Arsenal FC

Academy Psychologist

Arsenal FC



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Sep 16, 2021

Role description

We are searching for an Academy Psychologist whose primary focus will be to deliver and develop a psychology service for Arsenal Academy players in order to support performance, wellbeing and implement the Academy's vision of 'Strong Young Gunners'. As part of the Psychology and Wellbeing Team, the Academy Psychologist will work collaboratively with other multi-disciplinary teams at the Club to develop winning teams and a winning culture.

Reporting to the Club's Head of Psychology and Wellbeing, the role will be based at the Club's Training Ground in London Colney but undergo regular travel to the Academy's headquarters in Hale End at least once per week. The role is being offered on a permanent, full-time basis, and will involve some additional out of hours work as required, in order to undertake observation at training and games. This may occur on evenings or weekends so flexibility around timetable is essential.

All candidates should be qualified to Masters level in Psychology or Sports Psychology (or be studying towards this), and hold demonstrable experience as an applied psychologist within an elite sporting environment at academy or youth level.


Provide psychological support for the Academy Leadership Team, Academy Management Team & Wellbeing in Performance Group to embed psychological understanding and help create the most challenging and caring football academy in the world.
Provide psychology support to the loan manager & players to help maximise their development experience at a crucial stage in the pathway
Directly contribute to the development of Strong Young Gunners by providing:
Individual & group-based psychology support for U23 & U18 Players/Staff
Hale End Coach education to support the profiling & development of player's Champion Mentality
Champion Mentality education for U15-16 players at Hale End
Lead and co-ordinate the player wellbeing strategy as part of the Wellbeing in Performance Group at London Colney & Hale End
Agree and contribute work towards the Wellbeing in Performance Group's work strands (Transition, Education, Culture) as required
Contribute to the design, execution and sharing of research that reflects the strategic direction of the academy and the club and can better inform the development of Strong Young Gunners
Provide leadership of a psychology service that reflects the strategic direction of the Academy
Ensure effective communication with all internal and external stakeholders - including other Academy staff, Parents, Carers, Host Families and external contractors
Work with the medical department to identify, provide support for and refer externally (where appropriate) player and staff mental health concerns
Role model and highlight the Academy standards and Club values
Undergo ongoing professional development
Maintain accurate, comprehensive & confidential records of psychology service delivery
Meet with Head of Psychology and Wellbeing once a month in the context of professional review and reflection

Qualifications and Training:

Must be qualified to Masters level in Psychology or Sports Psychology

Must be willing to undertake, be currently undertaking, or have already completed professional body status such as HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist
Experience working as an applied psychologist within an elite sporting environment at academy or youth level
Knowledge of safeguarding processes and procedures
Our ideal candidate:

Has a professional commitment to exploring and applying multiple ways of looking in order to find solutions

Has a professional commitment to the value of the biopsychosocial perspective
Has capabilities and experience in formulation, need identification, intervention and solution design/evaluation with an 'assess-plan-do-review' cycle
Has a professional commitment to build relationships through working collaboratively and with empathy
Has rounded knowledge and applied skills using evidence based/informed psychological frameworks
Is able to support the learning of others in the application of psychological knowledge, skills and procedures
Communicates the nature and purpose of ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively
Engages in supervision in order to develop professionally.
Knows the limits of their practice and when and how to make suitable referrals
Holds an interest in emerging research in the fields of psychology/sports psychology and a willingness to share and discuss research
Has an understanding of the role of psychology in contributing to individual and team wellbeing
Has professional commitment to working openly with all contextually relevant teams
Plans their own workload whilst remaining flexible to take into account
Holds experience of working in a busy, pressurised environment
Demonstrates a complex understanding of self in the context of others
Supports the learning of others in the application of psychological knowledge, skills and processes
Maintains a high degree of professionalism when under pressure
To apply please submit an up-to-date CV and a covering letter no later than 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021. Your covering note should specify your salary expectations, and should include:

What you believe you will offer to the post of Academy Psychologist;
How you have developed in your practice as a psychologist; and
An example of how you have created impact through your work as a psychologist.
Interviews will take place on week commencing 27 September 2021 and will require a presentation element.

Closing Date: 16/09/2021