Leeds United FC

Leeds United FC

Lead Academy Coach (U13 – U14)


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Posting Date

Oct 28, 2022

Role description

An exciting job opportunity has arisen at Leeds United FC for a Lead Coach (U13-U14) based at our fantastic Academy and Training Grounds located in Wetherby.

Elland Road has been the home of Leeds United since 1919 and remains one of English football's great theatres and is 'the only place for us' ever since. With a capacity of 37,890, it is England's 11th largest football ground in the Premier League.

Everyone at Leeds United is dedicated to working as one team and to be the best we can be.

Come be part of our fabulous team as we March on Together.

The Lead Coach is responsible for leading the management and delivery of all coaching and player development activity within the designated age groups and ensuring the effective transition of players through the player pathway.

Some of the main duties would include:

Leading the planning, coordination, delivery and critical review of all coaching and player development activity in the phase
Embedding the Academy playing and coaching philosophy in the phase
Delivering and developing the Academy coaching curriculum in the phase
Leading the planning, coordination and delivery of the games programme in the phase
Collaborating with the Education and Player Care department to help coordinate and deliver the hybrid education programme to players in the phase
Ensuring effective communication of phase activities with all internal and external stakeholders
Delivering agreed decision making, handover and transition processes for registered players and trialists
Leading a part-time team of coaching staff, ensuring they are performing at their best and working in line with the objectives of the department
Being visible to all internal and external stakeholders
Supporting key staff when liaising with parents
Being an active member of the Coaching Department by helping to ensure strategic and operational objectives are delivered
Being an active member of the Multi-disciplinary team to help drive player development
Championing all club and Academy policy through modelling best practice in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity and inclusion
Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy Performance Plan and ultimately the vision of the Academy and the Club

Some of the Coaching & Player Development duties would include:

Driving the coaching process to help provide a first-class holistic development experience for the players in an age group
Embedding the Academy playing philosophy across the phase
Adhering to the delivery principles and standards outlined in the Academy coaching philosophy
Planning and delivering age-appropriate coaching that delivers the objectives of the coaching curriculum
Adapting coaching curriculum practice to meet the needs of individuals and the group
Providing a first-class games programme experience for the players in line with the coaching delivery standards at all fixtures, tournaments and tours as required
Developing age-appropriate game plans that link to coaching curriculum objectives
Utilising video feedback and other performance analysis tools to support the development of the players
Recording all player development activity and reviewing player performance Club Performance Management Application (PMA)

Some of the Multi-Disciplinary Activity & Department Integration duties would include:

Leading a multi-disciplinary team to help plan and monitor each individual player’s progression on the pathway
Leading on the formulation of each player’s Individual Development Plan (IDP) by ensuring holistic needs are identified, objectives are set, and interventions/support is planned and agreed with the player
Ensuring planned interventions/support is delivered with the required multi-disciplinary input and in the agreed timeframe
Ensuring each player’s progress is monitored, periodically reviewed and then communicated to the player and key stakeholders in line with Academy protocol
Collaborating with the Recruitment department to deliver a first-class trialist experience, including delivery of transition and feedback processes
Collaborating with the Performance Support department to coordinate, integrate and deliver first-class performance support services to players in the phase
Support the delivery of Education and Player Care programmes including mental and emotional well-being and life skills curriculum

Some Personal Development Responsibilities:

Being aware of innovative and emerging best practice through accessing internal and external sources of expertise, to help contribute to ongoing personal development and the overall Academy programme
Undertaking a bi-annual training needs analysis using the Coach Competency Framework (CCF) and coaching observation and feedback systems to identify individual training and development needs
Contributing to an individualised coach Development Action Plan (DAP) that outlines both formal and informal training needs and how these will be supported/met
Attending Academy staff development programme departmental CPD events
Participating relevant external CPD to ensure compliance with PL, EFL and NGB standards
Attending Academy, U18, U23 and First Team training and games as required to ensure awareness of playing demands across the pathway

The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential qualifications:

UEFA B Licence
FA Youth Award
FA BFAS certificate
FA Safeguarding children certificate
DBS check with children’s barred list check
UK Driving License

Some desirable qualifications may include:

UEFA A Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award
Academic qualifications relating to sport, teaching or child development

The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential experience:

A minimum of 3 years’ experience coaching in an Academy setting
Experience of working with elite youth players
Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team to support player development

Desirable experience may include:

Experience of working in a Category 1 Academy in a similar role

Ideal knowledge we like team members to have include:

Understands the current Academy system
Possesses an applied knowledge of EPPP standards and working practices
Understands the biological, psychological and social characteristics and needs/wants of the players at each stage of the pathway
Understands how a long-term, holistic development programme is structured
Understands the key transitions faced by players at each stage of the pathway
Understands the function of different elements of an Academy multi-disciplinary team
Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of health and safety policy and best practice
Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of safeguarding policy and best practice
Possesses a strong awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion

Ideal skills we look for in team members include:

Creates positive learning environments
Plans and delivers challenging, age-appropriate coaching activities that are realistic to the demands of the game
Identifies and responds to the needs of the players by adapting their coaching practice accordingly
Uses accurate and age-appropriate technical and tactical content
Identifies and manages positive and negative play effectively
Demonstrates a range of coaching interventions
Communicates using a variety of methods and using an age-appropriate vocabulary
Able to justify and reflect on their coaching practice and beliefs
Builds positive relationships with the players, staff and all stakeholders
Demonstrates outstanding listening, verbal and written communication skills
Competent with modern technologies that support the performance of their duties
Competent user of the Performance Management Application (PMA)

Ideal behaviours we look for in team members include:

Inspires others and is a positive role model
Is personable and able to connect and build relationships with others
Demands high standards and has an attention to detail
Shares the vision and values of the Academy and is motivated to achieve its objectives
Aligns with the Academy playing and coaching philosophy
Takes a long-term view of player development and aligns with the Academy approach to winning
Possesses a passion for talent development and is motivated to work with young players
Able to work in a high-profile environment with regular media coverage and public interest - Is responsible and acts in the best interests of the Academy
Is open minded, innovative and willing to explore new ideas/concepts
Enjoys facing challenges and has the resilience and resourcefulness to see complex tasks through
Is proactive and able to identify and mitigate risks
Is a collaborator and relishes the opportunity to work alongside others to overcome challenges and achieve goals
Willing to share their knowledge and experience as part of a community of practice
Committed to personal development and continuous improvement
Possesses a strong work ethic and is motivated to be the best they can be
Able to promote the positive image of the Academy and the Club

Equality & Diversity:

As we are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity, we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. Leeds United is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

Safeguarding & Recruitment:

Leeds United FC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expect all staff to share this commitment. All staff, whatever their role will receive safeguarding training and will be expected to champion the culture of 'safeguarding is everybody's responsibility'.

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