It’s that time of year again where graduating 6th formers are planning their next year with many looking to gap years to explore some experiences and gain some experience. For those rowers, sometimes using the year to focus on a bit of further rowing development, volunteer coaching can be a great way to get more deeply immersed in the sport and give something back to the rowing community.
Marlow Rowing Club is once again seeking a gap year volunteer part-time assistant coach for its adaptive rowing programme. The responsibilities are very flexible and it is an ideal experience for someone considering a career in rowing, or sport and coaching in general. Marlow Rowing Club has one of the largest and best equipped adaptive rowing programmes in the UK.
This past year has been blessed by two assistant coaches – Mohan Bain (above and bottom), and Eve Lugg – who are now moving on to their next challenges. They shared their perspectives about the past year of working with the Marlow adaptive squad…
- “Working as part of the coaching team for the Marlow Rowing Club adaptive squad has been an incredible experience. This has been a unique opportunity to not only develop my coaching skills and gain valuable qualifications. I’ve also made some brilliant friends who have taught me more about rowing than I could have possibly imagined. Although I only worked with the squad twice a week, I felt fully invested in the squad and every session felt more and more rewarding as I saw the squad develop. Working with such a diverse group of athletes certainly has it’s challenges but is also extremely rewarding. I’d definitely recommend this opportunity to any aspiring rowing coach.” – Mohan Bains
- “Coaching adaptive rowing alongside Bruce at Marlow this year has been brilliant, and I have gained an awful lot from it. I have not only been able to build on my coaching skills in a fun and sociable sporting environment, but also learn how to be creative and experimental in facilitating adaptive rowing for individuals with significantly differing impairments. Mostly though, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each member of the squad, and understand their individual needs, so that I have been able to aid them effectively in progressing within their sport. It has been incredibly rewarding to have seen members develop and progress in elements of their adaptive rowing over short and long periods of time; ultimately making it all worthwhile. I cannot emphasise the benefits of taking an opportunity like this enough. The level of dedication from the members of the Para Squad in training, and the club in its commitment to coaching and providing opportunity is admirable, and I am sure whoever steps up next year will be a welcomed and brilliant addition to the team.” – Eve Lugg
(You can also read what last year’s gap year volunteer, Ollie Napier-Munn said about the experience here.)
This person would join the full time volunteer coach/coordinator Bruce Lynn and other club supporters, as well as British Rowing Talent Paralympic Pathway Coach Ella Willott who periodically assists with training. Ella also welcomes Marlow adaptive coaches to observe and assist with her sessions with the British Pararowing Development squad.
The squad trains 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday evenings in the summer and then moves to 8:00 – 9:30 for land training (combination of ergs and S&C) in the winter, as well as 10:00 – 12:00 pm on Saturdays (slightly shorter session in winter).
The position is voluntary, but includes the following financial and other support:
- Free club membership – An opportunity for saving money to continuing rowing during your gap year.
Reimbursement of petrol and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Club funding of RYA launch driving course and certification
- Club funding of British Rowing UKCC (Club Coach) Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing
- Rowing Skills (“Docendo discimus” — “the best way to learn is to teach”)
- Community service
- Occupational Therapy experience (researching, improving and experimenting with adaptations to equipment for various impairments)
- Financial support for training and certification
- Mentoring with veteran coaches
The responsibilities are very flexible and if you have conflicts with certain sessions, that’s not a problem at all (best to let everyone know in advance as we might need to make some adjustments in the session without you).
All interested parties please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.