England Hockey Development Programme Assistant Coach Vacancy


The Development Programme is an integral part of England and Great Britain’s talent development strategy, designed to accelerate and deepen the development of our future elite level players. Through regular, high quality contact with the right athletes, the programme aims to deliver a higher quality and a greater depth of players to senior programmes.

EH’s vision is to become a ‘Nation where Hockey matters’ through “providing inspirational leadership for all to fulfil their potential”.  The current focus for the organisation is delivery of its 5 objectives within the 2013 -2017 strategic plan:

  • Growth in participation - Increase the number of people participating in hockey to ensure a vibrant and secure future for the sport
  • International success - Continue to raise the performance bar of athlete and coach development to maintain world level standards and create positive role models for the sport
  • Increased visibility - Deliver high profile quality domestic and international events that attract increased spectator numbers, TV coverage, and sponsorship
  • Enhanced infrastructure - Enhance the playing experience by improving facilities, coaching, officiating and the support to volunteers, clubs and all our stakeholders
  • A strong and respected NGB - Continue to maintain high governance standards and diversify sources of income to reduce reliance on grants

Reporting to the Development Programme lead (Craig Keegan, women; Jon Bleby, men), the Development Programme Assistant Coach will be responsible for assisting with, and on occasions, responsible for leading coaching and delivery of the Development Programme.  

The priorities for the role are:

  • To create a high performance learning environment that focuses on athlete development and long-term senior success
  • To be jointly responsible for the progression and performance of the Development Programme


  • Be jointly responsible for the weekly (midweek and weekend) coaching and effective implementation of the Development Programme
  • Assist the Head Coach and GB Head of Talent Development in the planning and delivery of the Development Programme at venues around the country
  • Ensure Individual Development Plans (IDP) are effectively utilised by squad members
  • Monitor and evaluate athlete performance using relevant data to ensure standards are met and potential is maximised.
  • Ensure a safe training and playing environment is maintained at all times
  • Plan sessions in conjunction with the Development Programme lead, GB Head of Talent Development and Performance Director
  • Provide regular (weekly) written/oral reports and KPI data to the Development Programme Lead / GB Head of Talent Development / Performance Director and participate fully in the review of the programme
  • Provide input to the athlete development pathway ensuring clear communication between AASE, NAGS, Home Nation U21 programmes and the GB U21 programme

The Assistant Coach must demonstrate the England Hockey Brand Personality through their behaviour:
- Ambition
- Integrity
- Inspiration
- Focus

 Qualifications, knowledge and experience are likely to be:

  • Experience of successfully coaching and developing athletes, who in time, progress to achieve at senior International level
  • High performance coaching qualifications (England Level 3 and above or equivalent).
  • Experience and proven capability in the holistic development of athletes and programmes.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, organising and implementing a comprehensive high performance coaching and development programme that enables players to achieve their full potential.

Qualities and Skills are likely to include:

  • The ability to attain excellence from players through the establishment of a ‘development’ culture.
  • Well-developed liaison, interpersonal, oral and written communication, and people management skills.
  • Efficient and organised with proven administration skills.
  • Strong awareness of self and self-regulation.
  • Demonstrated success in managing individual differences and group dynamics.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement, observe confidentiality and use discretion and initiative.
  • Excellent observational and analytical skills.

This role will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check that will be carried out by EH.

Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) with a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) by email
to Michele Townsend (Michele.townsend@englandhockey.co.uk) clearly identifying how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements of the role.

Application Deadline: 1st August
Interview Date:  Week beginning 18th of August