About the job
Job Title: Academy U9-16 Sports Scientist
Department: Academy Medical and Sports Science
Reporting: Head of Academy Medical and Sports Science
Location: Training Ground - Jersey Road / Uxbridge School
Salary: Up to £35,000 + benefits
Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.
Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.
We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.
We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.
We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.
Come join us.
Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. Whilst our recruitment decisions are always based on merit and suitability, we welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities.
Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team.
Please note that where appropriate for the role, you may be required to complete additional background checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and this will include any time living or working outside of the UK in the last 10 years. You can find out more about this at https://www.gov.uk/dbs-check-applicant-criminal-record
The Role of the Academy U9-16’s Sports Scientist
Reporting to the Lead Academy Sports Scientist (LASS) assist in the design, delivery and continual evaluation all areas of physical and athletic development within the Academy, specifically to the 9-16yrs age groups, adopting an age/training history specific approach.
In conjunction with the LASS, assist in the creation and delivery of a Physical Development and Athletic Performance syllabus, with detailed provision for all players (9-16’s), including age group specific testing procedures and protocols
Lead the Academy strength and athletic development training for players aged 9-16yrs, individual and personalised where possible
Report on physical development status of all players for multi-disciplinary reviews
Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including coaching and medical staff
Close involvement with the Academy individual development programme
Working alongside the Academy coaching and medical staff to ensure regular, age appropriate, performance testing is completed
Report and record player information and data on the PMA
Close involvement with all members of the Athletic Performance team to ensure continuity of player monitoring and performance plans between First team and senior Academy players
Work match-days with Academy teams and travel on specific tours throughout the year
Assist in the recruitment and leaderships of a group of part-time Sports Science staff to support Academy teams aged 9-16yrs
Work in conjunction with Brentford FC Research Centre whenever applicable
Have a knowledge of the Youth Development Rule and UEFA criteria, and ensure all relevant rules linking to the role are covered
Any other relevant tasks and duties as directed by senior Academy or Football Department management
General Club Accountabilities
To comply with all Club policies, including health and safety, data regulations and other legal, ethical and social requirements.
To build and maintain good working relationships while maintaining a professional image.
To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times.
Key Internal Relationships
Lead Academy Sports Scientist
Head of Academy Medical and Sports Science
Academy age group coaches
Academy Players (9-16yrs)
Player Welfare and safeguarding staff
Person Specification - Essential Characteristics
BSc in Sport and Exercise Science
FA EFAiF Qualification or equivalent
A good competence of communication and interpersonal skills
Experience of, and strong desire to work with junior athletes
Possess the ability to work on own their initiative and as part of a team
Be versatile to adapt to changing situations
Possess the drive and motivation to set high standards and achieve company objectives
Have a personable approach
Ability to communicate with footballers, coaches, management, parents and other football related individuals in a professional manner
Flexible and happy to work evenings and weekends.
Person Specification - Desirable Characteristics
MSc in sport science/strength and conditioning or working towards.
British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Accreditation or working towards
UKSCA Accreditation or working towards
Experience of working within professional team sport, not specifically football
Full UK driving license
Please note you will need to complete an application form using the following link: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ee12383b-3016-36ff-822f-3e8d840ec55a
You will need to download the form and, once completed, re-upload it under 'Additional Documents'. Please note if you do not upload this application form your application will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: Friday 17 November 2023