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Head of Rowing

Latymer Upper School Boat Club

Latymer Upper School Boat Club is a rowing club on the River Thames.

26 Jul 2022
Full Time
Closing date
26 Aug 2022

Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Job: responsible for ensuring an environment that enables the School to continue to be one of the top British rowing schools by reference to results in the Schools’ Head of the River, National Schools’ Regatta, Women’s Henley, Henley Royal and Junior International representation.

The Head of Rowing must demonstrate leadership, vision and technical ability to develop individuals and crews to the highest level.

Reporting to: Director of Sport

Key Responsibilities:


  • To provide leadership to Latymer Upper School Boat Club (LUSBC)
  • To have a vision for LUSBC; to define the goals of LUSBC at participation, aspiration and performance levels
  • To lead the rowing programme. This will be through:
  • Driving a high-level training programme for both the Senior squad and, with the other coaches, LUSBC as a whole
  • Offering leadership to the coaches by example and developing their coaching abilities
  • To ensure the greatest possible retention of rowers in the junior squads so as to maximise the pool from which the Senior crews can be drawn and to maintain high senior numbers, enabling rowers to succeed and continue to excel beyond life at Latymer Upper School Boat Club (LUSBC).

Coaching and Training:

  • To take individual responsibility for coaching across LUSBC and to oversee all technical aspects of the Boat Club’s training programme
  • To provide feedback to students, parents and coaches; create development pathways for students and coaching staff; initiate new strategies designed to improve performance; disseminate technical advice to less experienced coaches
  • To participate in the Great Britain Junior International rowing system
  • To have input in the progress of the junior squads through advice on training programmes (including their implementation) and technical development; and through helping to coach the crews
  • To advise the heads of individual squads within the Boat Club with regard to the date, length, location and training programmes for their training camps and, if necessary, help with the organisation of the training camps (eg booking the venue, accommodation, transport, etc)
  • To keep abreast of the ever changing world of competitive sport and will work with the school’s dedicated team of coaches in a collaborative and supportive way. As a result, the Head of Boats (Rowing) must be an excellent communicator and will work well independently and as part of a team
  • To assist, where appropriate, with the organisation of and coaching at the training camps of the various squads within the Boat Club
  • To communicate with the Director of Sport and SMT regarding all aspects of rowing
  • To ensure that all coaches are aware of relevant School policies and that these policies are implemented at all times.

The Boathouse and Equipment Management:

To assist the boathouse manager with:

  • Monitoring condition of the Boathouse; arrange repairs or other work through the Facilities Manager
  • Organising the safe and effective racking of the boats and storage of other equipment
  • Agreeing equipment purchases with the Deputy Head (Planning and Resources); order equipment as required
  • Making repairs as necessary
  • Monitoring the condition of all equipment and prioritise a programme of repairs, refurbishment and replacement
  • Checking condition of coaching launches and organise repair and maintenance of outboard engines
  • Maintaining good condition and servicing of the boat club vehicle
  • Maintaining trailers and arrange their servicing
  • Arranging for the disposal or sale of unwanted equipment.

To act a Club Safety Advisor and ensure LUSBC’s appropriate use of the Amateur Rowing Association (ARA)’s ROWSAFE guidance:

  • Complete regular safety audit and liaise with the regional safety advisor
  • Update and reprint safety policy and rules
  • Ensure coaches and Latymerians are aware of safety rules (ARA ROWSAFE, Chlorine Alert drill etc)
  • Ensure that safety equipment is present in launches and in the Boathouse
  • Ensure all Child Protection procedures are followed
  • Act a final arbiter on whether crews may scull or row in the prevailing water and weather conditions

Representation of LUSBC both internally and externally:

  • To represent LUSBC at various meetings and committees as required
  • To respond to emails, letters and telephone calls from parents, other clubs and schools, bodies (eg Environment Agency, ARA) and the general public

Boat Club Administration:

Managing the Members

  • Compile the Boat Club list of names and addresses
  • Ensure members are members of the ARA; organise distribution of the membership cards

Interaction with the ARA

  • Complete annual capitation return and arrange payment of annual capitation fee
  • Arrange annual membership returns and subscriptions
  • Complete other paperwork as required

Relationship with other bodies

  • Arrange payment of annual registration of all boats and launches with the Environment Agency


  • Ensure coaches have details of forthcoming rowing events
  • Add dates of events to School calendar via Deputy Heads’ PA
  • Compile and send entries for events
  • Book transport to and if necessary, accommodation at events
  • Coordinate trailer transport of boats

Publicity and Archiving

  • To coordinate the publicity of the Boat Club:
  • Write and coordinate reports for the Latymerian magazine
  • Write reports for end of term newsletter
  • Write reports for, and update website; put pictures on website
  • Liaise with Heads of Year / Division to produce assembly reports
  • Maintain lists of results
  • Store and organise archive reports, photographs etc
  • Give copies of publications to the School library

The Person


  • Experience of working in a high-performance rowing programme
  • Excellent management skills
  • The ability to work in, and get the most out of, a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to inspire others
  • Determination, drive and passion

How to Apply

Please click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application process

The closing date for applications: 9am Friday 26th August 2022

Interviews will be held from Thursday 8th September

Safeguarding - The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and receipt of two satisfactory references.

Diversity – The School is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. We have an established and representative staff Equality and Diversity Board to help drive forward positive change. A further Equality and Diversity Committee has recently been formed from our student population.

We are committed to attracting and retaining the very best staff, ensuring that our staff body reflects the diversity of our students and local community. Acknowledging a lack of ethnic diversity within our staff community, we particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates for this role. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the School may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

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