Wimbledon Hockey Club, based in South West London, is looking for inspirational young hockey players to join its Junior Performance Coaching team starting in September 2018. Each candidate should be a role-model and mentor for our junior players at the club. In exchange for 35 hours work per week, you will be provided with free accommodation and have home bills and some weekly food requirements covered. You will also be given free membership to the club with the opportunity to participate as a player with access to some of the highest quality coaches in the game. Each candidate will be supported to start or progress their coaching qualifications with financial support and mentoring to England Hockey Level 2 equivalent standard and beyond. Each candidate will be assigned an elite player/coach mentor and given a personal development plan focussed on improving their hockey coaching delivery. This will include the opportunity to work with and learn from world-class coaches and players.
The opportunity is open to all and is particularly well suited to high-performing gap-year athletes. Successful candidates will be part of young dynamic elite team, guided and supported by one of the best clubs in Europe, housed for free with host families known and connected to the club, and taught by world-class hockey players and coaches, with some spending money to enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world. This is a huge opportunity to make connections that will support their future coaching & playing career.
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About Wimbledon Hockey Club
With 20 international players and 10 Olympians, Wimbledon are one of the top hockey teams in Europe. Their men topped the English National League last season and reached the final 4 of the European Championships and their women play national league and are packed with star players including Crista Cullen (MBE) who won Olympic gold in Rio. The club is situated within a drag-flick of The All England Club - home of the famous Wimbledon tennis tournament situated in the leafy suburbs of London. With world class players comes world class coaches - Ben Hawes, men’s first team coach, is 3 time Olympian and ex-GB captain. Michael Hoare coaches the top women’s team in between adding to his 120 England and GB caps. At the top of the club sits Ben Marsden, Director of Hockey. Ben has represented Great Britain at the Olympics and has been an even more successful Head Coach, recognised by England Hockey who awarded him the Club Coach of the Year award in 2016.
Wimbledon has one of the largest and high performing junior sections in England comprising 700 young players, with over 50 playing regional representative hockey or above. Inclusivity and contribution to the community is also a high priority and the club are very proud of the schools outreach programme launched in 2017 which has so far helped over 2,000 local state school children have more access to hockey. Significant expansion of the outreach programme is planned for 2018/19, with the gap year coaches playing a major role in this expansion. Approximately 15 international players, including current GB hockey captains; Phil Roper and Ian Sloan, are part of the current junior player coaching team. Therefore, the gap year coaches will work alongside some of the world’s best players and coaches.