Head Coach Advert

Head Coach – ASA Level 2 or Level 3


Salisbury Stingrays Amateur Swimming Club 

Job Type:

Part Time

Working Hours:

To be agreed


Salisbury, Wiltshire


Competitive / negotiable subject to experience and qualifications

Closing Date:

31st July 2019

Salisbury Stingrays Amateur Swimming Club (ASC) in South Wiltshire is seeking a head coach to join their team. 

The competitive Club is affiliated to Swim England and benefits from being in the heart of Salisbury which has been chosen by the Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide 2019 because it “remains a divinely attractive and welcoming place”.

The Club, which competes in the Wiltshire County Championships and the South West Region, provides a range of swimming opportunities including Learn to Swim, Swim Squads, Masters and Water Polo. We have swimmers who achieve success at club, county, regional and national levels.

Club performance results are improving consistently and there is the potential for a motivated Head Coach to take the club to the next level, whilst also continuing to cater for all levels of performance standards. The club would like to continue to develop the current programme aimed at developing technically skilled swimmers from a young age, in preparation for a successful career in swimming if desired.

The Head Coach will work with a dedicated and enthusiastic coaching team in order to develop and drive the Club to perform at a higher level. The successful candidate will have excellent communication (written/ verbal) and management skills, the ability to positively inspire confidence and motivate the swimmers to be the best that they can be. Candidates will preferably be ASA coach qualified with a willingness to work towards their higher-level coaching qualifications or have already completed their higher-level coaching badge (formerly level 3). In addition the club will be ideally looking for candidates who are keen to commit 3 years plus to the club to provide a stable base from which the club can develop.

The hours are to be agreed but will include early morning and evening training sessions, weekend training, attendance at weekend competitions and necessary administration. The Head Coach has a key role at the Club in supporting the Club ethos to encourage children, and young people at all levels of ability and achievement to enjoy and benefit from swimming. The position will require working within the coaching setup (including dry-land) reporting to the Committee, providing leadership to swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parents to facilitate swimmers reaching their full potential. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • To set direction and performance targets for all Performance Squads, specifically relating to the continuation of an effective squad structure in conjunction with the Coaching team that feeds in to the Performance Squads.
  • Provide a committed and professional approach towards coaching and supporting ALL swimmers to reach their full potential. Facilitate setting individual goals, outlining appropriate training and competition plans for those swimmers qualifying/aspiring to county, regional, and national competitions. Communication with parents / guardians to support the above.
  • Actively encourage members to take part in competitions and put effective processes in place to monitor and understand the reasons for changes in participation levels.
  • To operate and improve the existing annual training and competition programme based around the principles of long-term athlete development with ongoing refinement and improvement of the same. Prepare or oversee the preparation of training session plans for all squads and allocate water time to the squads accordingly.
  • Work with, support, and mentor all coaches and develop an energised and effective coaching team. Develop an education strategy to enhance existing coaching skills, with specific focus on performance to align with the clubs vision and strategy.
  • Ensure that the appropriate level of coaching is available for all Squad Sessions. Some of this responsibility may be delegated to other coaches where appropriate.
  • Along with other senior coaches, continue to provide a swimmer/parent education programme focusing on a variety of swimming related topics and lifestyle issues.
  • Attend appropriate competitions (Open meets, Counties, Regionals etc.) and training camps as detailed in the racing and training plan. Attend all club championships. Delegate appropriately to squad coaches and team managers where necessary.
  • Monitor swimmers’ progress and co-ordinate swimmer transition within the squad structure (in conjunction with the other squad coaches), and relay information to relevant committee members in a timely manner.
  • Working with the coaching team, oversee the selection of swimmers for Club competitions (including relay events at county/regional championships) and ensure distribution of team lists giving ample notification to members.
  • Perform a management role and organise regular meetings for all coaching staff. In conjunction with the other coaches, set performance targets for the entire Club as well as other areas of Club development including attending South East Regional meetings.
  • Interact and consult with the Executive Committee and report to the monthly Committee meetings with attendance at the meetings as required.
  • Attend to other such general duties associated with the post of Head Coach including participating in the recruitment of the coaching team when required and managing them accordingly.
  • Work with strength and conditioning professionals to establish an effective land training programme that complements the swimming programme.
  • Support the club in its ambition to grow is size and promote transition / cross over with Water Polo and Masters in line the ambitions of swimmers.
  • Oversee and support the scouting, trials and transition arrangements from the Learn to Swim programme and outside swim schools to the swim squads. Delegate appropriately to squad coaches and team managers where necessary.
  • Follow health and safety procedures and the Swim England Child Protection Policy.
  • Be aware and understand the facility Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Normal Operating Procedures (NOP).
  • From time to time provide coaching (skills / technique) to the Master’s squad if needed.

Skills and Qualities Needed:

  • UKCC/ASA Level 3 swimming coach qualification is preferred. Applications from UKCC/ASA Level 2 coaches working towards the Level 3 qualification will also be considered.
  • Demonstrable experience in coaching to county, regional and national level, with personal competitive swimming background preferred
  • Extremely self-motivated
  • Ability to coach, mentor and motivate others
  • High levels of technical knowledge across all strokes, the racing start and turns
  • Sports science knowledge with the understanding of how to implement successful cyclical training programmes for elite performance, including a strong understanding of tapering for peak performance
  • An understanding of the different requirements of sprinters, middle distance and distance swimmers and the creativity to implement specific training to those needs, whilst balancing the overall session running
  • Reliable, with some flexibility to provide cover for other coaches at short notice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills –especially through communication to the swimmers and parents, including at some presentation style events
  • A strong level of administrative and management skill
  • A science-based knowledge and understanding of dry land strength, power, flexibility and injury prevention methods is desirable

Location and Facilities:

Training mainly takes place at Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury. The centre has a 25 metre, 8 lane pool with dedicated seating gallery and a smaller pool used for teaching. Salisbury Stingrays also make use of a 25 metre, 4 lane school pool in Salisbury.

This Job Description sets out the main responsibilities of the role but it should not be taken as a complete description of the role in its entirety.

Reporting to and appointed by: Salisbury Stingrays ASC Committee

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Please note, candidates that apply and meet the criteria will be invited to an interview as soon as possible.

How to apply:

Applications should be made using the apply button. Please include a cover letter including a personal statement addressing the essential criteria and why you believe your skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position and a comprehensive CV. Two references will be required after initial application and following your invitation to interview.

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