Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Casual Contract

Job Reference Number: SERV01851

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 04 February 2024.
Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 12 February 2024.

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

This role will require a membership of the PVG scheme. An offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

Strength and Conditioning Programme Lead

  • Lead the design and delivery of specific programmes for the International Sports Scholarship student athletes and identified student clubs teams, in collaboration with specialists, coaches and sport science personnel at the University of Stirling
  • Ensure the strength and conditioning programme at the University aligns with, and is delivered in compliance with the professional guidelines and recommendations
  • Engage and apply knowledge of skills in Performance Sport and successfully demonstrate enhanced physical performance, injury prevention, and holistic wellbeing of athletes
  • Work collaboratively with relevant staff in the Sports Development Service to develop Strength and Conditioning programs that ensure principles of science are reflected in adaptation; periodisation; peaking; tapering; injury prevention; rehabilitation; recovery and athlete screening/assessment
  • Ensure that the delivery of the strength and conditioning service effectively meets its commitments to athletes, coaches and partner organisations
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
  • Work within the rules of the UK Professional Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines, and, where appropriate, University/NGB codes, standards and guidelines
  • Develop an educational programme for aspiring Strength and Conditioning coaches

Partnership Working

  • Ensure good communication and partnership with NGBs, sportscotland Institute for Sport and relevant partners, in the provision of S&C services to elite athletes at the University of Stirling
  • Work individually and in collaboration with colleagues including the Head of Performance Sport, High Performance Coaches and Faculty colleagues, to attract additional income generating business in strength and conditioning
  • Work collaboratively with other external and internal deliverers of services within the S&C suite to ensure appropriate outcomes


  • Attend, contribute to and provide regular reports at appropriate meetings associated with the programme to key stakeholders
  • Manage the development of a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches
  • Ensure all required teams and athletes have appropriate and measurable performance targets across all elements of the program
  • Conduct an annual review of the Strength and Conditioning programme to ensure evidence based progression
  • Analyse best and emerging Strength and Conditioning practice in the sector and develop the S&C program accordingly

    Essential Criteria


    • A qualification at degree level (or equivalent) in sports science specialising in the area of physical preparation of elite athletes
    • UKSCA Accreditation (or ability to obtain within 6 months)
    • First Aid Qualification


    • Significant employment in the provision of strength and conditioning services to athletes and coaches to improve performance
    • Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice, including working in an applied and integrated manner
    • Experience in the provision of strength and conditioning services to performance sport (international/professional)
    • Experience of implementation and monitoring of strength and conditioning to performance athletes
    • Experience of coaching sport and/or an athlete in competitive sport
    • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of strength and conditioning services to performance sport
    • Excellent anatomical knowledge and ability to apply this to an elite strength and conditioning setting
    • Evidence of an ability to work proactively with a high level of initiative


    • An ability to demonstrate up to date knowledge of strength and conditioning techniques and injury prevention
    • Understand and demonstrate practical application of meeting the legal and ethical requirements arising from working with talented athletes
    • Demonstrated ability to analyse a range of sports in relation to their individual biomechanical needs
    • An understanding of the various sports science and medicine disciplines
    • An understanding of the performance requirements of high level sport in the HE sector
    • Knowledge of the multidisciplinary nature of elite athlete support and the interconnectivity between those elements


    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work in teams and multitask
    • Computer literate; familiarity with statistics and project management principles
    • Excellent team working skills
    • Collaborative style
    • Strong written and oral communications skills with demonstrable skills in oral presentations to both internal staff and other functions
    • Self-reliant, flexible, with good time management skills with ability to operate in an empowered environment
    • Demonstrated personal achievement in previous role/s


    • A professional and flexible approach to work
    • Positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic
    • Passion for sport
    • An ability to act corporately
    • Committed to providing a high level of customer service
    • Broad network of contacts within relevant fields


    Desirable Criteria


    • Membership of relevant professional body
    • A qualification at higher degree level (or equivalent) specialising in the physical preparation of elite athletes


    • Experience of working in the HE sector
    • Passion for and belief in student sport
    • Knowledge or experience of handling sensitive data and an understanding of Data Protection legislation


    • Understanding of relevant Health and Safety legislation
    • Knowledge of international education systems
    • Knowledge of BUCS competition structures in the HE sector

About Us

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and The Times Sports University of the Year 2020, sport is part of the DNA at the University of Stirling. The deliverables build on the philosophy of the first Chancellor, Lord Robbins, when he spoke of ‘education with a purpose’. Our impact, contribution and ambition is purposeful in everything we do, aligned to our status as one of the top sporting institutions in the UK.

2022/23 has been another great year for sport at the University of Stirling. The success, prowess and reputation of sport at Stirling is setting standards across the sector and the inspirational performances of our elite athletes on the world’s biggest sporting stages, is complemented by the buzz of activity in the new sports facilities. Engagement levels are high, feedback is excellent and sport is contributing significantly to the health, wellbeing and experience of students, staff and community.

We don’t want to rest on our laurels, and we will continue to set the standards for everyone else to follow. It is within this context that we will always challenge ourselves and seek to really make impact.

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