12 Mar 2019

Internship Young Coach Development Programme

Wimbledon Hockey Club – Posted by twchockey

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Wimbledon Hockey Club – Young Coach Development Programme


Wimbledon Hockey Club, based in South West London, is looking for inspirational amateur hockey players to join its Young Coach Development Programme starting in September 2019.  Each candidate should be a role-model and mentor for our junior players at the club.  In exchange for 35 hours/week assistance with our coaching schedule, you will be provided with free accommodation and have home bills and basic weekly food requirements covered. You will also be given free membership to the club with the opportunity to participate as a player alongside some of the highest quality coaches in the game.  Each candidate will have the option to be supported to start or progress their coaching qualifications with financial support and mentoring to England Hockey Level 2 equivalent standard and beyond. Each candidate will be assigned an elite player/coach mentor and given a personal development plan focussed on improving their hockey coaching delivery.  This will include the opportunity to work with and learn from world-class coaches and players.


The opportunity is open to all and is particularly well suited to high-performing amateur hockey players with some experience of coaching juniors.  This is a huge opportunity to make connections that will support future coaching & playing careers.


Successful candidates will experience life in one of the greatest cities in the world, become part of a high-performing team at a world-class hockey club where they can develop their skills and embrace social life in and around the club.  As well as developing their hockey coaching, administration and organizational skills, the candidates will also help the team give back to the local community through a schools outreach charity programme which delivers hockey coaching to hundreds of local state school children who may not have had the opportunity to play lots of sport.


We are also looking for one or two of our coaches to take a lead role with our administration of various aspects of the club.  Therefore candidates with strong organizational and administrative skills will be highly regarded through the application process.


Candidate requirements

·         Excellent communication skills – able to engage young people, keep their attention and bring fun into their coaching

·         Energetic, enthusiastic, and able to inspire others with their love of the game

·         Ideally have played hockey to a high standard – first teams, county, national, international levels

·         Sound technical hockey knowledge

·         For coaches interested and capable to assist with administration aspects of the club, a proven track record in organizational and administrative tasks will be highly valued

·         Ideally some experience of hockey coaching and will have worked with young people previously (although high standard hockey athletes with a keen interest and an ability to learn quickly will be considered without prior coaching experience)

·         Organised team player – able to plan sessions, manage selections, deal with parent issues and communicate effectively

·         Fluent English

·         Responsible and mature, able to take an active part in family life as part of their house stay or as part of a house share

·         Have or are demonstrably able to obtain the right to live & work in the UK (Club sponsorship is NOT available)

·         Ideally first aid qualified


The details

·         The role starts in September 2019 running for 7 months through to the end of March 2020.

·         The weekly schedule comprises approximately 35 hours of work per week.  The majority of these hours will be coaching.  The remaining hours will be spent on a variety of tasks including: administration and assisting host families with their weekly chores.

·         You will receive a weekly allowance of up to £250 to cover travel & weekly living expenses.

·         Accommodation and bills are included – each candidate will be provided a room within one of our host families located in and around Wimbledon or housed in a shared house/flat with other coaches.

·         Coaches residing with host families will have normal family meals included.  Special food requirements and eating out is paid for by the coach.  Coaches residing in shared coach accommodation will have to provide their own food.

·         Coaching typically takes place from Sunday to Friday inclusive, with Saturday as a free day.

·         During the 7-month season, there will be weeks off for UK school holidays, which will give an opportunity for participants to travel, take part in holiday camps or simply relax!  Coaches will not be paid their weekly allowance during break periods comprising Autumn half term, Christmas, Spring half term. There may be opportunities to earn some allowance during these breaks through contribution to junior camps.

·         Much of the mid-week coaching will be performed in the evening although there will also be day-time coaching as part of the local schools’ outreach project.

To apply

Please submit your CV to coaching@twchockey.co.uk



About Wimbledon Hockey Club


With 20 international players and 10 Olympians, Wimbledon are one of the top hockey clubs in Europe.  Their men topped the English National League last season and reached the final 4 of the European Championships and their women play national league and are packed with star players including Crista Cullen (MBE) who won Olympic gold in Rio. The club is situated within a drag-flick of The All England Club – home of the famous Wimbledon tennis tournament situated in the leafy suburbs of London.  With world class players comes world class coaches: at the top of the club sits Simon Organ, Director of Hockey. Simon has over 20 years’ coaching experience; a former International player with over 100 caps, he has previously coached junior and senior National teams, as well as top club sides in the Hoofdklasse – the top league in the Netherlands.


Wimbledon has one of the largest and high performing junior sections in England comprising 800 young players, with over 50 playing regional representative hockey or above.  Inclusivity and contribution to the community is also a high priority and the club are very proud of the schools’ outreach programme launched in 2017 which has so far helped over 2,000 local state school children have more access to hockey.  Significant expansion of the outreach programme is planned for 2019/20, with coaches on this programme playing a major role in the expansion.  Approximately 15 international players, including current GB hockey captains Phil Roper and Ian Sloan are part of the current junior player coaching team.


How to Apply

To apply Please submit your CV to coaching@twchockey.co.uk

Unless specified in the job description, you must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

Job Categories: Player / Coach. Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: coaching, Development, and junior hockey. Salary: Less than 15,000.

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