Department: Women’s Football
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Hours of work: Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.
Application Closing Date: 23/06/2021 (Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced).
A fantastic opportunity has arisen to Lead, deliver and enhance the Club’s sports science provision in line with the Club’s strategic objectives – to prevent injury and to enhance individual player and squad athletic performance.
- To develop and deliver a holistic sports science programme that maximises performance capability of players and the squad whilst ensuring player availability.
- To provide real time feedback to coaches and medical department on individual player capability, loadings and readiness data on a daily basis. To work collaboratively with coaches and medical staff to develop weekly, monthly and seasonal plans.
- To lead on the monitoring of player workload (gym and pitch), wellness and readiness to inform training programmes and prescription both in and out of season.
- To ensure that player data is input into athlete management systems to support ongoing tracking of player status.
- To work with the Lead Physiotherapist to develop a comprehensive screening and testing programme for the squad informed through a blend of injury surveillance and analysis.
- To monitor player load in training and matches using GPS systems and manage the data to support decision making.
- To plan, programme and coach individualised strength/power and conditioning sessions informed through a blend of profiling, needs analysis, injury surveillance, testing, monitoring and player need to maximise performance and availability to train.
- To plan and coach speed, change of direction, acceleration, deceleration and conditioning as required to support the development of appropriate movement capabilities for football performance.
- To work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to design and deliver a comprehensive programme to optimise player and squad performance.
- Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.
- To lead and manage anti-doping whereabouts system.
- Any other duties as deemed necessary by your Line Manager or Head of Department within the scope of the role.
- BSc in Sports Science or a related field.
- Hold a UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) credential.
- Hold FA Level 2 Emergency Aid in Football (EFAiF) qualification.
- Be a UK Anti-Doping Clean Sport Advisor.
- An MSc in Strength and Conditioning or postgraduate related.
- Additional S&C related qualifications (e.g. NSCA, BWLA).
- To be a BASES Accredited Sports Scientist.
- Hold a UEFA B Licence in Coaching (FA Level 3).
Skills & Abilities
- An ability to produce verbal and written reports.
- A willingness to work flexibly.
- A strong desire to work as part of a team and to put the team's needs ahead of your own.
- Understanding of Health and Safety and its application to a sporting environment.
- Energy and enthusiasm, with the ability to enthuse and inspire inexperienced and experienced players.
- Evidence of sound administrative, organisational and prioritisation skills.
- Experience of working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
- Tenacity, ability to adapt to a constantly changing work environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to mix with different departments effectively communicating and distributing information.
- Self-starter with high integrity and ethical behaviour.
- Highly organized.
Only applicants that demonstrate within their application that they meet the above criteria will be considered for the role.
This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.