Finding good coaches to work for you when you need them can be a challenge.
What is particularly challenging is the dilemma of having not quite enough coaches to expand your programme as you want. If you have 30 hours coaching per week to offer, that should be easy enough to advertise and recruit a coach. But let’s say you have a new school on board and you want to offer a couple of hours per week after school club and all your coaches are busy already. That’s a tough one – where are you going to find a coach who is available for a handful of hours per week?
Here are some thoughts…………..
Recruit from within your programme
As your programme becomes bigger and wider ranging, this becomes easier. We have quite a steady flow of kids from our programme who start helping us out with the coaching. Usually it’s a voluntary thing at first, but often this will lead to is giving them paid work. Of course, it’s very important to say that they are only doing what they are capable and qualified to do – in the beginning that would be just working under close supervision of a coach and never on their own with the children. But some of those juniors will get to 16, 17, 18 years old, start to take their coaching qualifications and be capable of taking on a bit more. We even push them to take their coaching qualifications and often pay for it.
Share resources with local clubs and coaches
But there are a variety of ways of finding them. Here are some methods of finding coaches:
I suggest that you start immediately to build up a database of coaches who you can call upon. You want as many coaches as possible sending their resumes to you so you can build up your list.
Here are some ways to get coaches sending you their cvs / resumes:
Place ads online for free wherever you can. If you type ‘tennis jobs’ into google, you will find many sites where you can place and ad for free.
Take the contact details of every coach you meet.
Approach local universities and colleges, particularly sports ones. Some of their students may have coaching qualifications and be very keen to find work in their holidays. Ask the universities about advertising in their publications / newsletters or on notice boards.
Advertise with your governing body and trade associations. In England, you can certainly advertise for coaches on the LTA web site and on the Tenniscoachuk web site (this is the tennis coaches association).
Look within your current coaching programme for players who may want to take qualifications and get involved in the coaching.
Surrey Uk only
There is something called the Surrey Coaching register. Just email your job details to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will advertise the job for you.
I’ve just come across another couple of ways to find coaches:
seasonaljobs.com – This could be a good place to advertise for coaches for your summer camps.
The mighty Linkedin – I’ve not yet explored the full possibilities of Linkedin, of which I think there are many. But ‘groups’ are one useful option. For instance, there’s a group called ‘Tennis Coach – Jobs and careers in Tennis‘ where people post jobs they are offering – or offer their services.
Another resource is www.representtennis.com
look up the courses and contact the course leaders directly ask them if they do placements.
Coach Education Providers
They may be willing to contact their newly qualified level 1,2,3 coaches on your behalf.
Parents, club members, recently retired people
Among those groups, there may be people who have time on their hands and are up for some work at those odd hours where you have the problem.
Just to repeat, we’re not talking here about using people who are not properly qualified or capable. It all depends what you need – if it is someone to assist an experienced coach on court with young children, they don’t necessarily need qualifications and experience (but they do need safeguarding measures like a criminal record check). If it is someone who will be on their own coaching, not assisting, then of course they do need the necessary qualifications.
Places to advertise for coaches
If you do need to advertise a coaching job, below I’ll put the places that I know of. Please add your own in the comments……….