can see how hard they are delivering Cardio Tennis.
working. The measure of a pupils’ success becomes their heart rate, or number of steps
taken, rather than the number of balls hit over the net and in the court.
The main purpose of the session is to provide you with an enjoyable work out. It’s not about
forehands and backhands, it’s about getting in to your appropriate cardio zone and getting a
Cardio Tennis was originally launched as a product for adults, however, it’s also an ideal
alternative method of delivery in secondary schools – especially targeting partially engaged
young people, girls and those who don’t think tennis is for them.
More than 400 coaches have been trained to deliver Cardio Tennis. Why not ask your
local coach to come in to school and deliver Cardio Tennis as part of your extra
School Trips More info... Equipment More info...
• A ‘Tennis School Trips’ resource is • Find out which schools in your local area
There are a wide range of tennis related school trips available, throughout the year, for available to download from: British tennis makes a signiﬁcant annual investment into distributing free Mini Tennis have been supported with free AEGON
different age groups. Many events offer discounts for groups and juniors. www.schoolstennis.org which provides equipment to schools. So far, through AEGON Schools Tennis, more than 9,000 schools Schools Tennis Equipment at:
more detail on the options available. have been supported with free equipment, resource and training. That’s more than 270,000 www.schoolstennis.org
MAJOR EVENTS • More information about the major events rackets! (ﬁgures accurate as at January 2011). • Read more advice on equipment and
that take place across Great Britain can ﬁnd out how to join Schools Tennis
A number of high proﬁle, major events take place in Great Britain such as The Schools who join the Schools Tennis Membership scheme can also enjoy exclusive access to
be found at: www.lta.org.uk Membership at: www.schoolstennis.org
Championships, Wimbledon, Davis Cup and The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at an online shop, providing a 30-40% discount on a range of schools tennis equipment.
The O2 Arena. This ranges from full packs for primary, secondary and special schools to individual items
such as rackets, balls, nets and other teaching aids.
AEGON BRITISH TENNIS SERIES
The section below provides a basic level of advice on purchasing tennis equipment – speak
Three high proﬁle grass court events, including the AEGON Championships held at the
to your local club, coach or Tennis Development Manager if you would like further advice
Queen’s Club in London, played in the lead-up to the Championships, Wimbledon.
(contact details available at: www.schoolstennis.org).
AEGON PRO-SERIES Rackets
A series of men’s and women’s events taking place across Great Britain throughout the year,
Rackets come in different sizes and are measured by length in inches. A standard adult
for many of the world’s up and coming players. Entry is often free to these events.
racket is 27 inches, with junior rackets starting from 15 inches.
WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS MUSEUM The length of racket used is dependent on the individual player and the level of tennis they
This state of the art Museum explores the evolution of tennis from a garden party pastime to are playing – more advice is available at: www.lta.org.uk/players/juniors However, if primary
today’s world-wide professional sport. schools are looking to purchase a new set of rackets, we recommend 21 inch, as these are
the most versatile for all year groups.
LOCAL CLUB VISITS
Why not think about making a trip to your local tennis club, park or centre, to cement or build
a link to tennis in the community? As well as standard yellow tennis balls, there is a range of low compression Mini Tennis balls,
which are ideal for use in schools.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Mini Tennis Red: a sponge ball for indoor use and a red felt ball for outdoor use.
Options are available for travel to international events. Mini Tennis Orange: a low compression orange felt ball.
Mini Tennis Green: a low compression green felt ball.
Why not schedule in a school trip as a culmination of a programme Nets
of tennis activity delivered at your school?
There are two types of nets for full size tennis courts; nets with poles that slot into the
playing surface and portable nets, which can be moved to the side when other sports are
Why not investigate scheduling in a school trip to contribute to an
element of a PE related qualiﬁcation being delivered at your school? There are many types of portable Mini Tennis nets, either 3m or 6m wide, which are great for
use in both primary and secondary schools, indoors or outdoors.
Why not consider a tennis related school trip during A more cost effective and creative approach is to make use of other equipment to substitute
as nets – i.e. benches, cones or hoops. Barrier tape is also a fantastic and simple way to
National School Sport Week?
create a temporary net for a large group
Most equipment found within the
PE storeroom can be used within
tennis sessions, as teaching aids and
targets. Our teacher training and coach
education courses provide innovative
and creative ways to make use of a
wide range of equipment.
Gifted & Talented More info... Coaches More info...
