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Nottingham Forest FC

Nottingham Forest FC

Lead U9-U16 Physical Development Coach


posting Date

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Jan 4, 2024


Salary: Please state your expectations within your application

Contract: Full Time, 37.5 hours a week

Location: The Nigel Doughty Academy, Nottingham, NG2 7SR

Working Arrangements: On site

Closing Date For Applications: 17th January 2024


This post is expected to optimise the availability and athletic development of Academy players through the provision, monitoring and passionate delivery of an evidence based physical development programme in line with the Nottingham Forest Football Club Academy vision and performance syllabus. As part of an MDT, work directly with the U9s to U16s squads regarding all aspects of Sports Science and Performance on a day-to-day basis, exceeding the requirements of a Category 1 Academy as determined by EPPP.


The Perks of the Job:

Opportunity to access tickets for events at The City Ground.
Employee Assistance Programme.
Access to high street and gym discounts.
Discount within our Club shop.
Free on-site parking.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Provide professional and world leading physical performance support for all registered Academy players including individual programmes and long-term athletic development plans in line with the club’s physical curriculum.
Use appropriate databases to monitor and manage player loading, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team to individualise player plans.
In association with the academy coaches, organise the weekly training plans and long-term programmes for academy age group players with a primary responsibility for the U9s to U16s age groups. This should include responsibility for players transitioning between squads into the age groups below and above.
To effectively manage the part-time physical performance coaches and work placement students in the FP/YDP.
Ensure Sport Science & S&C provision including on-pitch athletic development session plans, gym sessions and testing are uploaded into the appropriate AMS within 24 hours.
Ensure testing and monitoring practices are consistently implemented and evaluated to inform practice.
Assist in Talent Identification protocols and contribute to the trialling procedures and testing for potential academy players.
Educate staff to ensure the maintenance of age specific best practice including the provision of in-service training and appropriate CPD.
Provide age-specific performance education seminars to players and parents/guardians at appropriate times during the season to educate on key high performance topics (e.g. maturation, fitness and dietary matters).
Manage all gym, rehab and prehab areas in co-operation with other S&C team members.
To monitor player growth and maturation and implement appropriate strategies to aid player development and maximise availability.

To contribute to player reviews and audits in order to assess performance and potential.
To participate in key topics of research to provide clinical based evidence for current and new Strength and Conditioning practices.
To provide physical performance support at home/away matches for the FP/YDP.
Work in collaboration with the Professional Development phase to ensure appropriate alignment and transitions for future scholars.
Assist where appropriate other members of the performance and medical departments across all NFFC squads and teams.
In conjunction with the medical department, develop age-related prehab and rehab protocols to minimise injury risk and maximise player availability.
Any other appropriate duties as required by the Academy management team.
Responsible for both individual health & safety and that of those who you are responsible for.
Ensure the relationship with children and adults at risk is appropriate and language, behaviour and demeanour is suitable. The Company will expect you to undertake training to ensure an understanding of best practice in relation to children and/or adults at risk.
You will be responsible for the welfare of children in your care.
A criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out.


Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

Experience in the provision of Strength & Conditioning services to elite athletes.
Significant experience in paediatric physical development.
Awareness of maturation monitoring and growth-related injuries, with an understanding of how to apply interventions to manage these.
Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Knowledge of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and associated audit process.
BSc in Sports Science or equivalent.
UKSCA or equivalent (or ability to obtain within 6 months).
Valid Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification.
Valid FA Safeguarding Certificate.
Ability to accurately measure and monitor essential physical components with elite youth athletes using a range of applied technologies.
Provide accurate and informative written and verbal reports to a range of key stakeholders.
Managing and developing databases to inform the above.
Competent user of data management platforms (e.g. PowerBi, Tablea, Microsoft Excel)
Coach youth athletes across a range of fundamental movements and multi-sport activities.
Exhibit age-appropriate communication techniques.
Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
Ability to navigate through courageous and challenging conversations.
Innovative and creative with the ability to think outside the box.

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