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Manchester City FC

Manchester City FC

PDP Physical Performance Lead


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Feb 28, 2024


Our Story

Manchester City is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester. From its first incarnation as St Mark’s West Gorton in 1880, the club became Manchester City FC in 1894. Behind each title lies emotion, moments and memories that resonate with millions of supporters around the world. Manchester City fans are known for their commitment and togetherness, as a Club that fights to the end.

Our Winning Team

MCFC is built on a vision for sustainability, with an academy structure designed to support long-term first team success, to engagement with the communities in which we reside. Together with our passionate fans and valued network of partners, we are developing Manchester City’s future history.

The successful candidate will coordinate physical performance support across the Professional Development Phase (PDP) and to deliver, manage, and develop physical performance support to the U21s squad of the PDP phase of the academy.

This is Your City

As part of our team, you will be entitled to 26 days annual leave plus an additional day off for your birthday, private healthcare and dental cover, an annual discretionary bonus, plus a range of partnership and lifestyle discounts.

Your Impact

The PDP Physical Performance lead will be responsible for coordinating the physical performance support of academy footballers within PDP phase (U18s and U21s) in accordance with the physical philosophy of the Academy. This will include transition of players from U16s into PDP and players within the PDP to the First Team environment.
Plan, deliver and evaluate on- and off-pitch physical development sessions for the U21s squad, designed to enhance the athletic capabilities of players.
Assist with the monitoring and assessment of player physical development. This will include the management of data collection, analysis, reporting and providing effective feedback to coaches, key stakeholders, and players.
Work with an interdisciplinary approach, maintaining strong professional relationships with performance, medical, coaching, and operational staff (academy and first team).
Assist with the the practical implementation of appropriate nutrition and hydration strategies for players within U21s in collaboration with the academy nutritionist.
Uphold continual professional development, leading and contributing to age and sport-specific research.
Contribute to the development of scientifically underpinned protocols for all aspects of physical performance support.
Work closely with coaches to ensure the physical development requirements are optimised through the football curriculum.

What we are looking for


Substantial experience of delivery of sports science/S&C support within elite academy team sports environment
(Football desirable)
Prior responsibility of physical development and coaching experience with youth athletes.
Post-graduate qualification in Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning / Equivalent
Industry recognised strength & conditioning certification (UKSCA, NSCA, or ASCA)
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accredited (or currently engaged in the accreditation process
Current FA Safeguarding Certification
Current Emergency First Aid Certification


Significant experience of employing underpinning research to monitor/track, evaluate and develop athletic performance – individual athlete within a team setting.

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