Head Coach Vacancy at St Austell ASC

St Austell ASC, based in Cornwall, requires a part-time Head Coach for our local, friendly, supportive club.

The purpose of the role is predominantly to coach and guide the club's sessions currently on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons at St Austell Leisure Centre (Polkyth), with the assistance of volunteer coaches/teachers and poolside helpers.

About us and the role
St Austell ASC, also known as Sharks, started out first as a water polo club through to the current set-up as a competitive and welcoming amateur swimming club and water polo club.
Our current membership base is around 75, ranging from junior to masters swimmers with a water polo section also incorporated. The club caters for differing levels and abilities, accommodating different training needs including allowing regular opportunities to compete at local swim meets.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Head Coach to join a very friendly and supportive environment replacing our outgoing Head Coach who is standing aside after many successful years in the role.

Working as a member of a team, this role will require leading and supporting the coaching team to ensure consistent messages are delivered to the members, whilst contributing to the development of swimmers to enable them to achieve the best of their own personal ability. When the members are ready, there will also be the requirement of travel to and attendance at galas and open meets (predominantly at weekends) along with opportunities for further training opportunities once appointed.

This is a great time for a passionate individual to join St Austell ASC as Head Coach and contribute to the short, medium, and long-term development of its members.

Contract Type:

● Self-employed role - fixed term for 1 year

Working Hours:

● Part time, evenings and weekends - currently Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons (September timetable to be agreed with GLL).
● Swimming sessions range from 1.5 to 3 hours.
● Expectation to coach at least 6 hours a week plus 1 hour preparation and planning (max. 4 hours per month).


● St Austell Leisure Centre (Polkyth) plus other swimming pools within the Cornwall/South West region for competitive and development galas.


● Self-employed basis at £15 per hour including poolside sessions and preparation time.
● Travel costs at rates are payable to attend galas/open meets to coach and support our swimmers.

Person specification:

● Swim England Swimming Coach certificate or ASA Level 2 Coaching qualification (essential)
● Swim England/ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification or equivalent (desirable)
● Experience of teaching/coaching children (essential)
● Experience of heading a team of volunteers, whilst coaching and mentoring the team to ensure consistent messages are communicated to all members (essential)
● Be self-motivated when working alone during session preparation time
● Ability to plan and schedule training sessions and communicate well with both swimmers and volunteers
● Excellent communication and customer service skills to maintain professional interaction with the swimmers and parents
● Must be enthusiastic, punctual, energetic and have the ability to adapt and be flexible
● Show professional development and willingness to expand knowledge
● Hold a current safeguarding qualification or be willing to take the course immediately and pass all necessary safeguarding and DBS checks (essential)
● You will have a clear understanding of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults (essential)
● Full driving licence and access to a car to enable travel to the relevant swimming pools (essential)

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter confidentially to chair@staustellswimming.co.uk and secretary@staustellswimming.co.uk by the closing date of April 17th 2023 at 17.00

Posted by Swim England South West on April 12th 2023

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