Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Boys Head Coach - Loughborough University National Tennis Academy

United Kingdom

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Boys Head Coach - Loughborough University National Tennis Academy

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Management and Specialist grade 7 from £45585 to £54395 per annum. Subject to annual pay award.

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Full time and open ended (subject to external funding)

Loughborough University National Tennis Academy (LUNTA) is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and dynamic Boys Head Coach to support the performance of developing elite junior tennis players as part of the LTA's Player Pathway.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of a world-class and transformative player development programme, to produce male players who upon departing the LUNTA meet the Pro Scholarship Programme (PSP) selection criteria and have potential to be inside the men's top 100-ranked players, by nurturing the player, performer and person.

This role will form part of the LUNTA Senior Management Team (SMT). The Boys Head Coach will work with the Academy Manager, Girls Head Coach, Head of Performance Support and Head of Education and Player Wellbeing to drive the vision, philosophies, and desired behaviours of the Academy whilst leading and mentoring players, staff and parents.

The Boys Head Coach will provide leadership to the Boys Coaching Team consisting of Academy Coaches and training partners, ensuring impactful coaching quality and appropriate training and competition provision for optimal player development.

The Boys Head Coach will be expected to act as Coaching Lead on a small number of players, which will require significant on-court presence, travel to tournaments with relevant players, and leading assigned player development.

Please refer to the full job description for a comprehensive outline of roles and responsibilities.

There is an expectation with this role to travel to both domestic and international junior and senior tennis tournaments with other members of the LUNTA staff team and our junior tennis players.

Loughborough University is committed to developing staff. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn within the Academy, but also utilise skills and experiences of other Loughborough Sport performance and development practitioners to grow and develop.

Skills and Experience – what are we looking for? - Proven track record, credibility and significant experience in developing tennis players aged 14+ to successful careers at tour level, particularly boys. - Significant experience within a high-performance Academy/programme with successful outcomes evidenced. - Experience of line-managing, mentoring and supporting coaches on their journey. - Proven high performance tennis coaching ability and reputation amongst elite tennis players, tennis coaches and practitioners. - Proven track record and significant experience of leading an interdisciplinary team of coaches and practitioners to review players development, establishing and implementing individual development plans (IDPs). - A proven track record of effective implementation of tracking and monitoring processes, with subsequent successful impact to player's short-, medium- and long-term player development plans. - Significant experience of analysing the demands of pro tour and junior international tennis and defining and implementing a player development plan to support the transition from junior to senior tennis. - Excellent presentation and communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance. - Ability to multi-task in an open-plan office environment and on the road, and work within a fast-paced, driven environment. - Growth-mindset – a candidate that is looking to develop a career in performance sport/performance operations, and willing to learn. - A great team player – a candidate who enjoys and is comfortable in working with multiple stakeholders.

More detail is provided in the job description and on request. Informal enquiries should be made to Nathan Miller, Academy Manager, at [email protected].

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 3 June 2024

Interview date: TBC

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for details.

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equity and valuing diversity in all aspects of employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Boys Head Coach - Loughborough University National Tennis Academy


Loughborough University


United Kingdom


May 10, 2024

Application deadline

June 03, 2024

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About the employer

The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current name in 1996. Currently, the university has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centers, and over 35 professional services, teams.

Located in the center of Loughborough, UK, the university campus covers an area of 440 acres. The campus has a world-class infrastructure and provides a plethora of facilities like huge lecture theatres, a well-stocked library, well-equipped laboratories, an extensive IT network, a conference center, excellent accommodation, and Loughborough Students' Union. The university also has an arts center, a bank, a health center, two theatres, restaurants, and some shops. Also, it provides the students with excellent sports facilities. The university has a postgraduate campus in London too. Both the campuses have won many awards and rankings for the facilities they offer.

Loughborough University offers numerous undergraduate, doctoral and postgraduate programs in various fields like accounts, finance, engineering, sciences, architecture, business, computer science, management, mathematics, languages, sports, economics, arts, social sciences, media, and psychology. The university houses more than 17,000 students and over 3,700 staff members. It is a member of a renowned international academic network, UNITECH International, and has collaborations with many international institutions like MIT, IIT Delhi, and Nanyang Technological University. It also has strong links with many funding agencies and sponsors like the Brunei High Commission, the Libyan Embassy, Oman Cultural Attaché Office and the Chevening Organization. The university equips the students with the skills and knowledge required to improve their employability and offers them plenty of outstanding career opportunities.

Loughborough University has a large network of alumni. There are more than 178,000 alumni across 169 countries. Sir Peter Bonfield is BT Group's former chief executive. Lord Sebastian Coe is an Olympic athlete well-known for holding the world marathon record. Paula Radcliffe is Williams Formula One team's Head of Vehicle Performance and Rob Smedley's former race engineer. Malcolm Sayer is a successful car and aircraft designer. Rosalind Ayres is a popular English actress. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a television presenter, Welsh politician, and a former wheelchair racer. Clive Woodward used to be an English rugby player and served as the coach for the England rugby team from 1997-2004. There are lots of other distinguished and notable names linked to the university.

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