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Sheffield United FC

Sheffield United FC

Physical Performance Coach with Specialism in Return to Play


posting Date

role Type


First Team

Mar 15, 2024


For a valid submission, Please download and complete the application form on our website.


40 hours per week

Sheffield United Training Academy and various opposition clubs

Academy Head of Elite Performance

Up to £30,000 per annum, depending on experience


Sheffield United FC Academy are committed to being one of the best and innovative developers of talent in the country; to Out Run, Out Fight, Out Play the opposition.
To contribute to this ambition, the Elite Performance Team are looking to recruit a passionate and knowledgeable Physical Performance Coach who can optimise the physical development of the Academy's players.
The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and delivering the return to play processes to the Academy's players in the professional development phases, as well as supporting the Elite Performance Department to deliver an elite physical development programme.
Role Responsibilities:

To work closely with other members of the Elite Performance Team to ensure a multidisciplinary team approach is adopted to player support.
To work closely with the physiotherapists and MDT to plan and deliver all stages of the return to play process.
Prioritise the development of speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of movement as a key thread throughout the return to play pathway.
Provide performance support to the U18 squad on match-days.
Support the delivery of age-appropriate gym based conditioning programmes.
Participate and lead in internal CPD while pursuing external CPD requirements.
Drive and inspire players to achieve an elite level of athletic performance.
Project a proper and professional image of Sheffield United Football Club and act in the best interests of the Club at all times.
Any other typical Academy Physical Performance Coach duties as requested by management.
Ensure completion of any mandatory training required for the role, including internal club training around Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Club Wide Responsibilities:

To adhere to all Sheffield United Football Club's Safeguarding Policies and Procedures to foster an environment which protects from harm those defined as children and adults at risk.
To report any concerns of a Safeguarding nature to the relevant parties and remain fully compliant with any applicable Safeguarding checks and due diligence and recognise your responsibility to the Club's Safeguarding agenda.
To report any concerns of discrimination to the relevant parties and promote a welcoming and inclusive club environment for all.
To adhere to the Club's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies, supporting the Club to create an environment which is inclusive and all-encompassing.

Essential Criteria for the role:

MSc in Sports Science / Strength and Conditioning.
BASES or UKSCA Accreditation (or evidence of working towards).
Experience of providing physical performance support to young athletes.
Experience of working within an elite sporting environment.
To uphold the FA Safeguarding Children certificate.
FA First Aid (Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football).
This role requires an enhanced criminal record check through the DBS.
Strong organisational skills.
Excellent communication skills.
ability to communicate with players of all age ranges.
ability to communicate with coaches across all phases.

Desirable Criteria for the role:

Specialism in the delivery of return to play processes.
Specialism in the collection and analysis of physical outputs from GPS measurements.
Experience of working within an Academy.

Application ProcessPlease download and save the application form on our website before inputting information. If you require a paper copy please contact the HR department or call 0114 253 7200.
Completed application forms must be submitted via email to stating the vacancy title in the subject or posted to HR, Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.
Closing Date: Sunday 31st March 2024.
Please note that in the instance of high volumes of applications we may close this vacancy earlier than the closing date noted above.

Please download and save the application form on our website before inputting information.

Eligibility for Employment in the UKIn accordance with current legislative requirements the successful applicant must produce documentary verification of their eligibility to work in the UK and will not be allowed to start work until this has been received.
Equality and DiversitySheffield United FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
Sheffield United FC are a Disability Confident Committed Employer. If you would like further information regarding the scheme and how we are able to support disabled persons within the workplace, then please contact our HR team at
Safer RecruitmentSheffield United FC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK. For further information on the Club's Safeguarding Statement please access the following

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