Job Title: Junior Wheelchair Team Manager
Responsible To: Disability Competitions Manager, LTA
National School Games Finals is a multisport event ran by the Youth Sport Trust annually. It is an event set up for our top junior athletes in the country to come together and compete, junior wheelchair tennis being one of the main sports on offer. This event from 2019 has moved to a bi-annual format, the next event being scheduled for 2020. In the last 4 months discussions have been had with the Youth Sport Trust (YST) regarding plans for 2019 and ensuring the momentum of School Games is kept in the “off years”. Discussions have been between YST and the six leading sports, wheelchair tennis being one of them.
The LTA have opted to run our own event for 2019. We will be combining our event and running it alongside the non-disabled Junior Nationals in Nottingham. The wheelchair juniors will compete alongside the non-disabled athletes during the last two finals days. We feel this fits with the current movements of the TF/LTA integration, it will provide a new platform for wheelchair tennis to be seen, and create a great atmosphere for our athletes to be a part of.
The Event (This will be named by Dan Maskell)
Dates: Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August
Nottingham Tennis Centre
Our event will run alongside the non-disabled National Junior Championships which will be on all week run by the LTA Competitions Team.
We want to keep the format as similar as possible to previous School Games. The UK will be split into 5 teams, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England North, and England South. Each team has space for 4 male and 2 female players and the age group is 18&U. Each team will have a team manager responsible for recruitment of the team in that region, they will also come along to the event as the teams coach, and they can also recruit a volunteer assistant to help support the team.
Team managers will run two open camps in their region for all eligible players to attend; from there they will select their team.
Players will represent their team, however the format of the event will still be a standard singles and doubles draw. They are playing to win gold, silver and bronze medals for their team.
Depending on entries the girls draw may have to be a round robin. Two short tie break sets will be played, with a match tie break if it goes to a third set. Team managers and their assistants are allowed on court to talk to players during the change of ends.
Youth Sport Trust to provide an educational element to the event, most likely sending a sport representative to run a few themed sessions. Other operational aspects of the event will be picked up by the LTA disability competitions team.
As well as YST support the LTA have sourced a fund from the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust. Dan Maskell will have naming rights to the event.
The Team Manager Role 2019
The role will be an 8 day contract. We think that the team managers are an integral role to the
junior wheelchair development pathway and talent identification so part of the allocated days will
be out with the event itself.
We expect each team manager to run open camps in their region to recruit players for selection
onto their team. There will be continuous contact with both the disability competition manager as
well as the Junior Wheelchair Talent ID coach.
Another event that leads up to the School Games is British Open; we would expect team managers
and their chosen players to attend this event.
The role will be split like so:
- 3 days – 2 camp + 1 admin day (organising and selections). To be run between April-June.
- 2 days - British Open Junior Event. 27-28th July, Nottingham Tennis Centre.
- 2 days – The Event 23-24th August, Nottingham Tennis Centre
- 1 day – Admin/travel day. = 8 days
We will also provide accommodation and expenses to all team managers when required. We will
cover accommodation and expenses for team assistants on the days of the event.
Fee: £100 per day + expenses.
Previous Experience of:
- Coaching junior tennis players to a regional level of competition Essential
- Experience of monitoring expenditure and managing budgets. Essential
- Experience in delivering training camps and managing tennis teams Essential
- Experience of working in disability sport. Desirable
Knowledge, Training & Qualifications:
- Coaching qualification – level 3 minimum, accredited and DBS disclosure Essential
- Ability to remain calm under pressure
- Strong organisational and time management skills Essential
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to liaise and communicate with people at all levels with a high level of diplomacy and professionalism Desirable
- Ability to network and build effective relationships with players and individuals within their support network. Essential
Email or contact for more information.
If you wish to apply for the role please email Claire.McCulloch@lta.org.uk with your CV and a cover letter.
Deadline for applications- Monday 31st March.