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Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club

International Foundation Senior Lead Coach


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Apr 7, 2024


JOB TITLE: International Foundation Senior Lead Coach

DEPARTMENT: Foundation International Football Department

REPORTING TO: International Operations & Events Manager

JOB FUNCTION: To support development and delivery of a range of football programmes globally

LOCATION: Place of work will be across multiple global locations with a focus on Europe.

CONTRACT: 35hrs per week, normally 5 of 7 days per week.

This role will include extensive travel with approximately 3-6 periods of 4-8 weeks based in set

location leading coaching delivery. Training and development will be delivered in the UK between

travel and will require a fixed UK address. The role will require to work unsociable hours, weekends

and evenings as the role requires.

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!

PLAY YOUR PART (Main Responsibilities):

The Senior Lead Coach will be responsible for developing new and existing relationships
The International Foundation Senior Lead Coach will lead a range of football coaching programmes, in a number of international locations over a set period as set by management.
The Senior Lead Coach will lead and deliver across various international short-term projects, leading a coaching cohort of staff ensuring delivery is to the CFC Foundation standards.
The Senior Lead Coach will be responsible for planning meetings, producing curriculums, syllabuses and trip orientation booklets for short-term global football projects
The Senior Lead Coach will have an operational responsibility to support programme compliance this includes working as a safeguarding lead and managing H&S.
Programme development will include a range of coaching duties including holiday camps
In additions to core football development there may be a requirement to support a range of special events including bespoke activities, tournaments and festivals in this period.
Supporting promotion for activities will be an added responsibility in selected locations.
Developing professional relationships with multiple stakeholders is imperative.
All members of staff will be trained to work to set standards implementing appropriate policies and procedures to uphold best practice.
As a representative of Chelsea FC Foundation internationally, staff conduct both on and off the fields will be key. This will be monitored and supported by your programme manager
On going CPD and attendance to training will be a requirement of this role.


To demonstrate and live by the club’s values; Here to Win, Be Brave, Do the Right Thing, Play Your Part, Many Teams, One Club and Proud to Be Chelsea
To adhere to the Foundation’s policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and GDPR.
To act as an ambassador for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and demonstrate a positive commitment by treating others fairly in line with our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy and reporting any acts of discrimination through appropriate channels
To create a safe environment and act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are either in your care or attending club premises, and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead
To report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the HR Department

HERE TO WIN (Measures of Performance):

· All staff performance will be monitored throughout a trip and programme delivery by the designated lead and a formal review after each trip.

PROUD TO BE CHELSEA (Person Specification):



FA UEFA B License coaching certificate (or equivalent)
Fluent in English – written and verbal communication
Valid FA Emergency First Aid and FA Safeguarding Children certificate
Right to work in the European Union (passport or equivalent working rights)


FA UEFA A Licence coaching certificate (or equivalent)
FA Advanced Youth Award
Teaching, Sports Science / Studies, or related degree
An ability to communicate in other languages would be advantageous to this role.

Minimum of 2000 hours of Football Coaching delivery experience.
At least 1000 hrs coaching experience within a professional football club environment
Significant Key Stakeholder and Partnership Management experience is essential
Experience of managing and leading an event or a group of staff is essential
Competent to create and complete administrative and operational tasks related to the role.
Coaching experience in a community development programme, with boys and girls of all abilities from 4 to 18 years.
Experience of working with international players and coaches (both English and non-English speaking) from different cultural backgrounds is advantageous.
Experience of working in a football / sports development environment is with club level players is essential to this role.

Skills and Behaviours:

Skilled in managing and developing professional relationships with internal and external partners is an essential skill required for this role.
Excellent communication skills, using multiple channels to ensure efficiency is essential.
Proven organisational skills with a proficiency to work to strict deadlines and targets.
An aptitude to inspire and motivate a team to maximize performance.
Exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills to create a positive outcome

Chelsea FC and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.

This 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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