The FA

Head of Women's Performance Psychology

The FA



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Jul 28, 2021

Role description

Our Organisation
Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

To deliver against our goal we have reallocated resources and invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

This is a unique and exciting time to join The FA and the Technical Team will be integral to the organisation achieving its goals.

Role Description
Lead the strategic and operational development of Performance Psychology services to all England women's teams and lead the delivery of the Performance Psychology service to the England women's senior team.

You will also be responsible for overseeing and managing the Mental Health Strategy for England teams.

Key Accountabilities
Lead the development of an overall strategy for Performance Psychology to all aspects of the psychological, social and cultural development of England women's teams.
Deliver Performance Psychology services to the Women's England senior team, working with players, head coach, coaches and support staff to create a high performance culture and development of psychological resilience for success at the highest levels of tournament football.
Lead the operational delivery of interventions and training which enables the development of world leading capabilities in resilience, identity, leadership, and high performance team culture.
Develop and facilitate the delivery of a comprehensive off-camp programme for National Coaches that enables the development and maintenance of Performance Psychology support services across all England pathway teams.
Ensure communication through collaborative club engagement processes to inform insights of England players.
In collaboration with the mental health team and designated external support provider, facilitate the delivery of a broad mental health curriculum for England women's teams.
In collaboration with the mental health team and designated external support provider, facilitate the provision of mental health support to FA leadership teams and the wider FA worforce.
Lead a programme of research to underpin service delivery and ensure connection to best practice.
Contribute to the Performance Psychology services within the England women's Blueprint curriculum.
Further develop and maintain effective and efficient collaborative work across Insights and Analysis departments.
Plan and manage departmental budget.
Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
What we are looking for


Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sports Psychology or a related field of study.
British Psychological or British Association of Sport and Exercise Science practitioner accreditation.
HCPC registration.
Extensive experience in leading people and team development in an elite sport or business context such as psychological support, coaching, mentoring and elite team development.
Proven track record in managing teams of practitioners and external service providers.
Outstanding academic and applied knowledge of contemporary practice in related areas.
Track record of successfully integrating into established and developing coaching & management teams.
Highly resilient with a track record of delivering in highly pressurised environments.
Proven project management skills.
Outstanding delivery of people delivery interventions.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Excellent relationship builder.


Masters or doctorate degree in sports or clinical psychology.
Experience in International sport.
Experience in International or club football.
What we can offer you
An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application

Closing date: 29 July 2021