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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Football Development Coach (Casual)


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Feb 13, 2024


We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.
Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.
Fast forward 70 years and Wolves are back amongst football’s elite. In the past six years we have celebrated promotion to the Premier League, back-to-back 7th placed finishes and a Europa League quarter-final campaign. Now, we will be competing in the Premier League for a sixth successive season.
But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done. We don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.
We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.
Job purpose
An opportunity to deliver on our Football Development activities at one or more of our locations: Wolverhampton, Telford, Shrewsbury, Codsall, Newport, Cannock or Stafford and to support the international programme.
This role involves coaching across the Football Development programme and working with other staff to deliver high quality sessions and updating player tracking and liaise with full time staff on evaluation of players.
Key responsibilities

Coach on the football development programme at venues across the region during evening and weekends
Be available to deliver on extra-curricular provision in educational settings
Liaise with FDOs to review sessions on Evening & Weekend, Soccer School programmes
Create relevant sessions plans, monitoring and evaluations for sessions
Attend meetings with FDM & FDO’s when required.
Support the clubs ‘Pyramid’ on player movement.
Understand the importance of Club CPD events, and attend relevant training when required
Support International Growth with delivery on Touring groups who come to the UK
Be open to delivering sessions oversees on the International and Tour programme

General responsibilities

Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
To promote the Club’s values
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times


This role carries a specific safeguarding responsibility. This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people. 

Key relationships

Football Development Manager
Football Development Officers
Programme partners

Scope of job

Deliver on the ever-expanding Football Development activities in Wolverhampton and surround areas. (Currently 10 different venues, over 800 children coached per week)

Person Specification
Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc

Strong understanding of football development activities
Understand how to promote the brand through football development activities
Knowledge of coaching pathway structure
Knowledge of player pathway (boys & girls)
To understand, demonstrate knowledge and have experience of current safeguarding practices

Knowledge of developing a coaching curriculum
Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc

Coaching players through a coaching structure
Knowledge of current coaching trends
Ability to assess and track player’s progress
Understanding of the club’s vision, mission and values
To be able to act as a positive mentor to children and young people in sport
Be a positive mentor to other casual staff or new casual staff
Accurately record and complete relevant paperwork
Planning and organisational skills
Presentation skills


Evidence of working with targeted groups
Evidence of working in school environment, recreational, development and elite levels

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc

Ability to communicate at all levels and with external partners
Ability to build good relationships with external partners
Ability to remain calm under pressure
Availability for flexible working hours (minimum of 2 days per week)
Ability to travel around the club’s domestic geographical area
Availability to travel Internationally to deliver on activities
Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or adults at risk and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants.
Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club.


Analytical skills, able to analyse data and make recommendations on improving the service or process

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.

Experience in organising and delivering on Football Development activities (outfield or goalkeeping)
Ability to identify players to progress through the players pathway


Working with children and/or adults at risk
Experience with working with key stakeholders at a professional club

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required

Post-holder must hold or obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant safeguarding training (i.e. FA Safeguarding Children Workshop)
Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Safeguarding Manager
The FA Introduction to Coaching Football (Level 1)
The FA Safeguarding Children Course
The FA Introduction to First Aid in Football
Post-holder must hold a current driving licence


The FA UEFA C Licence (Level 2)
The FA National Goalkeeping Course
The FA Introduction to Talent Identification (Level 1)
The FA National Talent & Scouting in Football (Level 2)

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