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Forest Green Rovers Football Club

Forest Green Rovers Football Club

Academy Head of Recruitment


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Jun 6, 2024


About the job
About The Role

Responsibilities Include:

To recruit, organise and manage a team of local scouts to support the Academy and Youth Development Programme at all levels.
Produce and maintain a database of potential players from other Premier league/Football League Clubs (Academy Category 1/2) to ‘local grassroots’ football.
Produce and maintain a database of all players at Academy Level who meet the desired Forest Green Rovers FC Academy Player Profile and are deemed suitable for consideration to play for Forest Green Rovers FC Academy.
Be the first point of contact to teams, coaches, parents around player availability and trial opportunities.
Build links and relationships with local grassroots teams and Talent Centre’s.
Ensure that all trialist paperwork and documents are in place before any participation in training and fixtures takes place.
Liaise with Lead Phase Coaches to support recruitment through midweek fixtures.
Liaise with Lead Phase Coaches around recruitment requirements for their respective phase and age groups.
Be active with parent engagement of all trialists and give them a welcoming start to FGR Academy.
Follow EPPP guidelines relating to catchment area, and ways of approaching opposition teams and parents when highlighting potential trialists.
Build a relationship with FGR Community Department to ensure that players from local schools have an opportunity to trial at FGR Academy.
Liaise with MDT around 'Depth Charts' and support the coaching staff when making decisions around retain/release.
Provide written feedback to be delivered during mid-trial reviews and end of trial reviews for all trialists whether successful or not.
Gain knowledge and understanding of FGR's current academy players.
Support the Pre-Academy Lead with recruitment and help identify players to sign with FGR Academy.

About You


Knowledge and understanding of FA and EFL rules relating to player development and recruitment
Experience of working within a strategic environment to support the long term development of players
UEFA B Licence or higher
FA Talent ID Level 2
Comprehensive understanding of the academy audit process and FIP systems
Enhanced DBS clearance
FA safeguarding qualification
EFAiF qualification


FA Advanced Youth Award
FA Talent ID Level 3
Minibus Licence
Experience of working within a professional football academy
Knowledge of the local football landscape

Forest Green Rovers FC promote inclusion and confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, nationality, ethnicity (race), religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and encourage equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

The EFL has introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds. New regulations require clubs to shortlist at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all roles in Academy football that require a UEFA A or UEFA B Licence.

If you consider your ethnicity to fall within one of the following definitions – Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (i.e. from any other ethnic group that is not ‘White British’) - please inform us within your application.

About Us

Founded in 1889, Forest Green Rovers is a football club with a rich history, but we are always working to be at the forefront of something new. FIFA have described us as the greenest football club in the world, it is certainly true that no other football club in the world has put the environment at the heart of what it does, and embedded into it’s DNA like we have.

We’re the only club in the world to have EMAS accreditation – the gold standard of environmental management – and we’re the first and only vegan football club in the world. Our aim is to be in the Championship within the next five years – and we’re planning to build a stadium to match those ambitions, too, it has been designed by Zaha Hadid, and would be the only stadium in the world made entirely of wood.

What's in it for you...

Healthcare plan, life assurance and generous pension contribution
Various company discounts (including gym, shops, days out and events)
Holiday of 25 days (plus bank holidays) & ability to buy/sell days
Cycle to work scheme, car pooling and onsite parking available

As a valued member of the team you will be supporting the Group Environmental policy and its associated targets to make the Green Britain Group net carbon neutral by 2025

Flexibility statement

The fast moving nature of the company's business means that from time to time you may be asked to perform duties or tasks outside of your original job description on an ad hoc basis. This allows the company to use it's people in the best possible way at all times and helps the employees to make make their contribution in a changing environment.

Forest Green Rovers is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing equality for all.

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