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Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC

Lead Youth Academy Performance Coach


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Posting Date

Dec 15, 2022

Role description

We are looking for a Lead Youth Academy Performance Coach to be responsible for physically developing our U9-U16 players, bringing them up to the U17-U21 framework.

You will optimise player availability, maximise physical performance and minimise the risk of injury. You'll be imbedded in a multidisciplinary team and will collaboratively work with multiple stakeholders to optimise the health, development, and performance of our young players.

You will have the responsibility of line managing two Academy Performance Coaches who will also be exclusively positioned at Hale End and working with the U9-U16 players.

Who We Are

We are one of the most famous clubs in world football, with a rich heritage and history of success – read more about our history, here.

Beyond that, we are passionate about our local community and, behind the scenes, we have a wide variety of opportunities and career paths for all. We have a very defined purpose: to act for a winning team, culture and community. We achieve this by ensuring we are courageous in the pursuit of progress, we champion our community and each other, and that we do the right thing (even when no one is looking).

Your day-to-day

Take the lead on sport science, and strength and conditioning provision within the U9-U16 squads.
Ensure that the MEM philosophy (Most Efficient Movement) is implemented throughout all allocated age groups.
Plan, deliver and evaluate field, gym and rehabilitation sessions with allocated squads.
Monitor and appropriately moderate training loads in collaboration with the technical coaches.
Prepare and present player progression reports to various audiences.
Contribute to all players mid and full season reports with technical coaches.
Maintain discipline as set out in the Arsenal Football Club Code of Conduct.
Provide professional development reviews twice a year for Hale End performance coaches.
Maintain Arsenal Football Club’s Child Protection, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures.

What We Are Looking For

MSc degree in Sports Science or Strength and Conditioning or equivalent.
UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation (UKSCA).
British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Accreditation.
Broad knowledge of pediatric exercise science and relevant contemporary issues.
Verifiable record of working with elite young footballers under 18 years old.
A proven track record of implementing strength and conditioning services to improve performance.
Experience of coordinating, delivering, and developing sport science services within elite youth sports.
Sound knowledge of rules and regulations of Football Association (FA) and club issues.
Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm and an ability to engage and inspire youth players.

The successful applicant will be required to attend The FA Safeguarding Children in Football Workshop and other appropriate CPD events.

Why choose us

At Arsenal, we want everyone to feel a sense of trust and belonging, so we are proud of both our club values and also what we offer to our employees. As one of our Gunners, you will receive:

An exciting reward and recognition scheme
Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service
Great internal learning and development programmes
A flexible hybrid working model
Discounted Arsenal season tickets
A competitive health and wellbeing benefits package
A leading Employee Assistance Programme
Great discounts with some of our Partners

Arsenal for Everyone

Arsenal for Everyone is our commitment to promoting and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion, so that everyone connected to the club feels like they belong to the same Arsenal family. We believe that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. 

Disability Confident Leader

We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If you need disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.

If you are likely to meet the definition of being a ‘disabled person’ according to the Equality Act 2010, we will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a role. Please choose the option of a guaranteed interview on your application form. The information you share with us about your health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.

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