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Vacancy: Snr Women’s Coach


Volleyball Ireland are looking for a Women’s National Team Head Coach.

The voluntary position provides an opportunity to create an impact and leave a profound legacy on Irish Volleyball.


  • To create and deliver a systemic athlete centred performance programme for female Volleyball players in Ireland, including overseeing the implementation of a High Performance pathway programme for Junior players from u17 age group up
  • Work closely with the u19 and u17 Team Head Coaches to identify potential Senior Team players of the future
  • Support the development and mentoring of other Volleyball Coaches


  • Lead the Women’s Volleyball National Team Coaching plan
  • Provide input into the development of annual operational plans for Volleyball National Teams
  • Uphold the policies and values of Volleyball Ireland and demonstrate these in all communications and activities
  • Develop, deliver and communicate a High Performance athlete centred programme of training and competition for the Ireland Senior Women’s Volleyball Squad
  • Coordinate a player Strength and Conditioning programme in partnership with suitably qualified professionals
  • Develop relationships with Volleyball Ireland club coaches and other National Team Head Coaches for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball
  • Manage relevant Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and/or other support staff
  • Work closely with Volleyball Ireland’s development team and High Performance Commission
  • Build a culture of High Performance and continuous development within the Women’s squad
  • Attend competitions both domestically and Internationally
  • Work in partnership with the Women’s Team Manager when participating in International Competitions, taking responsibility for the submission of relevant paperwork and documentation such as BV-1 Health Certificates and Anti-Doping diploma forms.
  • Work with the Volleyball Office to coordinate travel to International competitions and camps
  • Prioritise the safety and welfare of all athletes and staff members while on the programme
  • Help raise the profile of the National Team by assisting with the production of social media and website content
  • Design a programme of training incorporating athlete development of technical, tactical, physical and mental skills
  • Implement individual development plans for all athletes on the Women’s Volleyball programme
  • To uphold the Volleyball Ireland selection policy including supplying timely feedback on all selections and deselections
  • Oversee the development of a Performance Camp for Junior players in conjunction with other coaches
  • Work with Commission partners and management teams to deliver a fundraising programme
  • To empower the Team Manager, Assistant Coaches and support staff to fulfil their roles
  • To work closely with the General Manager to ensure the programme is delivered on budget
  • To provide a quarterly report on progress to date

ESTIMATED TIME COMMITMENTS (to be discussed in more detail at interview stage)

  • It is expected that the Head Coach will plan and deliver 1 x 2hr evening training sessions per week, and 1 x 5hr weekend training sessions per month for Senior Squad Players. This will increase in the build up to Competitions
  • Attend monthly High Performance Commission meetings (can be done through Skype etc)
  • Be available to deliver 5 full days of Coaching on the Jnr Performance Camps each year
  • Attend Volleyball Ireland Association Cup Final, Awards Evening and International Team Presentation Evening
  • Attend selection meetings (4 per year)
  • Attend the St Patricks Day Tournament each year (1day)
  • Attend bi-ennial Small Countries Association Tournaments (4days)

The successful candidate must:
• Be a Volleyball Ireland Registered Coach (Grade 1), or hold a recognised Volleyball coaching award or equivalent qualification from another Federation
• Commit to completing a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop
• Have time to commit to the role
• Sign and abide by Volleyball Ireland Code of Conduct and Policies
Please send a 1 page cover letter and accompanying CV outlining your suitability to the role to no later than Friday December 6th.

Note: This role description is not exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be revised with positive ‘changing needs’ as required to support Volleyball Ireland and the High Performance programme. The applicant’s vision for the role that will be discussed at interview stage, may alter the content of the Job Description.

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