As Director for i2c, Richard has recruited many coaches. In this interview for Coaches on the Couch, Nigel asks Richard to share his top tips for recruiting a tennis coach.
Advertisement for recruiting a tennis coach
Richard believes that the place to start when recruiting a tennis coach is at the very beginning – with the advertisement; “package” the role properly so that you attract good coaches to the role. Understand the job that you are recruiting for so that you can make the role stand out and look unique. You need to look at what’s special about your club and it’s facilities and then consider the emotional reasons for why someone might want to do the job. Ensure that all of that comes through in the advertisement for the position.
Let coaches show what they can do
Once you’ve got a shortlist of coaches to interview, Richard believes that it’s really important to give each coach the opportunity to show you what they can do. In practice, that means, if it’s a tennis coaching role, then give the coach a chance to run a group session and an individual coaching session. Unlike office jobs, when recruiting a tennis coach Richard also believes that seeing how well a coach prepares is critical, so ask coaches to give a ten-minute presentation on something that is pertinent to the role. Allow enough time for the coach to ask questions and for you to ask questions.
After the interview, be professional and respond quickly – give each coach advice on what they could have done differently. Even respond to coaches whose CV’s you probably won’t keep on file. Thank everyone for applying. Richard believes that builds a good impression of your business.
Recruiting a tennis coach internally
Recruiting a tennis coach internally is a quick win for your business; internal hires know how your business works. Richard recommends that you identify and nurture talent within your programmes from as young as 13 and 14 years old. Provide opportunities for talented juniors to help out with programmes, run leaders courses and generally teach junior coaches the ropes.