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Nottingham Forest FC

Nottingham Forest FC

Academy Physical Development Coach (PDP)


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Jun 25, 2024


About the job
Salary: Please state your expectations within your application

Contract: Full Time, 42 hours a week

Location: The Nigel Doughty Academy, Nottingham, NG2 7SR

Working Arrangements: On site

Closing Date For Applications: 12th July 2024

This post is expected to optimise the availability and athletic development of Academy players through the provision, monitoring and passionate delivery of an evidence based physical development programme, in line with the Nottingham Forest Football Club Academy performance syllabus. As part of an MDT, work directly with the professional development phase (PDP) regarding all aspects of Sports Science and Performance on a day-to-day basis, to exceed the requirements of a Category 1 Academy as determined by EPPP. This role will also require the physical preparation of senior professional players

The Perks of the Job:

Opportunity to access tickets for events at The City Ground.
Employee Assistance Programme.
Access to high street and gym discounts.
Discount within our Club shop.
Free on-site parking.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Provide professional and world leading physical performance support for all registered Academy players including individual programmes and long-term athletic development plans.
In association with the academy coaches, organise the weekly training plans and long-term programmes for academy age group players with a primary responsibility for the PDP (B-team). This should include responsibility for players transitioning between the U18s and first team squads for training and matches.
Ensure Sport Science & S&C provision including session plans, gym sessions and testing are uploaded into the appropriate AMS within 24 hours.
Ensure testing and monitoring practices are consistently implemented and evaluated to inform practice.
Assist in Talent Identification protocols and contribute to the trialling procedures and testing for potential academy players.
Educate staff to ensure the maintenance of age specific best practice including the provision of in-service training and appropriate CPD.
Manage all gym, rehab and prehab areas in co-operation with other S&C team members.
Provide parent, guardian and host family seminars at appropriate times during the season to educate on relevant high performance topics.
Assist where appropriate other members of the performance and medical departments across all NFFC squads and teams, including rehabilitation support.
In conjunction with the medical department, develop age-related prehab and appropriate rehab to minimise injury risk and maximise player availability.
Use appropriate databases to monitor and manage player loading, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team to individualise player plans.
To support with the management of the work placement students in the PDP.
To contribute to player reviews and audits in order to assess performance and potential.
To provide physical performance support at home/away matches across academy squads, specifically the B-team squad.
To acknowledge, monitor and support with academy players who are on loan.
To support with evidence-based departmental projects.
Any other appropriate duties as required by the Academy management team.
Responsible for both individual health & safety and that of those who you are responsible for.
Ensure the relationship with children and adults at risk is appropriate and language, behaviour and demeanour is suitable. The Company will expect you to undertake training to ensure an understanding of best practice in relation to children and/or adults at risk.
You will be responsible for the welfare of children in your care.
A criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

Previous experience working within the support staff of a professional football club
Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Delivered applied sports science support to elite individual or team sport athletes
GPS experience and competency with data management systems
BSc in Sports Science or equivalent
UKSCA or equivalent (or ability to obtain within 6 months)
BASES accreditation or currently undergoing supervised experience
Valid Basic First Aid for Sport qualification
Valid FA Safeguarding Certificate
Provide accurate informative written and verbal reports to a range of key stakeholders
Managing and developing databases to inform the above
Coach youth athletes across a range of fundamental movements
Excellent problem solving and decision making skills


Postgraduate degree in sports science or equivalent
Football coaching qualifications
Relevant teaching qualifications
ISAK accreditation

Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Nottingham Forest Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital / civil partnership status, pregnancy / maternity leave, race, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Nottingham Forest Football Club is a signatory of the FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code. We are committed to developing policies to promote equal opportunities and diversity within our workforce. To monitor our progress against these commitments, we require all applicants to provide accurate diversity data during the application process.

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

As part of the Club’s commitment to safeguarding, the successful applicant may be required to undergo a Disclosure Barring Service (“DBS”) check or an enhanced DBS check. The results of a DBS check will be considered on an individual basis, and the Club will act in a proportionate manner when deciding whether or not to proceed with the appointment.

An FA Enhanced DBS disclosure is required for all relevant new appointments to the Club. Individuals will be asked to declare any convictions, cautions or reprimands, warnings or bind-overs that may have been incurred. The Club reserves the right to carry out risk assessments where content has been disclosed on a DBS disclosure if it feels that it is relevant to the job requirements. Failure to satisfy the Club and the PL's safeguarding requirements may lead to the job offer being withdrawn or, if they have already started employment, summary termination of the employment.

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