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Leeds United FC

Leeds United FC

Academy Professional Development Phase (PDP) Goalkeeping Coach


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Posting Date

Jan 5, 2023

Role description

An exciting job opportunity has arisen at Leeds United FC for an Academy PDP Goalkeeping Coach based at our fantastic Academy and Training Grounds located in Wetherby.
Elland Road has been the home of Leeds United since 1919 and remains one of English football's great theatres and is 'the only place for us' ever since. With a capacity of 37,890, it is England's 11th largest football ground in the Premier League.
Everyone at Leeds United is dedicated to working as one team and to be the best we can be.
Come be part of our fabulous team as we March on Together.
The Academy PDP Goalkeeping Coach is responsible for supporting the delivery of the goalkeeping curriculum for the Professional Development Phase of the Academy programme.
Some of the main duties would include:
Support the design and implementation of the goalkeeping curriculum under the guidance of the Head of Academy Goalkeeping Head of Coaching, in line with the Club’s Performance plan.
To provide the necessary environment for young goalkeepers to learn.
In consultation with the Head of Academy Goalkeeping, organise the weekly schedules for the delivery of specific goalkeeper coaching across the Academy.
Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate coaching sessions in accordance with the Academy goalkeeping syllabus.
Plan and deliver the performance reviews on a six-weekly basis to all the young goalkeepers.
Perform required administrative tasks to ensure that each goalkeeper’s progress is appropriately recorded on the PMA.
Ensure that goalkeepers graduating to the development squad do so with a high degree of technical and tactical knowledge.
Manage the discipline and behaviour of the goalkeepers within the Academy system in line with the players code of conduct.
Provide support for the Academy CPD programme.
Attend relevant CPD provided by the FA and other external bodies as determined by the Head of Academy Goalkeeping Head of Coaching
Some of the Operational duties duties would include:
Working autonomously to an agreed level and in the best interests of the Academy.
Forging positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to benefit the Academy.
Being visible to all internal and external stakeholders and supporting key staff when liaising with parents at critical moments.
Championing all Club and Academy policies, ensuring best practice in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the coaching department.
Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy Performance Plan and ultimately the vision of the Academy and the Club.
Some Personal Development Responsibilities:
Championing innovative and emerging best practice through accessing internal and external sources of expertise, to help contribute to ongoing personal development and the overall Academy programme.
Engaging in the Academy staff development programme and attending relevant CPD events to ensure compliance with PL, EFL and NGB standards
The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential qualifications:
UEFA B (Outfield) Coaching Award
FA Youth Award
FA Safeguarding children certificate
DBS check with children’s barred list check
UK Driving License
Some desirable qualifications may include:
FA Advanced Youth Award
Qualifications in another area linked to the role, e.g. sports science, analysis
The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential experience:
A minimum of 2 years’ experience coaching within academy football
Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
Desirable experience may include:
Experience of working in a Category 1 academy
Experience of working within the Professional Development Phase
Experience of working within a team of goalkeeping coaches
Ideal knowledge we like team members to have include:
Understands the current Academy system and professional football landscape.
Possesses an applied knowledge of EPPP standards and working practices. 
Understands how a long-term, holistic development programme is structured.
Understands the function of a multi-disciplinary team in an Academy.
Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of health and safety policy and best practice.
Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of safeguarding policy and best practice.
Possesses a strong awareness of equality, diversity, and inclusion
Ideal Technical skills we look for in team members include:
Creates positive learning environments.
Plans and delivers challenging, age-appropriate activities.
Identifies and responds to the needs of the players by adapting their coaching practice accordingly.
Uses accurate and age-appropriate physical content.
Communicates using a variety of methods and using an age-appropriate vocabulary.
Able to justify and reflect on their coaching practice and beliefs.
Builds positive relationships with the players, staff, and all stakeholders.
Demonstrates outstanding communication skills.
Competent with modern technologies that support the performance of their duties.
Competent user of the Performance Management Application (PMA).
Ideal behaviours we look for in team members include:
Inspires others and is a positive role model.
Is personable and able to connect and build relationships with others.
Demands high standards and has an attention to detail.
Shares the vision and values of the Academy and is motivated to achieve its objectives.
Aligns with the Academy playing and coaching philosophy.
Takes a long-term view of player development and aligns with the Academy approach to winning.
Possesses a passion for talent development and is motivated to work with young players.
Able to work in a high-profile environment with regular media coverage and public interest.
Is responsible and acts in the best interests of the Academy.
Is open minded, innovative, and willing to explore new ideas/concepts.
Enjoys facing challenges and has the resilience and resourcefulness to see complex tasks through.
Is proactive and able to identify and mitigate risks.
Is a collaborator and relishes the opportunity to work alongside others to overcome challenges and achieve goals.
Willing to share their knowledge and experience as part of a community of practice.
Able to work with players, staff and other stakeholders of varying ages, experience, backgrounds, and cultures.
Committed to personal development and continuous improvement.
Possesses a strong work ethic and is motivated to be the best they can be.
Able to promote the positive image of the Academy and the Club.
Equality Diversity:
As we are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity, we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. Leeds United is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.
Safeguarding Recruitment:
Leeds United FC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expect all staff to share this commitment. All staff, whatever their role will receive safeguarding training and will be expected to champion the culture of 'safeguarding is everybody's responsibility'.

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