English Institute of Sport - Physical Preparation Coach (Working with British Canoeing Slalom)

Location Lee Valley White Water Centre
Hours of WorkFull Time
Salary & Benefits £26,794 - £30,078 p.a.
Closing Date05 Dec

Job Description


This role is key for the future of the Canoe Slalom programme; in the run up to Paris 2024 it will support Academy paddlers through key stages of their development towards making the Senior GBR team. Moving beyond Paris there is the potential for a flourishing candidate to continue the journey towards L.A., leading the physical preparation for the Olympic programme to deliver on our ambitious medal targets. Whilst being primarily focused on physical preparation it is also multifaceted in that it requires key skills and experiences to understand the individual paddlers' journey across a variety of training & performance environments. 

We are seeking someone who is energised by supporting the progression of young paddlers as people and performance athletes in an interdisciplinary and individually centred way. They will need to be responsive to day-to-day events whilst maintaining high technical standards across the varied annual schedule. In the winter months the emphasis is on building fundamental physical attributes in the gym environment, whilst in the summer the focus shifts to race specific on-water preparation & coach support around the racing environment. Outside of directly working with paddlers, there is a requirement inside this role to contribute to the continual evolution of our 'what it takes to win' framework and event understanding. In particular, there will be a need to enhance our knowledge of the new Slalom Extreme discipline that will be introduced in the Paris games.

The philosophy of the Canoe Slalom programme is based on the strength of individual relationships and the successful candidate will be required to build these. Using these connections will then be vital to collaborate across the performance spectrum, from pressurised periods to training, to managing challenging conversations. This role is open to a diverse set of experiences in elite sport and demands an individual who has a thirst for seeking knowledge and constantly bettering themselves as a practitioner. In joining a successful programme, they should be driven by the need to be innovative without sacrificing the World Class fundamentals already in place within the programme. 

Grade: Level 2 (All Sciences)

Salary Scale:  £26,794 to £30,078 p.a.

Hours of Work:   Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties.  This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Location: This role will be primarily spent at British Slalom High Performance programme HQ based out of Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross north of London. Travel including international travel will be required and the EIS/British Canoeing may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other offices.

Background to the EIS…

The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance – impacting support that enables UK High Performance System sports and athletes to excel.

The EIS is the world's leading provider of Sports Science, Medicine, Technology and Innovation to high performance sport.  It is unlike any other organisation in high performance sport, with an unrivalled network of experts in their fields delivering people-first solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic Sports.  Established in 2002, and now a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the EIS has been providing support to Olympic and Paralympic sports for almost 20 years and is now one of the largest organisations in high performance sport globally. 

At the EIS we have around 400 high performing and highly motivated staff and work in a complex environment of external stakeholder relationships. The EIS sits in a pivotal role in the UK within high performance sport. On a day-to-day basis EIS people provide outstanding support services to sports in our elite training centres. It is also at the heart of leading innovation across sport as well as being a key voice in the world of sports science and technical and medical challenges that will face our world of sport over the coming years; mental health, doping, safeguarding, concussion – to name just a few. 

An insight into British Canoeing…

British Canoe Slalom have set ambitious targets for Paris 2024 and L.A. 2028. We see this role as crucial to our success in delivering against our medal targets and wider British Canoeing strategy. Our Slalom programme is based out of Lee Valley White Water Centre, a legacy venue from the 2012 London Olympics; a truly World Class facility. The sport is a test of speed, agility and precision with all the excitement of white-water rapids across two traditional disciplines: kayaks and canoes. With the inclusion of the new event of Extreme Slalom for Paris 2024 there is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our long history of delivering medal success at all levels of international competition.

In conjunction with our world leading group of coaches, paddlers & support staff we aim to create the very best environment to deliver performance whilst also taking a person-centred approach to the development of all. In this, our focus is on finding exceptional people to join the team and that can sustain and promote the principles and values of the programme. We pride ourselves on investing in our people.


  • Lead Academy coach, other Academy coaches and their paddler groups
  • Performance Support Team, especially Senior Physical Preparation Specialist & Performance Analyst
  • EIS Technical Leads and discipline specific support networks
  • EIS Sports Intelligence team and external data partners
  • British Canoeing and Home Nations Talent pathway communities
  • Wider group of UK Programme Canoe Slalom Coaches & paddlers
  • Head of Performance Support


  • Through collaboration and support work with coaches and Senior Physical Preparation Specialist to directly support the physical and technical development of athletes through key land and water-based training (primary responsibility for up to 12 Academy paddlers plus 3 World Class prospect athletes, along with periodic support to the Podium programme).
  • Enhance the physical development of Academy paddlers through planning, programming, delivering, and monitoring in the gym and sports specific flat-water conditioning.
  • Contribute to performance planning, periodisation, and monitoring in support to Academy coaches, focusing on the integration of all elements of a paddlers training into a unified plan, in line with sports' WITTW processes.
  • Establish effective working relationships with coaches and paddlers to understand individual goals and needs in a coordinated fashion with Senior Physical Preparation Specialist, Physiotherapist and Psychologist.
  • Be very proactive in effectively managing workflows to ensure even delivery across the spectrum of R&Rs as required by the annual cycle. This includes engaging with coaches to review key performances and plan subsequent periods.
  • Capture of key event information/data (within training and competition) to further enhance our knowledge of WITTW with particular emphasis on the new Slalom Extreme discipline via daily workflows and specific projects.
  • Gather information and utilise data effectively (with a specific focus on visualisation) to impact performance decisions in the training process and contribute to overall programme review processes.
  • On occasion, provide support at camps and races to optimise physical preparation and race delivery (i.e. warm-ups, environmental strategies).
  • Ensure training methods are tailored to the appropriate developmental level of the paddlers, including seeking knowledge of best practice from applied and theoretical sources.
  • Engage with key stakeholders in home nations talent pathways around sharing of paddler intelligence and WITTW understanding.
  • Integrate within the close-knit coaching & sports science team environment, to provide support and periodic back-up to other team members across a diverse variety of sports science and performance topics.

WHY WORK FOR US?! Take a look.... 
The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for the English Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.

Our generous benefits package includes:

  • 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays
  • Membership of EIS's Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment
  • Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.  
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal

We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us.

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Interview DateWednesday, 15 December 2021