Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Physical Development Coach (U15s & U16s)


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 8, 2022

Role description


JOB TITLE: Physical Development Coach (U15s & U16s)
DEPARTMENT: Academy Performance & Medicine
REPORTS TO: Head of Academy Sport Science
LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Compton
HOURS: Full-time 37.5 hours per week (flexibility will be required due to the nature of this

DATE: April 2022

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success.

Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the

richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s

most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most

decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to present-day; three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship
trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included
memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next season saw
the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the previous season’s
seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part of the ‘longest season’ in
league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring
that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.


Job purpose

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead the physical development of our U15’s & U16’s.
Responsibilities will include the delivery of warm-ups/activation, speed/agility development,
strength/power development, injury prevention, conditioning and recovery sessions for the
U15s/16s squad, as well as conducting mid-end stage rehabilitation with injured players. The role
will include the collection and interpretation of various physical output metrics that will support and
inform decision making within the academy sport science and medicine department.


Key responsibilities –

Planning and delivery of warm ups/activation, speed/agility, strength/power development,
injury prevention, conditioning and recovery sessions, primarily with the U15s/16s team.
Collation of U15s/16s players’ physical data (including, but not limited to; GPS, HR, Wellness
and Physical Assessment Data), ensuring that it is kept up to date and stored in a manner
that makes it easily accessible by all members of the sport science and medical department
when required. This data must be able to be utilised for presentation, monitoring,
benchmarking and marketing purposes.
Plan and deliver rehabilitation for U15s/16s players, alongside academy medical
department. Ensure rehabilitation is utilised as an opportunity for the individual to further
physical development of non-injured areas, as well as rehabilitating the injured area.
Written reports on players at appropriate meetings, conveying the players physical training
and match loads and future plans for such players.
Gym-based programming for U15s/16s group; including identification of performance
limiting strength/power/reactivity deficits, sub-optimal speed/agility mechanics and creating
plans to address these. Ensuring all players are developing in the required physical areas as
demanded by the sport and highlighted by assessments, in addition to ensuring they are
appropriately prepared to perform in games as necessary.
Working alongside the Academy Lead Physical Development Coach to ensure Elite Players’
individualised programmes are implemented.
Support Physical Development Coaches from other teams with the delivery of field and gym-
based sessions when required.
Attend games and provide match day support that includes warm-ups and cool downs
Oversee the provision of game-day nutritional supplementation
Formulation and delivery of injury prevention programmes alongside the academy medical
Support and sometimes lead Internship development.
To complete multi-disciplinary reviews for each player, providing short, medium- and long-
term action points throughout the season when necessary.
Completion of the training register for all players, including session and player evaluation of
training within 24 hours on the online management tool (PMA).
Initiate and contribute to special projects that are part of the wider development of the
performance and medicine medical and sport science department.
General responsibilities

Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
To promote the Club’s values
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times


This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in
close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required
to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable

Key relationships

Head of Academy
Head of Academy Sport Science
Academy Lead Physical Development Coach
Head of Coaching and other MDT staff members U15’s & U16’s; (First Team, U23’s U18’s)
Members of the Sport Science department
Football Administration Department

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