NewsVacancy – Tennis Coach

12/05/2021

Vacancy - Tennis Coach

Role Description

Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club (RLTC) is actively looking for an enthusiastic and passionate coach to come and join our established team to help us meet current demand and grow with us as we progress our ambitious plans to build 4 covered courts in a nearby park as part of a vibrant community hub.

We have aspirations to become one of the biggest, most expansive and progressive tennis clubs in Scotland and we are looking for a coach who will help us on this journey and be an integral part of this vision.

We currently have a team of 6 coaches; 1 Head Coach, 1 Lead Coach, both of whom are full-time, 3 part-time Assistant Coaches and 1 part-time Strength & Conditioning Coach. We are looking for a great team player to come in and work alongside this existing team.

Coaching at RLTC is split into 2 programmes, our Club Programme and Development Programme. Our Club programme currently caters for over 300 players each week with classes ranging from parent and child “tots” sessions to intermediate/advanced adult coaching (see attached coaching programme for details). Our Development Programme (see attached graphic) caters for around 30 players between the age of 9-15 who have ambitions of being County/National level players.

We are looking for a coach to join this team and work across both programmes. The successful candidate will:

  1. Have experience leading a range of club coaching sessions from Tots through to Adult Intermediate.
  2. Be confident and passionate about working/hitting with county level U9-U14 players to help support our Development Programme.
  3. Have ambitions to grow and develop into a lead coach and senior member of the team.

We see the role starting at around 20-30 hours a week with the opportunity to grow and shape the position around your passions and strengths.

In the short-term, the successful candidate will work under the direction of our Head Coach, Jonny Willcox, to deliver the following:

  • Lead groups of mini-tennis classes and junior yellow ball sessions.
  • Lead adult beginner and intermediate classes.
  • Offer junior individual lessons.
  • Assist with the organisation and running of Matchplay events

In the longer-term, the successful candidate will be given the necessary support, training and mentoring to develop to play a key role in our future aspirations.

Who We Are

Located just 3 miles south east of Glasgow city centre and benefitting from excellent public transport links, we are one of the most active and progressive Tennis Clubs in Scotland.

We have 7 all-weather courts which are floodlit for year-round play. These are split across two nearby venues. We have 4 Artificial Grass courts located off Viewpark Drive, our home for nearly 100 years, and 3 Artificial Clay courts located off Burnside Road, which formerly operated as Burnside Tennis Club, an affiliated section of Burnside Bowling Club, until they became derelict. We saved and expanded into these courts in summer 2017, leasing them from Burnside Bowling Club on a long-term basis, to give us the extra space we so badly  needed given our rapid growth and expansion. Both venues are fully accessible.

We are big enough to offer great facilities and lots of tennis and social opportunities for everyone, but small enough to be run by members for members and retain the friendly, welcoming environment we pride ourselves on.

We offer loads of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the wonderful game of tennis any day of the week, any day of the year, whether this is:

  • Informally with friends and family;
  • Socially with like-minded club members through various weekly social play sessions and numerous special events throughout the year;
    Competitively as a member of one of our many teams that play at all levels in the West of Scotland Leagues, various Regional and National Competitions, as well as our annual Club Championships;
  • As part of our Coaching Programme led by the British Tennis Coach of the Year 2016, Jonny Willcox, giving kids and grown-ups the opportunity to fulfil their tennis ambitions whatever they may be, or;
  • Through numerous community outreach initiatives of which we are hugely proud.

Our commitment to provide a vibrant, high quality, affordable and welcoming club was recognised by Tennis Scotland who awarded us the accolade of “Club of the Year 2016” and then again in 2017. We are incredibly proud to have been the first club to win this award for two consecutive years.

We are a tennis club, but first and foremost, we are a progressive, welcoming, supportive and inclusive community that works incredibly hard to make peoples’ lives better.

Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club will be one hundred years old in 2022. #RLTCProject100 is about celebrating this centenary and, more importantly, readying the club to play an even greater role within the local community and wider Scottish tennis community. It’s about securing a strong and healthy future for our club for the next century and beyond and comprises three key elements:

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Rather than these being separate projects, we’ve pulled them all together under a single vision (#RLTCProject100) – the idea being that we celebrate the opening of the Overtoun Covered Courts and our new Viewpark Clubhouse as part of our big Centenary Celebrations in 2022.
The most ambitious part of #RLTCProject100 is our plans to build 4 covered courts in a nearby park, creating a vibrant community hub.

Our vision is to build a unique covered tennis centre in Rutherglen which will trail-blaze a new approach to growing the game of tennis in Britain

  • The best covered tennis courts in Scotland.
  • No frills, no luxuries, just exceptional yet affordable covered courts (cheapest in Scotland) within a passionate tennis environment which welcomes all.
  • Provides a truly all-weather home where we can expand and develop our hugely successful club, community and performance programmes, including community “pay-as-you-go” use and limited FREE slots to make tennis truly open to all.
  • A central hub to promote, grow and develop the game of tennis in South Lanarkshire.
  • Venue for local, regional and national competitions.
  • Great café serving healthy food and drink at sensible prices and offering free Wi-Fi.

However, whilst the driving force behind this proposed facility is tennis, we see it being much, much more than this. Tennis provides the structure on which we want to build a vibrant hub of activity that the whole community can enjoy, including;

  • Visitors/spectators encouraged and warmly welcomed.
  • Café open to the public.
  • Toilets available for public use.
  • FREE Table Tennis, Table Football and Pool.
  • FREE Wi-Fi.
  • Community cinema showing classic films and big sporting action.
  • Flexible/functional spaces available for community use (dance, fitness, yoga, exercise, fitness, art classes etc., meetings etc.).

The size of the overall building is dictated by the size of the tennis courts and headroom required, so there is ample space to accommodate all of these facilities, and more, without growing the overall building. It therefore provides a framework for a vibrant and  diverse community hub to grow and thrive. This is key to our plans and we want to reach out to all community organisations who could make use of this space and facility and do everything we possibly can to incorporate their requirements and aspirations within the constraints of the project.

We want to create a lively hub where people come to exercise, interact and relax. The busier it is the better it is for our club. The healthier our club, the more we can do for the local community. We see this as very much a symbiotic relationship where a not-for-profit tennis club can help the community and vice versa.

Recruitment Timeline

We’re looking to appoint a new coach based on the following timeline:

Closing date for applications (see below): Friday 21st May
Interviews: w/c Monday 24th May
Trial session(s) at club (these will be paid): w/c Monday 31st May
Appointment announced: By Friday 4th June

Contact Details and Further Information

Any questions, queries etc. relating to this coaching vacancy should be directed to our Head Coach Jonny Willcox on the contact details below.

To apply for this position, please e-mail your up-to-date CV, along with a covering letter setting out why you feel you are suited to this role, to Jonny by the deadline of 6:00pm on Friday 21st May.

21-23 Viewpark Drive, Burnside, Glasgow. G73 3QE
Burnside Road, Burnside, Glasgow G73 4RB

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