Open Vacancies

Portsmouth Northsea swimming club was founded in 1927 and over the years has gone from a modest start to being one of the leading clubs in south east England, competing and winning medals at county, regional, national and international level.

The Club takes children from learning to swim right through to National competitive squads - currently training over 680 swimmers in over 80 sessions per week, across 4 main pools including the 50m Olympic sized pool located at the Mountbatten Centre.

  • We take great pride in our work with the local community and our very successful Learn to Swim Programme, run in a number of locations throughout Portsmouth designed to encourage swimmers of all abilities to enter a competitive environment with enjoyment being the main focus.
  • We compete on the local, regional and national stage and during this time the club has seen members selected for international representation at junior and senior level, including competing at Olympic Games, and has produced two world champions & an MBE.
  • The club is led by a committee with a fresh vision for Portsmouth Northsea to be a Swimmer Centred, Coach Led, Committee Supported club. We have an ambitious plan to develop the club and take it to the next level.


Vacancy: Junior Development Coach

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (6 months), with potential to extend

Working Hours: Part time (7-10 hours per week) plus overtime

Location: Portsmouth Mountbatten Leisure Centre, surrounding pools and travel to meets and swim camps

Salary: TBC depending on experience

Closing Date: 22nd April 2022

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Development Coach working on a part-time basis to coach our upcoming junior athletes towards County level as they continue on their pathway from Academy to Performance squads. We are looking for an individual who can inspire and motivate our athletes as well as work with our coaching team, committee and volunteers. The successful applicant will be qualified as a Swim England Swimming Coach (ASA Level 2) and be eligible to work in the UK. This is a fixed term contract for 6 months with the possibility of extension beyond that time, albeit with no guarantee. Anticipated working hours are 7-10 hours a week with occassional overtime.

Portsmouth Northsea is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of appointment are subject to satisfactory references and DBS clearance.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Swim England Swimming Coach/UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification
  • Excellent time management, communication, and organisational skills
  • A working knowledge and understanding of British Swimming's Long Term Athlete Development Programme (LTAD) and Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF).
  • Experience of developing swimmers towards County level.
  • NPLQ or NRASTC qualification (or willing to undertake immediately upon taking up role)
  • Full UK driving licence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver the training sessions of the designated squad.
  • Prepare and publish to squad members an annual coaching plan based around the relevant competition cycle for your squad.
  • Provide a committed and professional approach towards coaching, supporting all swimmers to reach their full potential.
  • Set and monitor individual squad members’ performance targets. 
  • Perform twice yearly one to one meetings (as a minimum) with squad members and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Follow Health & Safety Procedures and the Swim England Wavepower 2020-2023 Child Protection Policy. Be aware and understand the facility Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Normal Operating Procedures (NOP).
  • In conjunction with the Club Meet Manager provide relevant meet information to your squad members, recommend events for entry and review all event entries for all squad members.
  • In conjunction with other coaches, ensure that suitable ability teams are selected for all Club competitions.
  • Attend all competitions allocated for your squad.
  • Maintain CPD and gain further qualifications in line with SwimMark requirements.
  • Attend regular Coaches meetings as required.
  • Support maintenance of the Club’s SwimMark status.
  • Ensure that all squad lists are maintained accurately through the means of registers. These registers are to be recorded electronically and attendance records to be provided to the Membership Secretary on a weekly basis. 
  • To work with local stakeholders and Swim England regional staff to maximise the opportunities to positively promote the Swim England swimming programme to the wider regional community.
  • Ensure your squad has adequate communication on session changes and any cancellations as necessary. Establish communication channels appropriate for your squad by means of Team Unify, email and text.  Provide the Club Committee and Head Coach information pertinent to your squad members to share via the website and social media.
  • Respond to general enquires and emails from squad members / parents in a timely manner.
  • To undertake any other duties which may be assigned from time to time & that are commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • To undertake the accountabilities of the post in accordance with the Equal Opportunities & Health & Safety Policies in line with the clubs own protocol, policies & procedures.

This role will also include coaching at our other pools in the local area and travel as required, including travel to competitions throughout the UK. The post holder will be required to work early mornings, evenings and weekends.

Administrative tasks will be expected to be performed within the office at the Mountbatten Centre or remotely (flexible daily office hours can be agreed).

If you wish to discuss this role prior to application, please contact the Club via the details below and request a discussion.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role along with all necessary experience and coaching qualifications to PNSC Vice Chair, Ryan Clay ([email protected]).