Head Swimming Coach
- City of Oxford Swimming Club
- Contract Type:
- Fixed-term contract
- Coaching Swimming: Level 3 Award or Senior Swimming Coach Certificate
- Working Hours:
- Full time
- £35,000 - £42,000
- Closing Date:
- 13th May 2021 23:59
- Job Reference:
- Head Coach
The City of Oxford Swimming Club is looking for a Head Coach (Level 3) to lead and support full-time coaching across the Club at three pools in the city. The head coach will be ultimately responsible for the development of all swimmers.
This individual will have a passion for swimming coaching and will want to lead and develop the coach team to deliver the full range of our swim programmes. This post holder will meet regularly with their line manager to review their progress and to ensure that their personal development needs are met.
City of Oxford Swimming Club (COSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers, together with a small paid coaching team. We offer lessons, coaching and competitive swimming for swimmers aged seven to over 70. We are proud of our team spirit and inclusiveness, providing an aquatic family for swimmers ranging from youngsters in lessons, to performance athletes competing at regional, national and international level. We also support masters’ swimmers (>18s who wish to train and perhaps compete) para swimmers, triathletes and open water swimmers. For the last six years, COSC has reached the National Arena League Finals. In recent years we have fielded A and B teams of junior swimmers in the Milton Keynes Junior League, the A-team reaching the regional final of the competition.
Salary: Starting salary is £35,000 to £42,000 pa, commensurate with experience.
Hours: This is a full-time position (part-time considered).
Contract duration: Offered as a fixed term contract for two years, commencing immediately and is subject to review and extension. There is a six-month probation period.
See person specification for this role.
Overview of roles and responsibilities
The post holder will be responsible to the Chair of the City of Oxford Swimming Club for:
- Delivering a high standard of swimming coaching across the Club;
- Keeping the Club’s SwimMark accreditation status;
- Developing and maintaining contacts with neighbouring clubs and their coaches in line with Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF);
- Structuring the squad system to enable appropriate and supportive progression of swimmers according to the best of their ability;
- Overseeing the Learn to Swim Teaching Programme to bring more swimmers into competitive swimming.
- Providing input to the Club Committee on all matters of swimming coaching;
- Observing Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Anti-Discrimination and Data Protection across all squads, in line with Club and Swim England codes of conduct and with consideration of safeguarding policies during squad sessions;
- Working with the Club Committee and volunteers to maximise income potential for the club;
- Leading weekly coaches’ meetings;
- Acting as a positive role model to other coaches and swimmers.
Delivery of swimming coaching
- Lead and manage the coaching team to develop a timetable across three pools;
- Train the Club’s top swimmers, taking those at National level to appropriate events, and maintain and improve their performance on English or International programmes;
- Lead the activities of all Club coaches including annual planning of training and quality of training programmes, individual professional development and attendance at competitions.
- Ensure all squads are covered by a suitable coach and ensure coverage during absence;
- Attend squad sessions at all levels on a regular basis, with an emphasis on overseeing swimming technique;
- Ensure personal development plans for all swimmers are in place and being implemented in all squads, with meetings to set target trackers for performance swimmers, which should be regularly discussed and reviewed with swimmers and parents;
- Encourage and support coaches to progress to the next level of their ability, assist in their development and attract more new and appropriately qualified coaches into the Club;
- Annually assess the coaches via an annual appraisal process;
- Maintain and nurture good relationships with neighbouring swim clubs.
- Any reasonable duties as might, from time to time, be requested by the Club.
Maintaining the Club at SwimMark Level
Currently the club is accredited at SwimMark (Level Essential), Swim England’s quality standard for clubs. [Most elements are in place to achieve Essential level. We would expect the Head Coach to support Essential level accreditation working closely together with the SwimMark Coordinator.]
Structuring of the Club Squads
Annually review the squad structure, coach and pool time availability and assess if this matches the progression of swimmers to the best of their ability.
Work with the coaching team to ensure that all swimmers are assigned to an appropriate level squad, with goal setting and progress monitored at regular intervals.
Make squad moves with objectivity, showing excellent judgement, and do so whilst balancing the full range of the Club’s interests and individual swimmer needs.
Adjust the structure where appropriate and schedule squad moves at least twice per season (Sept – July) in close collaboration with the other coaches. Communicate any changes with coaches, swimmers and membership secretary in a timely fashion.
Take responsibility for the Club’s top squads and organise preferably up to 20 hours of pool time and two to three hours a week of land training. Gain access to 50m pool time at regular intervals in close coordination with the Club Chair.
Overseeing the Learn to Swim Teaching Programme
In close consultation with the Lessons Coordinator and other swim teachers, ensure that standards of progression are adhered to.
Develop activities to encourage swimmers entering into competitive swimming without them giving up lessons too soon so as to ensure a pipeline for progression into Club squads.
Encourage young competitive swimmers to attend stroke technique clinics and/or maintain swimming lessons for as long as possible to support their progression into higher-level Club squads.
Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity, Anti Discrimination and Data Protection Legislation
Ensure all SwimMark requirements are fully incorporated in the running of all poolside activities and land training.
Ensure the welfare officer is made aware of any accidents, episodes or concerns that might occur during a training session.
Ensure compliance with all Equal Opportunity, Anti Discrimination and Data Protection legislation.
Essential or Desirable
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
ASA Level 3 Coach
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (expected to obtain these if not already achieved)
Proven track record of providing first-rate coaching to swimmers at all levels of competition
Significant prior experience working in a similar role
Demonstrate effective leadership ability
Motivated and able to work well with others in a dynamic team environment
Have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF)
Skills and Abilities
Expected to strike a fine balance between technique and endurance sessions, following OADF guidelines
Relate the training programme to the competition programme and pool timetable. Agree and communicate this programme to swimmers and parents, ensuring they understand what cycles are being used and why
Proven ability, passion and commitment for swim coaching
Positive approach to innovation and a desire to bring fresh ideas into this role
Possess a high level of interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with swimmers at all levels of the Club, parents, other coaches and volunteers
Support the Fixtures Secretary in organising and administering Club sponsored meets
Organise an annual weeklong training camp for the top squads and possibly special invitees from other clubs as part of the training build up (this will become an expectation)
Accompany swimmers on any National programme where possible and expected by the ASA (this will be expected)
Be prepared to help create a shared vision of success for the entire Club and foster a positive team spirit
Computer literacy including Microsoft Office applications with an ability to organise swimmer information and resources
Expected to attend, support and motivate swimmers during competitive events
Represent and promote the interests of the City of Oxford Swimming Club and play a role in the wider swimming community
Attend staff training and CPD sessions and keep knowledge up to date.
Maintain positive relationships with the Club sponsors
Driving Licence and car owner (necessary to get across the city to the different sites)
Ability to understand the varied needs of swimmers
Committed to building positive relationships with swimmers and parents based on mutual respect and trust
View swimmer as a whole person and their potential whatever their personal ambitions might be
The Club will allow the Head Coach on a voluntary basis and where invited to take charge of the ONB County squad at the Inter County Gala.
How to apply
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Please include a letter of application, plus your CV, with references to be taken up upon offer.
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