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Academy Lead Athletic Performance Coach

Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors are a professional rugby union side from Scotland. The team plays in the United Rugby Championship league and in the European Professional Club Rugby tournaments.

13 Apr 2023
Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Closing date
20 Jul 2023

Job Purpose

To be a key member of the Glasgow Warriors performance team (S&C and Medical) in delivering world class athletic development support to the senior and academy Rugby programs, to allow each player to realise their individual performance goals.

To lead on the design and delivery of the Athletic Performance program for Academy players, ensuring this element is integrated with the overall program within Scottish Rugby.

To act as a key conduit between the senior and junior stages of the Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby player development pathway, taking a leadership role in the alignment of the various performance pathways (U20s).

Key Accountabilities

  • Through evidence-based practice, design and deliver world class Athletic Development (strength, speed, conditioning, coaching, monitoring, etc) practices at Glasgow Warriors Academy, leading on the strength - power aspect
  • To lead on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the strength – power component of Athletic Development programme, ensuring alignment to the Glasgow Warriors programme and the individual performance goals of academy players
  • Provide comprehensive reviews and feedback of training cycles, with evidence-based recommendations to Glasgow Warriors performance team, as well as relevant coaches in the national U20 setup.
  • Proactive identification of performance constraints, to then collaborate with within the multi- disciplinary team at Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby to develop practical solutions
  • Collaborate with colleagues and partners to establish modes and methods that evaluate the effectiveness of training and transfer of training effect
  • Contribute to the learning and development of the Performance Department and the wider multi-disciplinary team across Scottish Rugby, taking a proactive role in the mentorship and CPD of junior employees
  • Collaborate with the Performance and Rugby coaching teams of the Scottish national U20 setup to plan the development pathways of academy players
  • To educate players on techniques, habits and lifestyles required to be an elite rugby player, including basic nutrition strategies

Qualifications & Attainments


  • Current UKSCA accreditation or able to become accredited within three months of appointment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science (or comparable level)


  • Master’s Degree in Sports Science (or comparable level and duration of applied experience)
  • A recognised qualification in Sports Nutrition or related discipline
  • ISAK level 1 accreditation
  • UKAD accredited advisor
  • Emergency first aid award

Experience & Knowledge


  • At least 3 years’ experience of coaching in an Academy set up or similar elite athletic development environment
  • Excellent understanding of long-term physical development (practically and theoretically)
  • Ability to plan and deliver S&C programmes to achieve a genuine performance impact
  • Ability to use strength diagnostics/physical profiling to inform training programmes
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes
  • Must demonstrate evidence of CPD.
  • Experience leading and developing others.


  • Personal experience of competing at National or professional level as an athlete
  • Demonstrable knowledge of rugby union environments and player development pathways
  • Competent with IT, particularly Microsoft Office
  • Experience of Power BI software
  • Experience of coaching in a higher education environment
  • Experience of tutoring/educating

Competencies & Behaviours


  • Effective and appropriate communication/relationship building skills
  • Strong Coaching & Teaching Skills
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Team focused approach
  • Personal Accountability
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Leading Others
  • Facilitating Change


  • Demonstrate innovation and creative thinking

Additional Requirements

  • Satisfactory PVG Disclosure Scotland Check
  • Ability to work out with Scotland during tours and away fixtures
  • Drivers Licence

Additional Information

Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
Rugby Union
Salary information
£30,000 - 330,000

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