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Podium Potential Technical Coach - Canoe Slalom

  • Location: East of England
  • Organisation: British Canoeing
  • Salary: Circa £32,000
  • Closing Date: 12 July 2019 | Coaching & Sports Development

Podium Potential Technical Coach - Canoe Slalom

Salary: Circa £32,000

Location: Lee Valley, Hertfordshire

This is an exciting time to join British Canoeing as we focus in on delivering our strategy for Tokyo 2020. In the last four years, British athletes have won multiple World Cup, European Championship, World Championship and Olympic medals in Canoe Slalom. British Canoeing has an aspiration to deliver even more medals at more championship events and to inspire the next generation of paddlers through exceptional performances. 

British athletes have achieved medal success at each of the last five Olympic Games. The Rio Games were the most successful ever, with the Slalom team winning gold and silver Olympic medals. The British Canoeing World Class Slalom Programme operates from the High-Performance Centre at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre (LVWWC), the venue for the 2012 London Games and the best Canoe Slalom site in the world.

British Canoeing is seeking to appoint a Podium Potential Technical Coach – Canoe Slalom. Principally working from the Lee Valley High Performance Centre. The purpose of the post is to develop talented athletes progressing from Home Nation Programmes through the Podium Potential programme towards achieving Podium performances over the next four years. It will involve working as part of a focused elite team to support athletes to be the best they can be and connecting with Home Nation Coaches to help any transitioning athletes to LVWWC. 

Due to the nature of the work and to be successful in the role, the post holder will need to be located within easy travelling distance of the LVWWC, in order that they can be flexible to accommodate the training needs of both full time and student athletes. They need to be willing to work unsociable hours, including weekends and able to spend extended periods of time abroad, as required, to deliver the best programmes possible for GB athletes. 

It is essential that the candidate has both Canoe and Kayak coaching experience and able to provide individualised technical coaching support to athletes within the UK and abroad at training camps and international events as designated by the British Canoeing Canoe Slalom Lead Podium Potential Coach or Head Coach, Podium. 

A role profile can be found on our website at

For an informal chat please speak to Greg Hitchen (Lead Podium Potential Programme Coach) – 

How to apply 

To apply, please send a 5 Minute Video on “Your Vision for Coaching Podium Potential Athletes” Please send this via WeTransfer ( ) to the email In addition, we also require a one-page CV which can be sent via email to the same email address or by post to HR Department, British Canoeing, National Water sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU. 

Closing date for applications is 12.00noon Friday 12 July 2019 

Interviews will be held: Thursday 1 August 2019 or Friday 2 August 2019 at LVWWC 

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers. 

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.

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