Head Performance Coach of Glasgow University Women’s Hockey Club – Self Employed

Responsible to: Glasgow University Women’s Hockey Club Committee 
Remuneration: Up to £4500 dependent on qualifications and experience 
(£20-24/hr) for approximately 170-190 hours over a 9-month period
Role Duration: 9 months (August to End April) 
Place of work:  Various venues in Glasgow as required and ‘away’ matches.  Attendance on Wednesday Afternoon’s for BUCS matches preferred but not essential. 
Hours:  Approximately 170-190 hours  


Club Mission 

Glasgow University Women’s Hockey Club is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive club, that aims to cater for those who identify as female, of all playing abilities.  GUWHC is the largest female hockey club in the West of Scotland, comprising of 6 BUCS Wednesday teams, 5 weekend league teams, 2 indoor league teams and a strong recreational section.  
The 1XI play in the BUCS ICG Women’s Premier (North) where they finished just oustide the playoffs two seasons in a row, and have aspirations to play in the top student league in the UK within the next 3 years.  They already play in the top domestic league in Scotland; the Women’s Premiership and aim to become a regular top 6 team and challenge at the top of the league within the next 5 years. Our 2nd team play in BUCS Scottish Teir 1 and we firmly believe that the performance of our 1st team is dependent on having a very strong second team.  The head coach will therefore focus on players from the Performance and Development squads in order to facilitate two strong teams with 2nd team players ready and eager to step up to the 1st team throughout the season.  
GUWHC is recruiting a self-motivated individual who embraces the ambitions set out above. The individual will lead the performance and development programme, with the clear objective of developing and supporting high performing student hockey athletes. The Lead Performance Coach will be responsible for developing a culture of continuous improvement and work alongside the Assistant Performance Coach and other support staff to achieve this.  This will include, but is not limited to club coaches, the club partnership with Glasgow University’s Sports Association, UoG Sport Staff and Scottish hockey.  

Required Certification 

  • Scottish / FIH Level 2 Coaching Qualification (min.) Or level 1 with likely completion of level 2 within 6 months
  • Experience coaching at National League level 
  • FirstAid 
  • DBSVerified  

Required Skills 

  • Excellent understanding of the technical and tactical aspects of the game 
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (pref. demonstrated in high pressure environments) 
  • High-level organisational skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other coaches and associated staff 
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate and develop young / inexperienced players 
  • Ability to coach a range of skill levels
  • Reliability and punctuality 
  • Willingness to undertake professional development  

Desirable Skills 

  • Knowledge of University Hockey 
  • Experience in University/Youth hockey and evidenced success in developing young talent 
  • Diversity of experience across formats, levels and cultures.  


  • Deliver 2 x 1.5-hour training sessions per week on a Monday and Thursday evening (starting from the week beginning the 12th of September)  
  • Deliver training sessions for the summer sessions (2 x 2-hour sessions on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons from the 11th of August to the 2nd of September) and preseason sessions (6 x 2-hour sessions from the 5th to the 10th of September) 
  • Select 1XI match day team 
  • Lead the 1XI on all match days, including Wednesday afternoons for the 2024/25 season 
  • Arrange and deliver high-level training and game plans for players, inc. video analysis 
  • Organise and deliver a comprehensive pre-season programme for the Performance Squad 
  • Work proactively, and communicate effectively, with the Assistant Performance coach to select Performance Squad. 
  • Attend two CPD exchanges in an academic year and be willing to host coaches from other clubs as a part of a CPD programme 
  • Take part in video analysis as a part of an on-going CPD requirement 

Additional Roles 

  • Attend Coach Meetings with Assistant Performance Coach and 3XI coach(s) to ascertain player movement  
  • Attend 4 Steering group meetings per annum, chaired by University Sport Development Manager  
  • Regular communication with S&C coach regarding players 
If you have any questions contact captain-womenshockey@gusa.gla.ac.uk and calum.hill@glasgow.ac.uk
Applications should include a short covering letter and CV.  These should be made to captain-womenshockey@gusa.gla.ac.uk  and calum.hill@glasgow.ac.uk by 24/06/24. 
Date published: 9 May 2024
Date updated: 9 May 2024


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