National Age-Group Coach (x3 roles available)

Elite Performance & Coaching
Regional areas , United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
4 / 03

About the role

The LTA’s vision is “Tennis Opened Up” and its mission is to make tennis Relevant, Accessible, Welcoming and Enjoyable.  Our Performance Team at the LTA aims to become one of the most respected nations in the world for player development. We will do this by creating a pathway for champions that nurtures a diverse team of players, people and leaders.

The National Age-Group Coach is responsible for enabling the development of our most talented young players to achieve National Academy selection standards by 15 years. This role includes supporting the development of the players, their coaches and their parents.

 
Please note these are mobile roles, ALL of which will work across the London & South East and Central & East regions, plus the requirement for national & international travel 
 

Please apply online with a CV and Cover Letter. Closing date for applications is Monday 17th February, with interviews anticipated to take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February.

Full description

National Age-Group Coach – 3 roles available

Responsible to Head of National Performance Pathway

Location Mobile roles based across the London & South East and Central & East regions plus the requirement for national & international travel

Salary Competitive, dependent on skills and experience

About the role

The LTA’s vision is “Tennis Opened Up” and its mission is to make tennis Relevant, Accessible, Welcoming and Enjoyable. Our Performance Team at the LTA aims to become one of the most respected nations in the world for player development. We will do this by creating a pathway for champions that nurtures a diverse team of players, people and leaders.

The National Age-Group Coach is responsible for enabling the development of our most talented young players to achieve National Academy selection standards by 15 years. This role includes supporting the development of the players, their coaches and their parents.

Key Accountabilities

National Age-Group Programme (NAGP)

  • Act as the LTA National Age Group Coach for a group of assigned players, undertaking frequent visits to the player’s home programme environment.
  • Lead the development, agreement, monitoring and review of individual development goals and annual plans for assigned players.
  • Provide support to personal coaches and parents for allocated players, maintaining frequent and appropriate channels of communication.
  • When required, plan and deliver on-court sessions and off-court workshops at National Camps, setting the appropriate environment for the player’s age and stage of development.
  • Following participation in NAGP activity, produce and communicate evidence-based reports on allocated players in order to support their development.
  • If required, act as Age-Group Captain for Official Team Trips, including: team selection, planning and delivery of the activity, reporting and follow up on the outcomes, lead pastoral care.

Delivery of a joined up National Performance Pathway

  • Provide regular support and challenge to an allocated number of Regional Player Development Centres in order to ensure effective delivery at those programmes receiving LTA investment.
  • Regularly scout U14 players at Tournaments in accordance with any processes relating to the selection and development of players.
  • Recommend U14 players for programmes and activity on the LTA Player Pathway, such as Regional Training, National camps and official trips, NAGP player scholarships and National Academies.
  • Support the delivery of any LTA-led regionally-based activity such as Regional Training and Regional Development matches.
  • Work closely with personal / programme coaches to ensure that there is an effective transition for players as they move through the Player Pathway.

Personal and pathway development

  • Work as part of a team to challenge, develop and enhance the evolution of the National Performance 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 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

Previous Experience of:

Nurturing the development of high potential U14 tennis players of both genders to the standards required for future international level success

Essential

Building and managing relationships of trust and influence with aspiring players, personal coaches and families

Essential

Working with a team of coaches and practitioners to plan and review player development including, individual development plans, training programmes and tournament schedules.

Essential

Delivering training camps and international tournaments travel for groups of players, which provide high levels of individual support and challenge

Essential

Playing and/or coaching tennis (particularly in junior age-categories) at the highest levels of the international game

Desirable

Working with IT and video-based systems in order to provide technical and tactical feedback to players about their performance

Desirable

Knowledge, Training & Qualifications:

SPC Level 4 and LTA Accredited +

Essential

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

Essential

Excellent working knowledge and understanding of the technical, tactical, physical, psychological demands and developments with regards to junior players

Essential

Excellent working knowledge and understanding of how to engage, communicate and motivate young players

Essential

An understanding of the requirements of running a high performance programme for developing tennis players

Desirable

IT literate with excellent written, verbal, communication and influencing skills

Desirable

Personal Attributes:

Teamwork

  • A collaborative colleague capable of working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to enable our most talented players to thrive
  • An excellent listener with the capability to put oneself in the shoes of other players, 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 NAGP to improve player experiences
  • Committed to on-going personal and professional development to continually improve as a coach, colleague, mentor and influencer

Closing date for applications is Monday 17th February, with interviews anticipated to take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February.

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