MK Dons FC

Lead Foundation Phase Coach (8-10)

MK Dons FC


Milton Keynes

Role Type

Closing Date


Dec 3, 2021

Role description

Overall Objective

Recruit, Coach and Manage the Foundation Phase Players at MK Dons Academy ages U8-U10

Job Description

Main Objectives

• To oversee the recruitment and player development of our U8s – U10s Academy players

• To deliver and support delivery of Academy coaching sessions to the highest standards with a sharp focus on technical core skills.

• Manage the pathway (Training, Fixtures, Reviews, Development Plans and Feedback) for all players across the Academy age groups of U8-U10.

• To work closely with the coaching staff to ensure knowledge of all Academy players is communicated up and down the age groups

• To accurately report and keep records relating to all aspects of the phase (U8-U10)

• To support the progression of players into and through the pathway with relevant members of staff.

Summary of Duties

• Recruitment of new players using the internal auditing system evaluating the performances of all players across the 4A’s

• Plan, deliver & review coaching of Academy players

• Evaluation of player progress using internal auditing system and player depth charting

• Work closely with the Head of Coaching and regularly feedback from training and matches on individual progress / performance

• To line manage and provide clear direction for part time coaches working with players in the U8-U10 age groups. Including implementation of the appraisals (PDR’s) of all relevant staff

• To attend and contribute to club CPD events

• To ensure that all relevant PMA administration is kept up to date for the Foundation Phase

• Through the use of our Performance Analysis platform, ensure best practise sessions/clips are available for the FP coaches and players

• Complete other tasks for the benefit of the organisation when required

• To maintain and monitor Academy equipment/resources/records

Person Specification


o IT literate with a willingness to learn how to use all internal systems including the PMA effectively

o Have a personable approach

o Excellent communication and interpersonal service skills o Have a flexible attitude to work

o Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team o Have a polite and courteous manner

o Be organised, have good time management skills

o The ability to meet deadlines

o Be able to adapt to changing circumstances

o Have the drive and enthusiasm to set high standards and achieve company objectives

o Be prepared to work evenings and weekends.

o Compliant to company policies/procedures and regulations relating to your role in the Academy

o Motivated to develop professionally and keeps accurate records that support the CCF and Coaching DAP’s

Desirable Experience:

o Previous Experience working in an Academy Coaching role

o Experience of coaching Futsal

o Experience of coaching players individually with a focus upon their technical skills

Essential Qualifications:

o UEFA ‘B’ Licence Coaching Certificate

o FA Learning Safeguarding Children Certificate

o FA BFAS or EFAiF (Fist Aid Certificate)

o FA Youth Award (Modules 1,2 and 3)

o Full Driving Licence

Desirable Qualifications:

o UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coaching Certificate

o FA Advanced Youth Award

o D1 Category (Minibus) Driving Licence

o FA Level 2 (or above) Talent ID Certificate

This role will require the successful candidate to have an Enhanced DBS check

Closing date for Application Forms: 03 December 2021