Star Club – Rowing Coach (Paid Position)
Closing date for applications 18th August 2019

Background information:

Star Club has operated from the Batt’s Ford site, in the centre of Bedford, since 1958. Star Club has a history of international representation at both Junior and Senior levels and has a reputation for a high level of continuous achievement in the sport of rowing.  In keeping with this, Star Club’s aim is to: i) develop and support crews and scullers to compete at their full potential, and ii) to provide facilities for the wider community to train and enjoy participation in the sport of rowing.

Star Club has a thriving membership across junior, senior and masters male and female squads.  The Junior squad represents approximately 25% of club membership.

Star Club, with the support of the Poynter Charitable Trust, is now looking to recruit a `Director of Junior Rowing’ to lead the further development of Junior rowing at Star Club. There is also an opportunity to expand the role and hours worked to provide additional coaching to the other club squads.

General Purpose of the position:

You will share your passion and enthusiasm for rowing to engage and inspire young people through both land- and water-based school rowing programmes.  You will define and lead rowing coaching to Star Club Juniors.  Our aim is to help young people from all backgrounds reach their full potential through the sport of rowing and to develop their strong connection to the local community at Star Club and its junior rowing programme.

The Junior Coaching part of the role is for 18hrs per week, delivered outside of normal school hours including weekends and the salary for this element is £18,120pa. .  We are looking for the successful applicant to start work with us from September 2019.

Ideally, the successful candidate will also accept a wider, part-time brief to work with the Club Captain to provide training and technical input to the Club’s Senior squads.  The Club has won at HRR within the last decade and has a track record of producing high quality crews from a small base of local athletes.  The club will provide additional funding for the successful candidate to spend approximately 8hrs per week on the Senior brief.

We will provide 130 hours paid holiday per annum, the majority of which will be taken during August when we don’t run a junior program.

You will join a successful club and will lead a successful volunteer coaching team.




  • To define and lead coaching services to deliver and maintain a sustainable Star Club Junior Squad
  • To work with the Club, Junior Captain and Volunteer Coaches to deliver Junior programme
  • To work with the Club Captain and Senior Squad Leaders on a part-time basis to develop a Senior Programme that recognises the performance targets of Senior and Masters rowing members.
  • To provide an integrated training programme tailored to support athlete development and performance at all levels e.g. local, national, international
  • To maintain centralised training records to evidence athlete progression and development
  • To communicate effectively across squads, coaches and parents to form a coherent plan (`what and how’) and create a `Junior squad culture’ aligned with this vision
  • To promote rowing and encourage and develop all junior athletes to achieve their potential
  • To accompany athletes to Head Races and Regattas and trials and training camps
  • To arrange the transport of equipment to events
  • To continue to develop partnerships within selected local schools to promote the sport of rowing to their students and the community
  • To provide coaching support to the wider club as further agreed.
  • To actively seek funding/partnerships to continue to support rowing development e.g. Team Beds and Luton (CSP) and Sport England.
  • To proactively engage with current sponsors to promote Junior rowing
  • To drive continuous learning through Coach Education/Mentoring volunteer coaches, leading and promoting courses and workshops.
  • To lead `Learn to Row Program’ for intake into Junior squad (Holidays, Easter May and Summer)
  • Provide quarterly update to Star Club management board and relevant stakeholders

Key Skills Required

  • Proven coaching expertise in sculling and rowing
  • Project management/organisation skills
  • Proven ability to engage and communicate with diverse audiences in a clear concise manner
  • Ability to use software tools /applications to support data management and effective communication

Key competencies required

  • Bias for action (action orientated, self-starting)
  • Building talent and teams (active development)

Key experience and qualifications required

  • British Rowing Coaching Qualification, minimum level two (or equivalent experience).
  • Proven experience of leading schools-based rowing/sculling programmes
  • Proven experience of developing athletes from first-entry to sport of rowing
  • Proven ability to plan, collaborate, organize and deliver programme
  • Enhanced DBS and First Aid qualifications


For further detail regarding the role please write  Application by covering letter or supporting statement and CV should be sent to by closing date of 18th August 2019.  Interviews will take place week commencing 19th August 2019.