Community Parks Tennis Coach

  • Employer Eastlands Trust
  • Town / City Manchester
  • Job Type Temporary
  • Salary £20661 - £23398 per annum
  • Position Type to 30 May 2020 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 22/04/2018
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 Manchester Parks and Community Tennis Coach

Fixed Term Contract to 30 May 2020

Eastlands Trust is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, innovative and experienced tennis coach to develop tennis across Manchester’s parks and community venues. The individual appointed will develop tennis at a number of park sites across the city including but not exclusively at Alexandra Park, Chorlton Park and Wythenshawe Park, in partnership with key stakeholders.

Eastlands Trust manages the world-class facilities in East Manchester, including the National Squash Centre, HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, National Basketball Performance Centre, National Taekwondo Centre and Manchester Tennis and Football Centre. The 2002 Commonwealth Games legacy ensured Manchester lives and breathes sport and the team at the Trust have the same passion.

The successful candidate should have extensive knowledge and expertise in tennis and sports programming and will have a passion and enthusiasm for sport, experience of managing a community programme, and possess excellent organisational and communication skills. The individual appointed will report to the Head Tennis Coach.

The role is part time (30 hours per week) and is Grade 5 (£20,661 – £23,398, pro rata)

Closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd April 2018. Interviews will be conducted on Monday 30th April 2018.

Application is by application form only, CVs will not be accepted. Please request an application form from

Completed applications should be sent to:

HR Department

Eastlands Trust,

Manchester Tennis and Football Centre,

9 Sportcity Way,

Etihad Campus,


M11 3DU

Or via email to:

Grade Grade 5 (SCP 22-26) pro rata

(30 hours per week)

Fixed Term to 30 May 2020

Partners Manchester City Council (MCC), Eastlands Trust, The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and The Northern Lawn Tennis Club
Manager Head Tennis Coach
Direct Reports None



The Eastlands Trust is offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and innovative tennis coach to build and drive forward community tennis in the City of Manchester. The successful candidate will have a chance to shape a community based programme and will be a key tennis coach in Manchester parks whilst also having a wider responsibility for collaborating with partners across the Manchester Community Tennis Network. The project is run in partnership with Manchester City Council, the LTA, Eastlands Trust and the Northern Lawn Tennis Club to develop an ambitious and sustainable tennis delivery programme in parks and community venues within Manchester. There may also be further self-employed opportunities outside of the contracted hours with partnering venues and organisations within the city.


Main Purpose of Post

To deliver a varied and interesting programme of tennis delivery in Manchester’s parks and community venues which motivates and encourages players to participate. The programme will create an atmosphere where adults and juniors of all ages and stages of development can enjoy the game side by side.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Deliver coaching sessions for juniors and adults in line with LTA guidance.
  2. To ensure that coaching sessions are suitably developed for all players including those less able or with specific needs.
  3. To ensure that local disabled people are provided with suitable opportunities in parks, education sites and clubs.
  4. Implement national governing body minimum operating standards for delivery of all programmes, for the safety of participants, volunteers, coaches and instructors.
  5. The role will seek to raise local awareness of tennis and build a programme that reflects the community surrounding each park.
  6. To ensure effective communication with a diverse working group and to build relationships with other coaches, players, local clubs and communities, attending relevant meetings in relation to parks tennis and contributing to the programme framework.
  7. Ensure all relevant paperwork for sessions is up to date.
  8. Ensure all delivery meets health and safety standards including the adoption of safe working practices, risk assessment, qualification levels of staff, use of appropriate equipment, first aid cover, accident and incident reporting and child protection procedures.
  9. At the end of each activity, ensure that all equipment is stored correctly.
  10. To carry out duties in accordance with the Eastlands Trust policies as agreed with Manchester City Council and the LTA.
  11. To undertake any other duties appropriate to the scale and grading of the post as may be assigned.
  12. To support the priorities, ambition and objectives of Eastlands Trust, MCC and the LTA.



 An LTA Level 2 Coaching Award with a willingness and ability to work towards Level 3 within 12 months.

  1. Passion and enthusiasm for tennis, with the ability to motivate and inspire others to try the sport and to sustain their participation.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of Manchester communities and challenges that face Manchester residents to participate in regular sport and physical activity.
  3. Understanding and knowledge of the structure of tennis both locally and nationally.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrating an ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people and organisations.
  5. Knowledge and understanding of minimum operating standards (i.e session planning) as related to leisure activity and safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults.
  6. Evidence of strong administrative and organisational skills.
  7. Ability to plan workloads, prioritise work and set targets for self and others.
  8. Be willing to work evenings and weekends as the job requires.
  9. Willingness to consent to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure) and keep up to date and valid first aid and safeguarding certificates.


  1. Experience of engaging and working directly in a community sport setting and/or active lifestyle initiative, including working with people with challenging or difficult behaviours and those at risk of social exclusion.
  2. An understanding of the barriers that may prevent people participating in and staying in sport and how to overcome them.
  3. An understanding of the barriers that disabled people may face participating in and staying in tennis and how to support them to overcome them.
  4. An understanding of current policies relating to sport and equal opportunities.
  5. An LTA Level 3 Coaching Award.
  6. PTR qualifications.

Where the post holder is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment, to allow them to carry out all the duties of the job. If, however, a certain task proves to be unachievable, job redesign will be pursued.


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