(SNO) — A local tennis coach is developing his skills with a months-long course in the United Kingdom.
Stephen Marcelle, who operates Marcelle’s Tennis Academy in the south of Saint Lucia, and who has worked as a professional coach at Coconut Bay Resort in Vieux Fort, is presently in Exeter, England, where he is pursuing the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) Level 3 coaching qualification.
Marcelle has been coaching for over 40 years, and in 1989, he was trained at the Nick Bollieterri Tennis Academy. And now, with the LTA Level 3 course, he is expecting to be in an even better position to give back to the sport, and to help evolve the skills of young players in Saint Lucia.
Says Marcelle: “The course is quite in-depth and extensive. It is a very rich learning environment, with experienced instructors, and my colleague coaches also bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. So we are sharing and pooling our information, with a view to becoming better coaches.”
The Level 3 Coach Qualification is for people who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession. On successful completion of the coach qualification, candidates will be able to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understand the basics of business management, and understand the competitive structure in the UK. They will be able to manage the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants.
The course is over 14 days split into 4 modules of 3 days each and 2 assessment days, running until June of this year. There is a gap between modules to allow coaches to experience 27 hours of coaching on before moving through the course. Candidates must attend and pass all modules on the course to be successful.
Eligible candidates must hold the Level 2 Coaching Assistant Qualification, be LTA-registered, or have an enhanced DBS check, have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 or play-test-grade of 1 and hold a valid First Aid Certificate.
LTA is the National Governing Body for tennis in Great Britain, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.