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 the performance agenda is recognising and developing potential high performance athletes from the early stages in their careers. Badminton Scotland is developing and changing its National Junior Performance network programme and is now looking to appoint an experienced individual to lead it.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing a national programme to improve the quality and numbers of young athletes throughout Scotland with high performance potential. A key element of this will be identifying and supporting the development of suitably qualified and experienced coaches.
The programme must comply with the physical and technical standards required of Badminton Scotland’s high-performance strategy as well as complying with all regulatory requirements relating to young people. It must also reflect current good international practice and comply with Badminton World Federation standards.
The successful candidate must be able to identify and engage with potential high-performance athletes, oversee the delivery of plans appropriate to individual age groups and ensure rigorous records are maintained that track the development of individual athletes.
Crucially the role involves ensuring the coaching available is of a standard necessary for athletes at this level and involves taking decisions about the suitability of coaches for this role. Where appropriate the role will involve direct hands-on coaching to address specific requirements. Given the competitive nature of high-performance sport the role also involves overseeing the performance of athletes within the competition arena.
Reporting to Scotland’s Head Coach candidates must be able to demonstrate the following key attributes:
- Experience of working closely with a team of sports coaches
- Detailed understanding of the national sports environment
- Significant experience of designing and implementing programmes to identify and develop potential high-performance athletes
- Significant experience of working with young people in a competitive environment including building relationships with parents/carers
- Exceptional team working skills
- High level multi-faceted communication skills, both written and verbal
- High level administration skills
- Expertise in legal framework relating to working with young people
- Qualified badminton coach
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively both nationally and internationally as required
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 to: Andrewm@Badmintonscotland.org.uk
Closing date for applications is Friday 4th October