Friday, June 18, 2021

Coaching Futures - Apprenticeship Opportunity


Following the successful implementation of the “Coaching Futures” coach apprenticeship opportunity in 2012 and 2016, Scottish Swimming is looking to consider candidates for the next iteration of the programme for the period 2021- 2023. If you are, or recently have been, a performance athlete and considering a career in coaching Aquatics (Swimming/Para Swimming/Diving), read on…


Coaching Futures is sportscotland’s performance athlete-to-coach apprenticeship scheme.  The aim of the programme is to assist Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport to utilise the experience of performance athletes and create opportunities for them to transition into coaching.  The apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ by focusing on the development of coaching practice.  Apprentices will be given time to learn through guided-study and by working alongside experienced coaches with support from a coach developer.  Above all, Coaching Futures provides the opportunity to learn actively through experience and gives the apprentice the tools to self-direct and regulate the development of their emerging coaching practice.

The apprenticeship usually takes the form of an “up to” full-time hours coaching post, employed by Scottish Swimming and seconded to a performance development/performance environment. We recognise the need to offer flexible approaches to these apprenticeships and will negotiate options with successful applicants as required.

Who is the programme for?

The following guidelines have been set out by sportscotland around eligibility for the apprenticeship;

  1. Retiring or recently retired
  2. With a demonstrable desire to coach within their sport
  3. With recent experience of performance environments
  4. With the willingness, ambition and credibility to be an ambassador for their sport

The starting date for the 2021 Coaching Futures apprenticeship is flexible, especially where there may be competition goals and outcomes to be aimed for towards the end of the aquatics season. Individuals successfully enrolled onto the programme will have the opportunity to negotiate an appropriate start date.

Potential placement will be determined collaboratively between the Scottish Swimming Performance Director and National Coach.


Working collaboratively, the aim of the programme is to develop coaches who can: 

  • Display knowledge, skills, behaviour and attitude associated with effective coaching practice across coaching domains
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, reflective practice, effective communication and leadership
  • Develop competence to effectively manage the complexities of the coaching environment and inter-disciplinary practice
  • Contribute to the development of self-regulating and self-determining athletes
  • Evidence their 2-year learning journey and future development plan

How can you apply?

Scottish Swimming is looking for up to three candidates to be placed on the Coaching Futures Apprenticeship opportunity 2021 – 2023. Interested athletes are asked to;

  • Provide an expression of interest, made in writing, via email to the Scottish Swimming National Coach, Alan Lynn, stating why they are interested in the apprenticeship, what they would be looking to gain from the opportunity and what skills, personal qualities and experiences they would bring to coaching within the sport. 

Expressions of interest are to be received no later than 12 noon, 28th June 2021    

  • On receipt of the above, the National Coach will organise an opportunity for an informal discussion around all potential areas of the apprenticeship
  • Selected candidates will be contacted for a formal discussion with the Scottish Swimming Performance Director, National Coach and sportscotland representative, upon which a final decision on the successful candidates will be made.

Successful candidates will be informed by Friday 16th July 2021

Scottish Swimming is committed to selecting staff solely on the basis of their ability to do the job for which they are being recruited and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.