Participation Development Partner (South and South West)

Leisure & Fitness
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
30 / 06

Our vision is to open tennis up. And we need the most innovative and ambitious people to help us get there. Because when we come together, we support the ambitions of people across the country through a sport that truly is for everyone.

Our Participation team are on a mission to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming, and enjoyable to all. They deliver the participation strategy across the tennis landscape.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Participation Development Partner to join our team in the South and South West region; this is a mobile role mainly covering Hampshire and Dorset. Ideally, we are seeking a candidate that is based within/close to one of these two counties to facilitate regular venue engagement.

This role is a great opportunity for an outstanding sport development professional to play a part in helping the LTA achieve its vision of ‘tennis opened up’ through our work to make tennis relevant, accessible, welcoming, and enjoyable for all. To help us to ensure it is a sport that anyone can play, no matter their age, gender, background, or ability.

The Participation Development Partner is responsible for delivering the participation strategy across the tennis landscape at a regional and county level; leading the deployment and delivery of strategies and plans to the grass roots of the sport  across the club, county and volunteer network, park, community tennis  and education venues.

This role requires expert planning, communication, and collaboration with the need to engage and influence multiple partners to ultimately drive adult and junior participation growth.

In line with our values, we are looking for a talented and driven individual who can bring teamwork, passion, integrity, and excellence to this role. If this is you and you want to join our journey to open up tennis in Britain, we look forward to receiving your application.

 

To find out more about the role, please review the full JD and apply with your CV and Covering Letter, we look forward to reviewing your application.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th June 2021

Interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 15th / Friday 16th July 2021

Full description

PARTICIPATION DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

Responsible to Head of Region

Location This is a mobile role based in the South and South West region, mainly covering Hampshire and Dorset

Salary Up to £30k pa dependant on experience, plus excellent benefits (including a Bonus) and a company car.

About the role

The LTA’s participation team are on a mission to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming, and enjoyable.

This role is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding sport development professional to play a part in helping the LTA achieve its vision of ‘tennis opened up’, and through our work to make tennis relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable, help us to ensure it is a sport that can be played by anyone, no matter their age, gender, background or ability.

The Participation Development Partner will be critical in delivering the participation strategy across the tennis landscape at a regional and county level; leading the deployment and delivery of strategies and plans to the grass roots of the sport across the club, county and volunteer network, park and community tennis venues and education venues. This role requires expert planning, communication, and collaboration with the need to engage and influence multiple partners to ultimately drive adult and junior participation growth in line with the LTA vision of Tennis Opened Up to all

Key Accountabilities

  • Facilitate the deployment of strategy and plans at a regional and county level, working across the delivery channels; clubs, parks and community tennis and education venues, with a focus on driving participation growth and enabling a joined up approach across all venues and partners.
  • Work with the Head of Region to identify, engage with and influence the networks of clubs, park and community venues and education facilities which provide the best opportunity to influence the delivery of the participation strategies and plans.
  • Put in place systems and processes that enable clubs, park and community venues and education facilities to work in a joined up and mutually beneficial way to grow tennis in their local community.
  • Deliver support to the club network in order to grow membership, increase participation and become more financially sustainable, through agreed strategies and plans and working with the wider community.
  • Working with the Head of Region, lead on the day to day management and engagement with identified Local Authority partners to activate tennis participation across the region, with a focus on park and community venues, pay and play provision and smart access gate technology.
  • Work with the Head of Region to deploy central strategies and plans to grow sustainable opportunities for people to access tennis in harder to reach communities, working with identified partners and ensuring a sustainable approach to participation growth and social outcomes for participants.
  • Work with the Volunteering Manager to implement centrally led volunteer recruitment, engagement, reward and recognition plans created to enhance the volunteer experience, and change the shape of the volunteer landscape.
  • Work with the Disability Development, Competitions, Workforce and Community Development Partners to ensure plans are developed and implemented across the club, park, community and education network as part of an integrated plan to grow participation opportunities for all.
  • Work with the Regional Safeguarding Officer to deliver agreed strategies and plans to support venues and the wider tennis workforce in meeting best practice standards to ultimately make the sport safer for children and vulnerable adults.
  • Work with the Head of Region to help identify strategic indoor facility investments across the network of venues and LA’s in the region.
  • Work with the National CITC Manager to support the delivery of strategic initiatives aimed at increasing the sustainability and participation growth of Community Indoor Tennis Centres.
  • Where relevant and agreed, provide support to the regional and county performance teams, helping to join up work programmes with the regional participation teams and county associations.
  • Work with the Operations Team to engage and deploy the right partners within a network to successfully operationalise each new facility investment.
  • Working with the Head of Region and Central Participation teams to put in place regional monitoring and evaluation tools to capture the impact of regional plans in each network and venue.

Person Specification

Previous Experience of:

Delivery of sports development strategy to grow participation, working with a diverse range of partners.

Essential

Working collaboratively with a geographically dispersed workforce, facilitating the delivery of agreed plans and facilitating solutions.

Essential

Demonstrable experience of delivering plans to create an engaged and motivated volunteer workforce.

Essential

Developing opportunities with a range of partners within a community or education setting, in order to achieve agreed goals.

Essential

Management and engagement of Local Authority partners.

Desirable

Knowledge, Training & Qualifications:

Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to liaise and communicate with people at all levels.

Essential

Strong organisational, time management and prioritisation skills.

Essential

Competent IT skills (Word/ Excel/PowerPoint/Databases/Microsoft Office/internet).

Essential

An understanding of the wider sports network and the elements involved in developing sports in Club, Community and Education settings.

Essential

Full Driving Licence.

Essential

An understanding of local, County, Regional and National Tennis structures.

Desirable

Sports development and/or sports facility management qualifications.

Desirable

Personal Attributes:

Teamwork

  • A great communicator both internally & externally
  • Always prepared to work collaboratively
  • Works well as part of a regional team, working remotely across large areas

Integrity

  • Works openly & honestly in the interests of the team
  • Will always suggest improvements to ways of working
  • Will be comfortable challenging groups or individuals to ensure high levels of work
  • Treats others as you wish to be treated
  • Will be a role model for inclusion and diversity

Passion

  • Committed to growing the sport of tennis
  • Highly proactive with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Hard working & driven to succeed and achieve our mission
  • Passionate about developing opportunities for people to play sport

Excellence

  • Always aims to achieve the best possible outcome
  • Develops plans based on best practise and previous experience
  • Seeks support from colleagues to improve outcomes
  • Will be happy to take the more challenging route if it results in higher quality outputs

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