Category: Swimming

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


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.


Devon Claim 2nd at 2017 Inter County Championships – Report

Following promotion to Division 1 last year, the Devon County Team consisting of swimmers from Mount Kelly, Plymouth Leander, Dartmoor Darts, Devonport and Paignton, surprised their competitors at the 2017 Inter County Championships in Sheffield storming to 2nd place – Devon’s best ever result in the history of the competition!

Devon started strong with a victory in the first event of the day courtesy of Mount Kelly’s Athena Clayson in the 16/17 Years 100m Freestyle. This was backed up by a further 9 Top 5 individual finishes from Cameron Williams in the 12/13 Years 100m Breaststroke (2nd), Sam Dailley in the 16/17 Years 100m Butterfly (3rd), Savanna Best in the 16/17 Years 100m Breaststroke (3rd), Kaylee Dekker in the 14/15 Years 100m Freestyle (4th), Reid Jones in the 14/15 Years 100m Butterfly (4th) and 100m Freestyle (5th), Honey Osrin in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (4th) Tegan Drew in the 16/17 Years 100m Backstroke (5th) and Ra’eez Warley in the 14/15 Years 100m Backstroke (5th)

Going into the final relay events Devon were in 4th place in a battle with Lancashire and Scotland West for a podium finish. However, this is where Devon really came in to their own and the teams rallied together recording wins in both the Male 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Harry Noble, Ollie Taverner, Sam Dailley, James Watson) and Female 16/17 Years Medley Relay (Athena Clayson, Savanna Best, Tegan Drew and Madelyn Moore) to elevate the team to 3rd with only the 6×50 Freestyle Cannon remaining.

Devon finished the competition as they had started, swimming to an emphatic victory in the Mixed 6 x 50 Freestyle Relay consisting of James Watson, Reid Jones, Aiden Symons-Brown, Ella Bardgett, Kaylee Dekker and Madelyn Moore. This result ensure Devon finished a brilliant 2nd place only just behind last year’s winners Yorkshire.

Other swimmers contributing to the success of the Devon Team this year were: Bella Hodges, Emily Morgan-Hughes, Oriana Noel, Hubert Gdaniec, Edward Brown, David O’Loughlin, Georgina Dennis, Lana Broekhoven, Duru Tanir, Sandor Apponyi, Ben Fannon and Ben Harrison.

Thanks also go to the County Staff for their contribution to this great result for Devon:

Greg King (Head Coach), Glen Currie (Assistant Coach), Lynn Rayment (Team Manager), Sarah Drew (Chaperone), as well as our travelling President Veronica Blackmore and travelling Official Rebecca Jenkinson.