Wigan Athletic FC

Wigan Athletic FC

Head of Academy Recruitment (U7 - U21)


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Posting Date

Jun 10, 2022

Role description

Head of Academy Recruitment [U7 – U21]

Do you have a passion for sports and want to be involved in the recruitment of the next generation of footballers?

Do you want to be a part of the new Wigan Athletic?

An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced talent identifier to join Wigan Athletic Academy on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will be part of the Academy Management Team and be involved in implementing the direction and strategic plan for talent identification and recruitment into the academy.

This is a permanent contract working 37.5 hours per week, 5 days over 7 to include evenings, weekends, and Bank Holidays, predominately based at Stadium Way Academy.

The role expectations are:

To ensure a clear strategy for the recruitment of players of all ages.
To manage the operation of the club’s youth recruitment strategy, both locally and nationally in line with EFL rules & regulations.
To actively work as part of the current structure to recruit players of all ages and phases.
To coordinate the work of all scouts locally and nationally.
To develop, build and manage relationships with the Community Trust, local clubs and schools.
To work in conjunction with Head of Local Recruitment, Foundation Phase coaches and Pre-Academy Co-Ordinator to ensure an effective programme for pre-registered academy players U6-U8.
To liaise with members of staff at the academy to ensure all trialists are managed effectively when attending the academy.
To ensure all trialists and parents receive a formal induction meeting and sign the necessary paperwork and information.
To provide appropriate feedback to all trialists and parents.
Work closely with the First Team Head of Player Recruitment and liaise with the Academy Manager with the identification and signing of players within the PDP.
To liaise with the Head of Education & Welfare and Player Care Support, to ensure trialists in need of accommodation are provided for and their wellbeing needs are met.
To manage the recruitment budget within the agreed parameters.
Continually monitor the performance of the Academy scouting department.
Attend Academy meetings, whilst also implementing both departmental meetings and in-service training for scouts.
To ensure all scouts receive appropriate training (minimum of 3 CPD events per season) and a formal induction pack in line with the Recruitment Strategy of the Academy.
To maintain relevant qualifications of all scouts including the FA Talent Identification Course
To ensure all scout activity plans are updated on a weekly basis.
To maintain and update all relevant policies related to recruitment and scouting.
To maintain and update the Performance Management Application and all other relevant database, Apps and programmes to ensure players are monitored, tracked and reported on.
To ensure the Academy Performance Plan underpins the work of the department.

The successful candidate will have:

Talent ID Level 3
FA Safeguarding certificate
Valid DBS
Full driving licence and access to transport
Previous experience of talent ID, recruitment, and development within the professional game [experience of working within EPPP and Category 1, 2 and 3 Academies desirable]
Previous experience of scouting, analysis and selection criteria

Here at Wigan Athletic we are on an exciting journey. If you would like to be part of our journey and have a passion for our football club, then we want to hear from you. We offer:

A Competitive Salary
25 days annual leave
X2 complimentary tickets to all home league fixtures
Career development opportunities
Free onsite parking
The role will require an Enhanced DBS

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th June 2022.

Interviews to take place week commencing 27th June 2022.

To apply please head over to our website and complete our application form as we don’t accept CV’s. Please return your completed application to jobs@wiganathletic.com or by post to HR, Wigan Athletic, DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ.

The company is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

The company is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk involved in its activities and events. The group recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of these vulnerable groups by a commitment to procedures to protect them. The group expects all staff and volunteers to fully support and promote these commitments.

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