Posted: 06 August 2018

Scottish Water Polo - U14 Boys Development Coach

Scottish Water Polo
Job Type:
Closing date:
31 August 2018


ROLE TITLE:                   Scottish Water Polo Development U14 Boys Coach

REPORTS TO:               Scottish Water Polo National Teams Manager

REMUNERATION:            None – this is a voluntary role

EXPECTED TERM:          Two years from start date


The location of all training, camps and/or competitions will vary. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake travel in the UK as considered appropriate by the Scottish Water Polo Committee.


As U14 Boys Coach, plan, prepare and lead a programme of development for all players to compete as the Scottish Regional Team (Scottish Saltires) in the annual ASA Inter Regional Championships and other relevant competition within the strategy agreed by the Scottish Water Polo Committee

Work with the U18 Scotland Boys Head Coach to deliver a pathway for boys to progress.

As U14 Boys Coach, and in conjunction with the SWP U16 Boys Coach, support a programme of development for U14 boys to progress to the U16 Boys Squad.


  • Coach the squad of U14 boys to represent the Scottish Region (Scottish Saltires)
  • Produce a clear program of development for the under 14 squad for the next two years
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coaches and the Team Manager, ensure that the programme meets the strategic aims contained in the strategy agreed by the Scottish Water Polo Committee and that all aspects of the programme are communicated to the Scottish Water Polo National Teams Manager
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coaches and the Team Manager, ensure that the requirements expected of all athletes are communicated to both the athletes and, unless specifically requested otherwise, the parents of these athletes
  • When requested, produce a detailed, written report following all competitions in which the under 14s squad participate
  • Create clear lines of communication with the Club coach for each player to ensure as far as possible that expectations are managed and consistent messages are being given to a player in relation to his/her individual development
  • Where possible, attend all Scottish Water Polo coach meetings to help develop and define a clear Scottish Water Polo strategy for the International programme
  • Where reasonable, attend all Coach Development activities in the pursuit of individual progression as a coach and support all Assistant Coaches within the programme to enhance their own development ensuring that they are fully utilised and developed over the period



  • Coaching leadership experience within water polo programme(s)
  • A technical understanding of the needs of talented players within Water Polo. Experience in translating principles into practical systems and interventions that enhance the achievement of performance goals.
  • An  appreciation  of  the  various,  sports  science,  medicine  and  performance  lifestyle disciplines and how they along with coaching, cumulatively create a progressive talent development environment
  • Hold a Safeguarding qualification as deemed appropriate by Scottish Swimming and attend other relevant CPD course in relation to the well-being and development of children

Personal Qualities

  • Has a strong commitment to playing a significant role in the development of young athletes
  • Has strong commitment to personal improvement
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities by setting high standards
  • Has good judgement. Demonstrates decisiveness and action
  • Uses appropriate techniques and communication strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and plans
  • Uses appropriate team working methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build collaborative working relationships with an array of stakeholders
  • Ability to plan, implement, manage and balance a programme of work within agreed timelines 
  • Effective oral communication skills

These objectives are not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended if necessary to reflect the changing needs of the Scottish Water Polo Committee and Scottish Swimming.


Interest should be made by contacting Jen Hardy, Scottish Water Polo National Teams Manager, by email: or phone 07866 717536, no later than 31 August 2018.