Stevenage Football Club

Head of Player Care - Academy

Stevenage Football Club



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Jul 29, 2021

Role description

Job Title

Head of Player Care - Academy


Academy - Reports to Academy Manager, Club/Academy DSO

Key Contacts Internal

CEO, Academy Manager, Academy Operations Manager, Head of Education, Lead Academy Physiotherapist, Lead Phase Coaching Staff, Club Safeguarding Team

Key Contacts External

The Football League, The FA, Stevenage Borough Council, LFE, Mind

Location / Requirements

Based at Stevenage Football Club Academy Offices located at Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH, with occasional duties from time to time at The Lamex Stadium, The Valley Sports Academy and the First Team Training Ground.

Hours / Remuneration

1.5 days (14 hours) per week. Renumeration subject to skills, experience and qualifications.

Job Purpose

The key objective of this role is to ensure an effective environment of support is in place for young players associated with Stevenage FC Academy. Being amember of the Club’s Safeguarding Team, you will primarily focus on registered Academy players aged 8 – 18 years. You will also provide aftercare provisions for players recently released from the Academy environment, and ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of players in our pre-academy, developmentprogrammes and U23’s.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Take overall responsibility for the implementing and embedding of the club wide Safeguarding, Welfare and Equality philosophy at the Academy and ensure the key principles and practices associated with this philosophy are adopted as appropriate.

Work to actively prevent poor practice, abuse or discrimination occurring within the Academy department and respond effectively in the event such behavior occurs.

Act as Disclosure Manager for the Academy department’s DBS systemfor criminal record checking and work with Academy OperationsManager to ensure the Club’s Safer Recruitment strategy is effectively implemented.

Work with the Academy Safeguarding and Education Teams to ensure appropriate safeguarding and welfare support is implemented for all players under 16 years of age including players in the pre-academy group.

Develop professional relationships with all Academy players, especially those aged 16-21, in order to create an environment where players feel comfortable talking about safeguarding and welfare issues.

Point of escalation for all safeguarding, welfare and equality issues/complaints relating to players aged under 18 years.

Report all safeguarding, welfare and equality incidents/issues/complaints to the Head of Safeguarding, Academy Manager and Academy Operations Manager as required.

Work closely with FA, LFE and Football League to ensure theAcademy’s safeguarding, welfare and equality provision meets thestandards expected of a Category 3 Academy.

Proactively manage the Academy section of the club’s Safeguarding,Welfare and Equality plans (and subsequent actions identified within these plans).

Record, monitor and appropriately action all safeguarding, welfare and equality issues/complaints in an appropriate timeline.

Point of contact for all safeguarding, welfare and equality issues/complaints relating to players aged 16-21 and parents of players in the foundation and youth development phases.

Liaise with local agencies to ensure the provision of appropriate services that may be required for the effective welfare of players aged 16-21 years of age i.e. banks, driving instructors, language teachers, health professionals, education providers etc.

Plan and run meetings and workshops throughout the season as appropriate with players, parents and scholars, keeping all informed of issues and procedures relating to Academy Welfare.

Work with the Club Secretary, Academy Manager, Head of Recruitment to ensure arrangements for players on loan are satisfactory and the welfare of such players upheld at all times whilst away from the Club.

Work effectively with the designated members of staff at the FA, PL, EFL other Foreign National Governing Bodies and to ensure the welfare of players on international duty and camps are upheld.

Understand and manage the implementation of all relevant risk assessments, policies and procedures within the Academy.

Take an active role in planning all trips and tournaments that Academy players aged 16 - 21 are scheduled to attend in order to ensure the principles of Safeguarding, Welfare and Equality are upheld for each trip or tournament.

Maintain accurate records and auditable accounts of relevant Safeguarding, Welfare and Education work undertaken, and ensure relevant qualifications are kept up-to-date.

Keep up to date with legislation and best practice surrounding the role.

Take an active role in planning all trips and tournaments that Academy players aged 16 - 21 are scheduled to attend in order to ensure the principles of Safeguarding, Welfare and Equality are upheld for each trip or tournament.

Work with external Academy partners to share best practice and ensure the principles of Safeguarding, Welfare and Equality are adopted within all areas of shared responsibility.

Comprise and maintain accurate records of all Academy Players with additional vulnerabilities and manage appropriate support provision.

Application Process: Head of Player Care - Academy

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should write or email the Club outlining their suitability for the role in the form of a Cover Letter and submit a copy of their C.V.

Application Postal Address: Stevenage Football Club, The Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG2 8RH

Email CV and Cover Letter to:

Application Deadline

Friday 30th July 2021

Interview Date

W/C 2nd August 2021

Employability Statement

Stevenage Football Club is committed to being an equal opportunities provider and welcomes applicants from all members of the community. Should you require assistance with your application please contact the Club in advance of your submission.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Stevenage Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and staff will be regarded equally and will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

Further training on Anti-Discrimination and Inclusion is available to all.

Safeguarding Statement

Stevenage Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment.