Self Employed Assistant Head Coach - ASA Level 2 or Level 3

Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club
Job Type:
Fixed-term contract
Working Hours:
Part time
Hemel Hempstead
£12000-£13000 dependant upon experience, plus competition expenses
Closing Date:
7th February 2018
Job Reference
HHSC - AHC 2018

Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club (HHSC), based in Hertfordshire, are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and hard-working individual for our new role of assistant head coach. You will be working collaboratively with the coaching team to support the development of HHSC towards achieving the club’s vision.

Background to Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club

The Club has been within the swimming community for over a 100 years and we are looking to strengthen our coaching team, to support further membership growth and support swimmers to help the achieve even higher racing potential. The club currently has just over 220 members and growing, with ages ranging from 6 to 70 years.

The club has a comprehensive training program to support all ages and abilities. Our training provisions have recently grown and are now over 35 hours a week across all squads, incorporating different venues and multiple pools. As another progressive step towards achieving the clubs mission/vision we have expanded, to the 2017/18 season, a more comprehensive land training program across our 4 top squads. HHSC has had multiple podium finishes at county (2017 top 10 team) and regional level (top 25) and are driving to strengthen these, as well as increasing depth at national meets. We have a strong masters squad competing and podium finishes at British, European, and world level. Our 2017-18 season has 3 training camps incorporating foreign travel, long course training and athlete development.

HHSC has a comprehensive competition program covering fun introductory opportunities through to level one licensed meets/ national championships, and masters racing at world level. We also provide a progressive team ethos with local leagues, National Arena League, and supporting multiple county and regional relay teams. We are in the London division one National Arena League with a goal to be in the premier league. The club also organises 3 open meets per year and host 6 team galas. The club has invested in own Olympic track start blocks, backstroke start ledges, start/ timing equipment and score board.

This is a great opportunity for any coach to gain experience of working within a growing club, positively contribute and work collaboratively with the head coach to improve the club’s performances.

Job Description

The assistant head coach (AHC) holds a supportive role in the ongoing development of the Club’s coaching programme. The AHC will support the head coach to continue to develop the competitive swimming training programme, increase athlete potentials, and to introduce greater stability, expertise and resilience to the coaching team.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To implement the Club’s swimming programme with the long-term goal of supporting national standard or higher athletes.

  • Have a good rapport and positively work with the head coach, coaching team and poolside helpers; committee members; team managers and HHSC staff. To be friendly and positively work with other members of the broader swimming community including local clubs, facility staff, governing body.

  • Attend competitions and open meets to support Club swimmers as directed by the head coach.

  • Provide competent feedback and race evaluations for swimmers at county, regional and national standard.

  • To support the head coach in mentoring the coaching team and guiding all support staff towards the vision of the club and goals of the competitive programme.

  • Support or collaborate with the head coach in administrative duties, new ideas or concepts.

  • To actively promote professional coaching standards, as well as ensuring best practice and continuous improvement to achieve performance outcomes.

  • The AHC will be expected to provide regular and appropriate information and reporting to the head coach on a regular basis, including; training and athlete reviews, project updates, and feedback.

  • To attend any personal development opportunities as outlined by the head coach and or by the committee.

Qualifications and Requirements


  • ASA/Swim England Level 2 Swimming Coach qualification or above.

  • Proven track record of coaching swimming, including knowledge (and preferably recent experience) of long-term athlete development and provide evidence of relevant continuing professional development both formal and informal.

  • Full UK valid driving license as attendance is required at competitions across the UK and transport.

  • DBS clearance.


  • Valid Passport.

  • Fitness instructor, personal trainer or strength and conditioning qualification or other sporting qualifications.

  • University degree or equivalent.

  • Previous experience working with disability swimmers and age group/ youth/senior swimmers up to or above regional standard.

  • Experience of working within a broader aquatic environment

Personal Attributes:

  • Ambitious, self-motivated, driven and enthusiastic.

  • Be an effective communicator, within the club and the community, and comfortable talking with parents, swimmers, fellow coaches and other key people and organisations.

  • The ability to build and maintain effective working relationship with the head coach, committee members, other coaching staff, swimmers and their parents.

  • Be flexible and adaptable to working hours.

  • A “can do” approach to your work which may include additional hours to ensure the job is done to the best of your ability.

  • Effective time management, planning and organisation.

This job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended to provide the framework within which the role of AHC will be developed and may be subject to adjustment considering the changing needs of Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club.

For further information, please contact HHSC administrator, Andrew Farrow, via the email address below.

How to apply

Please submit your curriculum vitae (CV) and covering letter, to Andrew Farrow, via the apply button.

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