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Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC

Head of Coach Development


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Jan 17, 2024


About the job
JOB TITLE: Head of Coach Development
DEPARTMENT: Academy and Girls RTC
JOB FUNCTION: The role of the head of coach development is to improve the coaching ability and potential of coaches at Chelsea FC academy and Girls RTC. The role will work closely with the Director of Football Development to monitor the effectiveness of the coaching content as well as the methods that content is being delivered. Essentially, the role will fully integrate coach development work with other departments.

About Us:

As a member of the Chelsea team you will become part of a long and proud history in the heart of iconic west London, which dates back to the club’s founding in 1905. Since that time the club has won every major domestic and international trophy, being crowned English, European and world champions in the process.

Chelsea are a club which proudly strives to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch, as shown by the further success of our Women’s and Academy sides, as well as the excellent work in the community undertaken by the Chelsea Foundation, while engaging with our many supporters from a wide range of backgrounds at home in the UK and around the world.
If you’re motivated and want to help us win more trophies, you’ve got a place here at Chelsea!


Academy coach development u15 - u21 (agreed number coaches per season)
Work in a highly collaborative and cooperative way with the Head of Coach Development u9 - u14
Girls RTC u15 to u18 (agreed number of coaches per season)
Coach development work will include observation of training as well as coach delivery in matches.
Ensure criteria set by the Premier League for Coach Development are met. This includes ensuring that every coach has a ‘live’ personal development plan.
Working in collaboration with key CFC stakeholders' and departments for example data insights, sports science, sports psychology, education, and performance analysis.
Manage the coaches’ qualification register ensuring that all coaches are compliant with regulations. This includes qualifications, renewal of licenses and programmes of CPD. Oversee the relevant budgets related to these aspects.
Plan and support the delivery of a programme of coach inset training days as agreed by the Director of Football Development.
Reporting to the Director of Football development monitor the implementation of the Chelsea coaching methodology including, coach competency frameworks, coaching philosophy, game models and equaliser tools.
Lead on the on-going use of coaching cells for each coach and build a coaching and performance network to enhance these cells.
Operate as the point of contact for past Chelsea players and coaches related to technical education/development programmes for both Men and Women. Sit on the Past Players and Coach’s trust ensuring support is proactive and collaborative, including with external partners such as the PFA and LMA.
Working through the Club innovation hub, Lead on 'agreed' football research projects.
Assume the role of the Club’s point of contact and representative relating to Premier League and The Football Association Coach Education and Coach Development initiatives. This includes responsibility for the coach development aspects of the Premier League audit.
Consistently look to other environments and connections that will help develop ideas and innovations that are always being considered as part of coach development and coaching content This will include both attending coaching conferences and other events as well as targeted visits inside and outside of football.
The role is likely to include some line management.




Level 5 Coaching Qualification in a Professional Sport



15 years of coaching education and development experience within a sports governing body or high-performance professional sporting organisation
Ability to develop positive relationships with staff within equivalent environments to a football club.
High level communicator across multiple stakeholders
High operating standards and the ability to be self-motivated.
An ability to create clarity out of complex issues.
Working in partnership with multiple stakeholders
The ability to empower and develop individuals.


IT skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Excellent organisational and time management skills.
Working closely with data insights to influence decision making.
Undertaken research into coaching and coach development

The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Academy policies and procedures in particular Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and with regard to the Data Protection Act. The Employee must act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are in their care or attending the Company's premises. The Employee must report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the Safeguarding Lead.

Chelsea Football Club is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) that are in our care or attending our premises. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relations amongst Employees and customers.

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive; the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.

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