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New Agility Team GB Assistant Required

10 August 2015    00:00

Marc Saunders has decided to step down as Agility Team GB Assistant due to personal commitments, meaning that the team is now looking for a successor to be in place ideally before the World Championships in Italy this October.

Mark Laker, Agility Team GB Manager commented "Marc has worked tirelessly in this role for the last three years, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the team both as an agility competitor and judge, and has a real talent for spotting improvement opportunities and a critical eye for detail in dog agility. He has been a great assistant to work with, always committed to helping the team move forward and I will very much miss his agility skills and the support he has given me."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "On behalf of the Kennel Club and all the Agility Team GB coaching team, we would like to extend a huge thanks to Marc for all his hard work and commitment to the team over the last three years and wish him all the best for the future.

"Agility Team GB is now looking for a new Team Assistant to join the coaching team.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of the top agility handlers in the UK, helping them to prepare for international agility competitions."

The key responsibilities of the Team Assistant's role are as follows:

  • To work closely with the coaching team, the handlers and sponsors, and be willing and able to assist as required with the team.
  • Attendance will be required for two squad days, two team days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training days and meetings required to help the team to prepare. The Team Assistant will also be required to attend and work at the European Open and World Championships.
  • To assist and advise the Team Manager and other team members at performance events to produce the best possible team and assist with ad-hoc training sessions in order to help build a strong team and a team as mentally prepared as possible for international events.
  • The following personal attributes are required: strong communication skills; a confident presenter to groups of handlers; be able to operate under the pressure of international competition; a keen interest in sports performance; a critical eye for detail; a flexible approach to working with dogs & handlers; and a commitment to working in a high performance team.
  • The Team Assistant should have previous experience of top level agility and a good understanding of international competition. It would also be advantageous to have international experience as an agility competitor.
  • This is a demanding and fulfilling role, rewarded by representing Agility Team GB and the opportunity to work with top agility competitors.
  • The role will work to the direction of the Team Manager.

Anyone interested in applying for this exciting opportunity should email their agility CV and covering letter to by Tuesday 1st September 2015.


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