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Head Swimming Coach

Orpington Ojays Swimming Club
Contract Type:
Coaching Swimming: Level 3 Award or Senior Swimming Coach Certificate
Working Hours:
Part time
Closing Date:
13th September 2020 23:59

Job specification: To work with the club to plan and deliver engaging, progressive training to our top squad, help organise the club’s competition calendar, and develop the coaching team.

Accountable to: Orpington Ojays chair and committee.

Qualifications, skills and attributes required:

  • Swim England Level 3 Coach Award (or strong Level 2, working towards Level 3)
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Enthusiasm and passion for swimming
  • Supervisory and management experience, and mentoring skills

Main responsibilities include:

Plan and deliver coaching to top squad in line with the club’s code of conduct and child protection policies

  • Deliver progressive training plans to engage the swimmers and develop their talent
  • Set goals with the swimmers and hold regular meetings throughout the year to review these goals
  • Work with the land-training coach to develop the swimmers’ fitness levels

 Leadership of coaching staff

  • Support the committee with the management, development and retention of coaching team.
  • Hold regular coaches’ meetings to review the swimmers’ squad progression and ensure a consistency of approach with training techniques and methods, and to plan the competition programme
  • Ensure that all sessions are covered during coaches’ absences
  • In collaboration with the welfare officer and the SwimMark managerensure all coaching staff hold the relevant insurance, qualifications, safeguarding and DBS certificates.
  • Provide a monthly coaching report to the committee  
  • Identify and discuss any skill gaps with coaches, and highlight training requirements
  • Develop and support the assistant coaches
  • Work with the finance team to understand and monitor the club’s budget for coaching staff
  • Ensure the coaches comply with pools’ health and safety procedures
  • Ensure the coaches comply with Swim England policies including welfare and child protection

Organising the competition programme

  • Work with the gala secretary to identify which open and league galas the club’s swimmers should enter each season
  • Manage team selection for league galas
  • Attend competitions and arrange the attendance of other coaches for club-supported galas
  • Write gala reports and send to the communications officer for sharing on the website
  • Use of social media for updates at events

Liaison with the committee

  • Provide a monthly coaching update report
  • Attendance at committee meeting as required
  • Discuss and agree the club’s strategy and goals for each season

Other responsibilities:

  • Attend the AGM and presentation evening presenting annual reports
  • Work with the core coaches to monitor and communicate the criteria for each squad
  • Deliver an intensive week of training for the club's elite swimmers on a winter training camp abroad in October half term, every other year. The next camp is booked for 23-30 October, 2021.
  • Monitor the development and progression of swimmers.
  • Undertake an annual review of squad structure and provide recommendations for changes
  • Suggest and engage with additional educational experiences for swimmers for example guest coaches, nutrition guidance, or mental-health workshops
  • Represent the club as requested to form and continue good relations with the county and region, and with neighbouring clubs

How to apply

To apply please send your current CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the role’s requirements to David Ryan – Chair at chair@orpingtonojays.com