Level 4 Head Coach - Portsmouth Tennis Centre (BH Live Active), Hampshire & Isle Of Wight

Rate of Pay

£27,000 (depending on experience)

Job Description

This is an employed position residing at Portsmouth Tennis Centre. The Head Coach will oversee and coordinate the overall programme of Tennis development at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre and other facilities managed by BH Live.


1.1 To manage and develop a high quality all round programme which caters for all ages and abilities.

1.2 To assess the programme quality and results regularly and adapting where necessary to ensure the programme and the centre usage continues to grow, liaising with Centre Manager about any changes.

1.3 To deliver a minimum of 15 hours coaching per week.

1.4 To lead a fit for purpose coaching team, ensuring they deliver with high quality and ensuring all safeguards and training are in place.

1.5 To manage and ensure clear pathways for all programme players is clear and transparent.

1.6 To manage and develop an outstanding outreach programme for Tennis enabling greater access to the communities of Portsmouth working with Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and LTA.

1.7 To plan and coordinate an outstanding calendar of competitive opportunities for adults and juniors m including internal tournament, Team Challenge and entry into leagues.

1.8 To deliver BH Live, LTA and City Tennis objectives.

1.9 To manage the promotion of Portsmouth Tennis Centre through social media, open days, events and marketing collateral, linking with BH Live marketing team.

1.10 To manage communication between players, parents and coaches to ensure they are strong through quarterly parents evenings/forums.

1.11 Create a talent identification programme for assessing young people in a variety of sessions and to provide a talent development programme.

1.12 Work with the Centre Manager, Portsmouth City Council and the LTA to produce and deliver a strategic Portsmouth Tennis Development Plan.

1.13 Be responsible for the on-going development of Portsmouth Tennis Centre coaches (paid and voluntary). Establish a mentoring system to raise the quality of coaching across the whole programme. Organise 'in house' training and regular development meetings.

1.14 Establish a programme of accredited coach education/development courses at Portsmouth.

1.15 Act as a point of contact for local clubs to advise and assist in club development and coach education.

1.16 Work with the Centre Manager to establish and maintain budgets for individual elements of the programme.

1.17 To produce reports regarding the on-going development of Portsmouth Tennis Centre.

1.18 To act as a key holding member of the Centre Management team, where required and be responsible for the opening and closing of the centre and emergency call outs as required.

1.19 To cover as Duty Manager with associated responsibilities as required.

1.20 To ensure the Centre is presented and its reputation maintained to the highest standards.

1.21 To undertake any other duties as may be required by the Centre and General Managers.


2.1 Experience of training and managing tennis coaches of all ages and standards.

2.2 A track record of growing players on programme to increasing playing opportunities for the community.

2.3 Experience of managing a large programme that caters for all ages and abilities.

2.4 Experience of working with LTA and Tennis Foundation as well as Local Councils.

2.5 A proven track record of engaging with the community.

2.6 Experience of coaching beginners to high performing players.

2.7 Experience of using software packages and social media to improve the customer journey


3.1 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people at all levels.

3.2 Ability to lead and motivate others to showcase role model behaviour.

3.3 Working to clear deadlines throughout the tennis seasons.

3.4 Computer literate in a variety of software packages.

3.5 Understanding of marketing and social media opportunities.

General and Special Knowledge

4.1 A good knowledge of the local area and community tennis.

4.2 Existing relationship with the LTA.

Venue Overview

The Portsmouth Tennis Centre was built in 2013 and is one of leading indoor centres in the country. We have over 450 players on the programme and see over 700 weekly visits. We actively work closely with the City Council, LTA and surrounding venues to increase tennis participation across the city. Our facilities include:

  • 4 indoor courts
  • 6 outdoor courts
  • We are connected to Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre

    BH Live are the South Coast's leading operator of leisure and event venues - a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives. We're an organisation created to make people's lives better. We make it easy for local residents and visitors to take care of their health and wellbeing by placing affordable sport, fitness, arts, culture and entertainment within easy reach of thousands of people. BH Live are the leisure operator across Portsmouth operating 7 sites across the city.

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    Person Specification

  • Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Senior Coach Qualification or equivalent.
  • First Aid certificate.
  • LTA Accredited+ Coach
  • Educated to GCSE standard.
  • Practical experience dealing with customers on the front line.
  • Practical experience working as a tennis coach.
  • Practical experience managing employees and resources.
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Calm and level headed under pressure.
  • Able to work unsocial hours, including evenings and/or weekends.
  • Passion to provide excellent customer service.
  • Team Player with a positive attitude.

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, please send a copy of your CV along with a covering letter to Centre Manager, Jo Dallas at

    Interviews will take place - 5th & 6th February 2018

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