Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth FC

Academy Scout and Co-ordinator (Youth Development Phase)


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Posting Date

Nov 9, 2022

Role description

Role summary

Portsmouth Football Club have created this exciting new part-time position in the club’s academy. Working with a focus on talent identification of Youth Development Phase age players (U12-U14) you will undertake scouting assignments, lead on the collection and management of player information on our scouting database and support the end to end trial process. You will be the principle contact for creating and developing relationships with grassroots clubs and other Premier League/ Football League clubs to ensure identification of players in your age range is actively promoted.

High levels of internal support will be provided to you from the Academy Head of Recruitment who you will report into. You will be expected to collaborate with the Phase Lead and age specific coaching staff to fully understand each squad’s player recruitment needs.

Though most of the weekly working hours will be attending training and games in the evenings and at weekends, there will be a requirement to also work in the academy offices each week to complete all administrative tasks and develop relationships and squad understanding.

Operating within a forward-thinking academy, the role holder will be expected to demonstrate the club values in all aspects of the role and act as a positive role model at all times.

Requirements of the role

Responsible for scouting local players from U12-U14 as deemed necessary by the Head of Recruitment and Academy Lead Phase Coaches
Agree and deliver on an annual scouting calendar for the age groups in your role
Support the management and deployment of Academy Scouts for the U12-14 age groups and ensure effective communication is created with the Academy coaches and Pompey in the Community
Using Internal Databases, collect and monitor external U12-U14 players
Responsible for the invitation of U12-U14 players to Talent ID events and academy age group trials
Regularly view U12-U14 Portsmouth FC academy recorded games on Hudl to support squad understanding
Send out weekly trial registers to staff with player updates in your group
To be the main point of contact for academy trialist aged U12-U14
Awareness of the Club requirements and standards of players as prescribed in the academy performance plan
To liaise with the Phase Lead on the progress of Academy players with regards retention and release
Attendance at meetings with the Head of Recruitment and Phase Lead to discuss all areas of player recruitment
The role will be based at various locations in and around Portsmouth and the surrounding area. It is essential that the role holder lives within a 30 mile radius of Portsmouth and has a full driving licence with frequent access to a vehicle given the need to travel to various game venues.
Right to work in the UK and enhanced DBS check

Essential Qualifications & Experience

The appointed coaches must have successfully attained:

FA Talent ID level 1
FA Safeguarding certificate
Have +1 year previous or current experience of recruitment in a professional club’s academy for players aged 11-14 years
Can demonstrate pre-established contacts and relationships with local clubs in and around Portsmouth
IT competency with Microsoft products

Desirable qualifications & experience:

FA Talent ID 2
Hudl user experience

Please consider the below before applying:

Given the training locations, games schedule, frequent access to a car is essential and living within a daily commutable distance from Portsmouth is required
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

General information

We’re committed to diversity and inclusion and want people from all walks of life to apply for our vacancies. We will make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process to help you. If you need any support with your application, please get in touch with us. We are happy to help.


Portsmouth Football Club is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk and this is endorsed by the club’s board. We are committed to ensuring that any club related activity will be in a safe environment where children, young people and adults at risk are protected from harm or abuse whilst under our care.

The club have a safer recruitment policy which sets out our practice to ensure all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk.

As part of our safer recruitment policy we ask every successful candidate to give their consent for us to obtain two written references and to provide us with documentary proof of qualifications.

The successful candidate will also be subject to an enhanced level DBS check along with completing a self-declaration form as part of the recruitment process.

Any offer of employment will be conditional on these requirements being satisfactory.

How to apply

The Club will not consider applications via third parties. To apply send your CV and cover letter to Email.

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