• More information on gifted and talented • Find out more about what to look for in a
The Winning Player Pathway (including a wide range of support and WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A COACH coach at: www.schoolstennis.org
The ‘Winning Player Pathway’ is a guide from the LTA that helps inform what standard a player advice for parents) can be found at:
There are many tennis coaches in Britain, each with different skills and experience. It can be • You can search for qualiﬁed and
needs to be, at a given age, if they are aspiring to become a player in the world’s top 100. www.schoolstennis.org
accredited coaches within your local area
hard for players, parents, clubs and schools to choose the right coach. When choosing a
Find the right programme coach there are three main areas to consider:
• Please contact your local Tennis
To ensure players are directed to the right environment for you to access a quality tennis
1. Qualiﬁcations Development Manager if you would
programme, delivered by experienced qualiﬁed coaches in good facilities, we support a number
like any support or advice in ﬁnding /
of places to play across the country to give talented players a better chance of training locally. A qualiﬁcation represents the level of training a coach has received and the level of skill to
recruiting a tennis coach.
which she/he has been assessed. The LTA’s current system of qualiﬁcations is shown below.
The structure is...
High Performance Centres - There are 4 International High Performance Centres (IHPCs)
and 15 High Performance Centres (HPCs) in Great Britain. These centres are carefully
designed to meet the needs of performance juniors providing high-level coaching and
ﬁtness programmes and access to top facilities. LEVEL 1: COACHING ASSISTANT
Satellite Clubs - Each IHPC and HPC also acts as a hub, supporting a network of satellite Can work on court with
clubs in its surrounding area. These satellite clubs focus primarily on talent development
for up and coming performance players under the age of 12. a qualiﬁed coach
To ensure a steady ﬂow of world-class players in Britain it is essential that we have a system
of talent identiﬁcation to spot potential performance players at a young age. Having identiﬁed
those with the skills to become the top players of tomorrow, we can then provide them with
the right coaching and support. LEVEL 2: COACHING ASSISTANT
You can be spotted as young as six years old – we look for these qualities: Can work on own with
Natural talent for the game & athletic ability groups of beginners
Keenness and a love of tennis
An appetite and potential to improve basic technique
To be prepared to play a minimum of three to four times a week
To have a desire and ability to compete in matches and tournaments on a regular basis
Promising junior players are spotted through a number of routes
Playing and competing in tournaments
Attending County talent ID days – players are put forward by clubs and coaches
Recommended by your coach to be seen by the local member of the LTA Talent Team
depending on your age
Players who are identiﬁed through the above may have the opportunity to attend SENIOR SENIOR
Regional ID days National ID days PERFORMANCE CLUB
Balancing Tennis & Education
It can be difﬁcult to balance the demands of education and tennis. We have a range of advice
and support material, providing information on the different options available, including;
Traditional schooling GCSE’s and A-Levels
Tennis and education programmes at schools Tennis & University
Home learning & tutors Careers in Tennis
Funding a player’s potential can be expensive and British tennis helps by providing ﬁnancial
support for players and clubs, via a transparent and systematic approach to funding. Find out
more about the ‘Player Matrix’ online at: www.schoolstennis.org
Coaches Coaches More info...
• Coaches wanting to attend should
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A COACH CONTINUED CPD FOR COACHES WORKING IN SCHOOLS search for forthcoming courses on the
Secure Coaches Area of the LTA website.
2. Accreditation Working in Schools; one day Coach CPD Module
• Courses are delivered locally through
LTA accreditation includes regular CRB checks, ﬁrst aid training, full insurance and a This one day course is aimed at coaches wanting to develop their skills to deliver tennis Tennis Development Managers,
commitment to the LTA’s code of conduct. ALL LTA accredited coaches & coaching within primary schools. who can be contacted if you require
assistants are committed to meeting minimum standards for safety and ethics, as part more information.
of our commitment to ensure youngsters of all ages and abilities can play in a quality, The course covers:
Working with large groups
Look for two types of LTA accreditation: Working in small spaces
How school sport works – who to speak to?
How to develop successful school club links
Basic accreditation for coaches and coaching assistants
How to use tennis to deliver the PE curriculum
Committed to minimum standards for safety and ethics
What tennis resources and support are available for schools
Only available to fully qualiﬁed coaches Coach Licence - Schools Tennis E-Test More info...
Committed to minimum standards for safety and ethics, including an enhanced A Schools Tennis ‘E-Test’ is available to coaches, to offer an accessible and convenient way
CRB disclosure of keeping their knowledge up to date, while earning credits towards their Coach Licence. • The Schools Tennis E-Test is available to
take online at: www.schoolstennis.org
The best choice for quality, up-to-date coaching
The ‘E-Test’ looks at the range of resources available to schools, the beneﬁts of developing
Remember to check that accreditation is valid. school-club links and the school sport infrastructure within England, Scotland and Wales.
