Assistant Head Coach – Vacancy

Winchester City Penguins (WCPSC), based in Hampshire, are looking for a new full time assistant head coach.

WCPSC is a charitable Incorporated organisation with Swim 21 accreditation and now has approximately 1000 members ranging in ages 3 – 70. The charity operates out of five pools around Winchester and attracts members from across Hampshire. Over the last two years the club has experienced increasing success in the pool and with the growing number of community programmes. Winchester City Council have now put out a tender for architectural services, for a new sports and leisure centre to replace the existing facilities, which includes plans for a new 50m swimming pool.

This is an opportunity to work with our head of performance and a passionate and committed team of coaches, teachers and volunteers. our head of performance is coach Kim Hill, who was a coach for Great Britain European Youth Olympic Team in 2013, and has worked at all levels within the sport and with over 10 junior and senior internationals and with over 30 national medallists. In 2014 Kim was also a mentor coach for FINA at the inaugural FINA Youth Programme, and has been head coach of the ASA England Talent Programmes camps and is head county coach for the Talent Development programme in Hampshire. Kim has been head of performance at Winchester since May 2014.

WCPSC have seen a growth in swimming membership in the past few years and have developed to establish pathways for swimmers of all levels. We have a large learn to swim programme which we are developing into our hotbed for young children to learn to swim both for safety and to learn the fundamental skills to have a possible future in competitive swimming to the highest level.

The competitive section of the club now boasts the title of Top Club in Hampshire after our recent successes in both the County Championships and National Swimming League. We are seeing increasing numbers of swimmers qualifying for all levels of swimming – development, county, regional and national, including medalists.

The role will support Kim Hill to establish WCPSC as a centre of excellence for the provision of competitive swimming.

Summary of the role

The assistant head swimming coach (‘AHSC’) holds a supportive role in the ongoing development of the Club’s coaching programme. The AHSC will report to the head of performance to develop the charity’s competitive and training swimming programme, and to introduce greater stability and resilience to broader swimming coaching across the club.

Reporting line: The head of performance swimming (HOPS).

Main responsibilities:

  • To implement the Club’s swimming programme working with the HOPS and other coaching staff
  • To support the HOPS in mentoring the coaching team and guiding all support staff towards the vision of the club and goals of the competitive programme.
  • To ensure, as a WCPSC coach, that you are at the forefront of professional coaching standards and are in a position to embrace the latest technology and evidence-based innovation and research.
  • To establish and drive a no compromise culture of best practice and continuous improvement and to improve strategies to achieve performance outcomes.
  • Attend competitions and open meets to support club swimmers as directed by the HOPS.
  • The AHSC will be expected to provide regular and appropriate information and reporting to the HOPS on a regular basis.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • UKCC Swimming Coach Level 2 or above.
  • Valid full UK driving license, due to us operating out of 6 pools in the Winchester Area, and for competitions nationwide.
  • DBS clearance.

Personal attributes:

  • Be an effective communicator, within the club and the community, and comfortable talking with parents, swimmers, fellow coaches and other key people and organisations.
  • Proven track record of coaching swimming, including knowledge (and preferably recent experience) of the Long Term Athlete Development and provide evidence of relevant CPD both formal and informal.
  • Experience in broader aquatic sports provision, whilst not essential, will be an advantage.
  • The ability to build and maintain effective working relationship with the HOPS, chief executive officer and other coaching staff, swimmers and their parents.
  • A flexible approach to working hours.
  • A great attitude and flexible ‘can do’ approach to your work which may include additional hours to ensure the job is done to the best of your ability.
  • Effective time management, planning and organisation.

This job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended to provide the framework within which the role of AHSC will be developed and may be subject to adjustment in light of the changing needs of WCPSC.

For more information, please email Vicky Harrison