About the job
Education & Player Care Officer
Birmingham City Football Club is actively seeking an Education & Player Care Officer to offer high-standard support for all PGA players across Education and other off-field areas.
It is essential that the Professional Game Academy is a Dual Career environment that addresses the holistic needs of players and supports them equally in their football, education and future career aspirations.
You will communicate and promote the Academy culture creating a ‘High Performing’ environment for the development of young players.
You will be responsible for monitoring the wellbeing of Academy players, at all times. Liaising with the MDT and Head of Safeguarding and ensuring compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures, at all times.
Manage bespoke school release programme for PGA players aged U16-U21.
Liaise with players, parents & schools on a regular basis (termly) to develop relationships and foster collaboration between all stakeholders.
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensure the alignment and integration of the Education department within the wider programme across the whole of the Academy.
Produce reports to contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings.
Contribute to the maintenance and evolution of the PGA / Audit criteria.
Ensure that all relevant data is added to and maintained and recorded.
Implementation of ‘Intervention Strategy’ in collaboration with other stakeholders.
Lead on players Education Individual Development Plan (EIDP) and evaluate with players, school/colleges, and parents (if u18).
Player Care Responsibilities:
Support player transitions and deliver bespoke exit pathways, working with Academy staff internally and with individuals/organisations externally.
Ensure that all relevant data is added and recorded.
Work closely with the Administration & Safe-Guarding Lead to support the host family process for both players and hosts.
Carry out host family visits as directed by the Head of Safeguarding & Player Care.
Assist in developing and maintaining player accommodation plans.
Lead on implementing the mental and emotional wellbeing strategy and action plan, working with internal staff and external partners.
Support player lifestyle with - Mental Health and wellbeing support. - Transitions to and from the Academy and stages of development. - Anti-Doping and Addiction advice. - Career Development in and away from Football. - Safe and Appropriate use of social media - Financial Management education: - Personal identity support - Use of Intermediaries and Contracts
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ROLE//
Relevant pastoral education experience and/or player care/performance lifestyle experience.
A full driving licence and access to a vehicle
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Excellent verbal and written communication and organisational skills
Ability to actively contribute to, lead and be part of a successful team
Displays high level of confidentiality.
Trustworthy and adherence to codes of conduct and ethics
A hardworking and enthusiastic individual
Flexible approach to working hours including a willingness to work evening and weekends
PGCE, NQT, QTS, QTLS qualified or working towards
FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid
The Executives in Sport Group are retained on behalf of Birmingham City Football Club to appoint an Education & Player Care Officer. All direct applications and CV's will be forwarded to The Executives in Sport Group.
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