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Folkestone SC are inviting applications for their Head Coach vacancy

20th April 2022

Folkestone Swimming Club (FSC), based in Kent is looking for a highly motivated and committed individual to become their Head Coach. The ideal candidate will need to demonstrate an ability to coach all ages of swimmers and possess the ability to communicate effectively with swimmers, coaches and parents at an excellent level.

The Head Coach should be able to show a passion for coaching and be able to motivate and inspire swimmers with the aim to give each and every swimmer support, nurturing and guidance so that they can truly develop into the best that they can be.

This is an ideal position for anyone who has a Swim England Swimming Coach certificate/Level 2 Coaching qualification and is looking to make the next step as a coach and develop their leadership skills in a friendly family-oriented club. The right person would be well supported professionally and personally by the Executive Committee, volunteer Coaches and the other helpers.

About the club

Folkestone Swimming Club is a friendly volunteer-run club on the Kent Coast which has swimmers competing at County, Regional and occasionally National level.

We have a fantastic set of volunteer coaches and teachers and a squad system to take swimmers from learn to swim up to our senior squad.

We compete in regular open meets, National Arena Swimming League South, Kent Junior League and County Championships, as well as being involved with the East Invicta eXcel Combined club to allow our swimmers to swim with the best swimmers in other local clubs.

Job Description and Requirements

  1. To set direction and performance targets for the Club, specifically relating to the Annual Plan and potential Swim21/Stronger affiliation Action Plan.
  2. Provide a committed and professional approach towards coaching, supporting all swimmers to reach their full potential.
  3. To construct a scientifically based annual training and competition programme based around the principles of LTAD. Prepare training session plans for all squads and allocate water time to the squads accordingly.
  4. Coach the training sessions of the Main Squad and oversee Junior Squad. Work and support the Coach of the Junior, pre competition and learn to swim programmes to ensure a holistic approach across the whole club.
  5. Ensure that the appropriate level of coaching is available for all training sessions including the development of land training. Some of this responsibility may be delegated to other coaches where appropriate.
  6. Provide a swimmer/parent education programme focussing on a variety of swimming related topics and lifestyles issues.
  7. Attend all appropriate competitions and training camps. Delegate to appropriately qualified coaches and team managers where necessary (but not National Arena league or National Junior League). Liaise with other Clubs’ on combined teams and training.
  8. Work closely with local schools where swimmers attend to ensure consistency in training methods and approach in line with LTAD.
  9. Monitor swimmers’ progress and co-ordinate swimmer movements between squads in conjunction with the other squad coaches, and relay information to relevant Committee members in a timely manner.
  10. Perform a management role and organise regular meetings for all coaching staff. In conjunction with the other Coaches, set performance targets relating to County Development, regional and National development as well as other areas of Club development.
  11. Interact and consult with the Executive Committee, and attend Bi-monthly Executive Committee meetings.
  12. Attend to other such general duties associated with the post of Head Coach as deemed necessary.
  13. Follow Health & Safety Procedures and the Swim England Child Protection Policy. Be aware and understand the facility Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Normal Operating Procedures (NOP) of all facilities used. This Job Description sets out the main aspects of the job but it should not be taken as a complete description of the job in its entirety.


Skills and qualities needed:

  • Minimum Level 2 Swim England Coach (or equivalent) Desire to work towards level 3
  • Self Motivated
  • High levels of technical knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability
  • Time management skills
  • Management skills
  • Ability to motivate others

Closing date for applications:

  • 12 May 2022

Send applications to:

  • Ian Howes (ianhowes1970@gmail.com) 

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