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Coach Development

The Vida Education Pathway

At Vida, we are lifelong learners. The Vida coaching journey gives coaches of all levels and experiences the opportunity for continuing education and growth.

The pathway starts with coaches looking to get started in the industry and progresses through to our team leaders. At all stages, our goal is to grow and share knowledge and have exceptional learning experiences that have an impact on the way we implement tennis at our facilities. There are many facets to our education program, all of which cover all on-court coaching, business development, leadership, communication, and more.

Below, you will find more information about each stage on the pathway. Each Vida coach will have the calendar of sessions made available to them.

The Vida Coach Career Pathway

Growth is important to us, not only in education, but in coach career goals and aspirations as well. Vida Tennis has a pathway for each coach tailored to their specific needs. There are many reasons people get started in the tennis industry and understanding the “why” is important in getting the best outcome possible.

Each coach with Vida generally starts as an employee (casual, part time, or full time) and is presented with a progression pathway that is continually assessed. There are several options within the company:

  • Casual employee – hourly rate plus superannuation
  • Casual employee with a bonus program attached
  • Part-time employee (with bonus programs)
  • Full-time employee (with bonus programs)
  • Work-to-own program
  • Ownership model per venue/center

Coach pay rates are clearly defined in the employee contract, which also highlights the progression process and bonus/incentive program roles. There are options to fit most coaches’ goals and vision. Whether you are a uni student looking for a part-time job or a career coach looking for a long-term plan, the options are there.

As a coach progresses through their pathway, they have the option to take on more responsibility, such as managing programs, venues, or a school. Progressions are only limited to the attitude and desire of the coach, with ownership of business units an option for the right people. There are many examples currently in the Vida team where a coach has been part of the “work-to-own” program and is now the owner of a business unit.

My Coaching Journey - December 2020 Workshop

Are you interested in working in the tennis coaching industry in 2020 and beyond?

The Vida Trainee Coach program will give you an insight into all you need to know to be successful both on and off the court.

At the end of your training you will be able to:

  • Plan, execute, and evaluate your own coaching
  • Confidently coach red, orange, and green ball group lessons
  • Assist in coaching squad lessons
  • Coach beginner private and semi-private lessons
  • Understand the expectations of a tennis coach
  • Understand the various coaching pathways

As a trainee coach you are required to complete:

  • 5 hours of shadowing a head coach at your closest Vida venue
  • Shadow a red, orange, and green ball lesson
  • Attend Intro to Coaching workshop
  • 5 hours shadowing/teaching post workshop
  • Reflect with Heach coach for holiday/term (1 hour)

The program is open to all people aged between 16 and 21 who are looking to join the tennis industry. You do not need to have been involved with Vida in the past to join the program.

The workshop will be taken by Kane Dewhurst and Ashleigh Richardson, both of whom are facilitators of Tennis Australia coach education courses.

The details:

  • When: To be confirmed
  • Time: To be confirmed
  • Where: To be confirmed
  • What to Bring: Tennis racquet, water bottle, Trainee Coach Handbook, and a pen
  • What to Wear: Tennis clothes
  • Cost: Free

Register your interest:
Email Leon at leon@vidatennis.com.au or contact the head coach at your nearest Vida venue

Once registered, you will receive a Trainee Coach Handbook with a checklist of tasks to achieve prior to the workshop.

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