Rowing Coach

Contract type: Permanent

Hours of work: Full Time, Term Time only

Salary: £14,500 plus full-board and accommodation

Anticipated start date: September 2024

Closing date: 25th July 2024

Interviews: TBC - shortly after closing

Stowe School has an exciting opportunity to appoint a full time rowing coach. We are looking for team players who are equally committed to participation as well as performance in sport and have the ability to engage and motivate students with a love of sport and exercise. The role will be varied, but main focus will be to support our Head of Rowing with the development of our rowers by developing their skills, fitness and understanding of the sport.  

There is an opportunity to engage in the wider aspects of life at a busy and thriving co-educational boarding school. The contract will be for two years with full board and lodging. There will be an opportunity to either study part time or get involved in an academic department. 

The school is set in a stunning landscape and the boat club benefits from the following facilities:  

  • On- site 11 Acre Lake, about., a good facility for developing young single scullers 

  • On- site Boathouse built in 2010, an elegant oak-framed building, in keeping with its National Trust setting. Outside racking for up to 5 eights.  

  • Access to Great Moore reservoir, about 800m circular, where continuous rowing is possible. Approx. 20 minutes from Stowe by minibus.  

  • 10 Concept 2 Ergometers. A well equipped performance gym. 

  • Racing boats (3 8’s, 3 4x-, 2 4x+, 1 4+, 4 2x, about 10 1x). Additional training boats. 2 coaching boats and 2 outboards. Trailer capable of carrying up to 4 eights. Shared towing vehicle. School fleet minibuses. 

  • Each term about 4 competitions are planned. Preparation for, and helping with all aspects of  running these full-day events is the primary function of the role 

  • Training is 5 afternoon sessions per week, normally 3:30-5:00pm.  

  •  Practical help with the maintenance and repair of boats and equipment expected. 

  • Terms, with three senior teams and two junior teams attending the National School tournament in March. The ability to coach another sport in the summer term would be advantageous.
  • Full board will be provided, accommodation may considered if available.

Please read the full Job Description here.

Stowe School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and an online background check with our 3rd party provider SP-Index.

The School reserves the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date. 

Person Specification  

The selection of candidates for short-listing will be based on this specification and candidates should bear this in mind when preparing their application and completing the application form:  





  • Hold a recognised and in date rowing qualification. 

Specialist Skills & Experience 

  • Empathy and ability to manage children according to their level of enthusiasm 

  • Ability to implement welfare best practice 

  • Experience of coaching at recreational and competitive level 

  • Experience of rowing and sculling at competitive level 

  • Approaching rowing at Stowe as the primary objective, not secondary to other activities  

  • Desire to help the club achieve the competitive and recreational goals set by Stowe Sport 

  • Willingness to persevere in the face of adversity (with bad weather, crew & logisitic issues, giving up is often the easy option) 

  • Familiarity with british rowing online systems (BROE2, ClubHub, Report a Concern etc).  

  • A clean, valid UK driving licence.  

  • A degree 

  • Competitive achievement in coaching and rowing 

  • Experience of Independent and/or State boarding environment 

  • RYA2 Power Boat Level2 

  • D1 driving licence (Minibus) 

  • C1E single rear axle goods vehicle and twin-axle trailer 

  • D1E single rear axle minibus and twin-axle trailer 

  • Experience of minibus drving  

  • Experience of towing a trailer 

  • Practical aptitude and a willingness to fix anything that’s broken 

Personal Qualities 

  • Enthusiastic and energetic 

  • Interested in continuous personal development 

  • Patience and a sense of humour 

  • Good professional manner and appearance 

  • Willingness to contribute fully to the life of a busy boarding school 


To apply now , please download the application form for this job here. We look forward to receiving your application.