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Rowing Coach

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

In the summer term, the College puts circa one hundred and twenty 13-14 year old boys through their version of a “wet-start” scheme. The first two and a half weeks are based solely at the Eton College Rowing Centre (ECRC) at Eton Dorney Lake and each boy has four one- hour sessions per week, on a rotational basis. After this initial period, they are introduced, in groups of thirty, to the river, at Andrews’ Boathouse next to the ECRC and then they go on to Brocas, next to Windsor Bridge. It is here that the boys learn watermanship on the river, prepare for House races and scull up to Queen’s Eyot, an island owned by the college.

Interviews will be held the last week of January

This role does not attract Skilled Worker visa sponsorship.

Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Main Duties

The main task will be to coach the participants to attain basic watermanship so they are competent and comfortable in crew boats progressing to singles over time. Our main purpose is not to create fast J14 scullers, but to produce enthusiastic, inspired J14 scullers, who will enter our J15 system. The aim of the programme is to give young people the opportunity to row and look to improve their confidence through sport. We are looking for inspiring and committed coaches who can instill a love of the sport in a fun and engaging way. Willingness to work in a team and share good practice and ideas is essential, as is, an open and approachable personality​

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coaching beginners to attain basic watermanship so that they are competent and comfortable in a single scull.
  • To be confident in the sport to be able to support and advise any questions that may be asked on the subject to help their progression.
  • To encourage the development of the students Rowing skills.
  • Keeping records of individual students progress on the F Block Rowing program.
  • To register who is present at each session, making sure to keep an accurate record.
  • Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
  • Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.

Working Pattern

This is a fixed-term, casual position due to start on 18 April 2023 and will end on the 1 July 2023. As a member of casual staff, requirements for your services will depend on a varying level of demand. The hourly rate of pay will be £15.66, plus holiday and you will only be paid for the hours you have actually worked as a casual employee.

Whilst we are unable to guarantee your working hours, it is envisaged that there will be around 17 hours of work per week during Eton College term time.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, the incumbent should:

  • Have strong understanding of issues of safety on the water, and an ability to instil the importance of this in young people
  • Have the ability to enthuse and encourage those they coach
  • Have the ability to build good individual relationships
  • Showcase a passion and enjoyment to work with young people
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be able to adapt and develop understanding and practice

In addition to your experience, whilst not essential, the following would be highly desirable:

  • A British Rowing L2 Club Coach / Session Coach qualification (or equivalent)
  • A RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Member of British Rowing
  • Experience coaching juniors
  • Experience working in a team/member of a club


Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme, free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discounts at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on so we can make adjustments accordingly. 



Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, an online search and, where applicable, a Barred List, Prohibition and EEA checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

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