Before you begin to look for new or additional coaches, the existing head coach and/or management team should think about the corporate structure and overall vision of the venue, as these are key factors that will steer the recruitment process. Ask questions such as:
Once you have established the business relationship between the venue and existing coach and potential new coaches, you then need to focus on the overall vision and purpose of the venue. This will help inform the level of coaching expertise/experience required, the specific skills and experience needed e.g., working with children, performance coach or coach experienced in developing school links and whether the position will be full time, part time, employed, self-employed or voluntary.
Now that you are clear on the role and the requirements as well as the potential employment status of the new role, you must now create a job description, promote the role and look to recruit. Further guidance notes on these tasks, as well as information about the interviewing process, different types of employment options and tax guidance can be found in the support section.
Whilst the LTA provide generic guidance, more detailed information specific to your venue can be found by using the HMRC website and various online tools such as the ESI (employment status indicator) tool. Any venue or coach who is unsure about their existing corporate structure or employment status should seek advice from their treasurer or accountant.
Finally, a coach is a valuable asset for any tennis provider; a really good coach, however, is invaluable. Whether recruiting your first and only coach or looking to recruit a new member to the team, a good coach should:
A quality coaching programme delivered by a team of professional coaches can help your tennis venue access funding to extend the programme or improve the facilities as well as attract and retain new members.
A key feature of successful tennis clubs is the ability of the coaches, management teams and other staff to work together. Whilst the size and make-up of the team will vary according to the size and type of venue/facility, there are a number of key characteristics which characterise all successful teams:
It is also important to look beyond simply a group of coaches at the club when defining a team. For instance, the club coaches may be managed by a Manager, Director of Coaching or Management Committee. They may also work with a fitness expert, psychologist or dietician, and may also be supported by coaching assistants or apprentices. Nor should key personnel such as administrators or committees be ignored when defining a team. Clearly a team will vary according to the size and type of club.