West Ham United

West Ham United

Performance Nutritionist (Men’s Academy & Women’s First Team)

Country

Role Type

England

Academy

Posting Date

Oct 24, 2022

Role description

We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with being a Disability Confident Leader. We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities.

West Ham United FC is committed to equality and safeguarding children and ‘adults at risk’. Positions that involve working with such groups are subject to safer recruitment protocols, including DBS Disclosure at enhanced level.

We believe that a diverse workforce strengthens our creativity and delivers the best commercial performance. We are, therefore seeking applications from high quality people, whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our company.

As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of our staff.

An exciting opportunity has become available for an outstanding Performance Nutrition practitioner to join West Ham United Football Club. This collaborative position will involve working across the Men’s Academy pathway and Women’s First Team.

The role involves the ongoing performance nutrition support to the Academy Pathway; ensuring a programme of phase and development stage-appropriate support is provided, delivered through a strategic and systematic curriculum of education which meets the needs of players, parents, and staff.

This will help lay foundations for bespoke input to maximise performance at the PDP level and with the Women’s First Team who compete in the WSL.

The Performance Nutritionist requires both excellent technical skills and the ability to form meaningful, positive relationships with players and key stakeholders at the club. The Performance Nutritionist will be required to utilise education, information, relevant techniques and continued support to positively influence their behaviours.

The expectations for the role include achieving a genuine, objectively measurable impact on the nutritional and body composition characteristics of our players, while also providing a positive contribution to the immediate MDT and The Academy as a whole.

Our 3 key areas of physical development impact are:

Improving player capability by improving physical performance.
Ensuring players are resilient and robust enough to be available to train and play as much as possible at their level and the levels above.
Providing a positive and meaningful contribution to MDT practice by offering information and insight.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide squad-based and individual nutritional support to PDP squads & Women’s First Team
Lead on the monitoring of nutritional factors linked to performance support (body composition, nutritional knowledge, anti-doping awareness, hydration status etc).
Lead on the ongoing development of nutritional programme philosophy, framework and performance support to Academy players.
Develop, implement, and evolve our database and profiling system for body composition (Currently on Power BI for Academy).
Provide individual bespoke nutritional support to injured players in alignment with player and MDT goals.
Develop a programme of support for U9-U16 schoolboy programme players, parents, and staff to support nutritional goals linked to phase-relevant context.
Manage positive working relationships with all staff across the pathways to ensure consistent alignment and sharing of good practice.
Design and deliver a library of nutritional educational resources to improve the understanding and practice related to performance nutrition for academy level players, parents and staff.

Equal Opportunities

To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, sexual orientation and age.
To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.

Safeguarding:

Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.
It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk. After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS ) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise

Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: - Essential (E) Desirable (D)

Education/Qualifications/Experience:

BSc in Sport & Exercise Science or a related area (E)
MSc in Sport & Exercise Science or a related area (D)
UK Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register – Practitioner Registrant (E)
ISAK Level 1 (E)
BASES Accreditation (D)
Emergency First Aid (FA EFAIF L2) (D)
CIEH Food Safety in Catering – Level 2 (D)
Previous experience of working with elite senior and/or development athletes (E)
Previous experience of developing and delivering a systematic curriculum of education (E)
 Experience of utilising body composition profiling to inform group-based and individual nutritional interventions for performance. (E)
Experience using PMA and Power BI. (D)

Abilities/Skills/Knowledge:

Effective and appropriate communication/relationship building skills. (E)
Understanding of, and ability to use monitoring systems related to nutrition and physical performance (workload, wellbeing, neuromuscular state etc). (D)
Understanding of nutrition periodisation and planning for athlete development. (E)
Good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on nutritional support. (E)
Good understanding of the female menstrual cycle and its implications on physical performance. (E)
Understanding of female-specific nutritional guidance, based around varied physical game demands & hormonal changes. (D)
Understanding of the expectations of a Category 1 Academy in accordance with the EPPP. (D)
Understanding of statistics related to performance measurement. (D)

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