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Tennis Coach - Europe - Last chance to be part of the 2023 Season

Neilson Active Holidays
Work in Europe!
Approx. £670 PCM Based on Experience + Accommodation & Great Overall Package
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

Job Details

Tennis Coach - Europe

We are now recruiting for the last few roles of the 2023 summer season

Salary: Approx. £670 PCM Based on Experience + Accommodation & Great Overall Package (Plus commissionable payments for tennis extras i.e. Private lessons, restrings etc)

Dates: September - November

Location: European Beach Resorts

Reports To: Head Tennis Coach

Job Role Summary:

Working for Neilson Active holidays is more than a job; it’s a lifestyle! Spend the summer based in one of our beautiful Beachclub resorts where it’s all about sharing your passion for the activities you love. You’ll be working hard, but the work is fun, and there’s always plenty of time to play!

We are looking for motivated tennis professionals to represent and deliver our fantastic Neilson Tennis programme across all our resorts. You’ll help to deliver a high standard of tennis tuition to our guests under the guidance of the Head Coach.

This will include varied abilities from complete beginners through to advanced match play specialists. We aim to deliver excellent coaching to both adults and children in a fun and safe environment across all of our European beach resorts.  

Our tennis programme has been developed with the help of former world No. 80 Mark Petchey. As a former ex-GB Davis cup tennis player and Andy Murray’s former coach, he has brought a wealth of technical and tactical knowledge to continue to take our tennis programme to the next level.

Together, we’ve designed a programme that will enable guests of all levels to come away from their holiday, having gained plenty of additional confidence in their game.

Along with our new partnership with RPT Europe (Spanish Methodology in teaching tennis) headed up by founding member Adrian Rattenbury, we can provide our guests with the world’s most successful training methods to help improve their game.

Our Tennis Coordinator is also qualified through the RPT system completing the World Tour Course as Professional Tennis Director. So, with the support of Mark Petchey, our RPT World Tennis Professional Co-ordinator and also Adrian Rattenbury (Head of the RPT), we provide our staff with the best Tennis Coach education/training in the business, and this could easily set you on a path to working anywhere in the world!

Our Tennis Programme includes:

Private coaching 1-1, 1-2 or small groups of 3/4

If a guest would like to develop their skills further, they can book private sessions that can help to iron out any little kinks in their game. This is the best way to learn as they have the individual attention of the coach.

Premium tennis  This option is for regular players who are looking for some intensive coaching. This session runs for two hours per day, over six days and is held in groups of up to eight.

Tennis for kids

Children as young as two years old can get an introduction to tennis within the children’s clubs. Our coaches host these sessions and include plenty of tennis-based games to keep the kids smiling.

Tennis weeks with Mark Petchey

Our guests can also hit a few balls with the man himself through joining up with our exclusive Mark Petchey tennis weeks.

We are always looking for friendly, energetic and approachable individuals to join our amazing team! People who can build rapport with ease and continue to give our guests confidence in the fact that every element of their holiday is being delivered by people that care.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Present a professional appearance and attitude at all times
  • Maintain an excellent standard of customer service, leading by example
  • Assist in the organising and running of a tennis programme that caters for all adult and children guests, incorporating group coaching, free play, social tennis, and private lessons
  • Assist in the preparation, organisation and delivery of a weekly tennis tournament
  • Promote the tennis programme and actively aim to increase participation
  • Ensure health and safety is to the highest standard both on and off the courts
  • Take personal responsibility for the maintenance, repair and security of Neilson equipment and the satisfactory appearance of Neilson sites to ensure the meeting of guest expectations
  • Ensure tennis supplies are well monitored and stocked, and inform the Head Tennis Coach promptly when orders are required
  • Work as a team to set up, pack up, and proactively provide assistance to all guests using the tennis equipment each day
  • Help with the setup and the pack down of the tennis centre and the resort either side of the season
  • Train any new and peak season coaches with the knowledge and skills to deliver the tennis programme
  • Help organise and host social events, provide briefings and positively interact with guests at all times
  • Be prepared to move between different resorts according to the operational needs of the business and to fulfil your contractual end date
  • Be flexible in your job role and willing to assist in all other duties, within reason, as requested by your manager according to training you have been given

