Head Coach – Team England Para (Adaptive)

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Team England Para (Adaptive Surfing) – Head Coach Role

Job Description

Surfing England

Surfing England is the sport’s National Governing Body (NGB), looking after all forms of wave riding, from community and club level to Team England’s most competitive surfers representing our country on the world stage. A major part of our remit is developing a talent pathway that is open and inclusive, supporting and nurturing the best talent in the county and giving our para (adaptive) surfers every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Team England Para (adaptive) are our most internationally successful team. We now seek to bring new leadership and energy to the team with the position of Head Coach to keep up the momentum building and help develop the structures and environment that will enable our athletes to flourish and performance at the highest level.

Role and Responsibilities

The Head Coach role is a crucial position within the Team England para programme, setting the culture and ethos within the coaching team. You will be professional, approachable and a personable contact for the surfers in the training squad.

The core focus is to develop a team of talented athletes and coaches with the goal to maximise success at European Surfing and ISA World Para Surfing Championships.

As Head Coach you will hold responsibilities across three key areas:

Team England Para (Adaptive) Training Program

  • Producing the annual training programme, with focus on technical capability
  • Managing the co-ordination and preparation of squad training sessions and camps
  • Bringing in external expertise or facilities to leverage opportunities within the program
  • Ensuring training and competition schedules are in place for Team athletes
  • Working with the Team Manager and Adaptive Pathway Manager to prepare for competitions including selection, competition and training plans
  • Working with Surfing England to continue developing and evolving the talent pathway, which will include how we work with the other home nation surfers and coaches

Coaching team management

  • Supporting the development of the coaching team, exploring opportunities for professional development, and working with the wider coaching workforce across Surfing England
  • Gathering and sharing knowledge – technical aspects, scientific developments, research and any other areas that can contribute to our surfers performance and development

Contribution to the talent pathway

  • Integrating the Surfing England Adaptive Pathway with Team England Para to provide a seamless transition for developing surfers
  • Helping to deliver the Surfing England Talent Plan, in particular exploring and creating opportunities for broadening the talent pathway
  • Being committed to Surfing England’s EDI ambitions and being an ambassador for diversity and inclusion within the talent pathway


  • Supporting on creating and posting content for the S.E.A. Crew social media channel to promote the athletes, and raise further awareness of para/adaptive surfing

Qualifications, skills, and abilities

This is the first step in bringing more support and paid roles into Para (adaptive) surfing’s talent pathway. Whoever fills this role will be breaking new ground, and it will require someone who can work flexibly, takes challenges in their stride and enjoys multi-tasking. Working in grassroots sport can be hard, but you will be working alongside a hugely passionate and dedicated team and for the right person, it will be a hugely rewarding job. The following are some of the skills and attributes you will need:

  • Proactive, positive and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Huge passion for developing surfers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in coaching adaptive surfers
  • Able to work in high pressure situations
  • Great time management and well organised
  • Surf Coach qualification to ISA L2 or equivalent preferred
  • Adaptive Surf Instructor qualification preferred
  • In date Lifeguard qualification (RLSS/SLSGB)
  • Ideally sports development qualification


Whilst working for Surfing England you are representing surfing at the highest national level and you will be:

  1. Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Surfing England
  2. Expected to act with integrity and diligence
  3. Expected to support the overall aims and development objectives of Surfing England


All employees working with Team England Para (adaptive) must have an enhanced DBS check and will be required to undertake the following training, which will be provide by Surfing England:

  • Safeguarding in Sport
  • Safeguarding Adults

There will be additional training on offer from time to time either provided direct or via partners such as UK Coaching and Activity Alliance.


You will be contracted by Surfing England on a rate of £120 per day, which includes time and expenses (e.g. travel costs).

European and International competitions will be attended in a voluntary capacity. However, costs are covered for international travel when supporting the team at events abroad.

Days: initially 40 per year (not including any voluntary time at competitions you may wish to give)

Contract: Initial contract 12 months

Location: Home based, with some travel required to deliver and oversee training.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to lineup@surfingengland.org to apply for this role. Please mark the subject ‘TEAM ENGLAND PARA HEAD COACH’

The closing date for applications is Monday 18th March at 10am, and interviews will be held on Wednesday 27th March at our HQ in Braunton, North Devon.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact lineup@surfingengland.org

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