Coach Development Programme

Coach Development Programme

Coaches inspiring young children to play

For learners: kickstart your career in tennis coaching, by securing a full time employed role, fully-funded LTA Coach Qualifications, and earnings of £25-30,000 per annum by the time you graduate in 18-24 months.

For employers: enhance your workforce, develop fresh talent for the future of your business or tennis club, and join with a credible programme facilitated by Hampshire & IOW Tennis and the LTA.

The Hampshire & IOW Coach Development Programme involves a cohort of learners, each working for an approved employer in a paid job, and each acquiring formal LTA Coach Qualifications and valuable work-based experiences across an 18-24 month period. It is an opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ and fast-track a career in tennis and coaching.

Participants receive:

  • Paid employment (minimum 24 hours per week)
  • Paid holiday leave (5.6 weeks per year)
  • Hands-on coaching experience in the tennis sector
  • Formal Governing Body Qualifications: LTA Instructor (Level 2) and LTA Coach (Level 3)
  • Official LTA continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities
  • The opportunity to earn extra income through self-employed private lessons, as the programme progresses

Please note: This programme is not a statutory-regulated Apprenticeship. Those interested in this route should visit here or contact the LTA’s apprenticeship partner, Coach Core.

Who can apply (learners)?

Applications are encouraged from all aspiring coaches who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older on the first day of the programme
  • Currently holding an LTA Assistant (Level 1), with a minimum merit or distinction grade
  • Have successfully completed the LTA Instructor Readiness test (or be WTN 1-30)
  • Able to commit to an 18-24 month intensive development programme – working and learning

Who can apply (employers)?

We are looking to work with organisations who are prepared to employ, support and mentor one or more development coaches, working alongside the programme supervisor.

Possible employers include tennis clubs, schools with on-site tennis facilities, community and park providers and coaching providers. It may also be possible for a cluster of smaller clubs to work together to employ a learner.

Benefits for learners

  • A credible scheme, with backing from the national governing body
  • Earn while you learn in an employed role
  • Fully-funded Level 2 & 3 qualifications (value ca. £1,900)
  • Additional continual professional development opportunities via the LTA’s online learning platform
  • Access career development opportunities locally, including competition and event organisation
  • Support, guidance and mentoring from a dedicated programme supervisor

Benefits for employers

  • Address your workforce shortage
  • Grow your business with fresh talent
  • Encourage your potential coaches to take part, due to the qualification subsidy from HIOWT (ca. £1,900)
  • Be part of a county-wide scheme, supported by HIOWT and the LTA, which will have credibility in the eyes of learners and their families
  • Receive support from a dedicated programme supervisor
Hampshire & IOW Tennis is happy to support potential employers with statutory elements, such as registering with HMRC, understanding minimum wage regulations, and preparing to provide paid holiday. Financial modelling can also be provided.

Financial overview

Learners can be expected to earn the following:

  • Potential starting salary – £1,040 / £1,352 per month (18-20 years old / 21+)
  • After 12 months – ca. £1,400 / £1,700 per month
  • After 18 to 24 months – ca. £2,100 / £2,400 per month 
  • All figures provided are guideline only and will be subject to UK tax and national insurance, where applicable
Please note that these figures assume that learners make the expected progress through their qualifications, becoming an integral part of their employer’s coaching team.

Application deadlines

2024 Application Deadline: 31/08/2024.

Programme start date: 01/10/2024.

For further information, please contact

To apply, please see below.

Hampshire & IOW Tennis - Coach Development Scheme (for learners)

In order to register for the 2024 intake, please complete your application form by 31/08/2024. Interviews will take place in September, with the programme due to start in October 2024. Graduation will be during 2026.

Hampshire & IOW Tennis - Coach Development Scheme (for employers)

In order to register as an employer with the Hampshire & IOW Tennis coach development scheme, please complete the following questionnaire. Employers must provide an employed role, with a commitment to supporting and mentoring learners, as well as to releasing them for CPD opportunities.