U23s Physical Performance Coach
Location: Wast Hills Training Ground
Salary: Competitive
Expires: 24/10/2021 23:59

Department: Aademy

Term: Fulltime, Permanent

Location: Wast Hills Training Ground

Salary: Competitive

Application Closing Date: (04/11/2021) 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Have consistently high standards.
  • Communicate and engage with staff/players/parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all club and departmental professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the wellbeing of Academy players at all times liaising with the Head of Safeguarding & Player Care.
  • 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.

LEAD PERFORMANCE COACH RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To act as Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of the sports science programme for u23s.
  • Design and delivery of activation/preparation/recovery sessions for individuals/groups/teams.
  • To coordinate and complete physical testing as per the needs of the EPPP for all the u23s and oversee the schoolboy S&C programme.
  • Delivery of rehabilitation sessions in conjunction with medical staff or as directed insuring modalities and loads are appropriate to the phase of training.
  • Provide direction and support where needed for sports science & medical staff within the Academy to ensure program delivery is of a high standard.
  • 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.
  • The assessment, monitoring, analysis and reporting on team and individual player physical and physiological information using relevant technologies & interventions.
  • Fully utilizing The PMA & SharePoint systems - Analyse, store & monitor all relevant data, providing feedback to players/staff as relevant.
  • Implement individual and group Strength & conditioning programmes using appropriate periodised plans, modalities, loading and injury minimisation strategies.
  • To be responsible for the design and dissemination of the gym curriculum throughout the academy with specific responsibility for the u23s.
  • Supporting the Sports Science & Medicine department with the design & implementation of Return to Play objective markers.
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with the Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine and other all Academy and First Team SS&M staff as appropriate.
  • To liaise with other professionals as required (coaching/medical/administrative) 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 the performance programme to the highest standard possible, to the benefit of the individual, group or team.
  • Use objective markers to identify areas that need physical development or facilitate improved performance.
  • Have a working knowledge and assist schoolboy staff with “years from peak height velocity” and implement anthropometric strategies to estimate adult height.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA & Sharepoint - To include monitoring of training loads and intensities through GPS and heart rate data, RPEs, wellbeing, hydration status, session content and session attendance, anthropometric data as well as on/off-field testing data.
  • Review and update all academy staff on the performance (S&C and sports science) programme as necessary.
  • Maintenance of a contemporary and appropriate database of all sport science/S&C information, which allows reporting on individuals/group/team information.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA (5 weekly).
  • Assist the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine with developing the responsibilities of interns whilst evaluating & monitoring their performance.

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To provide leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team, players and parents.
  • Conduct a 5-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.
  • STAFF DEVELOPMENT
  • To observe and guide junior members of staff and work placement students relevant to your role as lead academy S&C coach.
  • Delivery of at least 3 internal professional development events.
  • Lead in the development of BCFC SS&M research profile to enhance player care and staff development.
  • Attend all club and departmental CPD events.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications

Essential Requirements

  • Degree in Sport Science or Strength & Conditioning or related discipline.
  • Complete or working towards UKSCA/NSCA – CCSC accreditation.
  • FA Child Welfare qualification.
  • FA Basic First Aid for Sport.
  • Clear DBS check.

Desirable Requirements

  • BASES Accreditation.
  • MSc Sport Science .
  • MSc S&C.

Experience

Essential Requirements

  • 3 years experience working within a professional football environment at U23 or 1st team level.
  • Understands the key concepts of strength & conditioning as they pertain to football.
  • Has developed a deep understanding of the application of strength & conditioning theoretical framework in an applied setting.
  • Understanding of internal and external load monitoring, including GPS and heart rate monitoring.
  • Experience developing & delivering individual and group physical preparation and recovery strategies.
  • Proven track record of physically developing adolescence & young adult athletes.
  • 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.
  • Leadership: Can lead a group in various settings including on/off field activities & sessions.

Skills and Abilities

Essential Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of injury minimisation strategies.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application.

Personal Requirements

Essential Requirements

  • Collaborative.
  • Knowledgeable.
  • Inspirational.
  • Exciting.
  • Influential.
  • Innovative.
  • Emotional control.
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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.