Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth FC

Academy Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach


Role Type



Posting Date

Jun 15, 2022

Role description

Job title Academy Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Location Roko Training Ground and Various locations
Hours of work Full-time
Department Academy
Reports to Academy Manager
Remuneration £25,000- £27,500
Role summary
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Portsmouth FC Academy as we are seeking to recruit
a Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach on permanent, full time basis. The Academy Lead Strength
and Conditioning Coach will be the primary person responsible for the tracking and monitoring of
training and physical development for the entire academy (U9-U18). The holder of the position will
oversee and manage the testing, monitoring, and recording of player physical development
markers, whilst ensuring that a strategy is in place to develop and improve physical competency,
health and nutrition for all players.
In addition, they will work closely with the U18 Professional Development Phase as part of a multidisciplinary team. Player training and game load will need to be monitored through GPS equipment
with any interventions to their load, advised to the Professional Development Phase Lead Coach.
Individualised body conditioning programmes will need to be created and managed for all PDP
players, along with the monitoring of player body composition measurements to ensure players
are physically capable and robust to meet the demands of a full-time training and games
You will have line management responsibilities and will oversee a small team of interns, who will
support the functionality of the department, whilst at the same time needing support and
feedback in relation to their university course.
Requirements of the role
- Create and lead on implementation of a physical development curriculum for all
academy players (U9-U18)
- Deliver elite level on field athletic development sessions to meet player needs
- Collaborate with the Lead Academy Physio to ensure injured player return to play
programmes are created and managed
- Create, monitor, and refine bespoke gym programmes and supervise the delivery of
these for all PDP players and YDP ‘day release’ players
- Plan and deliver physical testing events for the whole academy a minimum of three
times per season
- Engage daily with players to check on their physical and emotional wellbeing
- Record PDP player gym and physical workloads in the PMA system
- Contribute to the creation of an individualised learning plan for each Academy player
and work with Phase Leads to ensure physical aspects of a player’s performance is
accurately measured and developed
- Create engaging and informative CPD events to support the education of a wide range of
stakeholders (Staff/ Parents/ Players)
- Manage all sport science testing equipment
- Develop relationships with 1st Team S&C staff and liaise on any PDP players who train
across U18 and 1st Team
- Work closely with the University of Portsmouth to support S&C intern recruitment
- Assist in delivering on the SEP programme and supporting Apprentices in the production
of evidence for their portfolio
Essential Skills & Qualifications
The appointed coaches must have:
- BSc in Sport and Exercise Science or Strength and Conditioning
- Experience working in a sports related field with young people aged 9-18 years,
preferably in an academy football setting
- Experience using GPS tracking software and compiling evidence-based reports
- IT Skills (Microsoft Office/ PMA/ Hudl)
Desirable qualifications & Skills:
- MSc in Sport and Exercise Science or Strength and Conditioning
- Body Composition Accreditation
- Staff management experience
- FA Safeguarding certificate
- EFAiF certificate
Person Specification:
- Works well in a team environment
- Confident in leading and delegating
- Strong verbal and written skills
- Thrives in supporting the development of people
Guidance to consider
Please consider the below before applying:
- Given the training and game locations, having a driving licence and frequent access to a
car is essential and living within a daily commutable distance from Portsmouth is
- Right to work in the UK and enhanced DBS check
- The hours of work for this position will include a blend of weekday, evenings, and
weekend work
How to apply
The Club will not consider applications via third parties.
To apply send your CV and cover letter to Lina Small – hr@pompeyfc.co.uk no later than 1pm on
the 24
th June, 2022.
Initial Interviews may commence before the closing date

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