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Sheffield United FC

Sheffield United FC

Head of Academy Performance Analysis


Role Type



Posting Date

Aug 18, 2023

Role description

About the job
HOURS: 40 hours per week
LOCATION: Sheffield United Training Academy
LINE MANAGER: Academy Manager
RATE OF PAY: Up to £30,000 per annum, DoE

Sheffield United FC Academy are committed to being one of the best and innovative developers of talent in the country; to Out Run, Out Fight, Out Play the opposition. Our Academy have an exciting opportunity available for a motivated and progressive thinking Head of Academy Performance Analysis to join the team and contribute to the Academy's key aims. The successful candidate will have a passion for the development of players and teams within the Academy setting, keeping up to date with the latest research in the field to embed within their analysis work.
The Head of Academy Performance Analysis will work collaboratively across the wider multidisciplinary team to encourage and motivate players to achieve their potential and beyond, supporting coaches with feedback sessions on performance.

Role Responsibilities:

To oversee the provision of performance analysis services across Sheffield United Training Academy.
To work with the wider Academy multidisciplinary team to ensure all pre-match, post-match, training and individual development work is delivered on a weekly basis.
Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to ensure the alignment of all Individual Development Plans for Academy players.
Create Technical and Tactical learning content to de delivered to players and staff to support SUFC Academy Philosophy.
Ensure all footage is uploaded and accessible to players and staff on HUDL in a timely manner.
Maintain relationships with key stakeholders such as Sheffield Hallam University to deliver student volunteer programme and collaborative research projects.
Analyse performance through filming and coding of Academy games programme and training sessions.
Organise staff to ensure fixtures and training are covered as required, managing a team of permanent and casual colleagues, and volunteers working within the Performance Analysis team.
Extend and enhance the delivery of pre/post-match feedback sessions for the U23 development squad.
Develop a programme of feedback delivery for individual schoolboy players.
Develop motivational and supportive materials to be utilised on a weekly basis as part of team preparation.
Assist with the provision of a coach education plan in accordance with full time and part time coaching staff.
Be responsible for the statistical analysis databases that aid in the development and management of players.
Continue the creation of a video database to support coaching philosophies.
Archive academy match footage and statistical data.
Assist in the organisation of in-service/training evenings in coordination with Academy Manager and Head of Academy Coaching to develop an understanding of integrating performance analysis into practice.
Keep abreast of the advances and progressions within Performance Analysis.
Any other requests as deemed necessary and reasonable by management.
Ensure completion of any mandatory training and CPD required for the role, including internal club training around Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
To adhere to all Sheffield United Football Club's Safeguarding Policies and Procedures to foster an environment which protects from harm those defined as children and adults at risk.
To report any concerns of a Safeguarding nature to the relevant parties and remain fully compliant with any applicable Safeguarding checks and due diligence and recognise your responsibility to the Club's Safeguarding agenda.
To report any concerns of discrimination to the relevant parties and promote a welcoming and inclusive club environment for all.
To adhere to the Club's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies, supporting the Club to create an environment which is inclusive and all-encompassing.

Essential Criteria for the role:

A BSc in Sport Science or a related subject OR equivalent experience in professional sport.
Experience of working in a Performance Analysis role, OR with Performance Analysts in previous roles.
Experience of using a variety of Performance Analysis software packages and services such as Sportscode, Angles, HUDL, Wyscout and/or InStat.
Excellent football knowledge and an ability to relate this to the SUFC Academy Philosophy to facilitate player development.
An understanding of pedagogy and the ways in which young athletes learn and retain knowledge.
Excellent organisational and time management skills.
Ability to delegate and work within a team to efficiently meet deadlines.

Desirable Criteria for the role:

An MSc in Performance Analysis would be desirable but not essential.

Application Process

Please download and save the application form before inputting information. If you require a paper copy please contact the HR department or call 0114 253 7200.
Completed application forms must be submitted via email to stating the vacancy title in the subject or posted to HR, Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.

Closing Date: Friday 1st September 2023

Please note that in the instance of high volumes of applications we may close this vacancy earlier than the closing date noted above.
Please download and save the application form before inputting information.

Eligibility for Employment in the UK

In accordance with current legislative requirements the successful applicant must produce documentary verification of their eligibility to work in the UK and will not be allowed to start work until this has been received.

Equality and Diversity

Sheffield United FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
Sheffield United FC are a Disability Confident Committed Employer. If you would like further information regarding the scheme and how we are able to support disabled persons within the workplace, then please contact our HR team at

Safer Recruitment

Sheffield United FC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK. For further information on the Club's Safeguarding Statement please access the following link:

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