Graduate Sport Development Coach (2 positions)

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Dollar Academy is looking to recruit two Graduate Sport Development Coaches on a Fixed Term Contract (1 year) from August 2019.

The primary role of our Graduate Sport Development Coaches will be to improve and educate players within the Dollar Academy rugby and hockey programmes.

In addition they will be expected to support and assist the work of the PE department and boarding community more generally.

The role would suit a new graduate considering a career in teaching, although no teaching experience or qualification is required. We are looking for someone who is passionate about rugby or hockey specifically and wishes to share that passion with enthusiastic and energetic young people.

About the school

Dollar Academy is situated at the foot of the Ochil Hills in the picturesque country town of Dollar within easy reach of Scotland’s major cities:  only 20 minutes by car from Stirling, 30 minutes from Perth and less than an hour from the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

One of Scotland’s largest and best-performing schools, Dollar Academy prides itself in providing an education that meets the highest standards.  Dollar is a day and boarding school for boys and girls aged five to eighteen. The focus is very much on encouraging the talents, interests and ambitions of all pupils in a positive and supportive environment.  Dollar has an excellent academic reputation, but activities out of class time are considered to be highly significant in the development of young people.

About the post

Please find a full job description here.

RUGBY at Dollar

With the best available training and facilities as well as the chance to benefit from an international perspective – there’s a lot of lessons to be learned on our rugby pitches.

Taking part in Rugby at Dollar offers a healthy balance of both challenge and enjoyment. Our young players represent a mix of abilities, but with the right amount of support and motivation from our talented coaches we help them be their best. Our campus holds no fewer than eight pitches to accommodate our 14 teams, which start from Junior 1 all the way up to 1st XV (as well as a Prep 4 and 5 rugby section).

Don Caskie, our Director of Rugby and also the current Head Coach for Scotland’s U17s, heads up our 14-member-strong coaching team. Don is a former Gloucester and Scotland A centre who brings a wealth of coaching experience. He has trained teams at every international age-grade level in major European and World Cup Competitions, and the Georgian National Team (including the Rugby World Cup 2011). Together, our coaches help deliver one of the most forward-thinking and progressive programmes of its kind in Scotland – committed to developing the complete player. It is this player-centred approach that allows the budding internationalist to thrive and even the most casual recreational player shine on the pitch. All this good practice is further underlined by our onsite physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach.

Fixtures are scheduled between August and March. The season includes the chance for players to take part in the Scottish Conference League and world-famous Rosslyn Park National Sevens in London. Every two years, boys are given the opportunity to export their skills overseas and broaden their game-IQ with exposure to players in other countries. Recently toured destinations include Italy, Argentina and South Africa.

On that international note, the growing list of former pupils who have gone on to play senior rugby for Scotland includes Rory Lawson, Graeme Morrison and Scotland Captain, John Barclay.

HOCKEY at Dollar

Whether pupils are picking up a hockey stick for the first time or they’re well on their way to becoming the next big thing internationally, hockey is an appealing co-curricular activity choice at Dollar.

Girls aged between 8 and 18 are welcome to come and make the most of our exceptional coaching team and facilities and we are here to help develop skills and team spirit at every level. We have two all-weather playing fields on campus for our 19 different teams to practice on. Our hockey season runs throughout the Winter and Spring terms.

From Junior 1, teams play fixtures against schools from across Scotland and the 1st XI squad go up against club sides and various teams from throughout the UK. Players in Forms I to III are also given the special opportunity to tour in England, whilst senior hockey tours take place every second year. Destinations to date include Africa, Malaysia and South Africa and always represent an exciting challenge for the participants.

In terms of coaching we have a dedicated Director of Hockey, Miss Lynsey Allan, who is a Level 2 coach with caps for Scotland at both U21 and senior level. The coaching team boasts no less than four ex-internationalists, and as a result enjoys close links with national bodies. As with many of our other sports, we are regularly joined by current national hockey players and a goalkeeping squad – a sure-fire way to keep the players motivated and help them perform at their very best.

We also have a strength and conditioning coach and physiotherapist who not only help reinforce our pupil’s physical resilience but promote healthy, positive habits in their approach to fitness too.

This setup seems to be working well: our 1st XI hold a total of five titles (Scottish Champions, UK Invitational Tournament Champions, Scottish Boarding Schools Champions, Scottish League Champions and Midland District Cup Winners), we have seven players in the Scotland U18 squad and 3 in the Scotland U16 Squad in 2017/18 and our S3 squads were National Champions for three consecutive years from 2015.

Further information

The salary for the post will be £9,000 PA, including full board and lodging during term time.

Applicants must complete the Academy’s Support Staff Application Form, downloadable by clicking this link, or a PDF format is available from the side bar. Please also provide a covering letter. A CV is optional. These should be emailed to recruitment@dollaracademy.org.uk  

The closing date is Wednesday 20th February 2019

All appointments are subject to receipt of a satisfactory PVG Scheme Record or Scheme Record Update from Disclosure Scotland.

Contact: 01259 742511 or rector@dollaracademy.org.uk