Organisation: Cranleigh Amateur Swimming Club (CASC)
Contract Type: Self-employed
Working Hours: Part-time
Contract Rate: Dependent on hours worked, experience and performance
Location: Cranleigh, Surrey
Qualifications: Coaching – Swimming Level 3 / Senior Swimming Coach (Preferred)
Coaching – Swimming Level 2 / Swimming Coach (Essential)
Closing Date: 14th July 2021
Start Date: End of August 2021
Based in Cranleigh, Surrey, CASC is a SwimMark accredited swimming club providing ASA qualified coaching for swimmers from 8 years and upwards. The club is a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers, together with a small paid coaching team.
The club’s coaches help swimmers to develop, train and compete for individual goals in home and away ASA galas. Despite the club’s relatively small size, it has seen good success in recent years. In the three years prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, over 200 club records have been set, with our swimmers taking pride in their times often being the best the club has ever produced. During that period the club has had good representation at county championships, with a number of swimmers additionally qualifying for regional and national championships.
We typically run three successful Open Meets each year and with just over 80 members, the club has capacity to grow our membership.
Following the retirement of our current head coach, we are looking for a new part-time head coach to lead the CASC coaching team as it continues to develop swimmers to county standard and beyond. The role requires a self-starter, capable of leadership and team management with good administrative skills and communication. As part of the role, the head coach will motivate all club swimmers and coaching staff to achieve their optimal levels and provide the direction for all club swimming matters.
The club is based at Cranleigh Leisure Centre, where it trains three evenings per week, with additional twice-weekly training sessions at nearby Cranleigh School. The role will also involve travel (primarily within the South East region) as required for swimming events and galas.
The role will involve between 10 and 15 hours per week poolside coaching commitment, with additional time for planning and preparation. Time travelling to and coaching at competitions and galas will be paid separately at an agreed rate.
We are looking for candidates who hold a Swim England Senior Swimming Coach (ASA level 3) qualification or Swim England Swimming Coach (ASA level 2) qualification with an ambition to progress. The ideal person will be able to demonstrate technical excellence in all elements of swimming, in addition to at least 2 years’ primary supervision of a club swimming squad and mentoring other coaches.
The successful applicant will be confident, personable and professional with the ability to communicate with swimmers, coaches, members and club officials and capable of effective time management with the ability to plan and organise.
Applicants must have a current Enhanced DBS certificate and Swim England safeguarding qualification. A current lifeguarding qualification would also be advantageous.
The head coach will be responsible to the CASC committee for all coaching and swimming activities to deliver the club’s objectives as may be agreed between you and the committee from time to time. Key responsibilities will include:
● Planning and implementing a progressive competitive swimming, training and competition programme (the “swimming programme”) for all squads and swimmers
● Coordinating with the club’s existing virtual land-training provider to ensure goals align with the swimming programme
● Planning the club’s competition and training calendar to align with the swimming programme
● Attending competitions and galas in a head coach capacity, supporting and coaching club swimmers to target and achieve optimal levels of performance
● Overseeing the pathway and managing the progression of swimmers through the training squads
● Overseeing and supporting the delivery of the swimming programme by our team of assistant swimming coaches (level 1) and swimming coaches (level 2), including scheduling and leading regular (at least monthly) coach meetings
● Recruiting, supervising and mentoring swimming coaches to ensure appropriate training, development and high coaching standards throughout the club
● Completing all necessary preparation, organisation and administrative tasks, including:
○ Planning varied and engaging training sessions
○ Ensuring appropriate coach cover for the swimming programme
○ Working with the committee to allocate pool time
○ Maintaining an accurate attendance register (swimmers and coaches) of sessions
○ Maintaining an accurate record of swimmer personal bests, time trial times, and club records
○ Ensuring awareness of county, regional and national targets for swimmers
○ Providing regular reports and updates to the committee
○ Implementing a coaching support/cover plan for coaches to attend all recommended open meets
● Maintaining and nurturing good relationships with neighbouring swimming clubs and facility providers
● Working with the club committee and volunteers to maximise income potential and control costs for the club
● Working with the club committee to ensure the club maintains SwimMark accreditation
● 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
● Acting as a positive role model to other coaches and swimmers
● Any reasonable duties as might, from time to time, be requested by the club
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV by the closing date (July 14) to email@example.com