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Strength & Conditioning Placement

Salary:
23,692 P.A. ?
Location:
Nanpantan
Company:
English Institute of Sport

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The EIS exists to improve sporting performance through science, medicine, technology and engineering. We work with sports throughout the four-year cycle, often behind the scenes, but always with a focus on performance.

We provide support services to British Olympic and Paralympic sports, enabling sports and athletes to realise potential and to achieve excellence.

We are the largest single provider of world-class science, medicine, technology and engineering services within the sport sector to Olympic and Paralympic sports in the UK. We work with the World Class Programmes in those sports, as well as individual elite athletes through medal support plans.

We understand that to continue to compete at the highest levels not only requires world-class athletes and world-class coaching, but also world-class support services. It is these support services that the EIS specialises in.

DESCRIPTION - STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PLACEMENT

Do you have an aspiration to work in Strength and Conditioning in the High-Performance System with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and performance support teams in the future?

Are you driven, committed, diligent, reflective and collaborative?

Do you have 1-2 years of coaching experience to reflect and develop from?

Do you want to be part of an organisation committed to people development, collaboration and striving for excellence in the build-up to Tokyo 2020?

The S&C placement programme aims to support your development to achieve these goals through:

Mentorship programme supported by regional technical leads and S&C sports leads in Swimming and Para-Triathlon to guide and support your experience.
A curriculum-based education programme linked with 7 unique days over the year that the 2019-2020 placement group meet with internal and external to, to expand their knowledge both from a technical and professional skills perspective.

The year is focussed on your development with the experiences and projects relating directly to the curriculum and your individual needs.

DURATION OF PLACEMENT: 12 months (starting October 2019 to August 2020)

PLACEMENT HOURS*: We envisage the successful candidate being available for three days a week to gain maximum benefit from the curriculum based educational and mentorship programme. There is flexibility within the contact days and hours per week, but individual placement schedules should as much as possible be optimised to gain exposure at key training times/days within the region and across the network to enhance learning and development. The exact hours per week to be discussed, but may include operating outside normal office hours, at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays*.

LOCATION: The placement will take place at EIS Loughborough, however, you may from time to time be required to travel to other EIS sites across the network to enhance your experience and learning opportunities.

REPORTS TO: S&C Technical lead, Midlands

MAIN ACTIVITIES:

Undertake an agreed mentoring programme from an EIS Senior S&C coach leading to the development of specific skills and knowledge required to be a high-performance S&C coach
Undertake a targeted and systematic personal development programme facilitated by the mentor through the structured EIS regional and national CPD plan
Observe and shadow the S&C team as part of a structured personal development plan and capture a reflective log to allow learning and discussion
Develop an effective technical and behavioural coaching skill set through targeted learning experiences and reflective practice
Gain knowledge in the process of carrying out appropriate testing and monitoring of athletes’ physical qualities based on a sports performance model
Develop programming and planning skills that aligns with testing and monitoring and coaching strategies.

* The EIS has worked closely with BASES to ensure the placement meets the needs of those applying as a development opportunity in high performance sport. The EIS wholly endorses the BASES position stand on unpaid internships. The creation of this role is to positively support future practitioners gaining knowledge and experience in high performance sport. This is achieved through the mentor assigned to the placement establishing a targeted personal development plan. The expectation is to shadow EIS staff and be provided with directed learning opportunities. At no point will the placement be completing independent work for the EIS.

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

PERSON SPECIFICATION

A successful S&C placement will be skilled in developing relationships, as part of a team and enjoy collaborating with colleagues. They will have good communication skills and be comfortable in small or large group settings. They will need a high attention to detail and be comfortable in setting specific guidelines to optimise their development and learning. The successful S&C placement will be happy multi-tasking and collaborating in developing new ideas, while being able to prioritise their own schedule in order to achieve learning outcomes. They will be proactive in leading their development and be willing to consistently reflect on their learning journey.

COMPETENCY AREA

ESSENTIAL / DESIRABLE

ASSESSED BY

Qualifications

Degree level (or equivalent) in sports science or related area, specialising in physical preparation of elite athletes

Essential

Sight of certificates

Higher degree level (or equivalent) specialising in the physical preparation of elite athletes

Desirable

Sight of certificates

Experience

1-2 years’ experience in the provision of S&C services to athletes including direct athlete coaching

Essential

Application &

Interview

Basic experience of analysing the demands of a sport in relation to the performance outcomes and identifying the strength and conditioning requirements. To develop, implement and evaluate strength and conditioning programmes for individual athletes within these sports

Essential

Assessment & Interview

Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of strength and conditioning services to high performance sport

Desirable

Application &

Interview

Basic experience of working with national performance programmes within National Governing Bodies of sport

Desirable

Application &

Interview

Knowledge and Skills

An understanding of the various sports science and sports medicine disciplines

Essential

Application &

Interview

Basic anatomical knowledge and an ability to apply this within a strength and conditioning environment

Essential

Assessment & Interview

Basic knowledge of and ability to teach barbell lifts, supplementary exercises and ground based drills including how to correct common faults

Essential

Assessment

Basic knowledge and ability to construct strength, speed/change of direction and fitness based training schedules both gym and field based

Essential

Assessment & Interview

Problem solving and decision making skills

Desirable

Interview

Ability to scientifically validate and interpret the methodology of test protocols and data and other scientific data to a reasonable level.

Desirable

Interview

Ability to input, process, analyse and communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences

Desirable

Interview

Good coaching skills and behaviours

Essential

Assessment & Interview

For this placement we would expect the individual to have 1 to 2 years’ coaching experience, although this does not preclude applicants without this from applying if they feel they have the necessary knowledge and skills. It is important to the EIS that candidates both have an interest in sport and recognise the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping within sport.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:

Application:

Please submit a current CV and covering letter with an overview of the below:

In no more than one side of A4 with no limitations regarding layout or format, express:

What do you consider to be the key attributes; knowledge, skills and behaviours that make a good S&C coach
Give an example of an S&C coach who has influenced you and your career to this point how they have displayed the attributes you have cited above
What experiences, both technical and non-technical have shaped you as an S&C coach

Selection:

Short listing will take place as soon as possible following the closing date. Please indicate clearly on your application a telephone number where you can be contacted during normal office hours (i.e. 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday). You should assume you have been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date.

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