London Youth Rowing – Programmes Coach

As part of LYR’s coaching team, you will be working within a team of coaches that manage a network of schools and organisations across London. You will be responsible for managing the relationship that LYR have with a number of those schools and organisations at every level.

Working with participants from a range of different backgrounds, you will be introducing them to the sport of rowing and encouraging them to find their true self. The sessions are run mainly within the schools and organisations but will also include sessions on water as participants become more invested in the programme. You do not need to be able to row. You will often be working independently and remotely but need to maintain good, strong communication with your coaching team and support your colleagues closely both mentally and practically.

While performing your coaching duties, you will consistently be working and focusing on your own development and experience as a coach and within the world of rowing and grassroots sports. While in this role, you will shadow peers, have mentors within your team, and have support of your line manager and coach developer. Your development is at the heart of the programme, supported by your colleagues and using the framework of opportunities that LYR will offer, you will be responsible for making the most of your journey with LYR. This opportunity will be a powerful and valuable experience that will leave you with the qualifications, skills and knowledge to flourish if you use it well. This is an opportunity for you to develop coaching into a career.

Pay and Hours

This is a Full-Time coaching position with a Fixed Contract of 2 years and a salary in the range of £23,000 per annum. The working days are Monday to Friday typically with at least one evening a week and occasional weekends throughout the year. Days in lieu of working additional hours must be arranged and agreed with your managers.

Managing Schools and a Hub

  • Overseeing the relationship between LYR and the schools/organisations that you are assigned.
    Managing the expectations of group leaders and ensuring that the terms of the contract are met, particularly around the usage and servicing of LYR equipment.
  • Engaging the schools and organisations you work with in all the events the LYR request that they attend.
  • Organising internal and local events.
  • Evaluating and reporting to your managers the quality and condition of the relationships you are managing on a regular basis.
  • Manage and lead sessions on a weekly basis at an LYR Community Hub as a way of providing recreational rowing opportunities.

Coaching Sessions

  • Planning and preparing sessions for participants of various skill and ability, from beginners to more experienced to SEND.
  • Manage and lead sessions on a weekly basis at an LYR Community Hub as a way of providing recreational rowing opportunities.
  • Engaging participants in safe and fun sessions.
  • Monitoring and recording all the necessary data for sessions that you are leading on or responsible for.
  • Evaluating the progress of participants and sharing feedback with them directly as well as with the group leader and your managers.
  • Reporting any incidents, damage or safeguarding concerns using the correct channels.
  • Leading sessions both on land and on water.
  • Providing coaching support for your colleagues when possible.

Developing Yourself

  • Managing your attitude and expectations.
  • Organising yourself and developing a routine that will help you thrive.
  • Communicating clearly with your colleagues and managers.
  • Engaging fully in the opportunities that are provided, and completing all the necessary training and qualifications required for the role.
  • Planning and shaping a development plan that you are passionate about.
  • Analysing your performance and using that to build your goals.
  • Evaluating your options and goals.
  • Reporting and communicating openly and honestly with your managers on your complete experience and journey.

Event Management

  • Working with a team to co-ordinate and deliver an event.
  • Promoting events to your network.
  • Organising and planning specific details and event requirements.
  • Collection and management of data.
  • Communicating and supporting participants and group leaders with tasks throughout the event.
  • Hands on delivery of events in a variety of roles and positions.
  • Reporting feedback on the event and submitting that to your managers.


  • Enrolment into LYR pension scheme, with the People’s Pension (subject to meeting qualifying criteria)
  • 20 days’ holiday per year plus 4 company gift days (2 during summer and 2 during the Christmas holidays)
  • and the opportunity to work outdoors across a number of amazing and iconic venues including the River Thames and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!


  • Previous work experience in any work environment.
  • Some experience of working as part of a team.
  • Previous experience of working independently.
  • Understanding and experience using technology.

Abilities, skills and knowledge

  • Ability to make sensible decisions.
  • Willingness to apply yourself.
  • Committed to developing yourself and having a positive impact on those around you.
  • Competent working independently as well as part of a team.
  • Capable adapting to changing environments and situations.
  • Skilled at communication, time management, and teamwork.

Personal Attributes

  • Enthusiastic approach to working with young people and people with SEND.
  • Passionate and spirited
  • Pragmatic
  • Open minded and considerate
  • Supportive and helpful
  • Engaging
  • Professional
  • Approachable and accommodating
  • Observant
  • Confident

How to Apply

In order to apply for this role, you should submit:

  • An updated CV which shows your full career history with any breaks explained, we recommend that this is no longer than three pages;
  • A supporting statement explaining why you are interested in this role, detailing how you are a good candidate for this role and how you fulfil the person specification, again we recommend that this is no longer than two pages;
  • Record and submit a 30 second video of yourself telling us why you think you are the ideal candidate for this role

Please submit the documents via email to the following members of LYR’s SMT:

Emily Coe, [email protected].

Bobbie Morgan, [email protected].

If you apply, we will aim to acknowledge your application within 24 hours of receipt. If after that time you have not heard from us, please telephone the LYR office (0203 434 0990) to ensure that it has arrived. Using a secure email address and putting the job title/organisation in the subject line reduces the chances of any email going into spam.

Application Dates: From Tuesday 29th November 2022 to Monday 19th December 2022

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