Academy Sports Scientist
Location: Wast Hills Training Ground
Salary: Competitive
Expires: 30/07/2018 23:59

A fantastic opportunity has opened up for a new Academy Sport Scientist to join our talented and friendly Academy department based in Kings Norton, Birmingham. The duties include the following:


-Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.

-Communicate and engage with parents/guardians where appropriate.
-Attend all professional development events.
-Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
-Monitor the well being of Academy players at all times liaising with the Safeguarding Services Manager.
-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.


-Design and deliver a system for the assessment, monitoring, analysis and reporting on team and individual player physical and physiological information using relevant technologies & interventions. Maintain up to date databases of this information on the PMA, Benchmark, One Drive and Googledrive as appropriate.
-Design and deliver the strength & conditioning programming for the Academy squads and individual players, using appropriate periodised plans, modalities, loading and injury prevention strategies, in keeping with the Club’s Athletic Development Model.
-Design and deliver regeneration interventions and monitoring strategies which promote the best opportunity for the Academy players to recover optimally.
-Establish nutrition protocols that promote high standards in preparation & consumption of food both at the training ground, travelling to and from matches and whilst in hotels. Designing specific interventions for special populations as they may exist.
-Design & implement Return to Train/Perform/Play and Injury Prevention programmes.
-Establishing an individual and team performance profiling database, with positional/unit/team standards which can influence in-house player development and recruitment strategies.
-Support the establishment & maintenance of strong links with club partners and stakeholders with which the department interacts. Establish new strategic partnerships where appropriate.
-Promote a positive, motivated, winning culture by driving standards of performance both on the field of play, in off-the-field activities and in everyday lifestyle.
-To liaise with other professionals as required (coaching/medical/sports science/administrative) to ensure complete interdisciplinary support for players.
-Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA.
-Attendance at relevant team meetings and active inclusion in all discussions.


-Deliver the Academy sports science programme to the schoolboy teams on training and match days. Ensuring this is the highest standard possible, to the benefit of the individual, group and team. 

-To plan appropriate testing with the Head of Sport Science, Professional Sport Scientist and the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach. These should be performed at appropriate intervals throughout the season. This is to include fitness testing, strength testing, physiological assessment, readiness to train and anthropometric measures.
-Monitoring of training sessions using RPE and duration to monitor and analyse training sessions intensities and load values
-Assessment, monitoring and analysis of player data in relation to physical and physiological aspects of performance.
-To set, document and communicate player’s physical targets, in conjunction with the physiotherapy staff.
-To write training programs in conjunction with Professional Sport Scientist and the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach, addressing individual player’s needs based on analysis of test results and the entry level physical targets of the next age group.
-To design the Physical Syllabus for the schoolboy players in conjunction with the Professional Sport Scientist and the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach.
-Design and delivery of activation/preparation sessions for individuals/groups/teams
-Ensure players are prepared physiologically for training/matches; structured, session appropriate warm-ups to ensure that players can perform to their maximum and limit the opportunity for injury occurrence
-Delivery of strength and power sessions as set out in discussion with the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach
-Design and delivery of recovery and regeneration strategies as appropriate.
-Using experience of coaching to take squad training sessions as required.
-Delivery of rehabilitation sessions in conjunction with medical staff or as directed, ensuring modalities and loads are appropriate to the phase of training (RTTrain/RTPlay)
-Provide direction and support for the sports science interns, to ensure program delivery is of a high standard both in terms of content and interventions. This is to include assisting the Academy Sport Scientist in the appraisals for the sport science interns.
-Liaison with catering staff to ensure nutritional support that allows players to consistently take part in an intensive program of training and games.
-Ensure hydration and nutritional protocols are designed and delivered as appropriate to the individual/team
-Support players in their understanding of lifestyle choices and in educating them on the role of sport science in supporting their performances
-Maintenance of a contemporary and appropriate database of all sport science information, which allows reporting on individuals/group/team information. This will be both on the PMA and the 1drive. Provide timely feedback to players/staff as is relevant.
-Provision of daily/weekly/monthly/annual reports on areas of sports science support as required across the Academy age groups
-Completion of performance review process for all players within the PMA.
-Assist with the design and dissemination of close-season programmes for Academy players.
-Maintenance and care of all sports science and S&C equipment.
-Ordering of supplies for sports science programmes as required & within budgetary constraints.


Academic Qualifications

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree in Sport Science or related discipline

Desirable Requirements:

  • Nutrition based qualifications

  • BASES Accreditation

  • Post Graduate qualification in sports science or related discipline

Technical/Professional Qualifications

Essential Requirements:

  • UKSCA / NSCA Accredited

  • FA Child Welfare qualification

  • FA Basic First Aid for Sport

  • Current DBS clearance

  • Full and clean UK driving licence

Desirable Requirements:

  • Coaching qualification with FA framework

Skills and Abilities

Essential Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of injury prevention and long term athletic development

  • Excellent knowledge of internal and external load monitoring, including GPS and heart rate monitoring

  • Excellent computer literacy, specifically in the use of Excel

  • Understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures

Desirable Requirements:

  • Forward thinking mindset to developing the department and programme

  • Experience within a long term athlete development programme

  • Experience within an elite sporting environment

  • Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application

  • Evidence of longitudinal strength and conditioning programmes for individuals and groups

  • Proven track record of developing pediatric athletes

Personal Requirements

  • Demonstrate the ability to mix with different departments effectively communicating and distributing information

  • Honesty

  • Hard working

  • Evidence of a commitment to individual professional development

  • Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.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.

Only applicants that demonstrate within their application that they meet the above criteria will be considered for the role.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.


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