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Rotherham United FC

Rotherham United FC

PDP Phase Lead


posting Date

role Type



Mar 18, 2024


Job Title:PDP Phase Lead
Reporting to:Academy Manager

Work location:Rotherham and SHU (training grounds) and matchdays

Specific Responsibilities

Work with the Head of Coaching to design and implement an age specific coaching curriculum in line with the academy playing and coaching philosophy ensuring the effective planning, delivery, and evaluation of every coaching session on the PMA for the phase.
Support and motivate the U18s to deliver the coaching curriculum and academy philosophy and push high standards at all times.
Work with the Head of Coaching and Academy Manager with the identification, co-ordination, and delivery of individual development plans for all players within the phase.
Contribute to the building of a library of academy best practice sessions mirroring the philosophy.
Work towards own Coach Development Action Plan (CDAP) agreed between you and the Head of Coaching in line with the Coach Competency Framework (CCF).

Management, Communication, and Organisation

Lead on, coordinate, and manage the daily logistical operation of the phase i.e. deal with and arrange training, fixtures, and additional fixtures to meet player needs; manage the inventory and distribution of kit and equipment; deal with match officials; communicate with players and parents, and so on.
Work closely with the Academy Manager, Head of Coaching, and other key staff to support your daily tasks and the multi-disciplinary development of every player in the phase across the 4 corners by developing, delivering, recording, and reviewing Individual Learning Plans.
Be part of, and contribute/report to the Academy Management Team as well as providing reports and attending any meetings as required by the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching.
Communicate and reinforce the academy playing and coaching philosophy to coaches, players, and parents.
Work with the Head of Coaching to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the review process by organising and conducting all player reviews required for the phase as well as planning, delivering, and reviewing all coaching sessions, games/game time, whilst maintaining and monitoring all data related to this including learning objectives, progress, and other work as required on the PMA system.
To monitor manage the PMA / Kit Mans Labs data entry of all coaches and players within the phase.
Link player performance reviews to the learning outcomes of the academy coaching programme and effectively present these during player/parent review meetings (formal and informal) and as per club and EPPP guidelines.
Work closely with the Head of Coaching to manage the player development process contributing and reporting on performance, progression, ILPs, transition between age groups, and multi-disciplinary reviews.

Recruitment Other Key Responsibilities

To be involved in the recruitment of both internally and potentially externally U16s for the future scholarship programme.
Along with HOC, AM, YDP Phase lead – form part of the recruitment committee to agree on the correct players for RUFC.
Continually challenge and look to enhance the academy environment through new ideas.
Support the culture, and represent the club in the best possible light at all times.
Attend and contribute (when required) to all CPD as instructed by the Head of Coaching.
Adheres to the club Code of Conduct at all times and understand and adheres to the Clubs safeguarding procedures.
Carry out any other duties as directed by the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching.

Important Information
The above-mentioned duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive as the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grading of the post, without changing the general character of the post.

Personal Specifications
UEFA A License
FA Youth Award (assessed)
Basic First Aid in Football (BFAS) OR Emergency First Aid
Up to date FA DBS and Safeguarding Certificate
Fully Licensed FA Coach
FA Advanced Youth Award (or currently working towards to be completed within 6 months )
Educated to degree level in a related subject
FA Talent ID Qualification
Skills, Knowledge Experience
A minimum of 2 years working with elite players or within professional football in the youth development phase as a minimum requirement
Able to demonstrate a high level of coaching ability working with individuals, units and teams.
Experience of using the Kit Mans labs systems
Experience of planning a coaching syllabus and ILPs to meet the needs of players in an academy or other elite football environment
IT literacy and proficiency in creating presentations, writing reports and emails
Show a track record of communicating and working with, motivating, and inspiring a multi-disciplinary team of staff
Excellent interpersonal skills, Strong organisational skills demonstrating experience of managing large and varied workloads and tasks whilst maintaining attention to detail
Can show an excellent understanding of child protection, and exemplify the standards of behaviour and codes of conduct required within the Academy
Experience of working full time in an academy environment
Experience of the academy audit process
Personal Qualities
Committed to working to and promoting the philosophy of the football club and to promoting and displaying high standards of excellence in maintaining a positive learning environment
Show a clear Growth Mindset and capability and comfortability of being able to challenge and be challenged to deliver an elite programme in a high pressured environment with high levels of accountability
Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and ambitious in the development of a positive and progressive elite learning environment
Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement
Must hold a valid drivers licence and be able to travel extensively, as required
Ability and willingness to work outside normal hours, including evenings and weekends, often with short notice

Rotherham United is committed to Safeguarding and the safeguarding of all people associated with the football club

All employees must have an understanding of the clubs safeguarding and anti-discrimination policies and procedures and put these into practice in the workplace. To enable this all employees must undertake the required training as directed by their line manager

Equal Opportunities:
The post holders duties must be carried out in compliance with the Clubs Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.
Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants for employment will be regarded equally and will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.
These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and FA CRC Certificate. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.

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Job Types:Full-time, Permanent

Additional leave
Company pension
On-site parking

Monday to Friday
Weekend availability
Work Location: In person

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