Blackburn Rovers FC

Blackburn Rovers FC

Head of Athletic Performance


Role Type



Posting Date

May 6, 2022

Role description

Job purpose
To manage and lead the Senior Athletic Performance Department ensuring all players are optimally prepared for match play and continuously developing their physicality wherever necessary.

Duties and responsibilities

To be committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all elite players, promoting their well-being whilst maintaining professional boundaries;
To report to the First Team Manager, CEO and Head of Football Operations on a regular basis regarding player development, physical level, preparation and attitude of all first team and U23 players;
To devise effective training plans that meet the goal of optimally preparing each player physically;
Guide the department strategy in terms of developing player’s physicality;
Be the source of communication to other departments (management, coaching, analysis, medical) to ensure department goals are clear and aligned;
Ensure that the department’s strategies with regards to nutrition, training methods and monitoring are up to date, innovative and effective;
Provide the manager/coaching department with feedback on player’s physical level, preparation and attitude;
Structure and deliver rehabilitation in consultation with the medical department;
Work alongside the Head of Medical Services to ensure a logical and consistent development pathway for all U18 players into the U23 development phase;
Drive the department progression by proactively researching new and innovative processes to improve athletic development; and
Any other duties as reasonably assigned by the First Team Manager, CEO or Head of Football Operations.

Skills required

Ability to use a range of Microsoft or similar software packages to effectively log, process and report information;
Ability to use a variety of physical testing technologies;
Ability to effectively communicate information related to individual athletic performance to a wide variety of staff (medics, coaches, players etc.);
Ability to meet specific deadlines and work in a high-pressure environment;
Ability to self-manage and show initiative;
Effective ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information;
Ability to work as part of an efficient and productive team; and
The ability to manage and motivate the Senior Athletic Performance Department.

Knowledge required

Knowledge of scientific principles that underpin effective training program design, evaluation and monitoring;
Knowledge and awareness of company safeguarding procedures and protocols; and
Knowledge of effective athletic nutritional practices.

Qualifications required

BSc in Sport Science or related field (Essential); and
MSc in Sport Science or related field (Essential)

Due to high-levels of interest, this post may close early so early application is advised, otherwise the closing date for this role is 5:00pm on Tuesday 17th May 2022.

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