Posted: 27 June 2014

University of Stirling - High Performance Swim Coach

University of Stirling
Stirling Campus
Job Type:
Fixed term for 3 years from 1 October 2014
Grade 7 £30,728 - £36,661
Closing date:
14 July 2014
Interview date:
14 August 2014

Applications are invited for the post of High Performance Swim Coach in the University’s School of Sport. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the development of performance swimming at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. He/she will also be required to establish the infrastructure and pathway for performance swimming in Stirling and the local area that will contribute to the development of world class swimmers at the University. 

The post holder will hold direct responsibility for planning, organising, delivering and monitoring a high performance swim programme to a designated group of talented swimmers in conjunction with the performance development staff of Scottish Swimming and sportscotland’s institute of sport. There is an expectation that this programme will produce winning individual and team performances at the highest levels of student and mainstream sport. In particular, the post holder will recruit and develop swimmers capable of delivering success at national and international levels of competition e.g. Commonwealth Games, European and World Championships and the Olympic Games. The post holder will be required to design, implement and review a swim performance programme that integrates with the academic and lifestyle commitments of squad members. This programme should consist of appropriate talent identification and swimmer recruitment, coaching, competitions and sports science and athlete support services. The coach will also be expected to liaise with external agencies and contribute towards shared ambitions and goals in the development of sporting excellence. The post holder’s line manager will be the Sports Performance Manager in the School of Sport and the post holder will be supported by Scottish Swimming’s Director of Performance and a mentor appointed by Scottish Swimming.

The University

Stirling was the first new university to be established in Scotland for nearly 400 years, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with an established reputation for blending arts and science.

Stirling is a University of distinction, home to leading researchers and scholars attracted by the unique learning environment, exceptional facilities and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.

The essence of the University of Stirling is its people:  graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world by making a direct and positive contribution to the development of prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities around the globe.

The University population has grown from 164 undergraduate students and 31 postgraduates in 1967 to 8,200 undergraduates and 3,400 postgraduates in 2013. With over 100 nationalities represented at Stirling, around one in five students come from overseas.

A truly Scottish university, Stirling’s reach extends to campuses in the Highland capital of Inverness and to Stornoway, gateway to the Western Isles.

Stirling’s main campus is located at the historic heart of Scotland, with convenient links to the rest of the UK and beyond. The University is within easy reach of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and its largest city, Glasgow. Scotland’s two main international airports are less than an hour away, with direct flights to Europe and beyond.

The School of Sport

The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. It is one of a small number of institutions in the UK employing full-time coaches to lead the implementation and delivery of successful high performance sports programmes. 

The University has invested in high performance swimming for over 25 years and has helped swimmers compete and win on the world stage. Furthermore, it has been in the vanguard of innovative practice within the sport that includes the establishment of the National Swimming Academy on campus, the creation of an integrated national performance swim programme with sportscotland’s institute of sport and the implementation of an erstwhile Intensive Training Centre in partnership with GB Swimming. 

Through a revised partnership with Scottish Swimming, the University of Stirling wishes to implement a coherent structure for performance swimming at the institution that will produce a continuous line of talented swimmers competing at the highest levels of competition at domestic, national and international levels. To this end, it wishes to employ appropriate staff to lead this process and to deliver extended, holistic performance development programmes.

Description of Duties

• Lead the development of performance swimming at the University of Stirling. 
• Create, lead and manage a performance environment for competitive swimming at the University of Stirling. 
• Design and manage the implementation of an appropriate high performance swim programme in keeping with the aims and objectives of Scottish Swimming and the University of Stirling. This should include all aspects of training, camps, competition programmes and support services (medical, sport science, etc.) as appropriate for the development of individual swimmers. 
• Lead and provide appropriate programme evaluation. 
• Manage effectively a group of individuals that contribute to the delivery of performance swimming at the University including the high-performance swimming assistant coach, other associated coaches and support staff. 
• Manage effectively a select squad of performance swimmers. This includes establishing performance targets, devising competition schedules and developing an integrated timetable of swim, academic and lifestyle commitments for each swimmer. 
• Work in conjunction with local partners proactively to support and co-ordinate the work of local coaches and clubs to create the infrastructure and pathway in Stirling and surrounding areas that will contribute to the development of world class swimmers. 

• Deliver an effective coaching programme that helps improve the performances of individuals and which attains performance objectives as indicated by the School of Sport and Scottish Swimming. 
• Contribute, where appropriate, to the delivery of athlete support services to high performance swimmers including performance analysis, physical and mental conditioning, performance profiling and lifestyle management support. 
• Attend appropriate training camps and competitions with swimmers. 

• Communicate effectively with partner agencies, students and other users of the University's facilities and services. 
• Build and maintain good relationships with local, national and international agencies involved in swimming at performance level. 

• Carry out appropriate administration tasks and procedures to ensure the smooth running of performance swimming at the University of Stirling. 
• Establish and adhere to good working practices. 
• Provide regular information and status reports to the University’s Sports Performance Manager and Scottish Swimming’s Director of Performance. 

• Assist the Sports Performance Manager to prepare annual budgets for swimming in the School of Sport. 
• Ensure all resources are maximised. 

• Actively seek to recruit new swimmers to the University of Stirling. 

• Attend conferences and seminars appropriate to self-development and the development of performance swimming at the University of Stirling. 
• Undertake other duties as may be required by the Sports Performance Manager.

Essential Criteria

• Qualified to UKCC Level 3 coach or equivalent overseas award. 
• Proven track record in the world of swimming at youth and senior levels. 
• Knowledge, experience and understanding of swimmer development especially the transition from youth to senior swimming. 
• Proven knowledge and experience of leading and coaching senior/youth performance programmes, delivering results at British level and beyond. 
• Experience of working within national programmes is desirable. 
• Proven knowledge, experience and understanding of different coaching philosophies and coach development. 
• Understanding of modern, worldwide coaching techniques that incorporate progressive sports science and sports medicine aspects. 
• Relevant knowledge and experience of working with national and international swimming groups and associations. 
• Outstanding leadership skills. 
• Demonstrable mentoring experience. 
• Excellent organisational and planning skills. 
• Excellent inter-personal and communication skills. 
• Excellent motivational skills. 
• Excellent written and verbal skills. 
• Appropriate IT Skills – competent with MS products – Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. 
• A clean driving licence. 

Additional Information

For further information about the post or informal inquiries, applicants are invited to contact Raleigh Gowrie, Sports Performance Manager at

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