England Hockey Head Coach Vacancy

Reporting to the Performance Director, the Head Coach will be responsible for leading the national senior team with a view to achieving success at European and World Level events and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The senior team operates within a centralised programme at Bisham Abbey and the Head Coach is required to work closely with the Performance Director and Performance Operations Manager to provide detailed planning for the programme to Rio and multi-cycle planning to ensure a sustainable high performance programme into the 2020 / 24 cycles.

The priorities for the role are:

  • To work with the Performance Director to plan the timetable and content of the centralised programme to ensure maximum use of all resources
  • To be responsible for setting standards of a high performance culture within the centralised programme
  • To be responsible for the selection, preparation, coaching and performance of the England and GB Team and the teams’ results in international competition
  • To be part of the performance department leadership team and contribute to the leadership and longer term development of the wider performance programme, including but not limited to high performance coach development, talent identification and elite player development and player and coach succession processes

The Head Coach will report to the Performance Director and will be responsible for a number of employed EH staff members and circa 12 Consultants who work within the senior programme. Effective relationships with peers in the performance department including the Performance Operations Manager, GB Head of Talent and GB Head of Coaching are critical to this role. In addition the Head Coach will need to develop relationships with key staff in the commercial, finance and development departments of the wider business.
Hands on Coaching

  • Be responsible for leading the coaching and preparation of the England and GB National Squads and individual team members.

Planning and monitoring

  • In partnership with the Performance Director, create, maintain and develop short-term, annual and cyclical plans for the centralised programme that includes:
    • The England Team
    • The GB Team
    • Individual athletes
  • Monitor and evaluate athlete performance using relevant data to ensure standards are met and potential is maximised
  • Maximise the use of coaches (hockey specific and other eg: Strength and Conditioning) throughout the system to assist with the monitoring and skill development of athletes
  • Work with the GB Head of Talent and GB Head of Coaching to create and develop technical content for dissemination to the pathway

Programme management

  • Provide effective leadership and management to ensure that all England and GB Team support staff are ‘high performance’ focussed and success driven
  • Lead the provision of support services to the team, squad and individuals


  • Ensure compliance to the England and Great Britain Hockey selection policy when national squads are selected and announced
  • Communicate directly and in a timely manner to players regarding selection process and criteria

Contribute to the leadership and development of the wider high performance programme

  • Work with the Performance Director, GB Head of Talent and GB Head of Coaching to:
    • ensure that national programme objectives and key initiatives are reflected through the player pathway
    • provide technical and tactical direction for the national junior programmes
    • assist in high performance coach and player development initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with all the performance team


  • Provide regular written reports and KPI data to the Performance Director following all international events as well as providing programme reports as required
  • Work with the Performance Operations Manager and finance department in managing the centralised programme budgets
  • Work with the commercial team to ensure effective integration of commercial relationships and communications
  • Demonstrate :
    • an understanding and commitment to equal opportunities in employment and equity issues
    • an understanding of and commitment to individual responsibility to comply with Health and Safety Policy and Arrangements

    Other duties as directed

    • Assist in England and GB promotional activities where required
    • Conduct other duties as requested by Performance Director or CEO

    The Head Coach must demonstrate through their behaviour the values of EH :

    • Ambition
    • Integrity
    • Inspiration
    • Focus

    Experience, knowledge and qualifications, are likely to be:

    • Experience of successful performance achievements at the highest level (Olympic level competition) in a coaching capacity
    • Experience in planning, organising and implementing a comprehensive high performance coaching programme for international teams and athletes
    • Experience and proven capability in the holistic development of athletes and programmes
    • Experience of working with multiple partners to achieve success including working with public funding agencies
    • Outstanding technical hockey knowledge of individual and team principles including techniques, tactics, coaching trends and international developments
    • Knowledge of leading trends in coaching, including coaching science, practices and the appropriate application of leading technology tools
    • High performance coaching qualifications (England Level 3 and above or equivalent)
    • A full Driving Licence

    Qualities and Skills are likely to include:

    • The ability to attain excellence from players, coaches, staff and all stakeholders through the establishment of a culture that strives to raise the bar higher every day
    • Ability to apply the principles of coaching, sport science, medicine and technology within a high performance programme
    • Effective management skills that can build and successfully implement long-term strategic plans that are supported by informed operational decisions
    • Efficient and organised, and strong awareness of self and self management
    • Well developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
    • Well developed influencing skills
    • Self motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Demonstrated ability to meet competing demands through effective prioritisation in a results oriented environment
    • Demonstrated success in managing individual differences and group dynamics
    • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement, observe confidentiality and use discretion and initiative
    • Ability to thrive in a pressured environment of irregular and long hours, and capacity to travel domestically and overseas for extended periods
    • Driven by achieving results, a passion to succeed
    • The ability to effectively leverage and manage expertise from support services and other staff to ensure team success

    This role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check that will be carried out by EH.

    This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of the organisation.

    Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) by email to Michele Townsend (Michele.townsend@englandhockey.co.uk) clearly identifying how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements of the role.

    Closing date:    31 July 2014
    Interview date:  5 August 2014