Strength & Conditioning Coach (YDP & FDP)
Department: Academy - Sports Science & Medicine
Reports to: Head of Sports Science & Medicine
Location: Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Redhill Road, Birmingham, B38 9EL
Hours of work: Hours are set to meet the needs of the business and will be a minimum of 37.5 hours per week
Application Closing Date: 03/12/2019
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.
We are looking for a Strength and Conditioning Coach to join our Sports & Medicine Team, in our Academy Department based at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.
Scope of Duties
- Communicate and engage with staff, players, parents and guardians where appropriate.
- Attend all club and departmental professional development events.
- Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
- Continuously monitor the wellbeing of Academy players, 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.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- The assessment, monitoring, analysis and reporting on team and individual player physical and physiological information using relevant technologies and interventions.
- Fully utilizing The PMA and SharePoint systems - analyse, store and monitor all relevant data, providing feedback to players and staff as relevant.
- Implement individual and group strength and conditioning programmes using appropriate periodised plans, modalities, loading and injury minimisation strategies.
- Supporting the Sports Medicine department with the design and implementation of Return to Play objective markers.
- Maintain excellent working relationships with the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine and all other Academy and First Team SS&M staff as appropriate.
- To liaise with other professionals as required (coaching, medical, sports science, and administration) to ensure a complete interdisciplinary support on service provision for players.
- Provide advice and support to staff and players as appropriate in areas of expertise.
- Deliver and sometimes lead the sports science programme to the highest standard possible, to the benefit of the individual, group or team.
- Deliver extra strength and conditioning clinics as deemed necessary by coaching staff, SS&M staff or player/parent referral to enhance player development and performance.
- Use objective markers to identify areas that need physical development or facilitate improved performance.
- To design and implement strategies to identify years from peak height velocity.
- To design and implement anthropometric strategies to estimate adult height.
- To be responsible for the design and dissemination of the gym curriculum throughout YDP and FDP phases.
- Design and delivery of activation/preparation sessions for individuals/groups/teams.
- Assist in the delivery of physical preparation session.
- Design and delivery of recovery strategies as appropriate in conjunction with Academy Sports Scientists.
- Delivery of rehabilitation sessions in conjunction with medical staff or as directed insuring modalities and loads are appropriate to the phase of training.
- Assessment, monitoring and analysis of player data in relation to physical and physiological aspects of performance.
- Provide direction and support where needed for sports science and medical staff within the Academy to ensure program delivery is of a high standard.
- Lead the gym-based conditioning for all injured players.
- Help coordinate the S&C program delivery across the YDP & FDP and provide direction for the program within the Academy.
- Support players in their understanding of lifestyle choices and in educating them on the role of sport science and S&C in supporting their performances.
- Review and update all academy staff on the S&C programme as necessary.
- Maintenance of a contemporary and appropriate database of all sport science/S&C information, which allows reporting on individuals, group or team information.
- Assist with the design of close-season programmes for players.
- Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
- Have consistently high standards.
- To provide leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team, players and parents.
- Conduct a 10-week review identifying appropriate areas of physical excellence and areas which need developing.
- Deliver practical activities across the phases to enhance best practice.
- Collation and dissemination of the physical data for each phase to guide physical target setting throughout the programme.
- Observation of the junior members of staff and S&C work placement students, to provide guidance.
- Delivery of at least 3 internal professional development events.
- Attend all club and departmental CPD events.
- Educated to degree level in a relevant qualification or equivalent.
- First Aid Qualification.
- FA Child Welfare qualification.
- Current DBS clearance.
- MSc Strength & Conditioning.
- UKSCA Registered.
- Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application.
- Previous experience working within an elite football academy environment.
- Forward thinking mindset to developing the department and programme.
Skills & Abilities
- Understands the key concepts of strength & conditioning as they pertain to football.
- Knowledge of peak height velocity, predicted height and methods used to assess both.
- Has developed an understanding of the application of strength & conditioning theoretical framework in an applied setting.
- Maintains an up-to-date understanding of key trends in strength & conditioning provision and the integration and implementation of new technologies to support the programme.
- Interpersonal skills - positive, motivated professional with high moral and ethical values.
- Can lead a group in various settings including on and off field activities and sessions.
- Experienced in the design and implementation of athletic development and performance plans.
- Previously been part a high-performance team in which all staff contributed to a development culture.
- An understanding of the performance and development continuum from youth to senior phases.
- Design and delivery of individual, group and team programs for conditioning & rehabilitation.
- Flexible approach to working hours.
- Collaborative, knowledgeable and influential.
- Enthusiastic, inspirational and innovative.
- Good communicator who uses their initiative.
Terms of Appointment
- 37.5 hours per week.
- 20 days annual leave rising by 1 day per year up to a total of 25 (pro rata for part time hours).
- 8 statutory bank holidays.
- 6 months’ probation.
- 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.
- Full and clean UK driving licence.
Birmingham City Football Club prides itself on the support it offers its employees and as such offers a variety of excellent benefits, for example, contributory pension, life assurance 2 x salary, free car parking, free gym membership, two free season tickets and membership to Blues Loyalty Scheme. If you are offered a position with the company your offer letter will clearly set out the benefits to which you are entitled.
Applicants must be able to evidence that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.