Becoming a tennis leader

What is a tennis leader?

A tennis leader is someone that is able to support the coach and committee with the day to day running of the tennis venue and tennis programme. Tennis leaders is an exciting programme which can help young people get the first step on the career ladder. Adults who enjoy volunteering see it as a way of getting some informal training around organising competition or taking a role on the committee.

Becoming a tennis leader

The tennis leaders course is aimed at 13 years plus. The content is suitable for older juniors just starting out on the tennis career pathway, right through to adult volunteers looking to support their local coach, referee or club official.

To undertake the tennis leaders course students should speak to their sport co-ordinator, teacher or coach at their local venue. 

Core Module: Introduction to tennis (3 hours)

Learn the basics of tennis and understand how variations of the game are used to introduce all ages and abilities to the sport. Learn communicaion and organisational skills and some key on court drills. 

Additional Modules (2 hours):

  • Volunteering at your tennis venue - you will learn about what makes a succesful place to play, understand the different ways of promoting facilities and programmes and learn about the roles of a management team. 
  • Leading a practice session - understand the structure of a hitting session, learn about the different types of feeding and the responsibilities of a practice hitter. 
  • Helping at your school - learn how to organise tennis activity for large groups including informal competition.
  • Helping at a competition -learn how to score for a Mini Tennis match, how to organise a round-robin match and how you can support your competition organiser or referee.

Delivering a tennis leader course

Running a tennis leader course is ideal for coaches who are looking for additional help with the day to day running of the tennis venue and tennis programme.

What do I need to deliver the course?

As long as you are an Accredited+ tennis coach, or active secondary school teacher, you will be able to run the tennis leader course. 

Contact your local regional office to receive free resources to help you run a tennis leader course. 

Download the Tennis Leaders deployment guidance document for further information.