The University of Warwick Boat Club is looking to employ a part-time coach to jointly coach its Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s squads. This role will involve overseeing the selection, training and development of squads in both sweep oar and sculling. This is a unique opportunity to shape the direction and success of a club that has seen notable progress in recent rowing seasons.
A successful applicant will gain the opportunity to work with committed, motivated athletes who excel both in their studies at a leading university and within their sport. This role offers an applicant the chance to coach large squads of experienced rowers on a part-time basis, allowing them to continue with other existing commitments they may have. 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.
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 senior rowing squads of experienced athletes, including those who began rowing at university and those with considerable prior rowing experience for schools and clubs. This role offers an individual a paid coaching role that can be completed on a part-time basis, allowing for an individual 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 Hudson and Filippi 8+’s for its senior squads as well as a shared Hudson 4+ and a range of small boats for both sweep and sculling
- UWBC senior athletes have access to excellent strength and conditioning training and programming from coaches from Warwick Sport’s High Performance Program
- 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
Duties and Responsibilities
A successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Warwick Sport Performance Program staff to deliver coaching, meeting the following criteria:
- Operating within the existing structure at UWBC, working closely with the Senior Captains, to select, train and develop athletes
- 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 the High Performance Program at Warwick Sport.
- British Rowing coaching qualification (preferred)
- First Aid certificate
- Full driving licence
- Ability to rig boats and oars
- Flexibility of hours to fit with training program as required (senior outings are Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays)
- Authority, self-motivation and ability to work as a leading coach of a squad, independently and as part of a wider team
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.