November 15, 2007

Coaches sought for Britain's curling teams at Vancouver Olympics

British Curling's progress towards Vancouver 2010 took another step forward today with the publication of an advert for the two team coaches. This follows the recent advert for a co-ordinator to assist in the management and organisation of the squad and support staff in their preparation for both the Olympics and Paralympics, described here.

Today's advert says, "British Curling, in conjunction with UKSport, sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport are currently seeking to appoint two Olympic Curling Head Coaches. You must have extensive high performance curling coaching experience and a record of world class success. You must be able to demonstrate an outstanding and exceptional understanding of world class curling and the requirements for international success in Curling. The ability to prepare and lead an Olympic Standard programme of preparation and competition is essential to these roles."

Two coaches are being sought, for the Men's team and for the Women's team. How these teams will be decided is described here. The initial step is to choose no more than eight members for each of two squads by May 2008. The coaches will no doubt be involved in this selection process.

Salaries for the post will be 'Commensurate with Experience' according to the advert, the full text of which is on the Royal Club's website here.

British Curling's website is here.

The successful candidates will:
"Coach, direct and lead the delivery of the World Class Plan for Curling to the Olympic Squads and Teams.
Lead on a programme of integrated support for the British Curling athletes at Podium level.
Deliver high quality coaching within the Olympic Curling programme and, where appropriate, work with the personal team coaches and Home Nation Governing Body head coaches.
Develop training & competition programmes for the continuous development of British Curling Programme athletes.

And should have:
"An ability to work with others, to motivate, provide direction and influence.
An ability to demonstrate confidence, empathy, enthusiasm and initiative.
An innovative approach through a demonstrated ability to 'think out of the box' and suggest creative solutions which will lead to successful implementation.
Effective high level ITC skills and a commitment to exploring the best use of these for effective implementation of the role and programmes."

An information pack is available from Karina Buchanan (contact details below). Applications should include a CV and covering letter (three copies of each), names and addresses of three referees, and should be sent to Karina.

Karina Buchanan
Tel: +44 (0)1786 460115
Scottish Institute of Sport, Airthrey Road, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 5PH.

1 comment:

GMCURL said...

"The coaches will no doubt be involved in this selection process."

How is it possible for the Coaches to be involved in the selection process when they are not expected to be in post until June 2008 and the Squad are to be selected by May 2008? I asked the question in July when the time scales were announced and was told that the coaches would already be chosen but just not being paid by then!!