Performance Coach: Badminton Scotland

Badminton Scotland is the governing body for the sport in Scotland. Its role is to develop participation, memberships and performance, and accelerate the growth of the sport across the country. A key part of our strategy is to transform our Performance Programme to achieve success at both World and Commonwealth level.

Badminton Scotland has recently recruited a new Head Coach and a National Junior Performance Network Manager (NJPNM) and is now looking to appoint a Performance Coach to further strengthen the Performance Coaching team. The recent success for Scotland reaching the Uber Cup Finals and ongoing success of our top male players demonstrates the potential of the current squad. We are looking for an ambitious coach to further develop this potential and positively contribute to the establishment of our High Performance culture in Scotland.

The successful candidate will work under the leadership of the Head Coach and deliver coaching programmes primarily for the Senior National Squad Singles players from our training centre at Scotstoun National Badminton Centre They will also provide input to the development and implementation of programmes designed to grow the capacity and competence of individual players within the overall performance programme. They may also be required to support the NJPNM to deliver programmes to identify and develop potential high performing athletes through our Regional Performance Programme.

The successful candidate must have at least 3 years’ experience of working with performance athletes, including planning and delivering programmes within a High Performance environment. Crucially the role requires excellent interpersonal skills to provide effective feedback to the players and work closely with the wider coaching team and colleagues across Badminton Scotland staff. They will also have a strong commitment to creating a positive and supportive team culture within the athletes and coaches.

Knowledge and experience of the use of new performance analysis technologies would be an advantage.

This is an excellent opportunity for a high calibre individual to make a major contribution to the development of Scotland’s High-Performance Badminton strategy. For the successful candidate a

salary of around £32,000 is available along with the benefits you would expect from a sport national governing body.

To apply please send your cv and covering letter to: penny@badmintonscotland.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 29th May 2020. It is anticipated that on-line interviews will take place w/b 15th June however this may change due to the current global situation.

If you require any further information, please contact our National Head Coach, Ingo Kindervater: ingo@badmintonscotland.org.uk

Role Profile – Performance Coach

Key Outcomes

  • To work under the leadership of the Head Coach and deliver badminton coaching primarily to the Senior National Squad Singles players.
  • Provide input to the development and implementation of programmes designed to grow the capacity and competence of individual players within the framework and vision of the overall performance programme
  • Provide input and support in the delivery of the Regional Performance Programme in conjunction with the National Performance Network Manager in order identify and develop potential high performing athletes
  • To develop effective relationship with players and coaches across the badminton community and within the local authority and education network and particularly the sportscotland institute of sport
  • To ensure that the best interests of athletes are prioritised at all times
  • To assist with administration, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

Core deliverables

  • Deliver consistent and agreed standards of competence amongst athletes at High Performance levels with particular focus on potential at Commonwealth Games and World level
  • High quality training and coaching programmes that enable athletes to develop their potential
  • Effective and consistent oversight and feedback to athletes and coaches
  • Effective communication on standards and quality of athlete to Head Coach
  • Development of effective relationships with athletes creating a culture or reassurance and safety
  • Maintain and promote Badminton Scotland culture at all times both within the High Performance programme and generally across the organisation.

Reports to:

  • Head Coach

Responsible for:

· Nil

Performance Coach – Person Spec

1 Qualifications

  • Formal coaching credentials in the sport of Badminton, ideally to at least UKCC Level 3 or equivalent, and can prove an ongoing commitment to professional development in the sport.
  • Proven track record of working successfully with athletes at the international level.

2. Technical Expertise

  • Minimum 3 years proven Badminton coaching experience with players competing successfully at a High Performance level.
  • Minimum 3 years proven experience of developing individual players’ High Performance plans, including experience in monitoring progress against these plans and amending as required.
  • Demonstrable experience in the successful implementation and oversight of the delivery of a High Performance plan.
  • Demonstrable experience in creating an effective and inclusive environment for the development of talented players and coaches.
  • Demonstrable experience in the use of information technology for administration, communication and performance analysis/monitoring.

3. Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrates consistent current good practice in relation to a sports Duty of Care for athletes.
  • Understands the issues and policies in clean sport and works to the highest degree of integrity in relation to this issue.
  • Is aware of current good practice in safeguarding in sport and acts at all times within the regulatory framework.
  • Understands and demonstrates individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety Policies.

4. Partnerships, Influencing, Communications

  • Communicates ideas clearly and persuasively; gains agreement and commitment from others before making decisions and recommendations.
  • Cultivates open trusting relationships, encourages and supports team working by encouraging others to freely express their ideas, opinions and feelings.
  • Creates a positive environment within a High Performance programme.
  • Exhibits strong leadership skills with athletes and other coaches, administrators and support staff.
  • Exhibits a clear understanding of motivational behaviour that is a positive reinforcement for athletes within their programme.

5. Problem Solving & Decision Making

  • Exhibits a clear understanding of annual planning and periodisation cycles in sport.
  • Develops and uses plans with clear targets and milestones, is analytical and creative in determining timely adjustments to plans.
  • Gathers sufficient information from the most appropriate sources and evaluates options before acting.
  • Delegates effectively within a team environment in order to best manage issues and challenges within the programme.

6. Organisational Skills

  • Develops and implements plans which clearly set out what needs to happen, in what manner, utilising the required resources and within an appropriate timeline.
  • Proactively plans, organises and monitors work for self and others.
  • Adjusts plans and schedules in good time to meet the changing priorities for themselves and others.

7. Leadership, Developing Others and Team Working

  • Demands high and challenging standards of results, performance and behaviour.
  • Creates a strong sense of team identity.
  • Encourages experimentation and addresses effectiveness of traditional ways of doing things
  • Contributes effectively and collaboratively to the Badminton Scotland Performance team and wider development of Badminton in Scotland.

8. Other Factors

  • The position requires a willingness to work irregular and unsociable hours as required, involving work outside normal working hours with the ability to travel abroad with players to camps and teams involving overnight stays.
  • Access to a form of transport that will permit the post-holder to meet the requirements of the post in full.
  • The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure check.
Date published: 24 April 2020
Date updated: 24 April 2020

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