10U National Pathway Coach (5 roles available)

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If you would you like to be an intergral part of our mission, playing a crucial role in supporting and developing the current and future elite players of British tennis who can inspire the nation, then come and join us.

The U10 National Pathway Coach is responsible for a portfolio of work with players, coaches and programmes in the 10U space of the National Player Pathway in order to identify and develop a pool of players to be eligible for Regional Player selection.

This role involves driving player development through the provision of excellent support to coaches and key staff across County programmes and the network of development centres.

Full description

10U National Pathway Coach – 5 roles available

Responsible to COUNTY PATHWAY MANAGER

Location Mobile roles based in all of the five regions plus the requirement for national travel

Salary circa £50k pa (dependent on skills and experience) plus excellent benefits including a company car, pension and health insurance

About the role

The LTA’s vision is “Tennis Opened Up” and our mission is to make tennis Relevant, Accessible, Welcoming and Enjoyable. We want people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to pick up a racket and have fun!

The Performance team is an integral part of our mission, playing a crucial role in supporting and developing the current and future elite players of British tennis who can inspire the nation. Our vision is to make Great Britain one of the most respected nations in the world for player development. Our Player Pathway is a strategic approach providing future potential champions a clear route for progression, from Mini Red to major tournament success. The Player Pathway delivers programmes at each stage of the journey, to ensure that the right players are training in the right environment, with the right coaching support.

The 10U National Pathway Coach is responsible for a portfolio of work with players, coaches and programmes in the 10U space of the National Player Pathway in order to identify and develop a pool of players to be eligible for Regional Player selection. This role involves driving player development through the provision of excellent support to coaches and key staff across County programmes and the network of development centres.

Key Accountabilities

National Player Pathway activity for 10U

  • Lead the planning, co-ordination and delivery of a series of National Player Pathway opportunities to 10U players within the allocated region.
  • Establish and proactively engage with a network of County performance coaches to ensure that appropriate players are invited to attend any National Player Pathway activity for 10U players.
  • Responsible for provide timely feedback and appropriate assistance to the personal coaches and parents of all players attending National Player Pathway activity.
  • Proactively monitor the progress of players within the allocated region using the protocols prescribed and recommend players for Regional Player selections each year.

Support programmes on the Player Pathway

  • Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with County Performance roles and support them to develop the network of performance coaches and development centres.
  • Act as an advisor to County Associations in order to develop inspiring attraction activity and age-appropriate selection policies at the entry stages of the National Performance Pathway
  • Provide support and challenge to an allocated number of Local Player Development Centres in order to ensure effective delivery in those programmes.
  • Deliver an annual review processes for those programmes within the allocated region that are part of the LTA’s Player Pathway.

Delivery of a joined up National Performance Pathway

  • Attend a required amount of County Training and regional and national tournaments to create an in-depth knowledge of the 10U players across the region.
  • Work closely with National Age-Group Coaches to deliver National Age Group Programme activity and ensure there is an effective transition for players moving in RPDCs.
  • Assist the Performance Coach Development Team to identify and support aspirational performance coaches who are working with 10U players.
  • Work closely with other LTA Departments to ensure there are effective competition and development opportunities across each County Association.

Personal and pathway development

  • Work as part of a team to challenge, develop and enhance the evolution of the National Player Pathway and deliver the wider programme objectives.
  • Undertake formal and informal personal development as appropriate in order to meet the demands of the role.
  • Lead on targeted areas of work in order to improve the programmes and/or experiences for players, coaches and programmes in 10U programmes on the Player Pathway.
  • Undertake additional administrative tasks that may be required to ensure that processes are completed and programme activity is delivered with excellence.

Person Specification

Recent experience:

Nurturing the development of 10U and U12 players at national and international levels

Essential

Developing individual coaches and their training environments

Essential

Working with tennis operators and County Performance staff to improve tennis programmes

Essential

Building relationships with parents to develop optimal programmes for their child

Essential

Planning and delivering group sessions, training camps and match events

Essential

Creating and delivering educational workshops to players, coaches and parents

Desirable

Using IT to undertake analysis and monitor player progression

Desirable


Knowledge, training and qualifications:

Level 4 coaching qualification

Essential

Up-to-date LTA coach licence including a satisfactory DBS disclosure

Essential

Awareness of international standards for players of both genders aged 10-12

Essential

Understanding of the programme and environment required to develop players aged 10-12

Essential

Knowledge on the requirements for undertaking effective talent identification

Essential

Excellent written, conversation and presentation skills

Desirable

IT literate and competent with Microsoft Word, Office and PowerPoint

Desirable


Personal Attributes:

Teamwork

  • A collaborative colleague capable of working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to enable players to thrive.
  • An excellent listener with the capability to put oneself in the shoes of other coaches and parents and understand the challenges from their perspective.

Integrity

  • Sets high personal standards of professionalism and performance and always acts accordingly.
  • Always seeks help and support from peers and leaders when managing challenging situations.

Passion

  • Highly motivated to provide a fun and excellent environment for talented young players from a diverse range of backgrounds to develop and thrive within.
  • An inspirational person capable of engaging players, coaches and parents in different ways to suit any given situation.

Excellence

  • Continually striving to rigorously review one’s own performance and the impact of the National Player Pathway to improve player experiences.
  • Committed to on-going personal and professional development to continually improve as a coach, colleague, mentor and influencer.

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