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Senior Development Coach

Hackney Aquatics Club and Anaconda Swimming Club
Contract Type:
Water Safety: RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)
Coaching Swimming: Swimming Coach Certificate or Level 2 Award
Coaching Swimming: Assistant Swimming Coach Certificate or Level 1 Award
Working Hours:
Part time
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Closing Date:
18th April 2024 23:59

Hackney Aquatics Club and Anaconda Swimming Club in London are hiring!  We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate Senior Development Coach to join us and lead our growing shared development pathway.

Hackney Aquatics and Anaconda are neighbouring swimming clubs in east/north-east/north London that are successfully partnering in the delivery of swimming programmes under the leadership of a joint Director of Swimming, David Broadbent, including by combining squads in the performance and competitive pathways.  The clubs share a vision to provide a programme that offers the best opportunities for all types of swimmer, regardless of their level, goals or ambition.  This is done through leading teaching and coaching provision that develops highly-skilled, technical and motivated swimmers from grassroots to podium.

Our common goal is to be renowned for developing highly skilful, technical and driven swimmers by providing the highest quality coaching and core values including teamwork, punctuality, commitment, discipline, time management, understanding preparation, and mental and physical toughness.

Our competitive pathway squads (Regional Development and Performance) currently have up to 22 hours of pool time and 2 hours of land training each week plus regular competitions, generally in the London Region.

We are seeking a Senior Development Coach to work alongside our Director of Swimming to lead the Regional Development and Performance squads and manage the Development Pathway that will see swimmers achieve their goals of county, regional and national performances.  The right candidate would also support the Director of Swimming and the Executive Committees in the planning, structure and development of the clubs.

The part-time role will comprise approximately 12-15 hours of poolside coaching per week, plus land training, some (2-3 hours per week) squad admin and attendance at a weekly coaches meeting.

This is an opportunity to be part of an innovative and exciting collaboration between two independently successful and thriving clubs which offers real potential for career development under the leadership of a Director of Swimming whose passion for, and knowledge of, swimming is infectious.


Person Specification: Please see below for the attached person specification


Job Description

Reporting To: Director of Swimming, Chairpersons of each club

Working Hours:  12-15 hours poolside plus 2-3 hours admin

Salary: Competitive, based on experience, qualifications and administrative role (expected to be above £20 per hour equivalent)

Outline: To plan, deliver and provide engaging and progressive training to our Regional Development/Performance squads in line with the Director of Swimming’s vision and the OADF.  To also lead and be responsible for the overall success of our Development Pathway. 

Main Responsibilities

Plan and Deliver Coaching to our Performance/Competition Age Squad:

  • Plan and deliver sessions for Age Group Swimmers aged (10-18) 
  • Deliver all sessions in line with our codes of conduct and with consideration of child protection policies during squad sessions.
  • Deliver suitable progressive training plans that engage and develop our age group swimmers
  • Send regular communication to age group swimmers and parents/carers and organise squad meetings or one-to-ones as necessary
  • Attend all competitions when needed or specified by the Director of Swimming
  • Record swimmers' attendance on the OnDeck register app and provide monthly feedback to the Director of Swimming
  • Encourage swimmers to enter competitions as per the competition calendar set by the Director of Swimming and advise swimmers on what events to enter
  • Set swimmer targets when needed
  • Regularly review training and performance to ensure that the training programme is always moving forward
  • Take land training sessions when needed

Lead and Manage the Development Pathway:

  • Work with the Director of Swimming to lead and manage the coaches and swimmers in the development pathway
  • Work with junior development coaches to ensure cover and session plans are in place
  • Hold performance/appraisal meetings when needed
  • Talent identify swimmers and ensure that swimmers progress through the pathway
  • Work with Academy/County/Regional Age Senior Coaches to move swimmers into the development pathway
  • Work with GLL/Better Swim School to ID swimmers in local learn to swim
  • Ensure swimmers are entering relevant competitions


  • Deal with issues and ensure that these are escalated where necessary
  • Deal with enquiries and communication from parents/careers in a professional manner.
  • Respond to emails on a daily basis in a professional manner
  • Liaise, report and communicate with the Director of Swimming on a daily basis
  • Attend weekly coaches' meetings and regular club coaches' meeting

Quality Assurance and Health and Safety:

  • Raise any concerns regarding child protection to the clubs’ Welfare officers
  • Ensure all swimmers and spectators are following pool rules and that health and safety regulations are observed at all times
  • Deal appropriately with emergency situations, in the event of an incident, filling out an accident/incident report form with as much detail as possible and reporting to the Director of Swimming or executive committee(s)  as appropriate
  • Attend staff training and CPD sessions and keep knowledge up-to-date
  • Consider your own personal development needs when choosing optional CPD attendance

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist the clubs with the running of competitions where needed
  • Represent the clubs at any events deemed necessary by the Director of Swimming or executive committee(s)
  • Complete any duty that is deemed necessary by the Director of Swimming or executive committee(s) to ensure the smooth running and continued development of the clubs such as coaching other age group or Masters sessions or sessions with the City of London squad.
  • Perform all other duties related to the role

Hackney Aquatics and Anaconda are both inclusive environments that support our swimmers, staff and communities from a range of backgrounds. We would particularly welcome applications from coaches who are from backgrounds currently underrepresented in coaching especially global ethnic majorities, females and/or people with disabilities.

Lead contact to discuss role: David Broadbent, Director of Swimming at Hackney Aquatics Club (see below)

How to apply

Please send a CV (maximum 2 pages) along with a cover note explaining your interest in and suitability for the role to our Director of Swimming via the apply button.

Please also use the apply button to contact David to discuss the role.

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