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Tottenham Hotspur FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC

First Team Sports Scientist


Role Type


First Team

Posting Date

Sep 3, 2023

Role description

Job description

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English Premier League Club, based in North London.

Led by the late great Bill Nicholson, the Club became the first in England to win the League and FA Cup Double in 1961, and the first in the UK to win a European Trophy two years later. Spurs has since been home to some of the game great entertainers, including Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

In April 2019, the Club opened an iconic new stadium that sits at the heart of a 1billion sport-led regeneration of North Tottenham. The stadium is the largest football club stadium in London and is a multi-use venue with the ability to host a variety of events 365 days a year, including NFL, boxing, rugby, concerts, and other major events, plus visitor attractions including Stadium Tours and the Dare Skywalk.

The stadium development scheme has to date created more than 4,000 new jobs for local people, with circa 300m pumped into the local economy each year.

Tottenham Hotspur has:

A clear strategy to develop talent from within its Academy, showcased by a strong track record of Academy players graduating to the first-team squad.
A 100m state-of-the-art Training Centre that supports the Club ambition to attract, develop and retain the best talent.
Commercial partnerships with globally recognised brands including AIA Group Limited (AIA), one of the world leading providers of life insurance services, and Nike, the world leading sports footwear and apparel company.
A commitment to minimizing its environmental impact across Club operations, being named as the greenest in the Premier League for the past three years. Tottenham Hotspur is a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, committing to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and become net zero carbon by 2040.
An award-winning Foundation that is renowned for creating opportunities to help enhance the lives of people in its local community through education, employment, health, and social inclusion programmes.

The First Team Sports Scientist will be based at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre in Enfield and will work within an established multidisciplinary medical team with an impeccable record of success in elite player management and rehabilitation.

Job Purpose:

The job holder will be responsible for the implementation of an industry leading sports science programme, overseeing the monitoring, reporting on, and implementation of elite interventions for the wellbeing and performance optimisation of first team players.

The job holder will:

Oversee the collection and reporting of daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal loadings of all first team players, and be responsible for the actioning of interventions to maximise player performance.
Be responsible for the intervention of industry leading recovery interventions and provision of recovery for first team players.
Oversee the maintenance of databases and visual presentations of data to the highest level of detail, ensuring complete accuracy at all times.

The job holder will need to be flexible and work irregular hours which will require travel and the working of unsociable hours including weekends and bank holidays.
Key Responsibilities:

Oversee the daily collection of GPS and Heart Rate data for all first team training sessions. This may include academy and U23 players that join first team sessions.
Oversee the reporting of training and match physical reports.
Oversee the reporting of weekly, monthly, and seasonal pitch loading reports.
Responsible for the reporting of recovery screening reports
Responsible for the implementation of an industry leading recovery programme around fixtures. This includes ensuring all equipment is maintained to the highest standards and is available for use at all times.
Collaborate with club Data Analysts for the visualisation of all training, match and monitoring data using Tableau.
Responsible for the maintenance of all databases, and ensuring data is collected and stored to the highest degree of accuracy.
Assist the First Team Strength Conditioning Coach in the delivery of daily individual programmes, pre-activation sessions and post-training conditioning sessions for all First Team players.
Assist the First Team Physical Performance Coach with the delivery of rehabilitation sessions for First Team Players where necessary.
Assist in the delivery of training and match day warmups where necessary.
Assist the Head of Sports Science with match day sports science provision for First Team games where necessary.
Delivery of non-squad pitch and gym sessions where necessary.
Maintain high standards of punctuality, appearance, and manner.
To be extremely organised, proactive and execute duties in a professional and conscientious manner.

Personal Attributes:

Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas.
Values respects others, builds relationships, collaborates.
Gets things done, delivers to highest of standards, takes responsibility.

Skills And Experience


BSc in a Sport Science discipline (essential).
MSc in Sport Science or Strength and Conditioning (essential).
PhD in a Sports Science discipline (desirable).
EXOS Performance Mentorship (desirable, or ability to achieve within 6 months).
UEFA B Licence (desirable).
BASES Accreditation (desirable, or ability to achieve within 6 months).
UKSCA accredited, or on the pathway to becoming accredited. (desirable)


Ability to demonstrate an extensive portfolio of working with elite athletes (essential).
Extensive experience of sport science/strength and conditioning delivery to elite footballers (essential).

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent knowledge of the physiology of training, in particular within football.
Excellent IT skills, including experience using Tableau, with knowledge and experience of using R and Python desirable.
Ability to interact effectively with all members of a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to implement innovative ideas and influence athlete and coach plans.
Forward thinking, with the ability to anticipate and plan for all eventualities.
Strong team ethos, with the ability to build strong professional relationships with coaching and playing staff.
Ability to adapt and change training programmes and plans safely and effectively.

Safeguarding is fundamental to the success in all that we do. Successful candidates are to be reminded they would be subject to various background, DBS and reference checks for this role.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club welcomes applications from anyone regardless of age, disability, race, or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

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