Coach - Heron Tennis Centre

Closing Date: 05 Jan 2020

  • Level 3
  • Cornwall
  • Accredited
  • Full Time
  • Contact Employer
  • Self-Employed

Job Description:

The main aim of the role is to be a lead coach at the centre helping to maintain and build upon our established junior, adult and academy programmes. The candidate will offer private lessons, mini squad coaching and group coaching for our members and non-members, plus schools coaching.  

The successful candidate will be passionate about coaching, people and the sport, have a positive attitude, and have experience in coaching beginners to advanced junior and adult players.

You will become a member of our small team of coaches and centre staff (and receive the support, sharing of ideas and care within this team), and become an important part of our centre and programme's culture, which has been designed to be more like clubs typically found in Europe. 

Other possible opportunities/ responsibilities within the role include:

- to coach (and enhance their coaching skills in areas maybe they are less experienced in) a wide range of sessions including after-school junior and adult groups, weekend junior club mornings, academy sessions, school holiday camps, team training, toddler tennis, disability tennis, Cardio Tennis, Super Seniors and Sassy Ladies sessions

- coaching our academy players on a long term pathway to potentially playing pro tennis, including our annual player/ parent meetings and trip to Germany to compete on clay

- on and off court sessions and times in our annual Triangular Camp & Trophy with teams from London, Germany and Heron 

- run a number of mini-tennis 2-3 hour match-plays

- coach support and development: Heron coaches meeting every other week, annual Heron coach discussions on and off court, and annual Cornwall Coaches Conference (includes 2 days worth of LTA Licence points)

- help organise junior, teenager and adult socials

- represent our 1st team in county and regional leagues

Overview of Venue/Company:

The Heron Tennis Centre has been established over 16 years since its opening in 2003. Our mission is to offer everyone (we have over 450 members, plus non-members) from toddlers to seniors the opportunities to learn, progress and love tennis. We strive to be like a youth club for juniors and a place where adults come to see their friends for tennis, to socialise in our Courtside Cafe and for exercise classes in our Heron Room. We also offer aspiring players the opportunities and pathways to fulfil their potential via our Ace Academy programme.

With over 250 junior and adults receiving coaching each week, plus visitors for tennis, users of our function room and our cafe and bar, we are renowned for having a welcoming and vibrant culture. Our coaching programme features junior and adult county champions and county team players. We are also proud to have produced a player who was ATP world-ranked and is currently receiving a full scholarship to a US division 1 college.    

 Heron's facilities: 2 indoor acyclic courts, 8 outdoor (4 floodlit) courts, 2 mini courts, practice wall, Courtside Cafe and bar, Heron Room for functions, offices and a reception selling a small number of tennis products.

Person Specification:

- is passionate about coaching, people and the sport!

- likes to be part of a team of coaches

- is keen to enhance their own coaching experience and knowledge

- has good communication skills with juniors and adults

- has experience in coaching a wide range of playing standards and ages, which ideally includes players of county, national and international standard

- has strong playing experience

- consistently tries hard in every session

- has a positive, "can do" attitude

- is typically prepared to work a minimum of 5 days a week with some unsocial and irregular hours, but has a work-life balance in mind

- has the ability to coach, mentor and care for our most aspiring and committed academy players on a long term pathway, plus work with and guide their parents

- has a driving licence (or is due to get one)

- is organised, takes pride in their appearance and is a good manager of time

How to Apply:

If you think you would fit in and enjoy working with us, please email your CV and covering letter to Steven Askey, Director of Coaching, to '' If you wish to discuss the role, please call Steven on 07790017603.

Applications close on Sunday 5 January 2020.