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Brentford FC

Brentford FC

Lead U18 Professional Development Phase (PDP) Coach


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Posting Date

Jan 18, 2023

Role description

Job Title: Lead U18 Professional Development Phase (PDP) Coach

Department: Academy

Reporting: Head of Academy Coaching

Location: Training Ground – Jersey Road

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 5 February 2023

Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.

Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.

We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.

We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.

We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.

Come join us.

Inclusion Statement

Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. Whilst our recruitment decisions are always based on merit and suitability, we welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities.

Safeguarding Statement

Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team.

Main Accountabilities

Plan and lead an elite level of coaching for the Club’s U18 team whilst working within the Club’s coaching philosophy and style of play framework, keeping detailed records of training sessions.
Manage the Club’s U18 team, which competes in the EFL Youth Alliance, in all competitive and friendly games.
Significant travel for domestic and international tours and games programme.
Play a role in the tactical analysis of the Brentford team and their opponents, including individual player analysis.
Liaise with the multi-disciplinary team including the Head of Coaching, Individual Development Coach and the Professional Development Phase coaching staff on player progression, training and game opportunities.
Form positive relationships with players and motivate them towards achieving their potential, ensuring their well-being and holistic development.
Working closely with various Academy departments and using a multi-disciplinary approach, help to prepare, deliver and record the individual learning plans and player reviews.
Provide feedback to players both formally through the Performance Management Application (PMA), individual meetings, 6-week reviews and where appropriate parents and intermediaries.
Maintain the PMA as required by the Premier League Youth Development Rules.
Attend all relevant coaching and style of play meetings, contribute to the club style of play and ensure that club principles and training is consistent from first team to Academy.
To attend the relevant Football Association/Premier League/Football League and BFC CPD events.
Review players as requested by the recruitment team for potential Academy recruitment.
Help to ensure the Academy is continually achieving the standards required to retain its category status within the EPPP guidelines.
Any other relevant tasks and duties as directed by senior Academy or Football Department management.

General Club Accountabilities

To comply with all Club policies, including health and safety, data regulations and other legal, ethical and social requirements.
To build and maintain good working relationships while maintaining a professional image.
To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times, including attending Club functions and media obligations from time to time.

Key Internal Relationships

Academy Management
Recruitment and B team/U21 coaching staff
Academy Coaching Staff
Medical and Performance Staff
Player Welfare and Safeguarding Staff

Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics

UEFA ‘A’ License Coaching Certificate
FA Learning Safeguarding Children Certificate
FA Emergency Aid In Football Certificate
FA Youth award
FA Safeguarding certificate
EFAiF certificate
Basic level of IT skills

Person Specification - Desirable Characteristics

UEFA Pro License
Previous experience of working with young players
Previous experience of leading a SPDP / PDP age groups within a professional Academy

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