Arsenal Women FC 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.
Arsenal Women FC's philosophy includes the production of excellent young players from within its youth programme who have the potential to progress through into 1st team football. It has an unrivalled record of producing many young International players of all ages while growing the clubs community activities to increase our fan base and increase participation across the game.
The purpose of this role is to ensure that all WSL Academy players are provided with the necessary support and guidance to stay on track with their academic education alongside their football commitments. The role will involve working closely with the Academy Manager, Coaching team at AWFC, the Academic team at Oaklands College, various international federations and the other schools/colleges that players within the squad may attend. As a dual career academy, the role will ensure that the education of the players remains of equal importance to their individual football development.
Lead on developing individual learning plan's (ILP) for all players to ensure they have a clear plan to support their educational progress and aspirations.
To provide 1-1 support the Academy players educational transitions to make informed choices of their next career steps.
To liaise with education providers regarding day release of all WSL Academy players when required.
Ensure all players academic progress is supported, monitored and tracked to ensure they stay on track with target grades.
Work closely with technical staff to ensure WSL Academy players are making good progress in both on and off the field.
Develop strong working relationships with Oaklands College, our primary further education provider to monitor and support all players that are based at the college.
Develop and maintain regular communications with the other various education establishments (schools/colleges/universities) that any Academy players may be studying at.
Liaising with the players education establishments to ensure they are attending classes, completing all work, maintaining target grades and gaining approved absences when required.
Provide advice to support the delivery of the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) and support Academy players to manage and complete alongside their programme of study.
To advise the Academy Manager on the delivery of the TASS Lifestyle provision in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire and ensure the alignment of other player education support programmes delivered within the Academy.
Maintain a tracking system/record of player progress in both their academic and football pathways in order to provide data on players academic progress to the Football Association in line with academy accreditation criteria.
To offer support for new players as they transition into academy and liaise with any external education providers to support that transition.
To liaise with parents when required to provide updates on players academic progress.
To promote the club's values throughout all work.
Hours of Work:
The role involves working remotely to support players but attendance at some training sessions will be required to meet with players, parents and staff as well as deliver education workshops as and when needed.
MAIN JOB REQUIREMENTS AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
Qualified Teacher status or equivalent
Up to date FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
FA Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (BFAS) or FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)
Degree in Education or a sports related field
FA Coaching Qualification
FA Welfare Officer Qualification
Previous experience in a education as well as in an elite sports environment
Experience in working within the Women's game is desirable
Strong interest and understanding of the education and football requirements of young athletes and dual careers
Knowledge & understanding of The FA Women's Elite Talent pathway and FA WSL structure
Good knowledge of education establishments and the opportunities available for players aged 16-21
Ability to connect with young people
Previous experience of building relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Willingness to learn and be committed to their own personal development
Good written and verbal communication, both internally and externally and the ability to engage with people at all levels both within education and the football family
Effective organisational skills and methodical approach
Ability to take on responsibility effectively and an aptitude to prioritise an ever changing workload
Ability to work well as part of a team or independently on own initiative and the confidence to contribute to team ideas and the departmental and divisional strategy
Must be able to work under pressure, prioritise workload, meet deadlines and use own initiative to drive and implement changes when needed
Ability to review, evaluate and streamline existing services and procedures
Sound knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases, and the internet
Enthusiastic, confident and helpful nature
The successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced CRB check
Closing Date: 28/07/2021