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Huddersfield Town FC

Huddersfield Town FC

Player Recruitment Assistant (Under 9s - Under 16s)


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Mar 20, 2024


Key Performance Indicators

• The post holder will be responsible for helping implement the Academy recruitment philosophy across the U9 – U16 Academy programme. Through this process the post holder will be responsible for recruiting players throughout the differing age groups and pre-Academy.

• Extensive knowledge of the football industry, and rules and regulations regarding player recruitment at Academy level in line with EPPP requirements.

Role Specific Responsibilities

The post holder will be required to:

• Identify talented youth footballers who have the potential to play in the First Team at Huddersfield Town AFC.

• Work to the Club’s strategy on talent identification.

• Work with the Player Recruitment Lead (U9 – U16) to manage and coordinate Academy Scouts, ensuring there is a clear strategy for recruiting players.
• Recruit players for the Academy from throughout the local area and, when required, nationally, in line with the EPPP rules.

• Continually monitor the performance of the Academy scouting network, through the Academy recruitment policies and procedures.

• Coordinate the weekly local scouting schedule in line with the player recruitment strategy.

• Continually review and implement player recruitment protocols, and ensure all staff are fully aware of these.

• Through the Academy FIP system, help manage the recruitment section specifically U9 - U16 and pre-Academy, while also ensuring that players are monitored, tracked, and reported on.

• Review and implement the multidisciplinary scouting reports in line with the Academy player profiles, while ensuring these reports are completed by all recruitment staff.

• Continually monitor scouting reports and follow up on any players identified.

• Attend Academy meetings, both departmental meetings and in-service training for Scouts.

• Undertake own scouting duties in the recruitment of players.

• Liaise with the Head of Academy and B Team Recruitment, Player Recruitment Lead, and Lead Coaches in the multidisciplinary process and signing of players.

• Continually track and monitor data in relation to the signing and release of recruited players.

• Communicate regularly and effectively with parents and carers.

• Oversee the development of strong relationships with the Huddersfield Town Foundation, local clubs, schools, and community groups to identify players.

• Develop strong links with other professional clubs as part of the recruitment strategy, to identify and recruit players.

• Respond and follow up any recommendations or trial requests from external individuals.

• Work closely with Lead Coaches to arrange specific trials for individual players in relation to training and games.

• Fulfil any other scouting duties as directed by the Head of Academy and B Team Recruitment.

• Undertake any required CPD in line with the Academy requirements.

• Have a flexible and professional attitude, and to be a genuine team player with a desire to seek solutions and success.

• Be willing to travel and to work unsociable hours including evenings and weekends.

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, and the post holder is required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Academy Manager, the Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Officer, and/or any other senior leader/Director within the Club, commensurate with the level of the post.

Part-time (13 hours per week, including evenings and weekends)
Permanent (two positions are available)

We are currently adding to our Player Recruitment team, with a specific focus on players in the Under 9 to Under 16 age ranges, as we work towards expanding our Academy and developing footballing talent across a broader age spectrum. Player Recruitment Assistants will support the Academy Recruitment team to implement the Academy recruitment philosophy and recruit players throughout the different age groups.

These roles are integral to developing our Academy structure, and the post holders will support with identifying talented youth footballers who have the longer-term potential to play in our First Team. Working within an established team, successful candidates will ensure that all players are monitored, tracked, and reported on to inform recruitment decisions and ongoing player development.

Applicants must have previous experience in a player recruitment role in football and hold the FA National Talent Identification and Scouting in Football qualification (Talent ID Level 2).

These positions require flexibility, a willingness to travel to watch fixtures and players at different locations, and ability to work non-standard hours in accordance with the needs of the Club. Passionate about making a difference through sport, the successful candidates must be effective communicators and able to form positive relationships with young players and their parents/carers, and other team members.

If you have the specified experience, qualifications, and personal attributes, and are enthusiastic about the variety and opportunities that these roles offer, we would love to hear from you.

We receive a high volume of applications for our vacancies and as such, we encourage you to ensure that your application details how you feel you match our requirements. The volume of applications received prevents us from being able to provide feedback at short-listing stage. Please ensure that your application is:

• Fully completed.
• Tailored for the requirements of the role – Section 6 of the application form should reflect how you meet the ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria for the position as detailed on the person specification (please follow the instructions on the application form).
• Accurate in terms of content and presentation.
• Submitted by the specified deadline.

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