Opportunity: Volunteer Assistant Water Polo Coach

Organisation: Swim England
Job Type: Voluntary
Qualifications Required: Coaching Water Polo: Level 1 Award or Assistant Water Polo Coach Certificate
Working Hours: Part time
Closing Date: 1 July 2019

Swim England is seeking an Assistant Coach, to work with the Head Coach and Team Manager for the Men’s U17 National Team (2004 and later), to plan, prepare and a lead a programme of development for all players to compete for the National Team. Collectively you will be part of a programme of development for all staff designed to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities. Collectively, working with the Talent Officer, you will produce a clear programme of development activity for the squad through the competition cycle.

This is a fixed term voluntary role until the conclusion of the European Championship cycle (expected to be no later than September 2021). All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the expenses policy.

The location of all training camps and/or competitions will vary but will predominently be based accross the National set-up in Manchester. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake both travel in the UK and overseas as considered appropriate by the Water Polo Talent Officer and as required by the competition schedule.

Role Objectives:
  • Support the Head Coach in the delivery of a programme of development for all players within the strategy agreed by Swim England
  • Commit to a programme of development within the strategy agreed by Swim England

  • Support the Head Coach in the delivery of all elements of the overall talent development programme and strategy as agreed by Swim England
  • Support the Head Coach in the production and delivery of an Individual Development Plan for all players
  • Working closely with the Head Coach and the Team Manager, ensure that the programme meets its strategic aims
  • Working closely with the Head Coach and the Team Manager, ensure that the requirements expected of all athletes are communicated to both the athletes and, unless specifically requested otherwise, the parents of these athletes
  • Working closely with the Head Coach, Team Manager and relevant Governing Body staff, ensure that athlete welfare is paramount in the planning, delivery and review of all activities
  • Working closely with the Team Manager, ensure that all data requested by the Water Polo Talent Officer is maintained in the format directed
  • Where possible, attend all coach meetings to help develop and define a clear Swim England strategy for the International programme 
  • Where possible, attend all Coach Development activities in the pursuit of individual progression as a coach  and to enhance your own development
  • Provide technical input and guidance to the Water Polo Talent Officer as requested
  • Any other duties as agreed with the Water Polo Talent Officer
  • Ensure Swim England Code of Ethics, policies and procedures are complied with at all times.

Person Specification:

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Coaching leadership experience within water polo programme(s) with a minimum Level 1 qualification
  • A technical understanding of the needs of talented players within Water Polo.  Experience in translating principles into practical systems and interventions that enhance the achievement of performance goals
  • An appreciation of the various, sports science, medicine and performance lifestyle disciplines and how they along with coaching, cumulatively create a progressive talent development environment.
  • An up to date safeguarding certificate

Personal Qualities:
  • Has a strong commitment to playing a significant role in the development of young athletes.
  • Has strong commitment to personal improvement.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities by setting high standards
  • Has good judgement. Demonstrates decisiveness and action.  
  • Uses appropriate techniques and communication strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and plans    
  • Uses appropriate team working methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build collaborative working relationships with an array of stakeholders.
  • Ability to plan, implement, manage and balance a programme of work within agreed timelines
  • Effective oral communication skills

These objectives are not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended if necessary to reflect the changing needs of Swim England.

How to apply

  • Complete the Application statement.
  • Send your CV and cover letter outlining the skills and experience you can bring to this role referring to the advert, person specification and job description to the email address shown on the Application statement. This should include any personal interests and unpaid activities. Include as much detail as possible to support your application, Swim England receive hundreds of applications so make yours stand out! (We would recommend at least 300 words.) 

Applications received without all elements above will not be considered for shortlisting. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered

Interviews will take place on the week commencing 8 July 2019 and may be conducted via Skype.
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