Author: Mark Procter

Assistant to the Head Coach, Exeter City Swimming Club Vacancy


Position: Assistant to the Head Coach, Exeter City Swimming Club
Location: Exeter City Swimming Club Training Venues as requested
Closing Date:


20th July 2018


Type of Contract: Permanent Full Time, 40 hours a week, All hours contract, subject to 6 month probationary period.

Exeter City Swimming Club are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, organised, highly motivated and committed Assistant Head Coach who is able to work under the guidance of the Head Coach to provide an excellent environment in which our swimmers can achieve their full potential.

Established in 1895 we are a Swim 21 accredited Club with around 490 members, catering for all standards of swimming learn to swim through to county, regional, National, International and Masters.

Job Purpose

Key Responsibilities

  • Commitment to support the head coach across all squads within the club structure.
  • Ability to design, deliver and evaluate a training and competition programme to reflect the needs of our swimmers, in line with ADSP and focusing on continuing the successes of the Club.
  • Ability to design, deliver and evaluate a training and competition programme for the Exeter University BUCS team
  • To work with the LTS co-ordinator and all coaches in the programme to ensure swimmers are progressing appropriately through the pathway.
  • To deliver a high level of technical skills to enable swimmers to achieve their full potential.
  • Consistency in coaching approach implemented throughout the Club, following ADSP
  • Mentor a team of experienced coaches and poolside helpers
  • Excellent communication with club members, committee, parents and external partners
  • To attend competitions as directed by the head coach
  • Work alongside the head coach delivering sessions to the performance squad
  • To cover in the absence of the head coach
  • Attend regular meetings with head coach and coaches meetings.
  • Take responsibility for own CPD

The salary offered will be circa depending on qualifications and experience

The contract of employment will be an all hours, permanent full time basis for two years with an agreed period of probation.

Applications in writing with detailed CV and supporting letter to

Dean Drury by email

Personal Specification

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • UKCC Level 2 Coach or a number of years of evidenced experience with the ability and motivation to work towards UKCC Level 3.
  • Excellence in coaching and the ability to motivate swimmers at all levels
  • To coach swimmers to undertake excellent skills in all areas of their swimming.
  • Consistency in coaching following ADSP.
  • Desire to continuously develop
  • Communication
  • Clearly able to convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals and groups, engaging them and helping them to understand and retain the message.
  • Attend to communications from others, interpreting correctly and responding appropriately.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with club members, committee and parents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all external partners
  • Administration skills.
  • Ability to undertake administration for squads as requested.
  • To support the Head Coach and committee with administration as requested.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Commitment to support the head coach across all squads within the club structure and to attend weekend events to support club swimmers.
  • Ability to formulate training and competition programmes to reflect the needs of the swimmers, focusing on continuing the successes of the Club.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to mentor a team of experienced coaches and poolside helpers
  • Support and work with the head coach to achieve the long term vision for the club.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • UKCC Level 3 coach
  • Ability to deliver land training with an appropriate qualification


British Masters kit on sale now

The HCMSMG are proud to announce the sale of Tyr British Masters Kit.

British Masters generic kit consists of a Training Jacket, T shirt and two different coloured swim caps.

There is also a European Masters T shirt specifically for the LEN Masters European Championships 2018

In order to ensure your kit arrives before you fly off to Slovenia the pre-ordering window is Monday 28 May until Sunday 17 June. In order to ensure you don’t miss out please order your kit as soon as possible.

You can order your kit at the Tyr partnership website: nessswimwear

British Masters National Championships Results

Over 700 masters from all over Britain turned out to compete in the British Masters National Championships over the weekend in the Plymouth Life Centre. 

The three-day event turned out to be a great success with many swimmers praising the venue, the organisation and the friendliness and efficiency of the officials.

A big vote of thanks must to go to the many Devon officials who gave up their time to volunteer to help out over the weekend.

Thank you so much to all of you.

It was great to see so many friendly faces on poolside.  

Having this event on our doorstep was a fantastic opportunity for Devon swimmers to compete in a National event, without having to travel too far and happily many took advantage of this.  

Well done and thank you, to all who took part and helped make it such a memorable weekend

Cupar Trophy Top Club

Devon Results

Devon ASA Talent Camp

The first of the talent camp days was held at Mount Kelly on the 22ndApril 2018. The event was attended by 24 swimmers that had been selected following the Devon Championships and 8 staff to support the swimmers. In total 12 clubs from across the county were represented.

The day consisted of a one hour gym session which focussed on Fundamental Movement Skills such as coordination, throwing, jumping and balance. There were two one hour pool sessions, held in the 25m pool, where the focus was very much on skills such as streamlining, aquatic alignment, underwater skills and transition into the stroke, although there was still time for a very exciting skills relay at the end of the second session. A one hour presentation was given in the afternoon on Effective Stroke Technique by Head Coach, Neil Shire, which was attended by both swimmers and parents.

The objective of the day was not only to pass on high standards of skills and behaviours to the swimmers that can be taken back to their home programmes but also to develop the skills and knowledge of the support staff of coaches and team managers. British Swimming very much see these days as the first step along the development pathway of both swimmers and support staff. Two further talent days with the same swimmers and support staff is planned for July and October.


Newton Abbot Waterpolo Club claims national title

Newton Abbot Under 17 girls’ Waterpolo team followed up last year’s Under 15s to win the 2018 National title.

Newton Abbot defeated a strong London Otter side 9-6 to take the title in front of a full house at the Manchester Aquatic Centre last weekend. Otter, who beat the Devon side 2 years ago to take the under 15 title could not match the speed, power and superior technique of the Newton side.
The improvement in the Newton Abbot team shocked the opposition throughout this year’s competition.  The players and team improved throughout the rounds and although not having lost a game in the qualifying rounds still went into finals weekend as underdogs for the title.

The Newton team sent a strong message to the other semi finalists with a convincing win over Cheltenham in the semi-finals, whilst in the other semi-final round Otter beat a strong Tyldesley team.

The final took place on Sunday with London Otter at full strength with five England players in their starting seven. Newton took an early lead which they held to half time in a very tight first half. In the third quarter Otter came back to lead the game 6-5 for the first time. Going into the final quarter the  Newton coaches refocused the team on their defensive structure and the transition in to offence.

This resulted in Newton Abbot scoring four unanswered goals in the last quarter to take the title 9-6.

Coaches Sue Webb and Phil Shears were delighted with the team’s performance and the national title, and joined players in the pool as the final whistle blew.

Phil said: “It is impossible to single out any one individual as all 12 players were outstanding throughout the competition. The support and encouragement they gave each other was incredible and proved invaluable in the early rounds when they ground out hard fought victories against Sheffield, Rotherham and Cheltenham.

“Although South West players had been largely overlooked by the England coaching set-up, following this weekend’s competition all the Newton players have been invited to trial for the England squad in either May or June – only one of the players having been previously selected for the squad.

“As a club, Newton Abbot has been building towards this for four years, and the support of sponsors three years ago allowed the club to invest in the players and enter the competitions. Special thanks must go to Ian Woolley IW dental laboratories, Centrax Gas Turbines and Ian Manley of SafeMark Roadmarking Limited, without whose support we would never have achieved the national titles.”

Regional Masters

Congratulations to Kalon Veale of Totnes SC, the winner of the Regional Masters Trophy for 2017. Kalon scored 6240 points to take 10th slot in the National Decathlon competition.
Totnes men’s team consisting of Kalon, Levin and Simon Veale and Dan John also had a successful year nationally, coming second in the men’s team event.