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Strength and Conditioning Coach (GB Hockey Women's Squad)

  • Location: South East
  • Organisation: English Institute of Sport
  • Salary: £33,905 - 41,560 p.a.
  • Closing Date: 26 September 2021 | Coaching & Sports Development

Here is an exciting opportunity to join a truly World Class team at Great Britain Hockey AND a truly World Class organisation at the English Institute of Sport! 

If you are passionate about the physical development of athletes and have the drive to develop and grow personally and professionally, the EIS is the place for you. You will be delivering Strength and Conditioning coaching to the senior women’s Hockey athletes as part of an incredible multi-disciplinary performance support team. You will be equally supported and challenged to be the very best you can be along the way. 

Great Britain Hockey recently created history, winning three Olympic medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. Our physical preparation has contributed greatly to these successes and we consider it one of our competitive advantages. If you have experience coaching strength and conditioning in a team sport and believe you can continue our physical preparation journey leading into the Paris 2024 Olympics and beyond then come and be a part of our team behind the team, we'd love to hear from you!

Role Summary

The role will focus on coaching the women’s hockey squad to world leading physical performances at World and Olympic level tournaments. This involves the delivery of comprehensive physical preparation programmes, based on sound strength and conditioning principles. An important aspect is that this is done through working as part of a multidisciplinary performance support team, in alignment with the squad culture, to support the development of a world class high performance environment.

Main Tasks and Activities

Work with the identified NGB staff, EIS Head of Performance Support (HOPS) and wider multidisciplinary team to improve performance through developing, implementing and evaluating strength and conditioning programmes that reflect scientific principles as they relate to adaptation, periodisation, peaking, tapering and injury rehabilitation. 

  • Lead on the delivery of strength and conditioning to optimise physical preparation. 
  • Lead the delivery of all areas of physical preparation when travelling abroad and prepare a tournament durable squad that can sustain high performance in varying climates. 
  • Create and implement sports science strategies in collaboration with HOPS and relevant staff team members to optimise the squads’ ability to perform throughout the international calendar. 
  • Collect, capture, analyse and interpret data to inform programme prescription in line with the Head Coaches’ principles of play and tactical vision. 
  • Deliver rehabilitation, injury risk mitigation and recovery modalities in line with the Medical Team and bespoke to individual and group needs. 
  • Work with coaches and support staff to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to performance development. 
  • Collaborate with the HOPS to drive sports science projects to enhance understanding and answer performance questions related to the physical preparation of the squad. 
  • Ensure that the delivery of the strength and conditioning service effectively meets its commitments to athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies including appropriate training objectives.
  • Identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, to inform and educate athletes, coaches and the Performance Director in the effective use of strength and conditioning.
  • Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches. 
  • Attend, contribute to and provide regular reports at appropriate meetings associated with the programme and to key stakeholders including other EIS colleagues and NGB staff. 
  • This level of role is likely to involve the management and supervision of the work of other strength and conditioning and service providers, including the setting of robust and challenging objectives and the regular monitoring of performance. Part of this work involves working closely with the EIS technical lead.
  • Work within the rules of professional confidentiality, liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches and other support staff within the rules of the UKSCA Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines and where appropriate, the EIS host agency. 
  • Having the willingness to engage with and support continuous professional development in anti-doping, i.e. UKAD Accredited Advisor Certification. 
  • Can demonstrate knowledge and awareness of Athlete Support Personnel roles and responsibilities under the current World Anti-Doping Code. 
  • Contribute to knowledge development, aggregation and sharing across the organisation to support the development of world class strength and conditioning services and the high-performance system.

More information can be found by selecting the apply now option located on this page. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021. 

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