Ian Griffin, tennis coach in the Shaftesbury, Blandford and Warminster areas, has just achieved the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) highest coaching qualification. This Level 5 achievement qualifies Ian as a Master Club Coach.
The LTAs Level 5 qualification is one that most tennis coaches feel is out of reach. It is a time-consuming qualification with many head coaches feeling Level 4 is sufficient. Many coaches working in clubs are at level 2 or 3.
Being accepted on the Level 5 course is an achievement in itself as only one course a year throughout the UK is held with just 12 places available. The successful candidates are required to complete 7 modules which are located all around the country.
Ian Griffin says Its been a great experience visiting the module locations, we have been to some really inspiring places such as the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and Loughborough University. The qualification involves a year studying in a tennis management degree programme with Northumbria University, a mentoring qualification, an LTA portfolio of evidence and 3 work placements. Ian Griffin says The highlight for me was my high performance work placement in Barcelona for 5 days with one of my tutors, Alistair Higham. We worked with 24 UK high performance players. I would also like to thank Rushmore Golf Club and Little Acorns Nursery for allowing me to do my other placements with them.
Ian Griffin has been in the area for 10 years since completing his Sports Development and Coaching Sciences degree at Bournemouth University and has been offering local children and adults learning and competition opportunities in tennis. He has also established Shaftesbury Community Tennis Club and Griffin Tennis Academy.
So, what does this qualification mean? Ian explains This qualification allows me to tutor LTA qualifications in the future, however, for now I want to focus on providing the highest level of coaching for my players and continue to improve Griffin Tennis Academys Coaching Programmes. I have major improvement plans that will be starting in April 2017 to encourage players to train more often.
Angela Phipps from Shaftesbury Community Tennis Club states Everyone here at the tennis club are hugely proud of Ians achievement, and we would like to encourage more players of every standard to come along and experience Ians fantastically motivating tuition. For such a small club, we are incredibly lucky to have a coach of this level.
Felicity Cox of Stourpaine Tennis Club says: We are lucky enough to have had Ian as our Club coach for almost ten years. We've seen him develop his skills over this time and we're absolutely thrilled that he's achieved this outstanding qualification. He is totally dedicated to his work and is always finding new ways to help us improve our game. Ian is brilliant at adapting his teaching for both children and adults from beginners to advanced players and we're very fortunate to be able to benefit from his talent and enthusiasm. If you'd like to take advantage of his coaching, I strongly recommend that you get in touch."