17th August 2022

England Handball Vacancy | Head of Performance


England Handball is hiring for the following role:

JOB TITLE: Head of Performance 

RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive Officer

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Line Management of EHA’s full time EPA Coach, part time Regional Managers & part time Performance Coaches.

JOB SUMMARY: The Head of Performance will be responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and review of the England Talent Pathway including regional and national activities. 
JOB DETAILS: £35k - £40k per annum depending upon experience | Fixed-term contract until 31st March 2027 – 37hrs per week 
Main Focus of the role  

The Head of Performance will coordinate, and work, with a small team of coaches to develop and deliver a cohesive national performance programme. This will include regional academies in key locations across the country, which will provide opportunities for the development of talented players and coaches.

This will feed into national programmes which will provide the basis for the establishment of national age group squads. The postholder will work in partnership with identified partners, clubs and facility providers to establish a high-quality delivery system.    


The Head of Performance will be accountable to, and appraised by, the Chief Executive Officer.

The postholder will have an involvement in the development and management of the annual performance budget.

Key aims and objectives

  • Establish a cohesive and high-quality talent pathway for handball in England
  • Create a network of regional academies across the country led by well-resourced and appropriately trained coaches
  • Ensure communication is clear to all clubs regarding all performance initiatives
  • Support clubs in the development of their own talent programmes
  • Develop an integrated pathway for the training of leaders, coaches and officials linked to the development of players

Key roles and responsibilities  

  •  To lead the effective implementation of the EHA Performance Strategy in priority locations across England
  • Experience of working with performance athletes, coaches and technical staff, assisting in the design, implementation and evaluation of performance programmes
  • To create and develop a `customer focused` approach that delivers, an excellent participant experience. Management responsibilities  
  • To lead the establishment of national age group squads for both male and female players that provides opportunities for the most talented players to achieve their full potential
  • To develop a high-quality talent identification programme to ensure that the EHA is able to track the development of, and recruit, the most talented players for its performance programme
  • To work with National Coaching & Workforce Development Manager to establish an integrated pathway of leadership, coaching and officiating qualifications that supports the training and progression of the EHA’s performance workforce
  • To support the delivery of high-quality events, workshops and seminar programmes for coaches, officials and other volunteer members of the EHA’s performance workforce
  • To be a member of the EHA Senior Management Team ensuring the delivery of appropriate monitoring and evaluation reports for internal and external stakeholders including providing reports for the bi-monthly board meetings   
  • To ensure that the EHA’s policies on equality, equity, diversity and child protection underpin all areas of activity within the talent pathway
  • Oversee the management of athlete funding e.g., Sports Aid & Backing the Best and ensure funding is distributed fairly with appropriate criteria and transparency
  • Be the key contact for UKAD – and ensure player, parent and coach education is in place to meet UKAD requirements
  • Effectively manage the DiSE programme, True Athlete Project and the Athlete Wellbeing programme
  • Work closely with the EHA performance coach and supporting staff to manage the Elite Performance Academy at Loughborough ensuring the highest standards of delivery across all aspects of the programme
  • Facilitate effective exit routes for players leaving the talent pathway to further their Handball opportunities

Management responsibilities 

Line Management of EHA’s full time EPA Coach, part time Regional Managers & part time Performance Coaches.

Location of post  

The post will be remotely based, although national travel will be required. Due to the nature of this job, you must hold a full driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.  

NB. This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity you will be required to work and can be amended with consultation in the light of the changing needs of the organisation. 

Required skills and experience

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following key skills and experience:   

  • A current knowledge of organising and delivering competitions and events at local, regional and national level 
  • An understanding of the structures of education based and community sport specifically as they relate to competitions.
  • Knowledge and experience of communicating with a large and diverse customer audience through all types of media.
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with clubs and wider key partners and the ability to motivate/engage them to deliver handball initiatives.
  • Excellent management and communication skills including the ability to produce concise and accurate written reports and present information to individuals and groups at all levels in a clear and persuasive manner
  • Strong data management skills and a knowledge of IT and electronic database systems that will support the collation of information.
  • Ability to deliver assigned projects on time and within budget requiring excellent organisation skills and the ability to prioritise conflicting requirements
  • Awareness and sensitivity to be able to work successfully within a team environment and to work effectively with other agencies.
  • A willingness and commitment to work unsocial hours and in a flexible, ‘can do’ environment.       
How to apply: Please send Covering Letter and CV to Cindy Ashworth at office@englandhandball.com
Closing date: Friday 5pm 9th September 2022


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