Part-Time Head of Women’s Hockey
Exciting opportunity with a national league and BUCS premier team
Oxford University Hockey Club is a vibrant and welcoming hockey club for students at the University of Oxford. We have a thriving membership with four men’s and four women’s teams. Our teams compete both in the inter-university BUCS competition on Wednesdays, as well as either the South Hockey leagues or England Hockey Conference leagues at the weekends.
OUHC is a unique and exciting challenge with players fully committed to progressing both their hockey and their academics. This combination has led to hard working teams consistently punching above their weight. A particular highlight of the OUHC experience is The Varsity Match; a competition between Oxford and Cambridge which has spanned over 120 years. The 1st teams (known as the Blues) play at a neutral venue and the fixture attracts crowds of around 1000 spectators and thousands more on the Galvanised Hockey livestream via YouTube(i). The second, third, and fourth teams also compete in their own Varsity matches on one huge day for the club which alternates being hosted by Oxford and Cambridge each year.
The Women’s Blues (1st XI) are a high-performance team who have successfully defended their place in the BUCS National Premier league and England Hockey Conference Midlands(ii) following an excellent run of form off the back of their 2-0 Varsity Match win this year. Alongside this, they reached the final of the BUCS Vase knockout competition, culminating in an appearance at BUCS Big Wednesday. They are a motivated group of women who love playing together and supporting each other. Looking towards next year, the young squad has had a chance to come together and make real progress this season, evidenced by their excellent results in the latter part of the campaign. As the team only loses three of its varsity squad this summer and the competition for places so fierce, the Blues are fantastically placed to start pushing higher up their leagues and their aim is to be in-and-around the promotion battle for their EH Conference league.
The Women’s 2nd XI (also known as the Radicals) are a fun, friendly, and performance-driven hockey team. At the completion of the 2019/20 season, the team secured promotion in their weekend league, and continued this success as they were in serious contention for promotion in South Central Division 1 North in 2021/22. In their BUCS league, the team narrowly missed promotion in 2019/20 and challenged for promotion again in the most recent season. This really is a team on the rise and their achievements are even more impressive given their current lack of professional coaching. Off the pitch, the Radicals pride themselves as one of the club’s most sociable teams and they are a great squad to be a part of.
To achieve our aims, we need a dynamic and forward-thinking coach. Successful applicants will need to bring a competitive nature, excellent relationship development skills, innovative match day strategies and creative training ideas that bring the most out of the squad. The role will be concerned, primarily, with the coaching of the Women’s Blues team; as well as direct contact with the women’s 2nd XI and being available to offer advice and guidance to the other women’s teams as requested.
Having a holistic approach to coaching is vital to ensure the Women’s section operates as a cohesive unit with seamless pathways between the top two sides. In return, the club offers an enjoyable, supportive working environment and we are open to listening to any recommendations to ensure that you are equipped to deliver on the club’s objectives.
The role begins with pre-season training and friendlies in September prior to the start of the league, during which increased contact hours are likely over the normal term-time schedule. Training and home matches are held at the Iffley Road Sports Centre, Oxford.
This would ideally be a long-term appointment with a yearly review at the end of every season with accountabilities agreed prior to the commencement of the season.
Duties are to include but are not limited to:
• Prepare and deliver three weekly training sessions.
o One Women’s Blues training session
o One Women’s 2nd XI training session
o One “A-squad” training session comprising of the Blues squad and invited players from the 2nd XI
• Attend all Women’s Blues matches (including a warmup and post-match debrief).
o Any pre-season friendlies
o 18 England Hockey league fixtures
o 8 BUCS league fixtures and up to 3 BUCS knockout matches
o The Varsity Match
• Attend Women’s 2nd XI matches that are feasible alongside the Blues schedule, including their varsity match.
• Work with the Women’s Blues and 2nd XI captains on development, weekly team selection, training sessions and team tactics, ensuring that open communication is upheld throughout the entire season.
The rate of pay is between £25-45 per hour and will be dependent on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Other financial considerations, such as expenses, may be negotiated. During Oxford University full term, we anticipate a minimum of 6 hours of coaching per week and 2 matches per week. Pre-season training, matches, and competitive matches will occur outside of full term, but training schedules may alter. Approximately 250 hours of paid contact time in the season are likely to be offered to the successful candidate.
(i) Previous matches are available on YouTube by searching for ‘Varsity Hockey Match’
(ii) Which regional conference league the Women’s Blues will compete in for 2022/23 is not yet confirmed by England Hockey
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