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Strength and Conditioning Coach

The Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s most celebrated centres for classical ballet training. Since its founding in 1926, the School has contributed immeasurably to our rich dance heritage, producing dancers and choreographers of international renown for generations.

Posted
23 Sep 2022
Status
Part Time
Location
England
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

This post is responsible for providing the Strength & Conditioning support to students at the Royal Ballet School, in order to help them become more physically robust (i.e. reduce injury risk) and to enhance their physical capabilities in order to achieve their artistic goals.

SUMMARY OF THE ROLE

Working alongside the rest of physical development team, assisting with planning, delivery and evaluation of a programme of world-class S&C support to the student dancers of The Royal Ballet School. You will be a highly professional coach who has considerable experience of supporting young athletes, or dancers in a high-performance setting and will thrive on the challenge of this exciting position.

This role manages students’ return to dance protocols, including rehabilitation strength and conditioning delivery, injury-specific profiling and management and enhancement of our return to dance pathways. You will be expected to communicate diligently with artistic teaching staff and other support personnel and use a collaborative problem-solving approach to the issues and challenges that arise. The post holder will also establish a good knowledge of the physical demands placed upon professional dancers with significant input from other members of the technical support team and could also contribute to the research knowledge in this area.

MAIN DUTIES

This list should be seen as illustrative rather than prescriptive:

  • Facilitate the day-to-day Strength and Conditioning training for the students under the guidance of the Physical Development Lead
  • Lead and manage the strength and conditioning sessions for rehabilitation students Design and implement the strength, conditioning programmes. These programmes should be designed to best facilitate the return to dance with our injured students
  • Communicate with the physiotherapists and other healthcare staff where necessary about the students on rehab programmes
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of programmes in order to monitor student progress
  • Communicate this information to artistic and healthcare staff and if necessary, use student data in order to assess training programmes’ effectiveness
  • Manage the gym space, storage, and equipment, ensuring equipment is set-up and put away safely
  • Ensure that during S&C sessions, all students (and staff) are aware of the correct techniques and methods when it comes to strength and conditioning exercises
  • Keep up to date with best practice, knowledge and research in strength & conditioning in young dancers and for rehabilitation
  • Help to maintain strength and conditioning equipment, communicate any suggestions for updates and new purchases, while considering wear and tear, to the Physical Development Lead
  • Perform regular profiling tests to assess the skills and strengths/weaknesses of students, which can be used to individualise training programmes
  • Work with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to ensure reduced injury risk and improved ballet performance/development
  • Supervise S&C intern student and manage their workload appropriately
  • Adhere to the school’s health & safety, and staff behaviour policies.

PERSON SPECIFIATION

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  • An undergraduate degree (minimum upper second class) in sport science (or similar subject)
  • Professional accreditation/qualification with the UKSCA (Inc. first aid qualified) or equivalent
  • Have at least 3 years S&C coaching experience
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills, who can work independently and/or as part of a team
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary sport science/healthcare support team
  • A high level of professionalism and integrity
  • Patient and willing to compromise
  • Approach problems with an open-mind and determination to find an appropriate solution
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Organised and resourceful
  • A high regard for health and safety
  • Effective in using data management systems and the general suite of Microsoft Office Programmes (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Fully understand and promote the aims and ethos of the school.

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Additional Information

Status
Part Time
Job Type
Coaching
Sports Science & Medicine
Sport
Ballet
Salary information
from £13,879

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