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Blackburn Rovers FC

Blackburn Rovers FC

Head of Performance (Ladies)


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Posting Date

Dec 16, 2022

Role description

Job purpose:

To lead the Ladies Team high performance services to support the physical development, robustness, health and wellbeing of individuals for the Ladies First team.

Duties and responsibilities:

To be committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all elite players and staff, promoting their well-being whilst maintaining professional boundaries;
To lead the provision of medical, strength and conditioning and nutrition support services;
To develop a coherent inter-disciplinary culture to support the performance of individuals through physical development, robustness, health and wellbeing;
Work with the Ladies leadership team and wider staff to develop and maintain a strategic and operational plan for high performance services that aligns with the Ladies Team Performance Plan;
Develop a positive working relationship and liaise with senior management on all matters relating to performance, player management and support service operations;
Provide cultural, strategic and operational leadership to support service staff, and provide expertise in these areas within the Ladies leadership team;
Ensure the highest levels of safeguarding are observed across the performance services team;
Oversee the integration and visualisation of data to provide actionable insight for daily decision making, programme planning, player reviews, succession planning and recruitment;
Support the development of effective and efficient communication lines to enable integrated working practices across the services and the wider teams;
Undertake performance appraisals with direct reports and support the same staff with the completion of appraisals across the wider service team;
Directly facilitate an individualised development strategy for direct reports and support the development and progression of the wider service team to ensure an effective high performance service environment with staff that feel valued and challenged;
Utilise effective KPIs to ensure accountability and drive best practice across the programme;
Ensure appropriate information and education is provided to stakeholders, in particular players;
Ensure appropriate departmental representation throughout key multidisciplinary team meetings, including those for weekly planning, player review, succession planning, player wellness and others as the arise;
Contribute where appropriate to Ladies Team events including, but not limited to inductions, workshops, and games;
Develop and maintain an effective staffing structure to enable best practice service delivery to support player development and performance;
Ensure all requirements are met for the FA Women’s Championship
compliance as they pertain to performance support services;
Continue to engage in personal development and lead a philosophy of hard work and growth; and
Any other duty as reasonably assigned by the Head of Women’s and Girls elite football.

Skills required:

Ability to lead an interdisciplinary team;
A confident communicator whilst able to adapt style and approach as and when required;
Able to engage and motivate coaches and players;
Attention to detail and excellent organisational skills;
The ability to build a strong rapport with players;
Commitment and passion for the game;
Ability to set realistic goals for the coaches and players;
Motivated and driven to succeed;
A conscientious approach to all areas of work; and
Flexible approach to work with a proven commitment to teamwork.

Knowledge required:

Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding procedures and protocols;
Knowledge of current sport science and medicine practice; and
Knowledge of an elite sporting environment.

Qualifications required:

MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant physical development field or be a member of the HCPC as a registered physiotherapist;
FA Emergency Aid Qualification – FA Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (BFAS) or FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAIF); and
FA Safeguarding Certificate.
DBS check required: Yes (enhanced)

To apply, please email your application form and covering letter to

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