Posted: 19 August 2014

Tranent Amateur Swimming Club - Head Coach

Tranent Amateur Swimming Club
East Lothian
Job Type:
Head Coach
Part time (5 pool sessions and 1 land session per week)
Remuneration will be £6k per annum
Closing date:
29 August 2014
Offered initially on a two year fixed term contract

This post can be combined with the East Lothian Swim Team (ELST) Assistant Coach post which is advertised separately.

Tranent Amateur Swimming Club (TASC) had it’s inception in 1973 and is one of the longest established swimming clubs in East Lothian.

We are a friendly club where swimmers can improve on basic swimming skills, become safe around water and enjoy a fun club environment from early swimming development through to advanced competition level. We encourage the children to enjoy swimming at whatever level they feel comfortable, whether they swim for recreation and general fitness or to compete.

Tranent swimmers range from club entry level at around 7 years old to those competing at Scottish National level. TASC achieved 4th place in the East District last year cementing our place as a highly competitive club. Our elite swimmers feed into the East Lothian Swim Team (ELST) and through this system TASC swimmers have gone on to be medallists at district, national age group, national open championships as well as the Paralympics and also had a competitor at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 The club trains at Tranent's excellent local sports centre and attracts swimmers from the surrounding area. In the past two years the club has grown in numbers from 45 to 88 swimmers. We are swiMark accredited and working towards swiMark Plus.

The club has clear aspirations to grow over the next few years and to that end has secured a 4 year development investment enabling us to put in place a plan for membership growth which includes a club development officer to assist the Head Coach in boosting swimmer numbers and strengthening the club’s infrastructure. The Head Coach will be supported by 2 assistant coaches.

The Strategic Aims of TASC are:

  • To provide an accessible environment that encourages a love for swimming.
  • Provide the opportunity for swimmers to develop as athletes to national level.
  • Encourage participation in swimming via steady membership growth.
  • Develop into one of the East District’s leading clubs. 

TASC has a well established coaching structure supported by a dedicated committee. 

The key attributes required for the TASC 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 districts and nationals.
  • Excellent communication skills to engage effectively with swimmers, assistant coaches, committee, parents, learn to swim programmes and other key stakeholders.
  • Ability to formulate training and competition programs
  • Commitment to attend appropriate meets throughout the season
  • Good administration skills
  • A proactive approach, along with the club development officer, in promoting swimming in the surrounding area with regular visits to schools and learn to swim programmes. 
  • Sound leadership abilities in supporting and developing the assistant coaches in delivering a quality programme across all squads

Enhanced PVG will be carried out on preferred candidates

The Head Coach position is a part time role (5 pool sessions and 1 land session per week) and will be offered initially on a two year fixed term contract.

The successful applicant will report to the TASC committee.

Remuneration will be £6k per annum.

How to apply

Candidates are asked to submit a CV and covering letter stating their suitability against the key attributes required to Eddie Balfour at

Candidates who wish to be considered for the combined post are asked to submit a single application to both ELST and TASC, stating that they would like to be considered for the combined role, and making sure their suitability against the key attributes of each role is addressed separately in the covering letter.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 August 2014 with interviews to take soon thereafter.

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