Head Coach - ASA Level 3

London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club
Job Type:
Fixed-term contract
Working Hours:
Full time
Closing Date:
23rd March 2018
Job Reference

The London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club is looking to appoint an experienced full time, UKCC Level 3 qualified head coach to take the lead and build upon its successful competitive and development programmes.

Being the principal lead for this well established East London club, the head coach will set direction and proactively manage its programme of development for swimmers of all abilities across an effective squad structure and provide support and guidance to our extensive and popular Learn to Swim (LTS) scheme. The club is proud to boast national, regional and county able bodied and disability competitors, and the head coach will lead and develop this cadre of athletes while ensuring an inclusive development programme for all swimmers.

The club aims to be family orientated with an ethos of enjoyment, a sense of community, support and the attainment of full potential. Within this context, the head coach will be committed to maximising not only the development of the athletes, but also the professional development of the Coaching team and volunteers.

Working closely with the Club Committee and in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge and Vision, the head coach will maintain the Club’s SwimMark status, the continued high teaching standards across the borough and the embedding of a high potential talent programme and long term athlete development strategy.

The Role

As head coach, you will lead and manage the Coaching team for the London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club (referred within this listing as the Club), coach and develop swimmers at all levels (primarily at competitive level) and provide the critical business link between the Club, Vision and the London Borough of Redbridge to ensure the successful and efficient day to day and long term management and development of the Club. The head coach will design and articulate a compelling vision which will engage its current swimmers, staff, volunteers and also draw in others. Through this the Club will continue to develop and maximise its potential.

This role offers a competitive salary package including 25 days' annual leave and opportunity for progression and continued professional development.

Key Responsibilities

The role of the head coach is to be the lead for the Club within the following remit:


  • The head coach will have overall responsibility for all competitive squads, having an active role in coaching swimmers at age group and youth level.
  • As lead coach he/she will design, develop and implement a weekly, monthly and annual development plan for squad athletes.
  • The head coach will deliver/coach squad sessions (currently 7 sessions a week – approximately 17 hours, plus 5 hours land training).

Leadership and Management

The head coach will:

  • provide proactive leadership, direction and club management for the Club's coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes.
  • in consultation with other coaches and teachers, coordinate the design and implementation of a high quality annual coaching, training and competition strategy and programme for swimmers of all abilities.
  • manage the Coaching team deployment, ensuring all squad programmes and sessions are adequately managed, allowing for development and leave.
  • ensure an oversight of the management of the LTS programme and work with the programme lead to ensure optimum membership, performance, value for money and return.
  • foster a strong sense of team working amongst coaches, teachers and volunteers, ensuring shared values and good communication.
  • ensure the accurate recording of the Coaching team's activity to facilitate subsequent payment of salaries.
  • ensure the continued professional development of both the Coaching team and himself or herself.
  • act as a mentor for the other coaches and help to develop their practical knowledge and skills.
  • address with any performance, development and disciplinary issues arising from the Coaching team in a timely and practical way, drawing upon the support and guidance of the Club Committee where and when appropriate.
  • work collegiately with the Club Committee in the efficient and productive management of the Club, ensuring Club performance and financial security.
  • ensure a team ethos is embedded through leading and attendance of team competitive and social events.
  • abide by the both the Club’s and Swim England's code of ethics and terms and conditions, conducting themselves professionally at all times, both at work and outside.

Stakeholder and Partnership Management

As head coach, the post holder will:

  • ensure a positive and productive relationship with the management of Vision and the London Borough of Redbridge, ensuring that a collegiate partnership is maintained for the benefit of the Club and its members.
  • ensure a positive working relationship with the owners and managers of all other venues used by the Club is maintained and that additional or alternative partnerships are sought out and developed.
  • work closely with the Committee to ensure best practice is embedded across all elements of the Club and that the performance of the Club continues to develop.
  • ensure excellent and structured communication with all club partners including coaches, swimmers, parents, volunteers, LTS Teachers, Vision, English School Swimming Association, London Swimming and Swim England.
  • working closely with the Club Committee and in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge and Vision, ensure the Club’s SwimMark status is maintained, the continued high teaching standards across the borough and the embedding of a high potential talent programme and long term athlete development strategy.
  • actively seek out and secure new sources of revenue to further maintain and develop the Club’s financial position in partnership with the Committee.
  • ensure the continued support and funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Competition and Development

The head coach will:

  • ensure, in partnership with the Committee and Vision, the successful delivery of at least 3 home galas annually, with a view to expand this programme of events.
  • promote our galas with their peers to ensure maximum attendance. They are responsible for the timely submission of our licensing documents, conditions and events schedule for our gala
  • ensure the Club is appropriately represented at competitive galas and meets throughout the year, including county, london, regional and national events. This will include oversight of application processes ensuring swimmers are entered on time.
  • ensure, through the Coaching team, that swimmers are developed and prepared to compete at the right level throughout the year.
  • That the performance of swimmers in monitored and communicated and that performance is improved through appropriate training, throughout the year.

Identifying Talent

The head coach will:

  • be responsible for identifying, nurturing and managing the high potential talent pipeline for the Club though close partnership working with the London Borough of Redbridge, schools, Vision and wider community partners.
  • actively seek out, search and ‘spot’ talent at borough and school events and galas, including the London Mini games, Youth Games and inter-school events.
  • work with the Club Committee in promoting the competitive squads and LTS across the borough, attracting potential swimmers and competitors for the future.

Applications are invited from all suitably qualified coaches.

For more information about the Club please contact us via the email address below.

How to apply

Please send all expressions of interest via the apply button to Patrick Harwood, club chairperson.

Your application should comprise a covering letter and CV detailing a proven track record of:

  • Coaching at a high competitive level
  • Club/team management
  • Competition management
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