3. Experience Factsheets and Templates More info...
Coaches all have different areas of expertise. Look at your coach’s recent experience A range of factsheets and templates are available to assist tennis providers in developing
school club links, which include: • These factsheets and templates
to see if it ﬁts with what you’re looking for.
are available to download at:
Some key questions to ask your coach: Information on how PE & school sport ent
Talent Attraction in Schools
is structured ool
School Year Groups Guidance
Have you coached someone in the same age group?
Information on how PE ﬁts within the ool
School Meeting Checklist
Do you offer a complete tennis programme including individual, group and curriculum
competitive opportunities? ool
School Club Link Agreement
School Club Links Guidance
Do you offer assistance in getting a rating? ool
School Conﬁrmation Letter
Curriculum Time Coaching in Schools
Do you encourage your players to compete and help plan competition schedules? ool
School Feedback Questionnaire
Promoting Tennis in Schools
Do you help develop young coaches? ng
Young Person’s Evaluation Form
Have you managed a programme before?
Can you provide some references and a CV?
Is there a chance to observe one of your coaching sessions?
Safeguarding in British tennis More info... British Tennis Membership More info...
• Information and contact details • More information about British Tennis
British tennis is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of young people. are available at: British Tennis Membership brings together the whole British tennis family, whether you are Membership is available online at:
www.LTA.org.uk/childprotection a social player, competitor, a competition organiser or simply enjoy watching and being www.lta.org.uk/membership
All LTA accredited coaches have signed up to the LTA’s professional standards, or email casework@LTA.org.uk involved in the sport. or by calling 0208 487 7000
including our code of conduct for people working with children, and our full range of
safeguarding guidance. Becoming a British Tennis Member gives you access to a wide range of exclusive beneﬁts,
including; entry into the BTM Wimbledon ticket ballot, a player rating so you can enter more
Clubmark accredited places to play have in place a designated person for safeguarding, competitions, discounts on tickets and gear, and a personalised monthly e-newsletter with
as well as safeguarding policies and procedures. Coaches and places to play also have updates, insight and tips to help you get more involved.
access to LTA training, support and advice on issues of safeguarding.
The LTA has a safeguarding and casework team to assist with your queries or concerns.
The team is experienced at working with schools and local authorities, and operates in Tennis in your area / local support More info...
line with Working Together to Safeguard Children.
British tennis has a comprehensive nationwide network, with a focused central team of • Your ﬁrst point of contact for any queries
leading specialists at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, where both The Tennis relating to Schools Tennis should be
Special Schools Tennis More info...
Foundation and LTA are based. your local Tennis Development Manager
(TDM). Find out more about tennis in your
This is supported by an enhanced local resource on the ground, through a county based area and the contact details for your local
Through Mini Tennis, the modiﬁed version of the game, and the wide range of innovative ‘Field Team’ and regionally based experts. These include a network of facility project TDM at: www.schoolstennis.org
• More information about the Special
equipment available, this new resource for 2011 provides guidance to empower teachers to managers, tennis development and talent/performance specialists.
Schools Tennis resource and Disability
deliver tennis effectively in Special Schools. Tennis in general can be found at:
It also provides signposting information on how young disabled people can continue and
progress in the sport, outside of school in the local community.
The resource is focussed around the following areas:
This section provides general ideas on how tennis activities can be adapted for young
disabled people, including general, speciﬁc and equipment adaptations.
2. Activity Cards
36 Activity Cards, which provide ideas for Warm Up, Main Theme and Competitive activities.
Each card includes speciﬁc examples on how to make the activities easier and harder.
3. Other Schools Tennis Resources
Whilst this resource has been speciﬁcally designed to support the delivery of tennis in Special
Schools, this section signposts to a wide range of other resource available, which, dependent
on the level of ability, can also be used to enhance delivery.
An introduction and sample of Makaton, demonstrating how it can be used to support the
delivery of tennis sessions.
5. Progressing on…
Information on how young disabled people can progress in tennis, including information on
competitive opportunities and how to link with places to play tennis in your local community.
6. Celebrating Success!
Certiﬁcates and stickers to positively reward and recognise achievement
with the young people participating in tennis activity at your school.
In addition to the resource, which is available free of charge to all Special
Schools in Great Britian, a large number each year are also able to access
free, modiﬁed AEGON Schools Tennis Equipment Packs.
As Lead Partner of British Tennis, AEGON supports tennis at all levels,
from ﬁrst steps with a racket to world-class events like the AEGON
Championships. Grass roots development is especially important to us.
Through the AEGON Schools Tennis programme, we support the LTA and
Tennis Foundation in helping teachers get more children playing tennis.
Produced by The Tennis Foundation | Charity No. 298175
For more information visit: www.schoolstennis.org
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