Level 1 Coaching Assistant (Tennis Scotland)

Tennis Scotland are running a level 1 course in March at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries

Course Details
The LTA Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification is the first step on the LTA Coaching Pathway. It is aimed at people looking to work as a coaching assistant at a club or other tennis venue, such as a park or a school. The qualification is an assessed course.
Upon successful completion candidates will be able to work as an assistant coach alongside a minimum of a Level 2 Accredited Coach in a beginner coaching session.
The course is 3 days in duration, split over a minimum period of 4 weeks and will cover areas such as Mini Tennis, technique, tactics, communication, organisation, demonstrations, safeguarding, running competitive events and organising activity sessions. Additionally, the course requires candidates to complete a portfolio and gain a minimum of three hours experience assisting an LTA Accredited or Accredited+ coach between the second and third day of the course.
Coaches who hold a Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification are not qualified to coach independently, but will be able to lead parts of a coaching session on an adjacent court to a Level 2 or above coach. They can also run a tennis activity session that has been set up by the Head Coach (Level 3 or above). A tennis activity session refers to organised play or competition facilitated by a coach through organising equipment, allocating space, and suggesting some ideas for activities. The key distinction between a coaching session and activity session is that no formal coaching instructions (for example technical instruction) are given.

Level 1 coaching course

Coaches will qualify for the following subsidy amounts:
Level 1: 40% of full course cost with a maximum value of £75

Sports Scotland funding
Course Pre-requisites
Be a minimum of 16 years old on the first day of the course.
Have a signed letter of deployment from the club where coaching experience will be undertaken or request a letter of deployment from the Course Provider.
Candidates must attend all the sessions of the course at the same venue and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.

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Mini Red Matchplay

The David Keswick Centre in Dumfries hosted the final D&G tennis competition of the year.

We had a great day of play with some excellent tennis from all the 8s and under.

The event had 2 new D&G players talking part, Eamon McFarlane from the Stewartry Community Sports Club & Caitlin Topping from Dumfries Tennis Club. We also had some players playing in only their 2nd or 3rd events, Lucy Scade & Stella Hodgins from Dumfries Tennis Club and Angus McCreary from Eaglesfield.

Caitlin, Ava, Lucy, Stella, Isaac, Jack, Ethan, Dominik, Adam, Angus & Eamon[1]

The format had 2 groups of players with Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, Ethan Leyman all Dumfries and Eamon all qualifying for the semi finals with Adam Hunter, Isaac Sharp, Stella Hodgins again all Dumfries being joined by Ava Rimmington from Tyne & Wear in the consolation event.

In the main semi-final draw Jack edged a tight battle against club mate Ethan to win 10-9, whilst Dominik used all his experience to beat Eamon who was playing in his first event 10-4. Ethan claimed third spot by beating Eamon 10-1, then Jack defeated another club mate in Dominik to win 10-3 and claim the win.

In the consolation event Adam and Isaac progressed to the final before Adam secured the victory 10-5.

Great to see all these young players competing.

Dumfries Mini Red Matchplay Results