We have a great opportunity for a Professional Game FA Youth Coach Developer, who will support the development of world-class youth coaches in professional clubs as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) which will provide young players with a platform for the best chance of success. The FA Youth Coach Developer roles provide a dedicated workforce to support professional club coaches and key staff with the delivery of qualifications, continuous professional development (CPD) and informal support and mentoring.
What will you be doing?
To support the coaching elements of the EPPP through the delivery of age-specific qualifications (FA Advanced Youth, UEFA A, FA Mandatory CPD and in-club mentoring and coach support which will vary depending upon individual club needs)
To contribute to the development and communication of age-appropriate practices and content for FA Education.
To provide regional and onsite support and training (awards, CPD, mentoring) to professional coaches within designated clubs as part of a team of 18, this may vary from category to category, club to club.
To promote coaching effectiveness within clubs.
Build collaborative working relationships across FA Education, specifically within the professional game team and National Teams and also across the broader FA coach development team.
Develop key collaborative working relationships with the Premier League (PL), English Football League (EFL) and Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and ensure alignment of coach development across EPPP as part of the Integrated Coaching Strategy (ICS)
Support the Premier League (PL) and English Football League (EFL) with the Elite Coaches Scheme (ECAS), Elite Head of Coaching programme (EHOC)and Elite Academy (EAM )programmes with
Contribute to regular reviews of the EPPP rules and regulations.
To contribute to the design, review and delivery of the FA Advanced Youth Awards, Youth Awards (as appropriate), UEFA A and UEFA B.
Contribute to the development Talent map of coaches working within EPPP and have the capability of working at the highest levels of youth game.
Working collaboratively with the key members of the Professional Game Team to deliver the strategic direction of research around technical/ tactical and other LTPD themes that help support the professional game qualification and CPD delivery.
To ensure the translation of the relevant England DNA within youth professional game coach development provision.
Working collaboratively with the key members of the Professional Game Team to develop the FA Coach Competency Framework and specifically for its implementation at Levels 4 & 5.
Contribute to the identification and development of a group of outstanding FA/ PFA course tutors (internal/ external) who deliver high-quality industry-appropriate learning on the course and in the club to Level 3 and 4 coaches.
Contribute succession-planning initiatives designed to create and sustain a pipeline of outstanding professional coach developers capable of delivering at levels 3 and 4.
Executes additional tasks as required to meet FA Group's changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and well-being can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.
What are we looking for?
Essential for the role:
UEFA A Coaching Licence and FA Licenced Coach.
Considerable experience in Coach Development.
Experience in facilitating individual, small and large coach development group sessions effectively.
Significant experience in Coach/Player Development in Professional Football (U9s -U23s and/or Senior Football)
Experience in building and maintaining strong, long-lasting stakeholder relationships.
Self-driven, able to work alone and collaboratively as part of an experienced team.
A modern, progressive approach to coaching and learning with adaptable skills and understanding.
Ability to influence and persuade individuals and groups internally and externally with clear, well-researched views consistent with FA strategy on player development, coaching and leadership.
Experience of engaging both coaches & young players during practical demos.
Knowledge of current issues that impact upon the development of our young players.
Effective at building relationships.
Beneficial to have:
FA Advanced Youth Award holder.
PG DIP or Masters in coaching or coach development.
Experience in developing and supporting coach developers.
Experience in developing online learning materials.
Experience in supporting coaches and coach developers through a blended learning approach.
Teaching qualification (or equivalent experience)
Any “child-specific” qualification.
Assessors award (D32, 33,34 – A1, V1)
Proven track record in the design/implementation and evaluation of technical programmes in the professional game.
Experience in developing Coaches in Professional Football.
Please note, that the FA Youth Coach Developer will be working across the Midlands region of England. While this is a home-based position, the successful candidate must be able to commute to the region on behalf of the organisation.
What's in it for you?
We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.
We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:
Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.