Head Coach Tallaght Swim Team Required

Tallaght Swim Team (TST) seek a dynamic Head Coach (Level 2/3) with the experience and vision to lead and develop TST in the long term as a premier competitive swim club.

Location:                     Tallaght Sports Complex, Castle Lawns, Dublin 24.

Start Date:                   August/September 2022

Hours:                         Coaching plus administration and attendance at competitions & events. TST’s swim hours are during weekday mornings and evenings as well as weekend mornings and afternoons.  Work closely and in tandem with existing coaching team.

Reporting to:               TST Swim Committee

Tallaght Swim Team is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Career development opportunities on offer.

The Club

Tallaght Swim Team (TST) is a competitive swimming club that train out of Tallaght Sports Complex.

TST has been involved with the coaching of hundreds of children in the South Leinster area. Our Membership includes swimmers of all levels. TST has members from all over Leinster including Blessington, Naas, and Newbridge. The club welcomes new members of all ages to join, develop and improve their swimming skills and when they are ready compete in competitions starting at club level. The squads range from the Transition /Learning Class which is for swimmers moving up from Lessons to our A squad who compete at National and International Levels. We have a proud history of achievement including several Irish records along with a strong history of international & Olympic participation.

Performance swimming is at the heart of what we do, and our Club Culture, values and ethos focusses on an athlete centered, coach-led philosophy, enabling every swimmer to fulfil their potential. Tallaght Swim Team has invested heavily in the development of our swimmers in the past 12 months and we are lucky to have a swimmers only gym with state of art equipment in assist in obtaining the full potential of our swimmers.  We also have state of the art in water training equipment ensuring a full workout in and out of the water.

The Club consists of 7 squads at different levels; Membership currently stands at 90 with new swimmers joining on a weekly basis

The Role & Duties

The role will involve coaching & mentorship of our existing coaching team.

The Head Coach will carry out such duties as discussed and agreed between the Head Coach and the TST’s Committee including but not limited to:

  • To provide a positive and safe environment for all TST members
  • To deliver a technical swim program for competitive swimmers following Swim Ireland LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development Plan).
  • Manage & work closely with the TST Coaching Team to deliver the best coaching plan for all.
  • To primarily coach our Senior Squad but some coaching hours and oversight will be required with more junior squads to facilitate their development.
  • To oversee, liase and provide advice about TST’s Learn to Swim program (in house & locally) to ensure the coaching team deliver this program to the highest standards.
  • Ensure all members at all levels are coached and trained to reach their full potential.
  • Be a positive role model, creating an encouraging and motivating swim environment.
  • Evaluate sessions and give feedback to coaches and swimmers.
  • Mentor and develop the Coaching Team
  • Travel to events and competitions agreed with Committee.
  • Support the Committee in its fundraising efforts for TST.
  • Attend Continuing Education Courses offered to Coaches.
  • Work closely with the Swim Irelands Regional Pathway Coach and SI Opportunities.

SKILLS

  • A successful proven track record with coaching/teaching young swimmers.
  • Hard working and passionate about swimming and the development of junior athletes
  • Have an excellent understanding of planning, technical, physical and have a sound understanding of Strength and Conditioning.
  • Experience of on deck protocols and knowledge of SI procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to manage, develop and mentor the coaching team at all levels
  • Ability to demonstrate a passion for your sport, coupled with a desire to learn and continuously improve your skillset.
  • Leadership and Communications skills – ability to inspire, educate and motivate swimmers to train and fulfil their potential
  • Level 2 Coaching Qualification or Level 2 Teaching Qualification required.
  • Up to date Garda Vetting through Swim Ireland required.
  • Current Swim Ireland Safeguarding Level 1 Certificate required.
  • Current Swim Ireland Coach/Teacher Level 2 License required.

Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV to Martina Comerford, Chairperson Tallaght Swim Team at chairperson@tallaghtswimteam.ie.  Please feel free to reach out for more information on the role.