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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1st Team Assistant Physical Performance Coach

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posting Date

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England

Academy

Feb 27, 2024

ROLE DESCRIPTION

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.
Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.
Fast forward 70 years and Wolves are back amongst football’s elite. In the past six years we have celebrated promotion to the Premier League, back-to-back 7th placed finishes and a Europa League quarter-final campaign. Now, we will be competing in the Premier League for a sixth successive season.
 But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done. We don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.
 We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.
Job purpose
We are seeking an exceptional individual to support our 1st team physical performance delivery.  Duties will include the delivery of; warm-ups/activation, speed/agility development, strength/power development, conditioning and recovery sessions. Additionally, this role will have responsibilities for supporting players transitioning from academy to 1st team, monitoring players’ weekly physical loads and advising on individual players’ specific physical needs to ensure seamless progression towards the 1st Team.  This element of the role will also require the post-holder to effectively communicate with loan club’s and players (whilst out on loan) and feed this information back to our Loan’s Department.
Key responsibilities
 

Assist with the delivery of warm-ups/activation, speed/agility, strength/power development, conditioning and recovery sessions with the 1st team.           
Assist with the collection of 1st team sport science and monitoring data including, but not limited to; GPS, physical assessments & morning wellness questionnaires / physical markers.       
Lead and assist with S&C aspects of rehabilitation for players as directed by Head of Physical Performance.          
Gym-based programming for individual players as guided by the Head of Physical Performance.  
Collecting physical testing data at the appropriate times and supporting the development of the individual development plans for all players.   
Contribute to projects that are part of the wider development of the performance department and actively contribute to the in-house CPD programme.
Assist with the collection of 1st team and loan players physical data, for monitoring and benchmarking purposes.       
Provide weekly reports on loan players at appropriate meetings, conveying the players physical training and match loads and future plans for such players.   
Liaise with loan club’s sports scientist, communicating loan player’s physical needs, i.e.strength requirements, training & match loads and a player’s progression.      


Visiting loan players and the sport scientist at their respective loan clubs training ground when required, as agreed by Head of Physical Performance.    
Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
To promote the Club’s values 
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club 
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times

General responsibilities

Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
To promote the Club’s values 
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club 
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times

 Safeguarding

This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people 

Key relationships

Head of High Performance
Head of Physical Performance
The 1st Team MDT
Football Administration Department

Person Specification
Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc 
Essential

A basic understanding of the Governing body (the Premier league & FA) their doping policy, and basic pathological requirements and how this relates to nutrition support modification
Operate within the rules of professional confidentiality to liaise with athletes, medical staff, sports sciences staff, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety policies

Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc 
 

Essential

Experience delivering warm-up, cool-down, flexibility, core strength and stability, speed, agility, quickness training 
Experience of how to modify and develop conditioning programmes according to test results or specific individual needs 
Evidence of a proven track record in designing multi-facet periodised training programmes specific to elite football. 
Ability to modify coaching style when delivering practical sessions to different populations

Desirable

Working knowledge and prescription of Isoinertial training
Understanding and creating Excel pivot tables 


General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc 
Essential

Experience of actively engaging with players and technical coaches to create a culture which enhances attitudes towards Strength and Conditioning practices
Excellent anatomical knowledge and an ability to apply this specifically when communicating with coaches and physiotherapists
Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences
Ability to work irregular and unsociable hours as required involving work outside normal office hours, evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays 

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism. 
Essential

A minimum of 5 years’ experience of working in an ELITE environment supporting athletes in a Fitness coaching capacity

 Desirable

Having worked in a 1st Team environment at an elite level. 

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required
Essential

An undergraduate degree in a sport science related field (2:1 minimum)
Master’s degree in a sports science related field

Desirable

UKSCA Accreditation
EFAIF medical certificate 
NSCA Accreditation
BASES Accreditation
ISAK Accreditation

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