Employer: Regional Hockey Associations

Salary: £150 per day

Location: Performance Centres – Various National UK

Job Type: Part Time

How to Apply: Please send a CV and one page cover letter to the relevant Regional Hockey Association. Please include the names and contact information of two independent referees who have knowledge of you in a hockey/coaching capacity. Please also indicate if you are applying to any other Performance Centres. Please supply the following:-

  • Scanned copy of current First Aid certificate
  • Scanned copy of current SCUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate
  • Proof of valid coaching insurance



Performance Centres are an exciting development in The Player Pathway and will be introduced in January 2017. There will be seventeen Performance Centres strategically located across England to maximise opportunity and player development. Through the delivery in Performance Centres, England Hockey and the Regions want to move talent development to a higher level.

Performance Centres aim to:

  • Develop an oversupply of high calibre players for National Age Group Squads
  • Provide frequent, exceptionally high quality contact time for a targeted group of players
  • Provide appropriate competition to support player development
  • Provide high quality education that effectively prepares young players for performance environments

The RHA will be appointing two Lead Coaches to each Performance Centre (one per gender).


We are looking for exceptional Lead Coaches who:

  • Can work within a team of coaches to create an intensive and pressurised training environment to encourage the development of effective decision makers and highly skilled players who can repeatedly perform under pressure
  • Will consistently apply the Golden Thread and National Skills Priorities, instilling the Overarching Principles, and lead the overall technical and tactical programme
  • Can work with the England Hockey appointed Head Coach to maximise the delivery of the coaching team within the Performance Centre


  • Create a working plan for delivery of all pitch sessions with the other appointed members of the Performance Centre coaching team; effectively applying National Development Themes and the Golden Thread
  • Alongside the Head Coach, lead the delivery of pitch sessions
  • Be involved in the planning and delivery of educational content within on and off pitch sessions; maximising the skill sets of all coaches
  • Work with the Performance Centre regional management and administrative systems to support delivery and respect any regulations set out in the regional terms of reference for the Performance Centre
  • In an intense, training and competition environment, prioritise player development over competition result
  • Work with young athletes and be responsible for their welfare and protection
  • Support the Head Coach to produce summative written feedback for players



Work with all coaches within the centre as a team to meet summative player feedback and selection requirements, including:

  • Compose and deliver feedback to players (both formative and summative)
  • Contribute to the production of summative written feedback
  • Any other reasonable requests


  • Attend regional CPD days/events
  • Encourage a connected approach with Academy Centre activity, advocating openness and dialogue relating to players inside and outside of the Performance Centre environment
  • Support the holistic development of Performance Centre players through effective communication with club and school coaches and other stakeholders
  • As a coaching team, encourage contact with club and school environments which your players attend on a regular basis, building relationships to facilitate player centred discussions



  • Must hold a (minimum) Level 2, EH Sessional or EH Coach equivalent qualification
  • A dynamic coach who is able to deliver exceptional development opportunities to our best young hockey players
  • A can do attitude and solution focussed approach
  • Extensive hockey coaching experience and / or a strong understanding or the requirements of junior international hockey; a forward thinking coach who understands a games-based and constraint led coaching approach
  • Evidence of creative and effective practise design and session planning
  • Strong communicator, able to clearly and accurately share information
  • Excellent observational skills relating to talent identification
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have completed an enhanced DBS check through England Hockey within the last three years
  • Have attended a scUK Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Sport workshop within the last three years
  • Have a First Aid qualification(achieved in the last three years)
  • Have valid Public Liability Insurance for coaching young people

Appointments will be made based on suitability against the job specification, evidenced experience and appropriate references. There may be a requirement to attend an interview in some cases and the region reserves the right to request session observations.

For 2017 Futures Cup coaching teams will be selected from the pool of Performance Centre Head Coaches and Performance Centre Lead Coaches.

• East: Please contact Martin Williams

• Midlands: Please contact Kevin Heath via

• North: Please contact Ann Marshall via

• West: Please contact Jo Thomas via

• South: Please apply via an online application form at for more information contact Tony Hilton

Regional Hockey Associations may be looking to compile a pool of coaches to cover all sessions. Candidates who are interested in being involved but unable to commit to all sessions must make it clear in their application.

Closing Date: 7th September 2016