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Role Title:  Development Coach

Reports to: Head Coach

Hours: Approximately 10 hours per week plus weekend galas

Role summary:      Forming part of the Coaching team, the Development Coach oversees the programme to improve the stroke mechanics and swimming skills of the developing swimmers in the club. In doing that it is also important to prepare these swimmers for competition. Within that scope is session planning, supervising any assistant coaches / helpers and competition management, together with the associated club administration.

The general principle of coaching stroke mechanics is set by the Head Coach, to ensure all coaches follow the same basic methodology, but the Development Coach will be encouraged to introduce new practices and methods that they believe will enhance the stroke mechanics and skills of the swimmers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Always exercising a duty of care.
  • The teaching, coaching and training of Club members
  • Management of swimming and training schedules for training sessions
  • To select the most appropriate open meets, galas and other competitions to meet the needs of the developmental swimmers.
  • Attendance at agreed galas and meets where these swimmers are competing.
  • Organizing team selection for selected galas
  • To develop a system of promotional criteria for moving from squad to squad.
  • Assisting in communicating changes in squads/water time to all relevant parties.
  • Supporting the development of voluntary club coaches
  • Being consulted on matters affecting the teaching and coaching.
  • Other coaching duties necessary to ensure the successful operation of the club as directed by the Head Coach.
  • To be prepared, where necessary, to cover sessions when other coaches are absent.
  • To attend and contribute to coach’s meetings.
  • To attend any CPD or courses required by the club.

The above are the Development Coach’s primary responsibilities. However, the overall responsibilities shall not be limited to these specific items and may change from time to time at the direction of the Head Coach.

Communication:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Education / Experience:

  • A good understanding of swimming and swim mechanics.
  • Previous coaching experience.
  • ASA Coaching level 2 or working toward
  • An understanding of the ASA’s long term athlete development plan.

Standards of performance:

  • Proven ability to coach and influence all ages of swimmer to competition levels
  • Ability to achieve goals and meet deadlines
  • Accountability
  • Strong team spirit
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in tackling duties
  • Dynamic, proactive and structured approach to work
  • Willingness to travel to UK galas

To apply please email your CV to chairman@cheshamswimmingclub.org