Posted: 30 October 2018

FIRST (Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team) - Age Group Performance Coach

FIRST (Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team)
Job Type:
15 hours p/w minimum
Closing date:
16 November 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to take on the role of Age Group Performance Coach for the highly successful performance programme at FIRST. The programme gives local age-group swimmers, who have the drive, commitment and the motivation it takes to be part of a performance squad, the chance to become the best competitive swimmer they can possibly be at Senior, National, British and even International level.

As FIRST Age Group Coach you will be responsible to our current Head Coach Andrew Addison for the coaching of the Age Group Squad within the programme and assist with the development of youth swimming within the Falkirk, Grangemouth and Bo’ness area through collaborative working with our member clubs.

The FIRST programme has seen swimmers such as Charlotte McKenzie (British Junior International), Ross Muir (Commonwealth Games finalist) Kieran McGuickin (Commonwealth Games medalist) and Olympic & Commonwealth Medalist Duncan Scott progress through the FIRST programme as part of their highly successful swimming journeys. We enjoy representation within the Scottish Swimming performance squads, at Scottish & British National competitions and also European Junior Competition, regularly exceeding expectations given the numbers of swimmers in the programme.

Our swimmers are all dedicated to their chosen sport and fully embrace the performance culture of our squads which emphasises commitment to training, competition and an open mindset towards self-analysis and improvement.

We are looking for a dedicated, dynamic and enthusiastic individual with experience of performance coaching, a member of BSCTA plus Scottish Swimming or ASA, PVG registered and preferably qualified to UKCC level 2 to take on this exciting role on a contracted services basis.  Payment for services would be circa £14,000 negotiable dependent on qualification and experience of the successful applicant.

Get in touch to see the squad handbook and read below for more information about the programme and the role itself.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please submit a CV, accompanied by a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position, to

Responsible To:     FIRST Performance Head Coach (Directly), Chairperson FIRST & FIRST                              Committee (Indirectly)

Liaise with:            Member Clubs, Coaches, Parents, Falkirk Community Trust &                                          Scottish Swimming

Job Purpose:           

The overall objective of the position is to provide direct coaching services to FIRST Age Group Swimmers within the programme and to support the FIRST Head Coach in growing the FIRST programme to deliver the highest attainable levels of competitive excellence in individual and team performance, embedding a performance culture which emphasises commitment to training, competition and an open mindset towards self-analysis and improvement.

The Age Group Coach will also support the FIRST Performance Head Coach, as directed, in the development of the skills and talents of the team of coaches across the member clubs through fostering positive relationships, mentoring and coaching team members.

The Job has a minimum expected coaching hours per week of 15, worked over three early morning sessions (one on Saturday) and five evening sessions. It is accepted that the coach may have additional paid employment out with these hours.

Main Functions:

  • Deliver direct coaching (pool and land work) to the FIRST Age Group squad.
  • Maintain effective frameworks to record and track individual and squad development and performance.
  • Maintain a positive and focussed training environment conducive to the development of Age Group swimmers which is tailored to maximise individual potential of swimmers within the squads.
  • Ensure a progressive squad culture is in place which will maximise swimmer potential within member clubs for transition to the FIRST performance squads.
  • As directed by the Performance Head Coach engage with the member club coaches to facilitate a positive and effective transition to FIRST performance squads for swimmers within the member clubs.
  • Work with the FIRST Performance Head coach to produce a comprehensive annual training and competition plan for the FIRST Age Group squad in line with the training philosophy of the programme.
  • Lead swimmers and coaches at swimming competitions and training camps.  
  • As directed by the FIRST Performance Head Coach deliver mentoring, development and education programmes to support to coaches across the member clubs
  • Monitor swimmer performance through the delivery and communication of documented individual development plans which are subject to regular review.
  • Provide regular appraisal sessions for swimmers and parents (as appropriate).
  • Provide reports and updates on squad performance as required for the Performance Head Coach and/or FIRST Chairperson.

Skills & Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to inspire and motivate individuals to achieve their maximum potential and drive team spirit across the programme.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to liaise effectively with all stakeholders (e.g. swimmers, parents, committee, Falkirk Community Trust, Scottish Swimming, Member Clubs).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and administrative skills.
  • Excellent in working as part of a coaching team
  • Self-motivated to develop personal skills and keep up to date on latest coaching techniques.

Qualifications & Professional Membership

  • Member of SASA and other appropriate professional governing body and must hold Personal Public Liability Insurance (I.E. BSCA).
  • Qualified to UKCC Level 2 Coaching or qualified to Level 1 and prepared to undertake relevant training to successful qualification at level 2.
  • PVG Registered and prepared to attend on-going Child Protection training as required by the governing body of which membership is held.
  • Compliant with a Coach’s Code of Conduct from the appropriate governing body.

Closing date for applications: 16 November 2018.