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Derby County FC

Derby County FC

Lead U13 Coach


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Jun 10, 2024


Lead Under 13 Coach

Derby County Football Club, established in 1884, is one of the founder members of the English Football League and has a rich and varied history, including two First Division titles in 1972 and 1975 and an FA Cup success in 1946. The club are currently playing in League One, the third tier of English Football, and is under the management of Head Coach, Paul Warne. The club also boasts a successful and respected Category One Academy, a status which has been held since 2014. Derby County is embarking on an exciting new era following the change in ownership to Clowes Developments (UK) Limited. Our track record of producing talent is outstanding, and we intend to protect that proud legacy, investing in key roles within the club to build on the foundations in place for success.

Derby County Football Club has an opportunity to join our Academy Coaching Team at our Category One Academy as a Lead Under 13 Coach.

Our Academy's vision is to continue to provide talented, well-balanced young professional footballers for Derby County's first-team squad and become recognised as the ‘Academy of Choice’ for young players within our local area and beyond.

Our mission is to identify, develop, and support talented young footballers so that they can achieve their maximum potential in a positive, supportive, and professional learning environment.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day organisation and delivery of an age-specific coaching and games programme that is focused on the long-term objective of fulfilling the potential of players within the Academy.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibility for ensuring that the Derby County Game Craft Model is effectively taught, delivered and executed in an age-appropriate manner.
Deliver as a Lead Coach for one age group within the Youth Development Phase including all training and match day preparation, working within the framework and best practice guidelines.
Ensure Player Individual Development Plans (IDP) are maintained, regularly updated and are at the centre of all session design, using Audit action points to work with the MDT to ensure that individual player development is at the forefront of our work.
Working with the Head of Academy Technical Development to ensure session planning, delivery and evaluation is to the highest level both personally and for the IDP age group coach.
To be a key stakeholder within the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) of the Youth Development Phase, working closely with the Assistant Academy Manager to ensure thorough processes are in place to ensure the holistic development of all players within the Academy.
Adhere to the framework set in review periods including weekly player feedback and match / training analysis using the correct platforms within the required time frames set.
To lead on the age-relevant games programme, ensuring controlled, challenging and player-centered outcomes, all operational requirements are met, reporting in a timely manner to the Head of Academy Operations and Assistant Academy Manager. This will require cross phase communication and referencing on a daily basis, and will include tours and tournaments throughout the season.
To support additional age group day release sessions and be available to work across the phases as and when required.
To support the development of the player/parent feedback process to ensure a transparent, no-surprise process is adhered to, you will be a key point of contact for players/parents across the phase, ensuring a professional approach is always a priority.
Working with the Head of Coach Education, Head of Academy Technical Development, and Assistant Academy Manager to support and attend regular meetings to ensure that CPD and Personal Development Plans are relevant, supported and in place to focus on staff development, ensuring application and execution of the coaching competency framework.
To attend weekly MDT Operational meetings, providing informative input and relaying information obtained to the fellow coaching staff members.
Play a key role within the age relevant player audit meetings, ensuring all staff are compliant and consulted in the process prior the meetings.
Play a key role in the retain and release process within the specified age group, holding a viewpoint on age groups in year below and above.
Be present for all team selection meetings, ensuring preplanning is completed to ensure game time is suitable in line with EPPP requirements.
To attend briefings, courses, and seminars, as able or as required by the Club, The Premier League, and The Football League and commit to undertake Continued Professional Development.
To demonstrate consistently high standards of behaviour and operate within the parameters of the club code of conduct, the Laws of the Game, the Rules of the Football Association or the FA Premier League.

Personal characteristics and experience:

Experience of football coaching in a professional environment
Experience of coaching 11v11 format
Experience of working with players who have progressed through the Academy system is desireable
Experience of implementing policies and procedures and reviewing practices to ensure continuous improvement.
Passion, desire and understanding of Youth Development
Excellent communication and listening skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels.
Ability to organise, schedule and adapt work tasks to meet conflicting deadlines and respond to changing situations
Confident presentation skills
Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently.
Understanding of EPPP and the audit process.
Ability to enter data efficiently and effectively on Kitman Labs and other suitable platforms.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, target driven environment.
Ability to prioritise and manage own workload.

Essential Qualifications

UEFA A Coaching Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award (or currently working towards)
FA First Aid Qualification
FA Safeguarding

Salary dependent on experience

This is a full-time position based at our training ground in Oakwood, Derby.

This role will require weekend and evening work in line with the Academy programme.

Everything we do as a Club is built around the three pillars of stability, integrity, and progress. Our core values are:

We are proud of who we are and what we do
We are positive, inspired and passionate
We are ambitious and driven
We are prepared, honest and humble
We are the heartbeat of our community
We are the club of opportunity

Derby County employee benefits include:

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Two complimentary staff season tickets
Two complimentary staff away memberships
20% discount at DCFC Megastore
Company Pension with Aviva
Discounts with select Club partners and sponsors
Healthshield Cash Health Plan to support employee health and well-being and Perks for great deals and discounts
Participating in our employee forum, ‘The Herd’
Training and development opportunities
Access to programmes and volunteering opportunities with Derby County Community Trust
Subsidised lunchtime meals at Moor Farm

Derby County Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

As part of the Club's commitment to providing a safe environment for children and young people, applicants should be aware that this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Record Check.

Derby County Football Club is an Inclusive Club for all and is committed to Equality and Diversity.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 16 June 2024. We reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

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