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Voluntary roles with our Coaching Focus Group

Organisation: Scottish Athletics

Closing Date: 26 July 2024

Information for applicants for the Coaching Focus Group

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About Us

scottishathletics are the national governing body for athletics in Scotland. Our vision is to give everyone in Scotland the opportunity to participate in athletics and running and to achieve their personal ambitions.

Our mission is to deliver an integrated, inclusive and adaptable model of athletics and running provision that inspires everyone in Scotland to enjoy the sport and experience personal success.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of the work that scottishathletics leads, and the organisation works closely with all stakeholders in athletics across Scotland, to continue improving diversity and create an inclusive culture in the sport, and to be reflective of Scottish society.

Our strategy, Building a Culture of Success (2023-2027), captures the breadth of work that scottishathletics facilitates, from supporting performance athletes on the world stage to providing opportunities for people to participate in the sport within their local community.

Member clubs play a crucial role in growing and developing the sport and, along with the volunteer workforce, they are integral to the sport’s future success.

Everyone in Scotland can participate in athletics and scottishathletics strives to continuously evolve to deliver on our vision for the sport.

About the Role

We are seeking a minimum of three individuals to join our newly established Coaching Focus Group.

The Group is part of the agreed sub-structure of the Scottish Athletics Ltd Board and is one of five focus groups supporting the delivery of the organisations strategy, Building a Culture of Success (2023-2027).

The Coaching Focus Group will help inform, advise and support the delivery and review of the coaching elements in both the ‘Clubs & Pathways’ and ‘Performance Environments’ pillars of the strategy.

The Coaching Focus Group is responsible for:

  • Supporting and influencing the delivery of the coaching elements in both the ‘Clubs & Pathways’ and ‘Performance Environments’ pillars of Building a Culture of Success (2023-2027);
  • Providing advice and feedback to the Board and staff to support the delivery of the annual coaching sub-strategy and overall strategic initiatives;
  • Supporting the review of progress against the delivery of the strategy; and
  • Supporting engagement with different core groups within athletics in Scotland.

The Coaching Focus Group will be chaired by a member of the Scottish Athletics Ltd Board and is expected to meet up to four times per year.

Meetings will mainly be held online, however, in agreement with the group face-to-face meetings may be held on occasion.

The role of the individuals appointed onto the Focus Group will be to attend and provide constructive contributions to the group meetings and the delivery of the responsibilities set out above.

Travel and subsistence will be reimbursed in accordance with the scottishathletics policy.

About You

Candidate Specification




·       Knowledge of, and keen interest in, athletics in Scotland and the U.K. ·       Minimum of a Coaching Assistant (or equivalent) licence.
·       Knowledge of club and coaching structures within sport in Scotland and passion for the development of coaches and coaching. ·       Knowledge of the wider Scottish sporting landscape – the opportunities and challenges faced – and of governing body structures.
·       Understanding of the pathway for athletes and coaches in athletics in Scotland. ·       Experience of working successfully in voluntary positions within sport and/or business.
·       Knowledge of and affinity with ethical issues within society including equality, diversity and inclusion. ·       Experience of influencing, developing and reviewing strategic and operational plans.
·       Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
·       Ability to engage constructively with and support staff and volunteers at all levels.
·       Innovative and forward-thinking with a positive attitude.
·       Respectful, trustworthy, approachable, enthusiastic and reliable.
·       Proven experience of working successfully as part of a team.

Application Process

In line with our governance requirements, all appointments will be made in accordance with the ‘Safe Recruitment and Management of Volunteers’ guidance.

All members of the group will be required to sign a code of conduct, confidentiality agreement and conflict of interest declaration.

Appointments to the Coaching Focus Group will be made for an initial period of two years.

To be considered for selection onto the Group please note your interest by submitting your CV, a covering letter (addressing your reasons for noting your interest and how your skills and expertise make you a strong candidate) and the equal opportunities form, to hr@scottishathletics.org.uk.

The deadline for notes of interest is 12 noon on Friday 26 July 2024.

scottishathletics will address any barriers applicants may have and make reasonable adjustments in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Any request for reasonable adjustments should be made at the point of noting interest in the position.

If you require this application pack in an easy-to-read format, an alternative language, or have a reasonable adjustment request, please contact us at hr@scottishathletics.org.uk.

Incomplete notes of interest and those received after the closing date will not be considered.

Informal, online interviews will be held with candidates prior to appointment.

Any information provided as part of the application process will be used solely for the purposes of administering the application and, in the case of successful applicants, also for the purpose of administering the group.

All personal data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.  Personal information will only be kept for as long as deemed necessary.




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