Saffron Walden Cricket Club is a club that provides a pathway from participation for all ages and abilities through to high performance at East Anglian Premier League level. In 2014 it ran eight senior teams including a women’s team, a Sunday friendly XI and a midweek league team together with nineteen junior teams from under 9 through to under 16 and including two girls’ sides and our Crocus (disability) squad. Most junior age group field at least two sides in order to ensure that all young players have access to competitive cricket.

Altogether the club has 800+ players, friends and supporters. There are 360 playing members including just over 300 in the junior Academy. The club is inclusive and aims to provide an opportunity in which players can play at the highest level at which they are capable of playing and at which they continue to enjoy the game. We have 70+ members playing at representative level from district and county age groups through to Cambridgeshire and the MCC. We have two players representing England – one at over 60 level and one in the England Disability squad.

Strong relationships exist with both Essex County Cricket Club and the Cambridgeshire Minor Counties set up. The club attracts high quality players including former county and international players who complement the growing number of talented youngsters being produced by our Academy which was set up in 2005. The club has 15 Level 2 coaches and over 30 others with a coaching qualification. The Academy offers discrete 90 minute sessions weekly in the summer to each age group and a six hour programme in the winter. In addition there is an Elite Player Programme for our most talented youngsters.

The club is an ambitious club which has a strong amateur ethos. All coaching is voluntary. In addition, there are opportunities for coaches who are appropriately qualified to undertake one2one coaching, Chance to Shine coaching in local schools or additional squad coaching. Such coaches must be registered self-employed and take responsibility for their own tax affairs.

In order to continue to develop and ensure that all players realise their full potential and that all sides are in contention for honours, the club has decided to appoint a Club Coach. We see this role as being for someone looking to make an impact with their coaching and playing skills at all levels and who is prepared to do so as a member of an ambitious, amateur club.

Contract: Fees paid monthly in arrears to be agreed with successful candidate. £25-30 per hour as a guide. April – September weekly senior and junior coaching; October coaching for junior pre-triallists; February- March coaching for seniors and elite juniors. Additional hours as required (eg. Developing coaches, running UKCC coaching courses). The arrangements will be subject to annual review. Reasonable travel expenses payable.

Person specification

Level 3 UKCC (or equivalent)
Excellent inter-personal skills
Ability to coach and develop coaches
Excellent communication skills
Accepted as self-employed with HMRC

Qualified to deliver new activator courses etc
Living locally (within 20 miles of Saffron Walden)
Cricketer with match winning capability at a high level (1st XI EAPL) – with bat or ball or both

The opportunity to play for Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship may also be available (subject to separate negotiation)

Job description

To coach seniors and elite junior players
To advise club on coaching programme
To liaise with club coaches and support their development

April to mid- September – 8 hours weekly plus possibility Saturday games and National Club Championship matches on Sundays
February – March 5 hours per week (seniors and juniors) to involve senior training sessions, one2one coaching and Elite Player coaching
October 4 hours coaching juniors nominated for trial

1. Fees, hours and times negotiable with successful candidate
2. This post is subject to DBS vetting
3. Two referees required
4. Interviews will take place by arrangement
5. Enquiries and/or visits to the club welcome – contact club chairman, David Barrs mobile 07760 484390 or email [email protected]
6. Application deadline with Cricket CV and letter outlining how the applicant can meet the Person Specification and the wider needs of the club– 20 December 2014


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