Fulham Reach Boat Club – Community Youth Lead Coach

Fulham Reach Boat Club is looking to appoint a Community Youth Lead Coach, a pivotal role in supporting our charity vision of Rowing For All.

About Fulham Reach Boat Club

Fulham Reach Boat Club is an award-winning charity, recognised with the prestigious sports sector award of Community Club of the Year in 2024 and the Sports Business Award for Innovation in 2023 for Boats Not Bars. The vision for our charity is a simple one, Rowing for All.

We want to give access to rowing to a cross-section of our community, especially those who are most in need because of financial hardship or social circumstances and help them realise their full potential both on and off the water. Our community youth programmes help offer rowing to a cross-section of our community and the junior squad, currently comprising 120 rowers, is the progression pathway.

We currently have four key charity initiatives to deliver Rowing for All:

  • Boats Not Bars – Helping reduce the reoffending rate of serving prisoners through access to indoor rowing and rowing.
  • State School Rowing – Giving every pupil in our participating state schools the opportunity to learn to row and compete whilst teaching them the true meaning of teamwork, focus and confidence.
  • Free Water Sports Weeks – Providing free-to-attend courses during the summer and Easter break for those children most in need.
  • Junior Squad and Junior Bursary Scheme – Delivering affordable access to the river for the local community with our fun, friendly and flexible club environment.

We want to broaden this work to incorporate beach sprint rowing formats and pathways into higher education. Plus in everything we do, we strongly believe in “The health of our space that’s the place for our health”.

  • Environmental Impact – We are committed to being environmental stewardship and sustainability so that we can be positive role models to everyone we work with.

About the Post Holder

We are a young, growing and ambitious charity that is looking for a passionate all-rounder to help propel us into our next chapter.

You will have a minimum of two years of experience in coaching a club or squad. You will be the sort of person who is a team player, has the desire to open access to rowing and is not afraid to break away from the traditional way of doing things.

About the Role

This role will be responsible for ensuring that our community youth work operates in safe and enjoyable environment throughout the year as well as making sure our junior squad attend key challenge events and races on the calendar. The role takes the lead on our junior squad membership, junior bursaries scheme, talent inclusion pathway, and youth volunteering at FRBC.

It is a fun and visible role within FRBC and as such the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how their values align with our vision of ‘Rowing for All’.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and deliver a fun and impactful junior squad rowing programme based on key events.
  • Coordinate, manage and communicate the programme to session coaches and volunteers.
  • Ensure that the Safeguarding, British Rowing Row Safe policies and Tideway Code navigation rules are always followed.
  • Work closely with the Boathouse manager who programme leads all school rowing, fundraising teams to deliver bursaries and Free Water Sport Weeks, and Booking Admin to deliver junior rowing courses.
  • Nurture and lead key partnership relationships with other clubs to support talent inclusion.

Essential skills and experience

  • At least two years experience in coaching a club or squad
  • British Rowing Level 2 Rowing Coach
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling
  • Children and Young People Safeguarding qualifications
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Digital skills across a range of software and apps
  • Excellent customer service skills, organisational and administrative skills
  • Friendly, motivated, innovative and resourceful.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Youth working and volunteer management
  • First Aid and Mental Health First Aid trained
  • Coaching on the Tideway
  • Beach sprint rowing and performance rowing
  • Media and video editing
  • Trailer towing.

Employee Benefits

  • Generous company pension
  • Free use of FRBC gym, equipment, boats and facilities
  • Work use of FRBC towing vehicle and laptop
  • Opportunities to complete additional career development courses
  • Access to FRBC learning and development, including a community of learning with 40 professional coaches
  • FRBC social events throughout the year.

To apply for this role with us please submit a Covering Letter and CV to Info@fulhamreachboatclub.com by Sunday, 26 May 2024.

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 (depending on experience)

Type: Full Time - 40 hours per week

Application Dates: From Monday 29th April 2024 to Sunday 26th May 2024

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