Wanted: can-do coaches for NL sailing talent
The Netherlands is looking for 2 full-time coaches _ for its women’s skiff (49er FX) and multi-hull mixed classes _ to groom Dutch talent for international glory. The Royal Netherlands Yachting Union wants to hear from candidates who can guide young sailors to _ and at _ high-performance events. Hurry: the deadline is Feb. 1. (see below). Requirements: leadership skills, a knack for spotting talent, experience in sports organizations, good communications and social skills.
The Dutch won 2 sailing medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 3 at London 2012 and aims for at least 4 at Rio in 2016. “In terms of results, we cannot complain. We see the pool of young sailors growing,” says Hessel Evertse, who heads the RNYU’s high-performance section. The Netherlands considers sailing a discipline in which it can do better. To that end, it has increased funding. The RNYU has identified a national pool of 40 to 50 sailors, split into ‘talent’ and ‘core’ groups. “In the latter are people we think are medal-material. The ‘talent group’ are people we think will develop well over time,” says Evertse.
The new coaches will join an international group of trainers. The professionally managed RNYU represents 400 clubs and 100.000+ members. The RNYU High Performance department runs an ambitious World Class Performance Program for most Olympic Classes. It operates from 2 sailing centers _ in The Hague and Medemblik. The Multi-hull mixed squad is part of the Delta Lloyd Sailing Team that selects, trains and manages the best elite athletes in Olympic classes from the Netherlands.