Novice Men's Coach

University of Warwick Boat Club


Closing date:   10 August 2020
Location:   Coventry
Region:   West Midlands
Employment type:   Volunteer
Salary:   Expenses Paid


Position Summary
The University of Warwick Boat Club is looking to recruit a part-time volunteer coach with expenses paid to coach its Novice Men’s Squad. This role will involve overseeing the selection, training and development of the Novice Men’s Squad in both sweep oar and sculling, with a focus on sweep rowing. This is a great opportunity to gain coaching experience working with a large group of committed students who are new to rowing.
A successful applicant will gain the opportunity to shape the direction of the Novice Men’s Squad, working with Novice and Senior captains to maximise the progress of athletes and their success at races. This role offers an individual the chance to develop their coaching skills and have a significant impact on the rowing careers of a large number of individuals.
We hope to involve a successful applicant in the club’s Development Plan, to continue driving UWBC forwards to becoming a larger, more performance oriented club that consistently achieves excellent results at major rowing competitions.

Why Warwick
The University of Warwick consistently ranks amongst the top universities both in the UK and globally. Warwick is a diverse, internationally renowned university that is home to large squads of novice rowers who are new to the sport. This role offers an individual the chance work in a coaching role alongside existing UWBC coaches and Warwick Sport coaches, on a part-time basis that allows them to continue with other work/sporting commitments in their life.
Some strengths of UWBC as a rowing program include:
- Near exclusive access to a 3km stretch of the river Avon at Barford, which provides flat, sheltered water for training
- A decent sized fleet of boats in good condition, including two eights and a number of shared small boats for its Novice Men’s Squad
- Athletes have access to the Rowing Studio based at the University’s Sports and Wellness Hub complete with air conditioning, mirrors and newly purchased Concept 2 rowing machines

UWBC also has a track record of competitive results at major races, with recent highlights including:
- Qualification for Henley Women’s Regatta 2018
- Fastest non-qualifier crew for the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta Temple Challenge Cup - Top 80 placing at HoRR
- Top 45 placing at WeHoRR
- Reaching the A/B semi-finals of BUCS regatta
- Wins at Quintin Head, Cambridge Winter Head, Huntington Head and Reading Regatta
- Club records at Eight’s Head and Pair’s Head
- Specifically, the Novice Men’s Squad reached the A Final of the 2019 BUCS Regatta, making them one of the fastest beginner men’s university eights in the UK

Duties and Responsibilities
A successful candidate will be expected to work closely with Warwick Sport and the UWBC to deliver coaching, meeting the following criteria:
- Operating within the existing structure at UWBC, working closely with the Novice Men’s Captain to select, train and develop athletes
- Introducing students to the sport of rowing and instilling in them a love of the sport
- Creating and instigating land and water training programs, which must be competitive, varied and appropriate throughout the duration of Head and Regatta race seasons
- Coaching crews, as appropriate, to a competitive level and choose suitable races to enter, maximising the squad’s exposure to competition
- Attending land and water training sessions, winter and Easter training camps.
Land sessions are held at the University of Warwick Sports Hub, whilst UWBC boathouse is located on the River Avon at Barford (approx. 10 miles from campus)
- Working closely with Senior Captains to maximise the progression of athletes into Senior Squads following their novice year

Role Requirements
- First Aid certificate
- Full driving licence
- Ability to rig boats and oars
- Flexibility of hours to fit with training program as required (outings Saturdays and Sundays, and later in the year Wednesday afternoon outings are added)
- Authority, self-motivation and ability to work as a leading coach of a squad, independently and as part of a wider team

Next Steps
If you think that you would be a good fit for this role, then we look forward to hearing from you. We wish to enter discussions and digital interviews with interested applicants over the coming months, with a view to a successful applicant starting work in time for the 2020/21 rowing season.
To get in touch with us, please register your interest with Omar Al-Miqdadi, UWBC President 2020/21, using the email address:


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