Rowing Coach at Enable

Enable is a charity dedicated to improving people’s wellbeing and strengthening local communities. Core to our work is the development of strong working relationships with councils, charities and other organisations to deliver, health leisure and community services and events that enrich people’s lives.

Barn Elms Boathouse are looking to take on a new coach to join our team from March 2023. At Barn Elms we specialise in recreational rowing sessions for both adults and juniors, as well as running a competitive junior squad and working with local schools.

Applicants must be available to work on Saturday or Sunday afternoons during term time as a minimum, ideally also available 1/2 weekday afternoons/evenings.

Level 2 coaching & RYA powerboat qualifications are preferable, but not essential.

Applicants must have a sound knowledge of rowing and sculling with good communication skills.

Competitive pay rate depending on qualifications and experience

Job Purpose

  • To help develop and deliver rowing sessions and courses.
  • Contribute the day to day running of the boathouse.

Job Dimensions

  • The post-holder will be responsible for coaching a variety of indoor and river based sessions including adult and junior beginners, recreational adults, school sessions and a junior squad. This includes planning suitable sessions to meet the level and aims of the rowers.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for contributing to the operational tasks involved in the day to day running of the boathouse.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coach regular dry and river based sessions to a cross section of experience and skill levels.
  • Deliver scheduled sessions and courses showing a clear developmental progression plan where required.
  • Attend events and races where needed.
  • Contribute to the development of our programmes and courses for groups and individuals.
  • Adhere to any daily operational schedules on site, contributing to the daily maintenance of the boathouse.
  • Check that all equipment is suitable for use and report this appropriately. Address any immediate issues where possible.

Person Specification

  • An understanding and awareness health and safety implications of rowing and coaching on the tideway.
  • Knowledge of rowing and sculling technique.
  • Experience of coaching young people of different ages and abilities to increase participation and develop pathways for talented athletes to flourish.
  • Experience of coaching small groups through to larger numbers of varied ability.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to converse with key people (including colleagues, young people, other organisations and the general public) using a range of methods, including; oral, written, telephone and in meetings.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and any other relevant IT based programmes.
  • Ability to work alone and effectively prioritise workload to meet the demands of the job in a timely manner.
  • Be able to manage behaviour to ensure sessions are enjoyable and inclusive.
  • A knowledge and understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults and young people and its relevance to the role of a Rowing Coach, demonstrating integrity at all times and a willingness to attend training as required.
  • Ability to effectively market and promote the sessions and facility to a wide range of customers.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of training programmes and sessions for groups and individuals.

Reports to: Rowing Coaching & Development Officer

Based: Barnes

DBS: Enhanced


Salary: From £17.85 per hour (Depending on experience)

Type: Casual

Application Dates: From Monday 9th January 2023 to Sunday 29th January 2023

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