Reading Blue Coat – Rowing Coach

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat is a leading independent day school of 820 pupils; 719 boys aged 11 – 18 and a further 101 girls in the co-educational sixth form. The School is located on a beautiful 46 acre campus in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading.

The School employs more than 170 staff, of whom 50% are academic staff, and provides a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical, and creative potential.

Reading Blue Coat is situated on the river Thames between Sonning and Caversham, close to the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake, a training centre for GB Rowing. We enjoy a four kilometre long, quiet stretch of river on which to train. Our spacious Boat House is located within the school grounds on the Thames and houses our state-of-the-art rowing equipment.

The Boat Club has grown significantly over the last decade, with participation levels constantly increasing under the Head of Rowing, Allan French, who is supported by a team of enthusiastic and accomplished coaches. Our athletes are keen to learn and fun to work with. Continuing interest amongst our student population has created this need to appoint an additional coach to support the program.

Along with a number of local Head of the River races and Regattas, Blue Coat also targets the “big three” races, Schools’ Head of the River, National Schools’ and Henley Royal Regatta. With thriving numbers and increasing performance levels, Blue Coat Boat Club is competitive on the National Stage and in the 2021- 22 season, won the “First Eights” category at Schools Head of the River for the first time in the school’s history.

Reporting to the Head of Rowing, we require an enthusiastic, conscientious and skilled rowing coach to deliver a comprehensive and high standard rowing programme, both recreational and competitive, across a range of age groups and abilities. The coach will work during term time, for 35 hours per week, including Saturdays, as well as during some training camps and Summer Courses in the school holidays.

Applicants will preferably possess a UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification and have some experience of coaching children and young people. An S&C qualification would be an advantage as would experience with boat maintenance and towing a boat trailer but is neither are essential as training will be offered.

You will be an able rowing and sculling coach, with a real passion for your sport. You must convey energy and enthusiasm; be an effective leader and role model for our students; and be able to communicate effectively with parents, pupils and staff.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a wonderful working environment.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website  or contact the Head of HR, Tel: 0118 933 5813 email.

We will review applications as they are submitted, therefore suitable candidates may be interviewed before the closing date. We may withdraw the vacancy if an early appointment is made, therefore applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Applications must be submitted by email to [email protected]including your CV (or completed school application form), and covering letter.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check. Registered charity number 1087839 • No agencies, please.

Type: Full-time (Term-time only + 3 weeks)

Application Dates: From Thursday 21st July 2022 to Monday 25th July 2022

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