Stockport County FC

Stockport County FC

Academy Head of Recruitment (U9-U16)


Role Type



Posting Date

Nov 18, 2022

Role description

Job purpose:

To identify and recruit players suitable for the Club’s Academy structure, who are capable of being developed through its Player Development Pathway. This shall include players aged 8-16 years old for its Academy, Shadow Squad, Development Centre, and Talent Identification Programmes, as well as when required for its Pre-Academy Programmes. All players must be recruited in line with the EFL’s EPPP criteria and must be able to commute to training at the Club’s designated training centres within 60 to 90 minutes of their home address.

Key responsibilities

Identify and recruit players aged 8-16 years old for the Clubs Academy, Shadow Squad, Development Centre, Talent Identification Programmes and Pre-Academy Programmes, ensuring 95% of players' spaces are always filled.
To liaise and develop positive relationships for the purpose of player recruitment with key external bodies including but not limited to local schools, grassroot clubs, leagues and the EFL and the FA.
To develop a strong working partnership with the Club’s Foundation and attend a minimum of two community school sessions, for the purpose of identifying talented players for the Club’s Foundation Phase.
Ensuring all attended sessions are reported on PMA within 48 hours of attendance.
Organise trials for players aged 6-16 years old each quarter or as an when required to help ensure recruitment targets are met.
Work with the Academy Manager to attend a minimum of one School Boy fixture per week, ensuring all attended fixtures are reported on PMA within 48 hours of attendance.
Identify and launch a new Regional Player Centre within a 20-mile radius of the Club and recruit a minimum of 80 players for the 2023/24 season.
Attend a minimum of two fixtures per week, ensuring reports for all attended fixtures are sent to the Academy Manager within 48 hours of attendance.
Provide the Lead Phase Coaches with a weekly update on players, talent identification and recruitment
To highlight and present proposals for junior loans and work experience.

General responsibilities

Ensure cohesion, conflict resolution and support management of individual players.
Compliance with club policies
Compliance with the club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the club’s safeguarding policies
Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
Maintain professional conduct at all times

Skill Knowledge & qualifications required

Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks
Accurate time keeping skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to use a variety of communication tools (verbal, written, digital)
IT skills to include the ability to use performance analysis software and Microsoft office
Up to date first aid qualification
FA Level 3 Talent ID
UEFA B Licence

Experience required

Previous experience of talent ID, recruitment, and development.
Previous experience of scouting, analysis, and selection criteria.
Previous experience of writing scouting reports and implementing suitable talent ID frameworks.
Experience of developing relationships with leagues, governing bodies, and local grassroots clubs.
Previous experience of working in a professional sport.
Previous experience of working within an EPPP Academy.

Personal attributes

Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
A genuine team player
Displays a high level of discretion and maintains strict confidentiality
Personable with an ability to build individual relationships
Hardworking and enthusiastic
Ability to adapt to changing circumstances
Loyal and committed
Good attention to detail
Recognises brand values and represents them
DBS check required - Yes

The document is a guide only and should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the organisation.

Equality and diversity

Stockport county fc is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Safer recruitment

Stockport county fc is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. The job holder will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks as well as providing proof of right to work in the uk.

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