Zoe Gullen |

Upgrade your coaching toolkit with a club coach course

A new season is a great time to reflect and look ahead. For coaches, it’s the ideal time to enhance skills and think about personal development. Zoe Gullen talks to Tim Schmalz and Rachel Smillie who completed the British Rowing Club Coach course recently

For Tim Schmalz, the British Rowing Club Coach course was “a great way of enhancing my toolkit as a coach”.

Now coach of the senior women at Caius College Cambridge, and with six years of coaching experience behind him, Tim “knew that there was an opportunity to really grow at the club as a coach. I wanted to develop my skills and really up my game in terms of what I can offer.”

Similarly, for Rachel Smillie of Eton Excelsior: “The more coaching I was doing, the more I wanted to feel that I was upskilling”. Her club was also keen to professionalise and standardise its coaching offering. Rachel says: “I was captain when I did my course, and I wanted to feel that we had an understanding that was based on the British Rowing framework, where we were offering consistency, particularly for the people that we were teaching to row.”

The course, which has separate strands for fixed and sliding-seat rowing, includes 36 hours of face-to-face tutoring, which in August 2021 was run as a four-day block, after a day covering additional requirements such as first aid and safeguarding.

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