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Team Lead, Wheelchair Tennis

International Tennis Federation

The International Tennis Federation is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis. It was founded in 1913 as the International Lawn Tennis Federation by twelve national tennis associations.

Posted
2 Apr 2024
Status
Full Time
Location
England
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

From Playground to Podium: As an organisation the ITF has a significant influence in tennis. We are involved in everything from inspiring grassroots initiatives to elite international competitions and all that falls in between. We have a touchpoint at every stage of a player’s career across all levels and formats of tennis. From grassroots campaigns to the Davis and Billie Jean King Cup podium, the ITF is engaged and committed to delivering tennis for future generations.

ITF ROLE OVERVIEW

We work to a hybrid model requiring a mandatory minimum of 3 days working in the office based in Roehampton, London and as part of this, Mondays and Tuesdays are ‘anchor days’ where all staff are obliged to work from the office.

Due to the timing of our projects, for this role we can only consider candidates who, on application, have the right to work in the UK.

International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. Founded in 1913, its purpose is to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, delivering tennis for future generations in association with its 213 member nations. The ITF oversees the rules and regulations that govern international and national competition.

The ITF is responsible for the worldwide development of tennis through its highly regarded Development Programme, its Science and Technical department which monitors equipment and technology, and its Officiating department which oversees the education and advancement of officials. The ITF is the owner of the two largest annual international team competitions in tennis, Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup (BJKC) by Gainbridge and manages the Olympic and Paralympic Tennis Events on behalf of the IOC and IPC. The ITF organises over 1,500 weeks of men’s, women’s and junior tournaments on the ITF World Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis Tour, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Masters Circuit. The ITF upholds the highest standards of integrity and is a partner in the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

Overview of Department:

The Wheelchair Tennis department is responsible for all aspects of wheelchair tennis at an international level. Activities include the organisation of the Wheelchair Tennis Event at the Paralympic Games, the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, classification and the development of wheelchair tennis for adults and juniors worldwide.

The Role:

The Team Lead, Wheelchair (Player Pathway), will work closely with the Head, Wheelchair Sports Science & Player Pathway to lead the identification, development, and implementation of strategic projects that enhance the wheelchair tennis player pathway. This role is central to the innovation and delivery of junior wheelchair tennis programmes in collaboration with global partners, aiming to increase the number of players throughout the pathway.

Positioned within the ITF Wheelchair Sports Science & Player Pathway team, the role will help to drive forward the ITF’s strategy for wheelchair tennis – Roadmap 2030 – and support the wider ITF Wheelchair team's objectives for the benefit of the entire wheelchair tennis community. The role requires a proactive approach to sport development and project management, with emphasis on stakeholder engagement across the international wheelchair tennis landscape.

Occasional travel worldwide, sometimes for extended periods and over weekends, is a requisite part of this role to effectively implement and support initiatives and programmes developed.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the collection and analysis of reliable and groundbreaking insight into the wheelchair tennis player pathway worldwide. Utilise data-driven strategies to inform decision-making and strategic planning, ensuring a player-centred approach that optimises player experience and performance.
  • Support the Head, Wheelchair Sports Science & Player Pathway to develop and implement a strategic investment strategy that provides a robust funding and support framework to grow the game.
  • Oversee funding initiatives aimed at supporting targeted players, regions, and National Associations to convert opportunities into tangible growth.
  • Design and execute specific development projects for targeted growth areas within the wheelchair tennis community to enhance the player pathway.
  • Establish and enhance a junior pathway programme that facilitates the increase in junior players and the development of the next generation of professional wheelchair tennis players.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for the ITF Wheelchair team's interactions with the internal ITF Development department and Development Officers, to ensure strategic alignment across all initiatives.
  • Regularly report on the progress of strategic projects and programmes to the Head, Wheelchair Tennis Sports Science & Player Pathway and relevant stakeholders, evaluate impact and adjust strategies as necessary.
  • Act as a key liaison between the ITF, Wheelchair Committee, National Associations, and the wider wheelchair tennis community.
  • Coordinate with the Head and Executive Director to ensure all Committees, Commissions and other advisory groups and stakeholders are properly informed and consulted. Help implement the strategic and operational goals set by the Committees.
  • Undertake other responsibilities and projects as required by the Head.

As the needs of the business can evolve rapidly this role may change accordingly, therefore this document should be viewed as guidelines which are subject to change.


You will have...

  • ✓ A high level of knowledge, skill and experience in sport development, governance, and the operational facets of sport organisations.
  • ✓ Familiarity with internal and external committees, rules and regulations, and player welfare issues, including child protection and player education.
  • ✓ Knowledge of wheelchair tennis and/or disability sport is highly advantageous.
  • ✓ Proven ability in project management within the sports sector. Capable of delivering complex projects from inception to completion, adhering to strict timelines and budgets.
  • ✓ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the capacity to foster and manage relationships across a diverse range of stakeholders, including players, coaches, national associations, and external partners.
  • ✓ Ability to facilitate discussions and build consensus among various groups.
  • ✓ Experience in leading teams, with emphasis on personal development, coaching, and performance management.
  • ✓ Skills in the use of ICT systems, databases, and digital tools to enhance operational efficiency and stakeholder engagement.
  • ✓ Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends, and travel internationally as required by the role.
  • ✓ Ability to adapt to changing priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • ✓ Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Proficiency in additional European languages is desirable, enhancing the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of international stakeholders.

What we offer....

  • Excellent salary plus discretionary bonus scheme (subject to conditions)
  • 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group personal pension scheme, Life Assurance and Wellbeing Allowance
  • Health Cash Plan with Medicash
  • Ride2Work Scheme
  • Free lunch when working in the office (up to £9 per day)
  • Complimentary healthy snacks and fresh fruit when working in the office
  • Free parking on site
  • Working hours: based on 35 hours per week. Normal office hours are 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday. Flexible working hours possible with core hours of 10am-4pm (although weekend work and longer hours are a part of the role when travelling)

Application Process

Please click 'Apply Now' to email a Cover Letter and CV to Wheelchair Tennis and include ‘Team Lead, Wheelchair’ in the subject line of the email.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond individually to candidates, therefore only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please note that interviews may be conducted via video call.

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A DBS check may be required for the successful applicant.

Equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) is a fundamental priority for the ITF. Our philosophy focusses on embedding inclusive behaviours and processes across every element of our business practices.


Additional Information

Status
Full Time
Job Type
Disability Sport
Team Operations & Logistics
Sport
Tennis

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