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Position available for a High Performance Sports Assistant

  • Fri 7th July 2017

Athlete on Boccia UK World Class Programme


Belfast & Larne with travel to UK & Europe for High Performance Camps & Competition.

Contract Type
Fixed Term (26 Hours per week)

Closing Date
20th July 2017

Interview Date
28th July 2017

Job Description
Boccia is a precision ball game, similar to Bocce, Bowls and petanque. It is played at national and international level by athletes with severe impairments but delivered with incredible technical skill, intriguing strategy and tactics; and a massive amount of tension.

This is an exciting time in the world of Boccia, with the Great Britain squad achieving great success throughout the Rio Paralympic cycle; with rapidly increasing opportunities for international competition, and a professional expansion of the game. This shift in outlook and focus means that there is a growing need for higher levels of performance from players vying for medals at Major competitions including World Open’s, European and World Championships, and the Paralympic Games in what is a truly global sport.

The client is a young female with dystonia who lives in Larne. The client is a member of the Boccia UK World Class Performance Programme, and was selected to compete in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games finishing 8th in the team event. She is looking to build and develop her professional workforce as she bids to ensure she is on the right path for Tokyo 2020. In order to achieve this goal, she is now looking to add a Sports Assistant to her team of Personal Assistants to enhance the delivery of her training, development and competition programme.

About the Job
You would be joining a team of PA’s to assist in her daily training programme. The job would include:
-  Being present for her training sessions and being fully supportive of all training programmes.
- Assisting with her physical conditioning programme, hydrotherapy sessions, swimming and other demands of her day-to-day training.
- Accompanying her on monthly  training camps in the UK. These are usually five-day High Performance Weeks with full-time coaching and support services.
- Accompanying her on competitions both in the UK and Internationally. The sport is truly global and the international season runs from April to September, with training and domestic competition running throughout the year.

About You
- You will have a keen interest and background in sport.
- You will be able to consistently demonstrate high performance behaviours.
- You will have the ability to embrace challenge and maintain a constant search for performance improvements with the client.
- You will effectively interact with performance staff and athletes to maximise performance gains with and for the client
-  You will be physically strong, caring and have a good sense of humour.
-  Responsible, confident, sociable, loyal and reliable.
-  Clean and tidy in both your appearance and ways.
- Have English as your first language.
-  You must hold a full clean UK driving licence to drive the client's adapted vehicle.
- You must be able to respect our client's privacy and have an understanding of the need for confidentiality in all areas of your work.

To be successful in this role, you should have a flexible approach to working hours, including the ability to remain focused during concentrated periods of activity. You would be working with a high performing athlete who is part of a high performing team in an exciting and high profile sporting environment. The nature of the role means that it will be necessary to travel with the International Team and work long hours, balanced with home-based training where hours may be shorter.

Although this position is primarily to assist the athlete in her sporting life, there is an element of personal care required. Previous care experience, although useful is not essential as full training in the client’s particular needs is provided.
This would include:
- Personal Care
-  Health Care
-  Daily Living
- Night Time Care (when away on major competitions)

How to apply
To apply for the role please send a covering letter and CV to