Position of U23 Head Coach



The Club has been at the forefront of canoeing in the UK and around the world for over 150 years.  Since 1866, members of Royal Canoe Club have taken part in canoeing activities ranging from completing first descents of rivers to having competed at every summer Olympic Games from Berlin  1936 to Rio 2016. We have facilities on the River Thames in South West London that are world class and provide the ideal base from which any paddler can thrive. Our strategy is to build on this history,  success, and investment. We have set ourselves ambitious growth and performance targets. To  achieve these targets, we are looking to work with an exceptional individual to lead coaching at the Club, in a programme, primarily focused on juniors, which includes recruiting and retaining members  and delivering best-in-class coaching. 


TITLE: Under 23 Head Coach 

RESPONSIBLE TO: Coaching Manager 

PAY: Competitive, depending on experience. 

WORKING HOURS: 27 Hours per week (0.7 Contracted) 



The Head Coach is based at Royal Canoe Club, Teddington. Travel to other 

locations to coach at races and other events will be required on a regular basis. 


The Club’s vision is ’To become a leading national racing club that provides the foundations for its athletes at all levels to achieve both their national and 

international goals whilst also creating an environment for social activity and wellbeing for both friends and family, making canoeing a way of life.’ 

Along with a successful Junior programme a key aim to achieve this is to further offer an U23  coached training environment for local athletes wishing to train full time alongside their studies  and/or part time work. 

The role of the U23 Head Coach is to support this aim through the: 

  • Management and delivery of new and existing coaching activities 
  • Recruitment of new paddlers and nurturing of existing paddlers.  
  • Management of paddlers’ objectives 

Role description: U23 Head Coach Royal Canoe Club  


The requirement is for a full time Head Coach. Hours of work will vary. The Head Coach will be required to work during school holiday periods and during evenings and weekends. The Head Coach will be required to travel to and attend events away from the Club, for which expenses will be reimbursed. 

The individual is required to have cleared a DBS check. The post-holder’s duties must always be carried out in compliance with Royal Canoe Club and British Canoeing’s Equality Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Policies. The Head Coach will report day to day to the Coaching Manager and periodically to the Royal Canoe Club Trustees.  


What we are looking for: 

Skills – Essential: 

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills 

Skills – Desirable 

  • Good IT, including use of coaching management applications & social media platforms Car driver with own vehicle 
  • Towing a trailer (and appropriate licence) 

Experience – Essential: 

  • Working with young adults in performance environment 
  • Working within a club environment 

Experience – Desirable: 

  • Liaising with Colleges and Universities, other clubs and British Canoeing personnel.  Managing other people, including volunteers. 

Qualifications: Essential 

  • BC Coach Award / Level 2 Coach Award (if not held, we will require the chosen applicant to  be working towards)  
  • Current First Aid 
  • A completed Current Safeguarding course & DBS Certificate  

Qualifications: Desirable:

  • BC Performance Coach Award (L3) Sprint discipline (if not held, we will require the chosen  Head Coach to work towards this) 
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 (if not held, we will require the chosen Head Coach to achieve this) Role description: U23 Head Coach Royal Canoe Club 


  • Passionate about coaching and willingness to extend knowledge and experiences Enthusiasm for working with young people 
  • Able to work on own initiative where required but also good team player An ability to use own judgement, resourcefulness, common sense, and local knowledge to  respond to enquiries and requests 
  • Supportive of club policies, procedures, and values. 


  1. Coaching activities: 
  • Setting sessions, based on need, for groups and individual paddlers 
  • Providing coaching, at all levels, for paddlers within the club. Principally focused on U23 members, but not excluding juniors 
  • Technique (on water and land training) 
  • Individual development 
  • Helping manage paddlers’ objectives, assisting them in achieving their goals Attendance at nominated events to support paddlers and coaches 
  1. Management of coaching activities: 
  • Ensuring all paddlers are coached with a participant and performance focus and according to BC safeguarding recommendations 
  • Providing oversight/mentoring if required and good communication with other club coaches 3. Recruitment of new paddlers: 
  • Working with club volunteers and existing paid coaches to build and maintain a sustainable  recruitment programme of activities that builds a pipeline of new paddlers 
  • Engaging across a broad network of stake holders including influential coaches, colleges,  Universities, clubs and other appropriate organisations to maximise recruitment  opportunities 
  • Developing promotional resources to colleges, universities and clubs to support general recruitment programmes 


To ensure effective delivery of coaching, we measure progress across a number of areas. These include: 

  1. Retention of paddlers by category (U23) 
  2. Number of athletes attending 5+ sessions per week
  3. Development & progress of athletes under coached U23 programme.  
  4. Number of new members introduced and retained 

Role description: U23 Head Coach Royal Canoe Club  


  • Employment contract for coaching services 


Royal Canoe Clubs, Coaching Manager and Junior Head Coach, along with representation from Royal  Canoe Club Trust (RCCT) and British Canoeing the National Governing Body. Members of this Group will shortlist and interview individuals. 

Planned 2022 selection timetable: 

  • 10th January: Applications open 
  • 23rd January: Applications close 
  • 24th January: Shortlist created, and candidates notified 
  • 25th to 28th January: Interviews at Royal Canoe Club, Teddington and/or virtual interview stages.  31st January: References taken up 
  • 10th February or earlier: Appointment confirmed. 


Submit your CV by email to: 


Your covering email should include the following: 

  1. Subject field: “U23 Head Coach Application 2022” 
  2. Confirmation of your right to work in the United Kingdom 
  3. Names and roles of at least two professional referees (we do not need 

contact details at this stage and we will not contact them without your 


  1. Your expected pay for the role. 


By submitting your application, including your CV and any personal details, you agree that your data will be stored and used electronically by Royal Canoe Club for the purposes of the selection of a U23 Head Coach.