Leeds Rowing Club – Leeds Junior Academy Coach


Leeds Rowing Club has established a Junior Rowing Academy in partnership with British Rowing World Class Start and the University of Leeds. Now in our second year, we are looking to appoint a highly motivated full-time coach to develop the programme and lead the water and land-based coaching of juniors from beginners in school year 8 onwards. The programme is based on talent ID working with local schools and our partners. This is an opportunity for someone to lead a programme that has the potential to increase diversity and inclusion in a performance-based environment and make a difference to young people’s lives.

Main Purpose of the Role

We are looking to recruit a coach who has the experience and enthusiasm to work with young people from a diverse and non-traditional rowing backgrounds and support them to develop in a performance-based environment. The coach will play a leading role in the development of the Academy and athletes selected for the programme.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible to the Director of Rowing, the coach will be responsible for:

  • Leading the school programme for talent ID, interfacing with local state schools to
    grow the number of schools involved in the programme to increase the potential
    talent pool and to select children for the programme.
  • Development and delivery of the Junior training and racing programme.
  • Development and supervision of Sessional support coaches.
  • Support and development of the junior athletes as rowers and as individuals.
  • Monitoring of athletes and reporting on Academy programme as required by.
    Director of Rowing and other stakeholders.

Detailed Duties

Initially the Coach will have around 30% of their time delivering land and water-based coaching of the Junior Academy. This will increase as the Academy develops and grows. The remainder of their time will be utilised through:

  • Creating relationships with all state schools in in the Leeds area.
  • Selection of suitable children through Talent ID in schools.
  • Preparation of training programmes suitable for age-based groups.
  • Development of racing programmes and selection of racing crews.
  • Attendance at competitions and supervision of athletes at competitions.
  • Assistance with the transportation of equipment to and from competitions.
  • Organisation of and directing sessional support coaches.
  • Actively engage in CPD opportunities to improve coaching ability and bring new skills
    and knowledge into the team. British Rowing World Class Start coach based at the
    Leeds boathouse is a partner in the Academy Programme and will provide
    opportunity to develop coaching skills.

Key Skills/Experience Required

The coach should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience coaching a school or youth rowing programme.
  • Experience in developing athletes from first entry to sport of rowing to being
    competitive at local and national level.
  • Ability to plan, collaborate, organise, and deliver programmes.

Desirable Qualifications

  • British Rowing Coaching qualification UKCC Level 2 or a track record of coaching
  • First aid qualification.
  • Clean Driving licence with the ability to tow trailers.
  • R Y A Powerboat Level 2.


Leeds Rowing Club has a duty to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults. The coach will need to be DBS checked and will be responsible for becoming familiar with the Club’s Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy.

Remuneration and Terms

The salary is £22,000 per annum, with an annual leave entitlement of four weeks plus statutory holidays. The initial contract is expected to run from the start 2022 to end of August 2023.

To apply for the role, please send a Covering Letter and CV, outlining your experience and why you would be suited to the role to David Saul, Leeds Rowing Club Director of Rowing, at [email protected].

For more information on the role please contact David Saul at [email protected].

Interview date: From week commencing Monday 13 December.

Application Dates: From Friday 19th November 2021 to Friday 10th December 2021

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