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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Academy Coach (CIDS)


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May 16, 2024


About the job
The successful candidate will divide their time between their Tottenham Hotspur employment and their individual development plan which includes enrolment to the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme

Our world class Training Centre in Enfield is where all the First Team and the Academy’s training and coaching activities occur, and where the Academy department is based.


Tottenham Hotspur in partnership with the Premier League, are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population. As part of our commitment to improving diversity, we are proud to be able to support the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme, Season 2024/2025, by providing a high-quality fixed-term employment opportunity to develop under-represented groups within the football industry. The scheme is open to coaches who are currently under-represented within English Professional Football – coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, and Women coaches from all backgrounds. We believe that having greater diversity helps the whole club to perform better both on and off the pitch.

CIDS provides a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development programme for the successful candidate. The club will act as the ‘base’ of employment and the individual will work across a variety of football functions within the Club to broaden their learning experience.

The fixed-term employment opportunity will include coaching and observation across the Academy, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. Successful applicants will enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme which is accredited by Leeds Beckett University. Upon successful completion of the programme, coaches will receive a Diploma in Professional Football Coaching. The development programme includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects, and need-led access to FA/UEFA coaching qualifications.


The Premier League CIDS Coach will support and deliver the Academy Coaching Curriculum within the Foundation Phase (U9-U12), the Elite Development Centre (EDC) programme (U7-U12) and the Pre-Academy programme (U7’s and U8’s). They will also support the co-ordination of the EDC Programme (U7-U12’s) alongside the EDC Co-ordinator.


Devise and deliver sessions to allocated age groups in the Foundation Phase (U9-U12), the Elite Development Centre programme (U7-U12) and Pre-Academy programme (U7’s and U8’s) within the Academy Curriculum/Syllabus
Responsible for match day preparation and performance of your allocated age group
Participate in the selection of squads and travel on foreign tours as required, providing pastoral care that adheres to Academy guidelines/policies.
Conduct and compile Individual Learning Plans for players in allocated age groups as per Premier League rules (Every six weeks for Under 12’s and every 12 weeks for U9’s-U11’s)
Support mid-season and end of season Player/Parent meetings.
Establish relationships with players and parents of allocated age groups in line with Academy Policies and manage age group specific communication via Club issued devices.
Work closely with Academy Medical, Sports Science, Analysis, Education, Player Care/Safeguarding, Operations and Kit staff regarding the players’ holistic programme and needs.
Support the Academy Recruitment team regarding potential trialist/signings.
Embody the Academy Philosophy and apply to all aspects of interactions with Academy Stakeholders (players, parents & colleagues)
To support the co-ordination of the Elite Development Centre Programme (U7-U12’s) and refer/release players from this programme where deemed appropriate
Maintain mandatory CPD record, including Club issue DBS check (every three years), UEFA Licence (15 hours of the appropriate level CPD every three years), FA Safeguarding Children Workshop (every three years), relevant FA Emergency First Aid qualification as per Premier League rules (currently EFAiF – every three years)
Ensure your allocated age group’s data entry (both for training sessions and matches) is accurate and up to date on the relevant systems (Kitman Labs)
To support other Academy programmes and activities as well as ‘Area Best’ events when required
Responsible for foundation phase analysis
This position may require work outside or normal office hours including evenings, weekends, and bank holidays.



This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing some currently under-represented groups within the English professional game. CIDS is a development opportunity for coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, and Women coaches from all backgrounds. Applications will only be accepted from individuals from those backgrounds


Coaches must not have previous experience of holding a full-time coaching role in a Premier League or EFL Club (internships, casual & part-time coaches are eligible)
Experience of delivering effective and engaging coaching and player development support to children and young people (e.g. in education, grassroots, community coaching, or part-time development centre or Academy setting)
Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis
Experience of holistic youth development activities within, or beyond sport.


UEFA B Licence
Current FA Safeguarding Certificate (Prior to commencing role)
Enhanced DBS Clearance (Prior to commencing role)
Emergency First Aid Certificate (Prior to commencing role)

Person Specification

Drive to become a football coach in English professional football and to help individual players, and teams, to successfully develop and perform.
Passion to create developmentally appropriate learning environments for players.
Commitment to fulfilling duty of care for children, young people, and adults in healthy, high performing environment.
Resilience for the everyday rigours of high-performance football environments.
High potential to be a world-class football coach and visible role model.
Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas.
Values & respects others, builds relationships, collaborates.
Gets things done, delivers to highest of standards, takes responsibility.
Flexibility and availability at weekends
Authenticity and integrity

Safeguarding is fundamental to the success in all that we do. Successful candidates are subject to a various DBS, right-to-work and background checks.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club welcomes applications from anyone regardless of age, disability, race, or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

How To Apply

Applications are welcome from coaches who are from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, and Women coaches from all backgrounds. Reasonable adjustments will be made for any applicant with a disability, and these should be requested directly to

Tottenham Hotspur and Premier League believe in equal opportunities and all applications will be assessed on merit only. All personal data that the applicant shares on the equality monitoring form will be submitted separately and not form any part of the application process. This information is collected simply to see if our advert is reaching a wide and diverse range of applicants who are applying for this role. The successful candidate will be selected based on merit as measured against the person specification, set out above.

Please follow these guidelines to apply.

Tottenham Hotspur will only consider applications from coaches who are from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including Women coaches from all backgrounds.

Please demonstrate in your covering letter of no more than two pages, that you meet each of the criteria for the CIDS.
Person Specification

In addition, please include answers to the following questions in your covering letter:
Why you are attracted to the CIDS, and your ambitions for this specific role?
How does CIDS fit into your career plan, and the personal and professional development you have undertaken to prepare yourself for this role?
How would your unique expertise positively impact upon the club, and the players we support?

Please submit your application form through our careers website alongside your cover letter.

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