Vacancy – Director of Racket Sports

Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club
Director of Racket Sports

Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest tennis clubs in the world.
Based in Dublin, the Club has a thriving membership, has hosted over 140 Irish Tennis Open
Championships and is the home of the Irish Squash Open. The Club offers a variety of activities for its
members and recently invested in a major clubhouse extension, refurbishment and court
enhancements. The Club has 6 outdoor and 4 indoor tennis courts, 6 squash courts including the only
glass squash court in the country, and 3 padel courts. We aim to provide the best facilities and
activities to our members in a social & inclusive environment.
We wish to appoint a Director of Racket Sports. This will be an active role, involving constant
interaction with members, Club management, staff and committees, and will require flexibility in
working hours.

Key Responsibilities:
Reporting to, and under the direction of the General Manager of the Club, and in close collaboration
with other staff, in particular the Sports Co-Ordinator, and the Club officers, to:
 Manage all Tennis, Squash & Padel activities;
 Direct and promote the development of racket sport programmes at all levels, proactively
encouraging member participation in all racket sports and at all levels of play;
 Direct and supervise adult & junior coaching at elite, improver, social and beginner levels,
collaborating closely with coaches to deliver coaching objectives;
 Liaise closely with the Club’s racket sports committees to support all activities, including
internal and external competitions, leagues, ladders, fixtures, team selection, hosting open
tournaments (including liaison with sports NGBs)
 Enthusiastically provide innovative & creative initiatives to support participation across all
categories of membership.
 Support and participate in welcome activities for new members.
 Manage & support key club events each calendar year across all racket sports.
 Manage relationships with clubs in Ireland and abroad with which the Club has reciprocal
arrangements and/or fixtures.
 Support the recruitment process for new members, particularly in respect of invited junior
membership within the catchment area.
Please note: This is a full-time role. While the successful candidate may be required to provide
coaching to league and Club fixture teams as part of their job role, independent paid coaching will
not be permitted.

Key Qualifications:
 Experience as a Director of Rackets or equivalent position with management/supervisor
 Evidence of rackets experience, at a competitive level, with strong knowledgeable background
in racket sports.
 Proven track record in supporting and delivering operational excellence, member engagement
and continuous improvement in rackets sports.
 Excellent communications, interpersonal & collaborative skills, with experience operating within
Club structure, supporting sports committees and engaging with different stakeholders.
 Strong management and organisation skills to motivate, encourage and drive racket programs
within a planned structured calendar of activities.
 Ability to manage internal and external stakeholders.
 Results and services oriented.
 Competent with use of technology, email, MS Office etc.
 Garda Vetted
 Completion of safeguarding training in accordance with Sport Ireland Safeguarding Guidance for
Children and Young People in Sport. The successful candidate will be expected undertake
training (if not already qualified) to become a Club Child Protection Officer and/or Designated
Liaison Person.

Remuneration will be competitive, commensurate with experience and will be discussed as part of
the recruitment process.

Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, along with a cover letter to outline or highlight any
additional points. Applicants must provide the name of two relevant referees who will be contacted
prior to a contract being offered. Applicants can apply via post to c/o General Manager, Fitzwilliam
Lawn Tennis Club, Appian Way, Dublin 6, D06X6X2, or by email to, to arrive no later
than 23rd February 2023