University of London Boat Club – Senior Coach


Following the appointment of our new chief coach, ULBC is seeking a senior coach works alongside the Chief coach to be involved in all aspects of the clubs work.


Remuneration will depend on experience. The role benefits from includes 20 days’ paid annual leave and workplace pension contributions.


ULBC has a long history of success at both top domestic and international level and an objective to put in place a programme that makes this success sustainable in the long term.

The club’s objective:

“ULBC exist as a centre of rowing excellence, supporting the rowing development of current and past students of the University of London and, by invitation, other exceptional athletes, to compete successfully at national and international level. The aim of ULBC is to be the premier student rowing establishment in Great Britain and one of the most successful domestic and international rowing clubs.”

Within that context, precise targets for coaches are agreed on an annual basis.

The successful candidate will be expected to be happy with the club’s values.

Reporting line

The senior coach reports to the chief coach who is advised by the performance management committee which is made up of alumni of the club.


1 – Assist the Chief Coach with the design of the programme for the year

2 – Successfully deliver the area of the programme delegated by the ULBC Chief Coach, including:

  • Work with the Chief Coach to publish training programmes on a regular basis throughout the year and provide guidance as appropriate to its implementation and amendment for individual squads
  • Ensure that there is a visible development pathway in place which satisfies ULBC and individual athletes (ensure there is a clear pathway from novice to international, etc)
  • Contribute to a proactive recruitment programme that attracts athletes to ULBC including the recruitment of both established and novice athletes
  • Work with the Chief Coach in assessing athlete performance, crew selection and identifying events to attend
  • Maintain an atmosphere of mutual assistance and respect.

3 – Develop and maintain appropriate standards of behaviour as a senior representative of the Club both on and off the water

4 – Follow the UK sport coaches code of conduct

5 – Anti – doping: The job holder is expected to be fully conversant with the core requirements of the WADA Anti-doping Code and its requirements on coaches and Team Support personnel to set a good example in this field. When directly working with athletes the job –holder has responsibility to inform them appropriately of the Code’s application to them and to influence them in following a “drug free” culture

Contract term

The role will be fully employed but subject to an initial probation period

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable experience of having the ability to take athletes from novice to aspiring international with core abilities of coaching top level club athletes
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Desirable Qualifications: (if not held, the appointee will be expected to work towards these qualifications once in post)

  • Full driving licence (with ability to tow rowing trailers)
  • Coaching qualification (minimum: UKCC Level 2 or international equivalent)
  • Launch driving qualification (RYA Powerboat Level 2 or international equivalent)

Appointment process

On receipt of an application and CV in writing to David Townsend at the email address here [email protected], we will provide a copy of the job description and other relevant papers to the applicant and arrange for an interview to take place if appropriate. This will be conducted by the ULBC Chief Coach initially then by representatives of the performance committee.

We may ask the applicant back for a second interview or to observe first hand the applicant coaching before making a decision on the applicant’s suitability.

Closing date for applications is 31st October 2021. 

Application Dates: From Friday 22nd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021

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