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The holder of this role within The Performance Centre will assist the Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach in the delivery of S&C support services to our University Athletes and Teams. They will be responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating the S&C programmes for designated University priority teams/clubs and sport scholars (UoB & TASS). In addition establishing and maintaining links to other disciplines (e.g. nutrition, physiology, psychology & physiotherapy).
Strength & Conditioning Support
- Responsible for the design, delivery and monitoring of S&C training programmes for identified University sport scholars (UBS & TASS). This Includes the design of individual training plans which reflect the athletes/teams competition/performance level, coaching (including technical aspects of S&C) individuals’ specific to their sporting needs, groups and in field situations using a variety of feedback methods.
- Responsible for the design, delivery and monitoring of S&C training programmes to priority sports club & teams where identified, ensuring the programme is monitored and progress feedback to coaching & relevant support staff.
- Required to coach (including technical aspects of S&C) in both group and 1-1 sessions within the Performance Gym, track, and field situations.
- In addition liaising with practitioners/coaches to ensure interdisciplinary approach. This will require specialist technical and scientific knowledge and experience, identifying weaknesses/ problems, finding appropriate solutions to meet the needs of the athlete/team.
- Carryout screening, performance assessments and regular monitoring of athletes adaptations to training loads. Maintain records of loading, progress and feedback results to athletes/coaches & NGB.
- Provide educational seminars /workshops to both coaches and athletes where required.
- To assist with the development and delivery of S&C services relating to the Performance Centre external business strategy.
- Utilisation of coaching feedback tools i.e. Smartabase, gymaware, force plate, video analysis etc…
- Responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of own clients’ strength & conditioning support and delivery standards, being proactive and anticipating any issues, suggesting and implementing improvements using appropriate monitoring and customer feedback tools that require specialist knowledge and experience.
- To contribute to the development and delivery of integrating support programmes within the Performance Centre – include liaising with coaches and other support staff professions (including internal & external practitioners).
- Leading on identified/relevant projects through to assisting with monitoring and evaluating the support provided. Identifying areas of weakness, proactively suggestion solutions to implementing improvements to the programmes and how these are delivered. This will require specialist knowledge and expertise across sports, including specialist analysis and monitoring skills.
- Assist in the day-day upkeep, maintenance and development of the performance gym.
- Attend and assist delivery with in-house CPD sessions.
- Lead and assist on any projects provided by Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach
- To represent the S&C team at appropriate meetings and to be a proactive member of the PC team to ensure the efficient and effective cross-functional delivery of services, to contribute to new developments and initiatives via ideas & expertise.
- To work within the Performance Centre code of practice, Health & Safety regulations and UKSCA code of conduct, standards and guidelines.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
- A good Sports Science Degree or other sport related degree with strong element of sports science.
- UK Strength & Conditioning Association Accreditation
- ISAK Level 1
- Master’s Degree, specialising in physical preparation of athletes (S&C related discipline)
- Knowledge and experience of the designing & monitoring S&C conditioning programmes
- Knowledge of the latest strength & conditioning & coaching science
- Knowledge of additional area of sports science support (e.g. sports nutrition, Physiology, biomechanics).
- Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to analyse a range of sports in relation to their S&C needs.
- Ability to coach technical lifts, plyometrics, running mechanics.
- Ability to design sports specific training interventions
- Ability to use common sports science equipment and techniques (i.e. video analysis, timing lights, jump mats, anthropometric assessments).
- Ability to work on own initiative as well as within a team.
- Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise work load and balance conflicting demands.
- Good IT Skills (word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
- Substantial experience of providing strength & conditioning support to athletes and coaches, preferably at an elite level.
- Experience of working with coaches, National Governing Bodies of Sport (or equivalent sporting bodies).
- Experience of working in a busy, pressurised environment; willingness to work long and unsociable hours when necessary.
How to Apply
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Applications close on 14th August 2022
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