Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach

Rob LloydRecruitment

SCARLETS

Through rugby, represent and inspire the hopes and aspirations of the community of West Wales

OUR VISION

To deliver an environment where local rugby players can maximise their potential and deliver success in a style which our community can be proud of.

Our aim is to become a world renowned rugby pathway for developing the most well-rounded people and delivering a life changing experience, with the aim to deliver excellence both on and off the field.

By consistently identifying, developing and producing the best individuals in the West of Wales.

Our philosophy as a programme is that the ‘person’ is more important than the ‘player’ and for those who are part of the programme, we promote both social growth and educational success alongside rugby development and high performance.

Scarlets Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach

Primary Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation, delivery and continuous evaluation of all areas of athletic development within the Scarlets Junior Academy (U18s) and associated pathway teams.

The Person: Essential Qualities

  • Recognised degree / Higher National Diploma in physical education, human movement or exercise and sports science.
  • Minimum of 12 months experience of working within an athletic performance (strength & conditioning) environment in elite level sport.
  • Good understanding of elite level rugby union and knowledge of developing young athletes
  • Organised, efficient and self-driven in all aspects of work
  • Capable of developing effective relationships with other staff members and players alike
  • High level of self-awareness and self-motivation

The Person: Desirable Qualities

  • Post-Graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in physical education, human movement or exercise and sports science
  • Recognised certification in Strength and Conditioning related competence (e.g., NSCA, UKSCA, ASCA, etc).
  • Sports science experience around player monitoring and workload management
  • High level of IT skills, with the ability to analyse and present data to coaching and other performance services staff

Key Responsibilities

In conjunction with the Scarlets U18s Head Coach, Coleg Sir Gar Director of Rugby, Academy Manager and Academy Head of Athletic Performance – design, implement, deliver and continually evaluate all areas of athletic performance development for U18s players within the following:

Academy U18s contracted players

Junior Academy ‘Extended’ Group

Regional Age Grade U18s

Coleg Sir Gar Rugby Programme

  • Collaborate with Academy Manager and appropriate coaching staff to plan short and long-term training schedules that facilitate the physical development of players/teams within the role.
  • As part of an interdisciplinary team, prepare and review Individual Player Plans (IPP) for Junior Academy U18s players.
  • Collaborate with U18s Physiotherapist to integrate and manage injury prevention work within the training programme relative to individual and positional needs.
  • Collaborate with U18s Physiotherapist to plan and manage the return to play and re-integration of injured players.
  • Work alongside coaches to plan and deliver session content for rugby/skill sessions.
  • Be present at all rugby/skills sessions and matches/festivals to deliver content relating to session preparation and physical development, and assist coaches in session delivery.
  • Monitor and manage training intensity and volume of players to optimise training provision and performance.
  • Responsible for implementing and managing testing/monitoring and reporting of all U18’s physical development, and where appropriate according to Senior Strength and Conditioning and WRU testing procedures.
  • Assistance with Academy 18+ and Development training sessions, as and when instructed by Academy Head of Athletic Performance Coach.
  • Provide education sessions to players on aspects of physical preparation and lifestyle which support players physical and professional development.
  • Remotely manage and assess quality of physical development program delivery and service to all associated pathway teams (Pembrokeshire College, Llandovery College Strength and Conditioning, Dyffryn Amman, U17s Scarlets Training Group, U16s Scarlets West, U16s Scarlets East, EPP and Dewar Shield), and away-based players (e.g. Hartpury College).
  • Assist Head Academy and Senior of Athletic Performance Coach if and when required.
  • Assist, work alongside and support Academy Manager, Head Academy Athletic Performance Coaches and any Senior Scarlets Athletic Performance Staff Members as required.
  • Liaise with WRU performance staff on all Scarlets players involved in international programmes.
  • Ensure that players progressing from the U18s into the Senior Academy are prepared physically for the demands of senior professional rugby in liaison with the Head Academy and Senior of Athletic Performance Coaches.

SAFEGUARDING

Scarlets Rugby is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. This role would be subject to a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

LOCATION

Parc y Scarlets, Pemberton Park, Llanelli, SA14 9UZ

CONTRACT TYPE

Full time, 2-year fixed term contract. This role will include evenings, school holidays and weekend working.

SALARY

£25,000 – £27,000 per annum depending on experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send CV & covering letter to [email protected]

CLOSING DATE

Friday 19th July 2024 at 12pm. Scarlets Rugby reserve the right to shorten this date should we find a suitable applicant.