Home Countries Lacrosse – Appointment opportunities – World Games 2022




Home Countries Lacrosse Ltd (HCL) is the recently created official national coordinating body for men’s and women’s elite lacrosse in Great Britain.


HCL builds on a rich heritage of elite lacrosse in Great Britain and operates within the spirit of ‘achieving more together’. It complements and supports the ambitions and plans for lacrosse in England, Scotland and Wales by providing the opportunity for their most talented players to become part of British squads where they will benefit from a best-in-class performance pathway to compete at the next World Games, and with a longer-term view to being part of Team GB at the Olympic Games.


Following the appointment of the two Head Coaches, we are now seeking assistant coaches and additional support staff for the men’s and women’s teams, specifically in preparation for the World Games in Alabama, USA, in 2022.


Lacrosse was first played at the World Games in 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland with a women’s competition in which Great Britain finished 4th.


In line with World Lacrosse’s bid for the game to be reinstated as an Olympic sport and to appear in the programme of the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 2022 World Games will be played based on the newly proposed six-a-side Olympic rules.



Assistant Coaches

HCL are appointing an Assistant Coach to both the women’s and men’s teams. The position will report to the relevant Head Coach, namely Phil Collier and Tom Wenham respectively.

In line with the rules of the World Games, Assistant Coaches are expected to take on a wider remit to include elements of management, logistics and commercial support, working alongside their Head Coach.

Candidates must have a proven track record of successfully coaching elite lacrosse teams and be able to demonstrate experience and capabilities in these wider, additional functions.

To apply, please send your CV along with a cover letter that specifies your skills, experience and motivation for the role as described, to Sallie Barker, Chair of HCL Ltd - sallie.barker@sky.com

Role Description

Role Title: Assistant Coach – Home Countries Lacrosse

Location: UK and Worldwide

Reports to: Head Coach

Appointment Status: Until World Games 2022- reasonable expenses considered

Role Summary

  • Support the Head Coach in delivering a high-quality performance programme to the athletes

  • Support the Head Coach in creating a performance environment for athletes and instilling performance behaviours

  • Support management and commercial functions as relevant

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Plan a high-quality coaching and performance programme

  • Ensure a safe training and playing environment is maintained at all times

  • Establish and maintain management processes for the team (to include, but not limited to budgeting and finances, training and tour logistics and kit and equipment)

  • Ensure the selection policy and evaluation criteria of Home Countries Lacrosse are met and followed

  • Attend meetings as and when required

  • Provide verbal or written reports on the progress of the athletes and the relevant management functions as and when required

  • Participate fully in the review of the programme.

Job descriptions are available in alternative formats and languages. A Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure process applies to this post.

Home Countries Lacrosse is committed to a work environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, disability, religious or political beliefs, age, sexual orientation or offending background.

All appointees must visibly demonstrate a commitment to the vision and values of Home Countries Lacrosse and adhere in full to its policies and procedures. These are available upon request from Sallie Barker.

Person Specification

Qualifications:

  • Hold a current Level 2 Coach, Talent Coach or above (or have equivalent experience)

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant coaching experience of which at least 2 years must be with regional/high performance athletes

  • Experience of working with performance athletes

  • Experience in the development of individuals including auditing of strengths and weaknesses, producing personal development plans, monitoring performance, producing feedback and reports.

  • Experience of a range of adapted lacrosse playing formats.

  • Proven track record of relevant management functions in an elite sporting environment.

  • Proven experience in the use of sports analysis software.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate good communication skills, written and verbal

  • Be able to inspire athletes and work as part of a team to develop high performance standards

  • Demonstrate the ability to lead an area of work within the overall programme, ensuring that set targets are achieved

  • Demonstrate good inter-personal skills


Support Staff


HCL are also already looking to engage people in wider support staff roles including physiotherapy, performance analysis, strength and conditioning and sport psychology. For efficiency purposes, these roles may well provide support to both the women’s and men’s teams. Rather than a formal application process at this stage, we are inviting expressions of interest. Please email Sallie Barker, Chair of HCL - sallie.barker@sky.com, indicating the role you are interested in and providing details of your relevant experience and qualifications.

For further information, you are welcome to contact the relevant Head Coach:

Tom Wenham (Men’s team) tom@gb-lacrosse.co.uk

Phil Collier (Women’s team) p.collier@englandlacrosse.co.uk

Closing date for applications and expressions of interest is Friday 21st May and interviews will be held during the week beginning Monday 24th May.