University of Warwick Boat Club – Paid Part – Time Head Coaching Role

Position Summary

The University of Warwick Boat Club (UWBC) is seeking to employ a part-time head coach for both its Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s squads.

This role offers an applicant the chance to coach large mixed squads of experienced rowers on a part-time basis, allowing them to continue with their existing commitments. The head coach will oversee the selection, training, and development of squads in both sweep and sculling. A successful applicant would be able to drive forward UWBC’s senior squads in a direction and manner of their choosing with the complete support of the club.

Club Summary

The University of Warwick is a diverse, internationally renowned university that is home to approximately 20-person strong senior rowing squads of experienced athletes, including those who began rowing at university and those with considerable prior rowing experience for schools and clubs. UWBC is a well-developed, successful club with plans to drive forward to become a larger, more consistently high performing club achieving excellent results at major competitions.

UWBC’s Facilities:

  • Near exclusive access to a 3km stretch of the river Avon at Barford, which provides flat, sheltered water for training
  • A decent sized fleet of boats in good condition
  • Access to the Rowing Studio and gym based at the University’s Sports and Wellness Hub complete with air conditioning, mirrors and newly purchased Concept 2 rowing machines

UWBC’s recent track record:

  • Qualification for Henley Women’s Regatta 2018
  • Top 80 placing at HoRR 2018
  • Consistently reaching A/B semi-finals of BUCS regatta
  • Recent wins at Quintin Head, Cambridge Winter Head, Huntington Head and Reading Regatta

Hourly Rate: £10.52

Breakdown of hours: there will be as much flexibility as logistics allows on training times:

  • Extra admin hour: used for planning/speaking to captains/designing training plans.
  • Water sessions: on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays, and Sundays (during term time): approximately summing to 14 hours
  • Training camps: over Christmas and Easter holidays each under a week with approximately 5 hour coaching daily.
  • Preseason: two weeks before start of term, also 5 hours coaching daily
  • The above hours is the desirable time commitment, the club will however be flexible with the weekend water sessions being the absolute priority.

Support and Expectations


  • Design land and water training programmes for the senior squads which are appropriate for a high-performing squad with competitive goals
  • Attendance at water training sessions
  • Cooperate with Warwick Sport, this includes occasional attendance at meetings and being part of their coaching community

Qualifications: with potential opportunity for the club to aid a coach to become BR qualified.

  • Full driving licence
  • First Aid certificate
  • British Rowing coaching qualification (preferred)

Existing supporting structures at UWBC:

  • The senior captains at UWBC will support a coach in the daily organisation and pastoral care of the squads, allowing a coach to focus purely on training
    Assistance of a student coach at land and water training sessions
  • The club is overseen by a full executive committee headed by a President, Club Captain, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as captains and other supporting positions
  • The Warwick Sport Performance Programme provides full coaching and programming for Strength & Conditioning (S&C), with opportunities for a head coach to have influence if they choose to do so

Employment Disclaimer

This coaching role is a self-employed opportunity and therefore any successful candidate will only be contracted for services on a self-employed basis. To be registered as a self-employed Coach at the University of Warwick you are required to submit the following information:

1. Public liability insurance
2. Unique Tax Reference number (UTR)
3. A completed Coaching Pack (this will be sent to the successful candidate

Next Steps:

Please send your CV to Martha Waterstone (UWBC President 2021/22) on the following email address.

Please do this before 9am August 23rd 2021, we endeavour to start online interviews week commencing 30th August and to have the successful applicant in position for the of 20th of September.


The University of Warwick’s term dates 2021/22:

Autumn Term (10 weeks): 5th October 2021 – 12th December 2021
Spring Term (10 weeks): 11th January 2022 – 20th March 2022
Summer Term (10 weeks): 26th April 2022 – 3rd July 2022

Application Dates: From Monday 9th August 2021 to Monday 23rd August 2021

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