Ladies Head CoachWaltham Forest HC Walthamstow, E17
Ladies 1st XI Head Coach Vacancy
Waltham Forest Hockey Club is looking for a new Ladies 1st XI Head Coach to develop the squad and help us build towards our goal of reaching the National League competition by the 2027/2028 season.
Waltham Forest Hockey Club (WFHC) aspires to be the most progressive and inclusive field hockey club in North East London. Founded in 1989 we were recognised as England Hockey’s Club of the Season 2013 and we are ambitious about laying foundations for future success.
The 20/21 season has been one of transition and a handful of significant changes present exciting opportunities for a new head coach.
A thriving youth academy has led to a new crop of promising youngsters emerging to challenge for first team places and the foundations are there for a talented and ambitious squad to progress up the league and challenge for promotion in the near future. The squad was on track to retain its place in the East Region Division 2 West and whilst the current skipper has stepped down, she had already been replaced by a new captain. The new Ladies 1st XI Head Coach will have the opportunity to build a strong coach/captain relationship from the ground up.
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.
Having a holistic approach to coaching is also vital to ensure the Ladies section operates as a cohesive unit with seamless pathways between the top two sides. In return, the club is open to listening to recommendations and requests to ensure you are equipped to deliver on the club’s objectives.
The role begins with pre-season training and friendlies in August prior to the start of the league. Training and home matches during the regular season are held at Walthamstow Academy which run between September and April.
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 include but are not limited to:
- Plan and deliver training sessions suitable for a team playing in East East 2 Division and above
- Attend all match days at weekends (including a warm up and post-match debrief)
- Take part in weekly club and team selection
- Deliver effective team tactics on match days with adaptability
- Work with Performance Officer and Ladies 2nd XI Coach and Captain on development, selection, training sessions and team tactics, ensuring that open communication is upheld throughout the entire season
- Help identify leading young players across WFHC, working with other coaches and captains to manage their development towards the Ladies performance teams
- Monitor performance and provide feedback to players
We will also consider the possibility of a Player/Coach for the right candidate.
You will need a minimum UK Level 2 coaching Qualification, or at least working towards this qualification, or equivalent. You must be eligible to work in the UK and hold a valid UK/EU passport or valid work permit and speak a good standard of English.
Experience of coaching or playing at a high level is desirable, preferably at national level competition.
This is a paid position with remuneration to be confirmed based upon qualifications, experience and the final role agreed upon.
Location: Walthamstow Academy, London
Salary: Competitive and negotiable
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