Sir William Perkins’s School Boat Club – Peripatetic Rowing Coach

Peripatetic Rowing Coaches perform an exciting role in the continued development of Sir William Perkins’s School Boat Club. This role is an opportunity for those with a strong passion for, and understanding of the sport to develop their coaching skills, working predominantly with the younger rowers of the club. A keen eye for detail, and care over properly executing tasks (both themselves and the pupils under their watch) are essential, as is an awareness of the safety and wellbeing of the students at all times before, during and after sessions. The Boat Club is on an exciting trajectory, with excellent backing from the pupil and parent body, as well as strong support and investment from the school. Whilst the majority of the role’s responsibilities centre around ensuring an excellent start to our rowers’ journey through Year 9 and Year 10, there may be the chance for some sessional coaching of our successful Senior Squad (Y11-13), which includes National Schools’ Regatta Medalists and GB U19 Internationals. There is a fantastic culture of communication and integration of all Boat Club staff into the weekly goings-on of the whole club, and all coaches are a part of each and every success registered across age-groups. There will be opportunities to develop the postholder’s coaching by working with crews at both local and major national events, and the chance to be immersed in a developing school boat club with high-aims should be a major motivating factor. The post-holder will work c.18 hours/week, but with a flexible working schedule through the season due to varying demands on, and availability of the whole
coaching team.

This is not necessarily a comprehensive definition. It may be subject to modification or amendment after consultation with the holder of the post:

  • To assist the Head Coach (HC), Head of Junior Rowing & Administration (HJRA) and the J14 Lead Coach in the sessional coaching of the J14 and J15 squads, as well as the Senior Squad and Year 8 Ready to Row programme when called upon.
  • To support the Equipment Manager (EM) where necessary to maintain the operation of a tidy and efficient building, safe fleet of boats and range of reliable land-training equipment.
  • To support the logistics of running the Boat Club, including recordkeeping and administrative and practical duties as determined by the HC, HJRA and Equipment Manager (EM).
  • To be able to confidently and professionally lead sessions with all year groups when necessary due to staffing or for professional development purposes.
  • To deliver quality coaching sessions in line with SWPSBC club strategy, working closely with other coaches to ensure continuity of message
  • To assist the HC, HJRA and EM with the set-up and adjustment of club equipment.
  • To support the EM in the running and operating of a tidy and efficient building, safe fleet of boats and range of reliable land-training equipment.
  • To ensure the continuation and growth of a positive and enthusiastic environment in the whole Boat Club.
  • To have a flexible approach to working patterns, which can include irregular weekday hours, work at weekends and sections of school-holiday periods.
  • To attend SWPSBC training camps when required.
  • To assist in the preparation and transport of equipment to races, fixtures and training camps.
  • To ensure water-safety standards are upheld at all times in line with SWPSBC Risk Assessments.
  • Attend parents evenings, open evenings, entrance exam morning, occasional weekend and other functions as appropriate.
  • Use ICT where appropriate in administration of day to day activities.
  • Be familiar with the Staff and Department handbooks and support all the School’s policies.
  • Keep accurate records of student’s progress and attendance in accordance with departmental and School policies.
  • Advise a member of the Boat Club Senior Leadership Team (HC, HJRA) and/or Pastoral Team (Form Tutor, Head of Year, Pastoral Deputy Head) where there is cause for concern with an individual student.
  • Form good staff-student relationships that promote enjoyment of rowing and are in line with the aims, policies and development plans of the School.
  • Ensure that relevant aspects of the School’s Health & Safety policy are implemented.
  • Undertake any reasonable task as directed by the HC, HJRA, Director of Sport or Senior Leadership Team member.
  • Strive for personal and professional development through active involvement in the School’s appraisal system and performance management procedures.
  • Be committed to the safeguarding of children and young people.

Peripatetic Rowing Coach Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience of rowing within a performance school or senior programme.
  • BR Level 2 Coaching or equivalent (desirable).
  • First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain ASAP.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 (desirable).

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Ability to inspire and motivate students
  • Ability to relate effectively and to earn the confidence of colleagues, students and parents/carers.
  • Ability to use strategies that effectively support the School’s policies and procedures, e.g. on safeguarding, health & safety, rewards and discipline, monitoring and tracking, etc
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills


  • Commitment to the aims, ethos and objectives of the School
  • Professional and with integrity
  • Passion for Rowing
  • A hunger to learn and develop as a coach, and a willingness to expand knowledge and skillset by integrating with the coaching team as a whole
  • A keen eye for detail and an intent to implement and maintain high operating standards both personally and amongst the pupil body
  • Positive and enthusiastic about their specialist field
  • Good communicator
  • Keen interest in all aspects of School life
  • Enjoyment of new challenges and experiences
  • Adaptable and Reflective
  • Kind and with a good sense of humour

Accountable to: Head of Junior Rowing & Administration (who reports to Head Coach)

Applications for the role can be made here.

Application Dates: From Wednesday 10th August 2022 to Thursday 18th August 2022

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