Posted: 27 November 2019

Head Coach - Carnegie SC

Carnegie Swimming Club
Dunfermline/West Fife
Job Type:
Our Performance Squads train c.16 hours per week Support for swimmers at galas is expected and time outside of the pool will be required to develop training programmes, attend meetings as required and administration time to ensure proper planning and preparation.
Closing date:
16 December 2019

Carnegie Swimming Club is seeking proposals for the delivery of coaching services within the club. Specifically, the services to be delivered cover Performance Squads Coaching and Head Coach services.


Working with the Executive Committee you will ensure the club delivers on its vision to inspire and develop our members to achieve their potential in swimming in an inclusive performance environment. As a club Carnegie has a long history of success and this is an exciting time to deliver services within the club as it looks to build towards future success.


As a club our mission is to:

  • To provide a positive and safe environment for the teaching, coaching and development of swimming in line with the British Swimming Optimal Athlete Development Pathway
  • Create an environment which will assist all swimmers to maximise their potential, unlock goals and consistently strive for excellence. 
  • Implement and embed a culture that encourages a growth mind set where members can embrace challenge, master skills, have a focus on hard work and learn from feedback, building invaluable life skills along the way.

We are seeking to build a culture where:

  • We have a strong team spirit and are committed to supporting each other
  • We have a one club ethos and every swimmer’s development is important
  • We are friendly and fun
  • We are resilient and face challenges positively
  • We are supportive and inclusive
  • We are organized
  • We strive to achieve and celebrate our success
  • We respect each other



Carnegie Swimming Club requires a coaching contractor to:

  • Develop and deliver the coaching programme for the Performance & Junior Performance Squads
  • Bring cohesiveness to the coaching programme across the club as a Head Coach through the implementation of key tasks (outlined below)

As the most senior coach delivering coaching services, the Head Coach will be a figurehead for the club and, supported by a Coach Liaison Officer, will work in partnership with the Committee to deliver the vision for the club.

The club has around 140 junior members and trains in a number of pools in West Fife with a weekly session at NSA Stirling.


Key tasks for the coaching contractor are:

  • To provide a coaching and development programme for our Performance & Junior Performance Squads, assisting the athletes to achieve their full potential with the objective of providing the foundations for achieving success at senior levels of the sport
  • To lead and coordinate the coaching team, providing advice and support to coaches and helpers
  • To provide clear, progressive and accessible development paths for athletes and coaches of all abilities, and give feedback on progression
  • Abide by and promote sound ethics and club policies; well-being, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
  • To embed an ethos of inclusion in relation to aspects of the protected characteristics
  • Working with the Coach Liaison Officer to build a strong partnership with the club management committee to support club development initiatives
  • To ensure there are planned and appropriate competitive opportunities for all members
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with swimmers, parents and Club committee to provide feedback on performance and areas of opportunity & development
  • To attend and contribute to appropriate club meetings


It is expected that the coaching contractor will be:

  • Motivational and ambitious
  • Good at organisation and communication skills
  • Willing to develop and improve as a coach
  • Able to spot talent and nurture it
  • Able to make sessions enjoyable and to build a team ethos
  • Efficient and effective time management
  • Able to show an appropriate level of technical knowledge
  • Approachable and friendly


To effectively deliver the coaching service the coaching contractor will be:

  • Qualified to Level 3 Swimming Coaching (or Level 2 coaching with ambition to undertake Level 3)
  • Experienced in coaching in a performance development environment
  • PVG Scheme Membership & up to date Wellbeing and Protection training
  • Willing to be a member of Scottish Swimming
  • Willing to sign and adhere to the Coach’s Code of Conduct


Expected time commitment

Our Performance Squads train c 16 hours per week and the Head Coach will be expected to cover these sessions. In addition, support for swimmers at galas is expected and time outside of the pool will be required to develop training programmes and attend meetings as required.  Finally, it is expected that to successfully deliver this service administration time is required to ensure proper planning and preparation.



Carnegie Swimming Club welcome proposals/tenders from appropriate individuals to help us to deliver an effective swimmer development programme which addresses the key tasks outlined above. Please provide details of the qualifications and experience of the individual who will be involved in working on this project as part of your proposal.  

Closing date for application for tender is Monday 16th December 2019

Applications should be submitted to Elaine Thow: