Rowing Coach, Surbiton, Surrey

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Surbiton High SchoolSurbiton, Surrey
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Surbiton High School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. Schools within United Learning work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our intranet site, United Hub, is just one example of how we share resource and communicate across sites, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. We reward our staff: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately the satisfaction of supporting schools in their quest to give every child the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coaching sculling and sweep rowing techniques on the water across a range of groups, from beginners to senior
  • Running land-training sessions
  • Awareness and adherence to risk assessments and health and safety guidelines
  • Driving coaching/safety launches
  • Reporting on, and monitoring specific groups when required
  • Acting as a crew manager and offering general support for prior, during and after events
  • Assisting with general day to day running of the boathouse and its fleet of boats and associated equipment
  • Carrying out any such duties as may be reasonably requested.
  • Training camp planning and attendance

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • British Rowing Level 2 Coaching would be beneficial
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat would be beneficial
  • First Aid would be beneficial
  • Effectively coach rowing both sculling and sweep to a range of age groups
  • Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into reality
  • The ability to work as part of a team in a successful and dynamic School and rowing program
  • Experience of operating professionally and safely within a Rowing environment
  • Good communication, organizational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Excellent planning and time management skills
  • A proven track record of demonstrable training and race success with young people
  • Ability to coach crews across various ages from J13 to J16
  • Experience of operating professionally and safely within a Rowing environment
  • Possess good judgment and sound knowledge of the river Thames will be essential
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues
  • Confidence and creativity in managing a large squad of varying abilities in changeable conditions
  • Foreign trip planning
  • Maintaining and repairing rowing boats and coaching launches
  • Rowing boat rigging
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the rowing technique, strength and conditioning, launch driving, racing rules and rowing on the tideway
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • A passion for rowing
  • Have good knowledge and experience of vouching J13 to J16 rowers
  • Experience of rowing coaching in an educational setting would be preferable
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • Positive rapport with pupils
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • A strong work ethic and a flexible attitude
  • A healthy sense of humour
  • A team player with leadership qualities
  • A strong work ethic and a flexible attitude
  • Organized and able to self-direct
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, of the boat club, personal development and conduct
  • Committed to representing the strategic vision for the School
  • Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the School and the boat club
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following link:

Closing date: 8:00am, Tuesday 17 October 2017
Interviews to be held week commencing: 30 October 2017

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