Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC

AWFC Academy Performance Lead - 2 year FTC


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Posting Date

Apr 30, 2022

Role description

Arsenal Women Football Club is one of the most successful female football clubs in the history of the women's game. It prides itself on maintaining high standards and delivering excellence. It has an unrivalled record of producing many young International players of all ages
The aim of the Arsenal Women FC's Academy is to develop excellent young female players from within its youth programme that have potential to play for our Women's 1st team
By placing players at the heart of the programme the aim is to develop and grow future 1st team players in an environment which is challenging, developing and inspirational.
Arsenal Women FC is looking for an experienced Performance lead to take the lead on the performance services team at AWFC academy.
Job Purpose:
To lead, manage, deliver and coordinate all aspects of the medical and sports science provision across AWFC's Academy multidisciplinary team, to include Medical, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning and Nutrition, with the ultimate aim of maximising sporting performance and mitigating injury risk. This will incorporate areas injury prevention and rehabilitation, physiology, biomechanics, athletes' recovery, sports technology, anthropometry, injury audit and the ongoing development of the department.
Key Responsibilities

Lead the AWFC Academy Medicine and Sports Science Department on all aspects of player welfare, education, and health screening, with a special interest in injury prevention and the aim of maximising player availability.
Lead the delivery of the relevant specialist discipline within the under 21's WSL academy.
Line manage AWFC Academy staff members across physiotherapy, medical, psychology, strength and conditioning/performance and education. Performance manage staff as required, to achieve high performance across u8's-u21's
Lead, manage and monitor the quality of all medical related provision across multi-disciplinary team, ensuring bestpractice at all levels
Create and implement medical-related systems and methodologies to evaluate the success of the department in relation to the AWFC vision, mission and the four pillars.
Work closely with the research and development department of Arsenal Football Club to ensure that the Club is at the forefront of the latest developments within elite sports science and medicine.
Ensure the AWFC Academy Medicine and Sports Science Department operates with the highest ethical and professional standards at all times. Deliver and maintain all processes and procedures protocols which cover emergency care, player welfare and day to day running of the AWFC Academy Medicine and Sports Science Department.
Create an age specific physical LTAD model and a specific physical delivery curriculum
Create bespoke physical development plans for high potential players.
Build a culture of continuous improvement and high performance across the AWFC Academy Medicine and Sports Science department; oversee CPD pathways and development of staff.
Collaborate with AWFC first team staff to ensure continuity across all arms of the club
To liaise with the new Women's head of sports science and S&C to support the creation an athletic development programme to go throughout the club


An MSc (Hons) in Sport Science/Physiotherapy and accreditation with British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (highly desirable)
A BSc in Sports Science/registered physiotherapist member of the Health and Care Professions Council (essential)
A current recognised first aid qualification from FA ATMMiF or equivalent/higher qualification (essential - but training can be provided)
Appropriate accreditation as a Strength and Conditioning coach (BASES or UKSCA)
A thorough understanding of the various sports science and medicine disciplines and their impact on the training and performance of elite athletes.

Required Experience:

Previous success of working with elite footballers and/or elite athletes domestically and internationally.
A proven track record with a high level of experience in the provision of physiotherapy or strength and conditioning services to athletes in elite level sports to improve performance, prevent injuries and ensure timely recoveries.
Knowledge and experience of FA girls talent Pathway & WSL Academy structure
Experience of working within Women's football desirable.
Experience of working at a football or major sports club/Federation.


Highly self-motivated with the ability to motivate others.
Enthusiasm and willingness to be flexible in approach to achieve desired outcomes.
Pro-active and engaging style.
A winning attitude / champions a culture of high performance and success.
Detailed knowledge of current coaching and training processes.
Highest standards of professional and personal conduct, especially confidentiality.
Commitment to equal opportunities.
Long term commitment to working within a multi-disciplinary team.
Understanding of Health and Safety and its application to a sporting environment.
Act as excellent role model for players.
Lead on own continuous professional development.
Experience and desire to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.

The position requires a clear criminal record check, so the successful candidate will be required to complete a self-declaration and an enhanced DBS check.
Arsenal FC believes that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. We encourage applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and mixed-heritage candidates. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity for applicants and employees and aim to appoint on merit from a diverse talent pool.

Closing Date: 12/05/2022

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