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Southampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club

Player Development Lead (U15-16s)


Role Type



Posting Date

Aug 30, 2023

Role description

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Location: Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent
Criminal Record Check: DBS Enhanced with Child’s Barred List

What is the role?

To lead and align the planning, delivery and ongoing evaluation of the interdisciplinary Player Development Programme for the Under 15-16s including, but not limited to, age specific curriculum delivery, individual development plans and player transition.
What will you be doing?

Lead the coaching delivery of the Under 15s or 16s programme, in line with the Academy methodology and club-wide game model.
Manage the interdisciplinary individual development plan process for Under 15-16 age groups, in line with club-wide Player Profiles.
Manage the progression and pathway of players in and out of the Under 15-16 age groups.
Support the Academy Recruitment department to identify with player auditing and gap analysis.
Manage the review and interdisciplinary meeting process for players in the Under 15-16 age groups.
Lead an effective review and feedback programme with players, coaches and families to monitor and support player progress and development.
Play a key role in the delivery and evaluation of the Academy methodology, play book and curriculum content, as directed by the Academy Technical Board.
Deliver a quality and diverse games programme that provides appropriate challenge and opportunity for the Under 15-16s players, in collaboration with the Academy Operations department.
Regularly attend Academy games at Under 14s, Under 18s and Under 21s, as well as Under 15-16s.
Lead on the care and support of the well-being of Under 15-16 players in collaboration with the Player Care department.
Assist cross departmental projects which aim to improve the way data and video is used as a feedback mechanism with the staff and players.
Ensure that all PMA tasks are completed by the staff working with the Under 15-16 age groups.
Support the Head of Coaching with our in-house staff, player and parent education initiatives.
Sharing of relevant video, data and other resources with staff, players, parents using various Southampton FC Academy platforms.

Is this you?

Essential Experience and Qualifications:

UEFA A Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award
Undergraduate degree in sports coaching, sports science, performance analysis, or related subject
Minimum five years coaching experience within Academy or International Youth coaching environment at relevant age groups.
Minimum three years performance analysis experience within an Academy setting at relevant age groups.
Depth and quality of experience within individual player development in both coaching and analysis settings
Ability to demonstrate a strong level of technical and tactical football knowledge and game understanding.
Experience in leading and developing a phase and/or team of staff in Academy environment.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Track record in developing elite talent.
Eligible to work in the UK. Please do not apply if you require a visa

How this benefits you…
If you are successful, you can look forward to a healthy benefits package;
Access to x2 free match tickets for every home league game
Access to our staff Health & Wellbeing initiatives (Mental & Physical Health).
Flexi-time and Remote working option’s available.
Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.
26 days’ holiday per year excluding bank holidays plus your birthday off each year.
Contributory Pension Scheme.
Worldwide Travel Insurance for you and your family.
Learning & Development opportunities - supporting you to develop your potential and achieve in your career.
Free onsite parking.
Cycle to Work Scheme.
Collaborative & inclusive working culture.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st August 2023.

*We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if a high volume of applicants are received.*

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