Posted: 07 January 2016

City of Aberdeen Swim Team - Head Coach

City of Aberdeen Swim Team
Job Type:
36.5 hours per week
£32,004 per annum
Closing date:
29 January 2016

The City of Aberdeen Swim Team (COAST) is a composite swimming club, established in 1995, to provide the best age group and youth swimmers in Aberdeen with enhanced training opportunities.  A recent review of both COAST and performance swimming in Aberdeen has provided a refreshed vision and direction for the programme, developing further partnerships and opportunities to enhance the programme, approach and results.  Leading the programme for the best age and youth swimmers, working with and supporting the Performance Swim Coach at the University of Aberdeen and overseeing the support to the member clubs, the COAST Head Coach will play a critical role in the future success of swimming in Aberdeen. 

The COAST Head Coach will be employed and managed by Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) and will have direct line management responsibilities for the COAST Assistant Coach, also a full time position employed by ASV.  The Head Coach will be part of a Performance Swimming Management Committee, representative of partners involved in the programme, including representatives from Scottish Swimming, ASV, the University of Aberdeen and the COAST Committee.

The successful candidate will be motivated and dynamic; and interested in developing their career within performance swimming.  This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced swimming coach to further develop their career within performance development in a busy and vibrant sports development environment in one of the country’s leading sporting facilities.

Description of Duties:

  • Lead and manage all aspects of the COAST swimming programme to support the development of age group and youth swimmers
  • Deliver a comprehensive coaching programme which supports the development of age and youth swimmers with the long term aim of them being successful senior level swimmers
  • Support the development of an integrated local pathway which supports training opportunities for the best youth swimmers in the area
  • Work with and support the University of Aberdeen High Performance Swimming Coach ensuring an integrated local pathway linked / aligned to performance; contributing positively to an environment and conducive to delivering performance coaching
  • Provide management, development and leadership to the COAST Assistant Coach and other paid and voluntary club coaches
  • Work with sportscotland Institute of Sport staff to enhance swimmer development through the integration and application of sport science and medicine support
  • Lead on the evaluation and continual improvement of the COAST programme
  • Effectively communicate with swimmers, parents / carers and key partners including; ASV, University of Aberdeen, other educational establishments, the COAST Committee, member clubs and Scottish Swimming.

This appointment will be made subject to the terms and conditions of employment of Aberdeen Sports Village.   If appropriate to the post, ASV will request a PVG Scheme Record prior to employment, as part of their recruitment procedures.  The interview date is still to be confirmed.

Informal enquiries can be made to Jan Griffiths, Aberdeen Sports Village ( or Ally Whike, Scottish Swimming (

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa.   We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 January 2016