Reading FC

Reading FC

Academy Sports Scientist


Role Type



Posting Date

Jun 3, 2022

Role description

Job purpose
The Academy Sport Scientist will co-ordinate and liaise with the Lead Academy Sport Scientist (LASS), Lead Academy Strength Conditioning Coach (LASC) and Head of Academy Sports Science Medicine (HASSM) to deliver a sports science support service to all players in the U9-U16 age groups (With particular focus on the U9-U14 squads).


To co-ordinate and implement sports science support services to players within the Reading FC Academy in conjunction with all academy sports science staff and in liaison with the LASC HASSM
To deliver on-field and gym based athletic development sessions, Pre-hab and rehab sessions in line with the RFC Physical development model and as directed by LASC, LASS, HASSM and age group appropriate medical staff.
To set-up, download and present training and game load data using Heart rate and GPS technologies.
To oversee weekly training intensities and devise long-term programmes for players with reference to age group specific needs in association with LASC, LASS, HASSM, academy sports science staff and academy medical staff
To conduct physiological testing at least 4-times per season with all players as directed by LASC and LASS.
To conduct assist in Pre-Training Assessments and screening as directed by LASC and LASS.
To assist the LASC LASS in the development and management of trialling (Trialists) procedures and testing for potential academy players in conjunction with HASSM and all other academy sports science and medicine staff in conjunction with the academy recruitment team.
To write training programmes in conjunction with appropriate team staff (Coaches, Physiotherapists, and HASSM) and in conjunction with the individual players’ needs analysis.
To employ recovery strategies that ensure optimal training and match time.
To assist the LASC, LASS and Nutritionist with delivery of Nutrition Lifestyle education syllabus to PDP players, parents, guardians, and host families through seminars during the season.
To ensure players are prepared physiologically for the task ahead be it a game or training through structured appropriate warm-ups and activation sessions in relation to the RFC Physical Development Syllabus as appropriate to age group concerned.
To establish and maintain links to other divisions of the support team (physiotherapy, sports psychology and Professional Development Phase).
To occasionally travel with relevant age groups to matches and tournaments to assist in the delivery of elite performance provision.
To contribute to the development of resources and educational aids as directed by HASSM, LASC LASS.
To contribute to and actively participate with the clubs internal CPD programme.
To maintain up to date records on the club PMA (performance Management Application) in conjunction with EPPP/ Premier League Requirements and Regulations.
To contribute where appropriate to all age group training as directed by LASC, LASS HASSM.
To liaise and maintain communication links to other members of the Reading Football Club support team.
To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Reading Football Club and its operation
There is an expectation that you will undertake adhoc work on an exceptional basis or provide relevant cover for other team tasks

Behaviours Attitude

To be a role model for all club values and ways of working walk the talk”
To exude a can-do attitude (best of Reading Football Club) To be flexible and agile, always ready to adapt if things don’t go to plan
To be an ambassador for Reading Football Club
To act in a manner that supports the Club Vision Values at all times

Key Performance Indicators

Ensure all facets of the Sports Science Department meets Reading FC EPPP compliance standards Ensure all facets of the Sports Science Department meets Reading FC PMA compliance standards
To respond to all enquires within Reading Football Club Charter guidelines.
To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Reading Football Club and its operation
To be presentable at all times when working and demonstrate that you can represent the face of the club in the manner expected
To maintain Reading Football Club Safeguarding (Child Protection), Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures and practice

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 15th June 2022

Invest in a professionally

tailored CV.
Click the button below to get started!