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Wheelchair Fencing World Class Programme Assistant Performance Coach

  • Location: South West
  • Organisation: English Institute of Sport
  • Salary: £26,529 - £33,569 p.a pro-rata
  • Contract: Part-Time
  • Closing Date: 19 April 2021 | Coaching & Sports Development

This role involves delivering technical and tactical performance coaching to funded athletes on the Wheelchair Fencing World Class Programme (WFWCP). This includes developing the annual training programme and delivering personal 1:1 coaching to WFWCP funded athletes; providing sport specific direction and effective working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to create a world class, high performance training environment.

The role is primarily responsible for the attainment of agreed medal targets at key milestone events through:

  • Working with the Performance Manager and Lead Performance Coach to produce a performance plan and individual athlete plans aligned to Paris 2024 Paralympic medal targets.  
  • Contributing to an optimal preparation programme, culture and environment for named WFWCP athletes that enhances and evolves the programme. 
  • Providing competition coaching and developing a competition environment for named WFWCP athletes that achieves the performance targets.

You should enjoy coaching in high performance environments, problem solving and working as part of an innovative team.


  • Deliver a clear and well understood coaching framework for the WFWCP that is aligned to ‘what it takes to win’ (WITTW) principles and tailored to individual athlete development needs.
  • Deliver a performance profiling and needs analysis process for individual WFWCP athletes to inform individual athlete performance plans.
  • Provide technical and tactical performance coaching across all fencing disciplines. 
  • Prepare competition strategy and tactics for key milestone events.
  • Support the management of a database of competition and performance results and monitoring processes that check performance is on track. 
  • Plan and support training camps for key milestone events.
  • Coordinate annual calendar, weekly training plans and session plans for named WFWCP athletes.
  • Communicate with and support the activity of performance support staff associated with the WFWCP.
  • Work with the Performance Manager to plan and communicate additional coaching and facility resource.
  • Provide sport specific direction and individual athlete performance outcomes and targets to relevant performance support staff.
  • Assess wheelchair fencing specific equipment needs for named WFWCP athletes.
  • Work with Performance Manager, Lead Performance Coach and performance support staff to minimise athlete risk around illness, injury, wellness and welfare for named WFWCP athletes.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of research and innovation projects aligned to WFWCP targets.
  • Work with WFWCP Administrator and BDF contacts to arrange entry and travel to international events.
  • Work with the Lead Performance Coach and Performance Manager to align selection policies to WFWCP targets and the Paris 2024 selection process.
  • Stay up to date with international rules and processes where this impacts on WFWCP performance.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development across both technical and professional skills through formal initiatives and day to day processes.
  • Contribute to system and EIS feedback and monitoring processes including culture health check, UK Sport mission review process and annual investment review process.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for the English Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.

Our generous benefits package includes:

  • 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays. 
  • Membership of EIS’s Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment. 
  • Support for Continued Professional Development. 
  • Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.  
  • Generous pension scheme. 
  • Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal. 
  • Cycle to work scheme. 

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 19 April 2021. 

We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us. 

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