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • RPT Level 1/2, LTA Level 1/2 or Equivalent
  • First Aid certificate that is valid for the duration of your contract – This should be a minimum 6-hour practical course providing a certificate that is valid in the workplace
  • Experience coaching adults and children of all abilities
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Previous customer service experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Ability to deliver a very high level of fun, engaging, safe and informative tennis sessions
  • In-depth understanding of current tennis developments
  • Detailed knowledge of the British playing system
  • Ability to effectively communicate with guests of all ages, management, and other staff
  • Ability to lead, motivate and train a team and maintain effective working relationships
  • The ability to confidently hold a conversation in English 

Personal Qualities:

  • Approachable, welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible
  • Punctual
  • Organised
  • Clean and tidy appearance

*For clarity, staff accommodation is either included in the package or deducted as part of the salary. This arrangement is resort specific. No employee will incur any loss of earnings due to the fact that the wage for each role is balanced across the entire programme.


If you've got the passion, we've got the opportunity!

Working for Neilson Active holidays is more than a job, it's a lifestyle! It's all about sharing your passion for the activities you love. You'll be working hard, but the work is fun and there's always plenty of time to play!

We are always looking for friendly, enthusiastic and approachable individuals to join our amazing team! People who can build rapport with ease and continue to give our guests confidence in the fact, that every element of their holiday is being delivered by people that care.

Who Are Neilson Active Holidays?

We are proud to be one of the leading active holiday specialists and have been delivering awesome holidays for over 40 years.

Year after year our guest’s love to return to our resorts to experience the expertise of our resort teams, whether it’s for a top-notch sailing lesson from our qualified RYA instructors, a delicious cocktail freshly served by our experienced bar team or to hit the slopes with one of our Neilson Mountain Experts.

Bring your passion to our team!

You'll need to be a strong, natural communicator who is able to build rapport with ease and interact confidently with both our guests and other staff members alike.

Neilson Active Holidays is bursting at the seams with opportunities to fine tune your talents and the experiences that you will take away from working anywhere within our programme will stand you in great stead for the future.

In addition to all of this, you'll be able to master some amazing activity sports along the way!

Who are we looking for?

  • Those with a great sense of humour!
  • Likeable, charismatic, individuals with bags of character and contagious enthusiasm!
  • Those who can demonstrate the desire to get involved, enhance their skills and share their expertise!
  • Genuine personalities, those that are kind, friendly and helpful in their nature!
  • People who can bring a bit of individual magic to our award-winning team!
  • Grafters that are not scared of hard work, they strive to be the best and can have lots of fun whilst they do it!
  • Those with a great work ethic and the right attitude!
  • Problem solvers that are responsible, punctual and have the ability to use their common sense!
  • Well mannered and positive in their outlook on life!

Training, Development And Career Progression

We want to develop our staff, provide opportunities to learn new skills and give you the chance to follow in the footsteps of many senior Neilson managers who have worked through the ranks with great success.

We have former chalet hosts are now in charge of the largest hotels in our programme and former windsurfing instructors who are now the operational/commercial masterminds behind the development of our biggest products.

If you are happy to put in the hard work and thrive under pressure, we can offer you a challenging and very rewarding career.

The Neilson team are the backbone of the business and we want to be a great company to work for. We listen to what our team have to say and constantly strive to make everything the best it can be. We will ensure that you're properly trained in all aspects of your role in order to meet the expectations of our guests and satisfy all legal requirements.

The Recruitment Process

Working for Neilson is more than a job, it's a lifestyle. It's all about sharing your passion for the activities you love and we are always looking for the best people to join our team.

If you're up for the challenge, we'd love to hear from you, so kick-start your adventure and complete an online application today.

Give yourself the best chance and be sure to complete every section thoroughly so that we can get a feel for who you are and what you are all about.

If your application passes the initial criteria, you will be placed on a list of potential candidates, however, this does not guarantee an interview at this stage.

The team will then take a closer look at the information you have provided to see if you could be a good fit for the business and for the role to which you have applied.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are unable to apply for a specific position through our online application form then this role is not currently available!


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Neilson Active Holidays
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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