Winchester College – Junior fellow rowing coach

About Winchester College

Winchester College is a boys’ boarding school of 700 pupils. It was founded in 1382 and is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious schools. It is rich in ancient heritage, set beside the River Itchen on the edge of a National Park, within the beautiful and historic city of Winchester.

The school is a large community with more than 500 colleagues teaching and caring for up to 700 pupils – 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time.

The College is a large and complex organisation, with a turnover of £30m, a Balance Sheet of £360m, including an investment portfolio of £250m consisting of just under 8,500 acres of rural properties with their ancillary residential, commercial, sporting and woodland interests in Hampshire, Dorset and Cambridgeshire, twenty two residential properties in Winchester which are let out on the open market, and a diversified portfolio of equities, fixed income and alternative investments.

Winchester is an international community that celebrates everyone’s individuality, talents and potential. We embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are committed to promoting a fair and supportive environment for all our employees. We work hard to create a culture where different perspectives are valued and our staff feel valued for their individuality, and share a sense of belonging. Our aim is to reflect the diverse nature of society and of our pupil body.

The Boat Club

Winchester College Boat Club is one of the oldest school boat clubs in the country, founded officially in 1867. It is a small (less than 70 boys) but nationally competitive club that has an excellent coach to athlete ratio and is well supported by the College.

Most rowing takes place on the Itchen Navigation, part of the network of rivers and streams running through Winchester, and there is a very well-equipped boathouse within walking distance of the College. Long-distance training takes place on the tidal waters in Southampton from the University’s boat hard. The club has a high quality fleet of boats and will be making substantial additions to it next year.

In the first year, all rowing is in sculling boats and most racing is in coxed quads and octuples. At the start of the second year the transition is made to sweep boats and the main racing boat from then on is the VIII. Winchester crews race at all levels at head races during the winter season and regattas during the summer.

The Assistant Coach will be responsible for coaching one of the three sweep squads (J15, J16 or J17-18). They will work closely with the Head Coach and Master in Charge to deliver high quality rowing coaching that will involve coaching other squads as required.

Role & Responsibilities

  • To work closely with the Head Coach and Master in Charge to deliver high quality rowing coaching to boys aged 13 – 18.
  • To work the training hours as determined by the Head Coach and Master in Charge, and be available at other times, as required.
  • Assist with boat handling and putting rowers on and off the water
  • Teach sound rowing technique
  • Monitor performance and recording training data on a regular (weekly) basis
  • Monitor technique of athletes to ensure that rowing is safe and standards of technical ability are high.
  • Work successfully and communicate effectively as part of a large sports coaching team
  • Assist the Head Coach and Master in Charge of Rowing with the administration of the club, trips and tours
  • Provide support to the coaching team at rowing fixtures and events
  • Promote the values of fair play, teamwork and competition and respect for officials and British Rowing rules.
  • Promote an ethos of good practice among student rowers with regard to the use and care of boat house equipment.
  • To assist the Head of Rowing with boat related tasks such as gearing oars, rigging boats and fitting telemetry.
  • To assist in capsize drill training at the start of each new academic year, or at desired times throughout the year
  • Help with driving the trailer to events and training camps.
  • Any other duties that the Head Coach and Master in Charge of rowing sees fit, providing that such duties are appropriate to the role.

Person Specification

  • A sound knowledge of rowing and a sporting background of relevance.
  • Capable of planning and delivering against identified goals.
  • Excellent communication skills with the confidence and ability to give clear instructions.
  • A strong team player, leading their own team and integrating it with those in a broader organisational environment.
  • Good time management skills; superb organisation.
  • Reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Coaching qualifications for rowing are desirable.
  • It is desirable for applicants to have at least one of the following qualifications; B+E Driving License (towing license), UKSCA level 2, RYA level 2 powerboat licence.

Terms of Service

Start date

September 2021

Hours of Work

This is a full time position, Monday to Saturday, and some Sundays during term time only. Attendance at the Winter and Easter training camps required.


Circa £18,000 (gross) per annum.


The College leave year runs from 1 September to 31 August. This position will be entitled to the statutory holiday requirements. Any Public Bank Holiday occurring during term time is deemed to be a normal working day. All leave must be taken outside of term time.

Probation and Notice Periods

The first four months of employment will be a probationary period. During this time, conduct and performance will be reviewed. The College may extend the probationary period if it is deemed to be required. During the probationary period the notice required to terminate employment will be one week (by either the employee or employer). The notice will increase upon the successful completion of the probationary period.

Pension and Life Cover

On employment, employees will be auto-enrolled into the College’s pension scheme according to legislative thresholds. Those who are not eligible for auto-enrolment may still elect to join the College’s pension scheme.

Initially, when joining the College’s pension scheme, employees will become a member of the College’s Group Personal Pension Plan (GPP). For this Plan, known as Tier 1, the employee contributes 5% and the employer 3%. After 9 month’s membership of the Tier 1 plan employees may opt to join Tier 2, which is also a Group Personal Pension Plan and the contributions are 5% from the employee and a 9% contribution from the College.

Employees in Tier 1 automatically qualify for a Life Cover of 2 times salary. On entry to Tier 2 Life Cover changes to 4 times salary.

Enhanced Disclosure and other Pre-employment checks

Winchester College is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children at the school. Therefore, this appointment will be subject to a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check. This will provide details of convictions, reprimands, warnings, cautions and bind overs as per the DBS filtering guidance. A policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, and information about DBS filtering, is available upon request from the HR Department if required. The college may approach previous employers to seek relevant experience or qualifications, in addition to obtaining references provided by the candidate.

How to Apply

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the recruitment process, please email [email protected].

Further information about the school can be found here.

Only applications completed on the school website will be accepted. Please attach a full CV and covering letter with your application. Please apply here.


Application Dates: From Wednesday 14th July 2021 to Monday 19th July 2021

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