With the support of sportscotland through the Direct Club Investment programme, Glasgow Riderz has launched a recruitment process for a Coach Development Officer.
Glasgow Riderz is Scotland’s largest youth only cycling club - with over 170 members and circa 30+ volunteer coaches.
Glasgow Riderz was established as a “youth cycling club” in 2004 and has grown from a handful of Young Riderz to one of the UK’s largest and most successful youth cycling clubs with 170 members and a perpetual waiting list.
The whole ethos of the club is to help young people get the most out of cycling - whether that means they go on to achieve international fame on the track, road or mountainside - or simply have a passion for cycling they share with others whilst riding safely and keeping fit and active.
The club is volunteer based and is in the process of applying to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
The club wants to grow and to be able to provide more places for young cyclists - with the key limiting factors being both the number of volunteer coaches and their development across a number of cycling disciplines.
Working in partnership with sportscotland and Scottish Cycling the club is now looking to recruit a Coach Development Officer for circa 300 hours a year to lead the recruitment and development of the club’s volunteer coaches.
The club also wants to put a more formal skills pathway in place for its Riderz and the Coach Development officer role is also responsible for the setting up and implementation of this pathway.
Key Accountabilities of this Leadership Role Include
- Leading the recruitment, retention and development of our volunteer coaches across a range of cycling disciplines. Identifying the right coaching courses at the right time for our coaches to attend.
- Embedding clear coaching and development pathways for Glasgow Riderz - which can then be adopted and executed by our volunteer coaches.
- Through this role we would also expect the CDO to create strong links and partnerships with the other organisations promoting youth cycling in Scotland- such as Scottish Cycling, Go Ride Coaches, Active Schools, Glasgow Life, Sport Scotland, other Cycling Clubs.
To be successful in the role it is likely you will have the following qualifications, experience and skill-set:
- Strong Leadership and Communication skills - the ability to envision, enable and energise Volunteer Coaches by communicating positively and proactively.
- The ability to develop others and work effectively as part of a team - being conscious that the rest of the team are volunteers.
- Strong administration, thoroughness and attention to detail.
- Experience in volunteer coach recruitment and development - not necessarily but likely to be within cycling. Experience as a coach would also be helpful again not necessarily but likely to be in cycling.