Vacancy: Head of Coaching – Curling


Salary: Commensurate with Role and experience

Based at the sportscotland institute of sport (Stirling)


An exciting opportunity has arisen within the sportscotland institute of sport inviting applications for the Head of Coaching of the Scottish and British programme  (Men’s, and Women’s). The Head of Coaching will lead on curler and coach development across all levels of the Scottish and British Curling from Podium to Academy leading to Olympic success in 2018 and beyond. This will include providing clear technical direction to all programme levels.

You will have experience of coaching at the World competition level along with demonstrable
strong curling technical knowledge. It will be important that the successful candidate has
very good influencing skills built around trust and respect as this they will be a significant
leader within the programme.

If you think you have what it takes to be a key person within the overall team to deliver medal success at the  2018 Olympics and develop the Scottish and British programmes to ensure sustained success at Olympic and World level post 2018, then we welcome an application from you.

sportscotland is an equitable employer and operates a child protection policy.

For an application pack, please visit our website

Closing date for completed applications: 3rd January 2015

It is expected that interviews will take place in mid January 2015

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The British Curling Performance Programme is delivered by a Performance Director, three Head Coaches (men’s, women’s and wheelchair curling) and supported by two High Performance Coaches.

In addition, further coaching and performance support staff may be appointed for specific projects on a short-term basis. For example, this may include support for British representative teams at major championships/events. These and any other short-term appointments made in supporting the delivery of the performance plan would also come under the management responsibility of the Performance Director.

Bruce Crawford - Chief Operating Officer
Bruce Crawford
As part of Bruce's role as Chief Executive Officer for the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, he has executive responsibilities for British Curling as our Chief Operating Officer. He leads on policy development and supports the board of directors in achieving the strategic aims of British Curling.

Bruce has worked in sports management for 24 years in public, private and voluntary sectors. He spent 11 years as CEO of Scottish National Ski Council/Snowsport Scotland and spent three years in sports management consultancy prior to working in curling.
Graeme Thompson - Performance Director
Graeme Thompson
Graeme was appointed the Performance Director for Curling in July 2014 and is responsible for the performance end of the sport in Britain. Formerly Performance Director for GB Waterpolo and Rugby League, he has previously worked for three years at UK Sport as a Performance Advisor across a number of sports, including Curling. Graeme is a graduate of Moray House where he studied Recreation and went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching.
Tony Zummack - Head Coach, Wheelchair Curling
Tony Zummack
Tony's sporting life started as an ice hockey player before he began curling and noticed the distinct lack of technical and tactical knowledge that was coached in the sport of curling to that of ice hockey. This really motivated Tony to become involved in the instruction of able-bodied curling and encouraged his growth in the coaching stream of sports. In 2003 he became the Curling Director at the prestigious Glencoe Club in Calgary. As well as looking after the curling programmes for 250 members the position gave him the opportunity to continue his sporting education by attending the National Coaching Institute at the University of Calgary. Tony has a Level 4 coaching certification from the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada.

In 2007 he began coaching the Alberta Provincial Wheel chair curling team and guided them to a silver medal that year at the Canadian National Championships. One athlete from that team was selected the following year for the Canadian Paralympic Curling Team that won gold at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver. He was hired in December 2010 by sportscotland and moved to Stirling, in April 2011 to begin work with the wheelchair curling athletes and is hugely motivated by his current role and the ultimate challenge of Sochi 2014.
Soren Gran - Head Coach, Men
Soren  Gran
Soren began curling in 1977 when the World Championships was held in his hometown of Karlstad, Sweden. His first World Junior Championships was in 1979 in Moose Jaw, Canada. He went on to win the World Junior Champs in 1982 and was a semi finalist in the World Men's Champs in same year. He represented Sweden by curling in the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996 and continued to play at international level until 2000.

From 2000 Soren started coaching curling and progressed to working with international teams. During 2003-06 he coached the Norwegian Ladies' team. From 2007-11 he coached the Swedish men's team.

Professionally Soren worked as retail manager with H&M clothing stores, where he developed marketing and management skills and experience. He joined the staff on the British and Scottish Curling programme in 2011 and is coaching the men's teams working towards Sochi 2014.
Our Mission

To provide world class coaches and support programmes to our world class athletes, leading to a culture of consistent podium performances at a world class level.

Our Objectives

• Selecting the best athletes
• Maximising the preparation of the athletes and teams to perform
• Developing the world's best curling coaching team
• Developing the world's best curling support programme

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