Reading Reading HC, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST

We are looking for a talented, experienced and enthusiastic hockey coaches to join our team at Reading Hockey. We are looking for someone to work within our Colts Programme to co-ordinate and lead the coaching for a key age group. Availability for both mid-week sessions and Sunday fixtures/training is essential. This role could be combined with other hours across multiple age groups to create a larger package for the right candidate.

Role: Age Group Lead Coach

Purpose: To provide coaching to players across the age group and co-ordinate the running of the age group

Reporting to: Head of Colts Coaching

Hours: Minimum 3 per week, additional hours available to be discussed with candidate.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Hockey Coach are as follows (this list is not exhaustive):

  • To provide hockey coaching to groups and teams at days and times as agreed with the Head of Colts Coaching
  • To plan and lead the development of all players within the age group
  • To provide the Head of Colts Coaching with information as required in relation to the progress of individuals and teams
  • To undertake any administrative work required
  • To prepare pupils for competitions/matches (as appropriate)
  • To attend matches or other fixtures, as agreed with the Head of Colts Coaching
  • To act in a professional manner, maintaining good order among children and safeguarding their health and safety
  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of children according to club policies and procedures
  • To assist with any other reasonable duties as requested by the Head of Colts Coaching

Qualifications (essential)

  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Hockey or EH Sessional Coach Award (or willingness to complete one ASAP)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children Certificate (UK Coaching not EH Online Award)
  • DBS enhanced check (or prepared to undergo one)

Experience & Knowledge required

  • Experience of working in a successful club colts programme
  • Experience of planning and leading sessions and programmes
  • Experience of coaching performance level players at a high level
  • High level playing background (desirable)
  • Knowledge of video analysis and application to colts players (desirable)
  • Full driving licence (desirable)
  • Experience of coaching multiple age groups (desirable)

Peresonal Qualities

  • Strong communication skills
  • Effective organisational and time management skills
  • Able to engage groups of children effectively
  • Positive, outgoing and approachable.
  • Able to work well within a team and support team goals
  • Flexible approach to work

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How to Apply

To apply please send CV and covering letter to Judith Barton

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