Key Tasks - Sport Wales

Sports Science Technician
Responsible to:
Institute Managers
Normal place of work is Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia
Gardens Cardiff
£17,00-£20,250 per annum, pro rata (£8,500-£10,125)
Part time, 18.5 hrs
Fixed term 2 years
Job Purpose:
The general management of the Sport Wales BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise
Sciences) accredited physiology laboratory. This includes the maintenance, preparation, calibration
and safe-keeping of laboratory equipment, together with the overseeing of safe laboratory practice.
The post involves working closely with the sport science and medicine staff as well as coaches and
athletes of supported sports to deliver a World Class bases accredited Laboratory to support
programmes and athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic sports on to the World Class Performance
Pathway as well as to funded athletes from non-Olympic Commonwealth sports based within Wales.
Job Context
The technician will be an integral part of the Sport Wales Institute. They will work as part of a multidisciplinary team under the guidance of the Institute managersand physiology staff and will also be
involved in the design and development of the Sports science and medicine provision.
Key Tasks:
1. To co-ordinate repair and maintenance work for all equipment utilised in the Sport Wales
physiology laboratory and ensure software is current
2. To carry out comprehensive calibration and general equipment maintenance, and ensure
electronic records are kept up to date
3. To manage equipment service contracts, warranty policies and consumable stock levels.
4. To undertake general housekeeping of the laboratory and stores and ensure that equipment is
in good working order at all times.
5. To ensure that the laboratory is clean, hygienic and operated as a clinical environment in line
with BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) standards.
6. To be involved in the on-going development of the laboratory, including researching new
and/or upgrades of equipment and products
7. Liaise and work effectively as part of the Sports Wales Institute to assist in the preparation and
delivery of sport science support including delivering educational workshops and presentation.
8. To help create a high performance environment within the Sport Wales Institute through the
provision of laboratory support.
9. Attend & contribute to Sport Wales Institute & NGB meetings as appropriate.
10. Provide regular oral and written reports associated with Labsupport at appropriate meetings.
11. Work within the rules of the relevant Professional Code of Conduct, professional confidentiality,
standards and guidelines.
12. Participate in ad hoc projects and/or research and or applied research across the Institute
This list is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive as there may be other duties and
responsibilities which the Sports Council for Wales may require the post-holder to perform from time
to time in the implementation of its policies.
Mark Nicholls
04 October 2012
Education and Professional Qualifications
2:1 sports science related degree
First Aid Qualification
BASES supervised working towards Accreditation
Post Graduate degree in a sports related subject
BASES Accreditation
Practical/laboratory experience in sports science
Previous experience as a laboratory technician
Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
in the delivery of services to high performance athletes
and coaches.
Experience of using specialist software
Safe laboratory practice procedures
Use of laboratory equipment relevant to sport and
exercise science
Core concepts of sport and exercise science
Information and communication technology
An understanding of the needs of elite athletes and
coaches in a high performance environment
A good understanding of the various sports science and
medicine discipline, recognising the role of each
discipline in the provision of support services within a
multidisciplinary team
A strong understanding of Physiology principles and
their application to elite sports across a range of sport
disciplines e.g. technical, strength/ power, weight class,
Has a good understanding of physiological
requirements, biochemistry and nutrition science.
An understanding of anti-doping polices as enforced by
national governing bodies, international federations,
Olympic Associations and other relevant organisations.
Skills, Aptitudes & Abilities
Is able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to
impact performance and is able to identify and input
physiology support within the MDT
Skilled in demonstrating the use of laboratory/
technical equipment
Ability to implement innovative ideas and influence
athlete and coach support programmes impact on
Ability to work under pressure
Ability to problem solves&makes decisions in
performance situations.
Ability to monitor and interpret body composition data
and give appropriate feedback to athletes and staff
Ability to work both alone and as part of a team.
Welsh language
Personal Qualities
Is able to respond & adapt positively to a variety of
situations and people, in order to meet changing
Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise
own workload especially under time constraints with
conflicting demands
Takes responsibility for decisions, accuracy and quality
of own work.
Excellent communication skills using appropriate
language and style relevant to the audience
Highly motivated with a passion for high performance
A high work ethic with attention to detail
Ability to work without day to day direction
Is committed to personal CPD and takes personal
responsibility for quality and continuous improvement.
Current driving licence
Other Considerations
This role does involve training, supervising, working with and/or being in sole charge of children and
young people. The successful applicant will therefore be required to apply for a disclosure from the
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). A disclosure is an impartial and confidential document that details an
individual’s criminal record and where appropriate gives details of those who are banned from working
with children.