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Head Coach. Women’s Senior National Team

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: Swim England
  • Salary: This is a voluntary role. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Expenses Policy
  • Closing Date: 26 April 2019 | Coaching & Sports Development

Head Coach. Women’s Senior National Team

Salary: This is a voluntary role. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Expenses Policy

Expected Term: Initial two year period with review prior to possible extension for further two years.

Location: The location of training, camps and/or competitions will vary. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake both travel within the UK and overseas as considered appropriate by the Talent Officer and as required by competition schedule.

Role Objectives

  • Plan, prepare and lead a programme of development for all players to compete for the Senior National Team for the forthcoming competition cycle
  • Support a programme of development for all Assistant Coaches and other support staff designed to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities and to maximise their impact on the development of the athletes within the National Team


  • Engage where appropriate, in the appointments process for an Assistant Coach and a Team Manager
  • Produce a clear programme of development activity for the Senior squad                                                       
  • For each athlete within the programme, produce, develop and manage on a continuous basis an Individual Development Plan
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coaches and the Team Manager, ensure that the requirements expected of all athletes are communicated to both the athletes and, unless specifically requested otherwise, the parents / carers of these athletes
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coaches, Team Manager, and relevant Governing Body staff, ensure that athlete welfare is paramount in the planning, delivery and review of all activities
  • Produce a detailed, written event and activity report following all competitions and major camps in which the National Team participate
  • Working closely with the Team Manager, ensure that all safeguarding requirements and health and safety checks in respect of the programme are undertaken strictly in accordance with guidance, directives or policy as defined by the Governing Body
  • Create clear lines of communication with the Club and Regional coach for each player to ensure as far as possible that expectations are managed and consistent messages are being given to a player in relation to his/her individual development
  • Where reasonable, attend all Coach Development activities in the pursuit of individual progression as a coach and support all Assistant Coaches within the programme to enhance their own development ensuring that they are fully utilised and developed over the period
  • Any other duties as agreed with the Water Polo Talent Officer
  • Ensure that the Governing Body policies and procedures are complied with at all times.

Person Specification


  • Must hold a current coaching qualification with the Club Coaches Award (L2) being desirable
  • Coaching leadership experience within a national water polo programme
  • Insight into or experience within, a national talent programme
  • A technical understanding of the needs of talented players within water polo
  • Experience in translating principles into practical systems and interventions that enhance the achievement of performance goals
  • An appreciation of the various, sports science, medicine and performance lifestyle disciplines and how they along with coaching, cumulatively create a progressive talent development environment
  • A valid passport is required
  • An understanding and commitment to welfare, safeguarding (WavePower), equal opportunities in employment and sport
  • An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety policies and arrangements

Personal Qualities

  • Has a strong commitment to playing a significant role in the development of young athletes
  • Has strong commitment to personal improvement
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities by setting high standards
  • Has good judgement and demonstrates decisiveness and action
  • Uses appropriate techniques and communication strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and plans
  • Uses appropriate team working methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build collaborative working relationships with an array of stakeholders
  • Ability to plan, implement, manage and balance a programme of work within agreed timelines
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Please note that this role is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure check

These objectives are not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended if necessary to reflect the changing needs of Swim England.

How to apply

This should include any personal interests and unpaid activities. Include as much detail as possible to support your application, we receive hundreds of applications so make yours stand out! (We would recommend at least 300 words.)

Applications received without all elements above will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date for applications is Friday 5 April 2019 Applications after this time will not be considered

Interview dates Thursday and Friday 11 and 12 April. Interviews may be conducted via Skype.

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