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Posted: 30 May 2014

East Lothian Swim Team - Head Coach

East Lothian Swim Team
East Lothian
Job Type:
Head Coach (Swimming)
£20-24k dependent upon experience
Closing date:
13 June 2014

The East Lothian Swim Team (ELST) is a performance swim team composed of swimmers from three clubs, Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent.  In recent years the team has gone from strength to strength producing multiple medallists at district, national and age group championships as well as the Paralympics and Youth Commonwealth Games.

Swim team members have represented Scotland and Great Britain, secured Scottish records and one ELST swimmer will represent Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  

ELST have formed a very effective partnership with East Lothian Council, Enjoy Leisure, Scottish Swimming and sportscotland to support the development of our talented young athletes.

ELST are now seeking a new head coach to drive the team forward in the next phase of its development.  With a talented group of age group swimmers in place, supported by swimmers feeding in from the clubs, we are looking for a highly motivated and committed head coach to lead the programme and continue our stated aim of producing young swimmers who meet their potential.

The Strategic Aims of ELST are:

  • To develop a local sustainable swimming structure that is affordable for all;
  • Provide a supportive environment to allow swimmers to develop their abilities;
  • Provide the opportunity for anyone in East Lothian who would like to develop their swimming to regional/national and  international competition level to do so;
  • Develop our athletes to their maximum potential;
  • Build one of Scotland leading swim teams. 

The success of the team is based on an excellent professional coaching structure and highly committed athletes who are supported in turn by dedicated volunteer administrators and excellent partner support. 

The key attributes required for the ELST head coach role are:

  • UKCC Level 2 or equivalent professional experience – with the ambition to achieve Level 3 if not already done so
  • Ability to motivate and encourage swimmers in all squads, as well as deliver a high quality program to those aspiring to regionals, nationals and beyond
  • Excellent communication skills to engage effectively with swimmers, committee, parents, feeder clubs and other key stakeholders
  • Ability to formulate training and competition programs across all squads
  • Commitment to attend appropriate meets throughout the season
  • Good administration skills and the ability to clearly present reports and proposals for the development of swimming
  • Commitment to ensure the club meets its annual budget targets
  • Work proactively in promoting swimming in East Lothian, with regular visits to the feeder clubs.  It is anticipated the Head Coach will play a key role in developing all pathway coaches in the county
  • Review and co-ordinate the work programmes of ELST coach(es), monitor and advise on swimmer and coach performance, mentor and support coach(es)

PVG scheme membership will be required by the successful candidate.

The Head Coach role is a full time appointment and will be offered on a fixed term contractual basis.

The successful applicant will report to the Chair of ELST.

The contract will be on a self employed basis £20K to £24K dependent upon experience.

How to apply

Candidates are asked to submit a CV and covering letter stating their suitability against the key attributes required to Judith McColm, ELST Secretary at judithmcc@btinternet.com

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th June 2014 with interviews to take soon thereafter.

ELST will not engage the services of anyone who does not have the right to work in the UK.