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Huddersfield Town AFC

Huddersfield Town AFC

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


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Feb 22, 2024


Post Title   
Player Recruitment Lead (Under 9s - Under 16s)
Huddersfield Town AFC Academy, the Millers Oils High Performance Complex
Reports To
Head of Academy and B Team Recruitment
Academy Manager
Responsible For
Casual Scouts
Purpose of the Role
·       To develop and manage a local Academy recruitment network.
·       To identify talent for each age group (U9 – U16) with the Huddersfield Town Academy.
·       To align with scouting and recruitment processes throughout the Academy.
Functional Links
Internal:       Academy Manager
                    Head of Academy and B Team Recruitment
                     Coaching Staff
                    Scouting Staff
                    Staff and Managers throughout the organisation
External:      Scouts from other Clubs
                    Local Clubs
Premier League and English Football League
                    Football Association (FA)
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.
·       Help manage and coordinate Academy Scouts to ensure 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 both the Head of Academy and B Team Recruitment 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 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.
Huddersfield Town AFC –
Player Recruitment Lead (Under 9s – Under 16s)
c. £25,000 per annum
Full-time (35+ hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Player Recruitment Lead, 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.  This is a new role in which the successful candidate will be responsible for implementing the Academy recruitment philosophy and recruiting players throughout the different age groups. 
This is a crucial role in our developing Academy structure, and the post holder will support with identifying talented youth footballers who have the longer-term potential to play in our First Team.  Working within an established team, the post holder will coordinate the activity of our Academy Scouts and 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). 
This role requires flexibility and a willingness to work non-standard hours in accordance with the needs of the Club.  Passionate about making a difference through sport, the successful candidate must be an effective communicator with the ability 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 this role offers, 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
Please also highlight any factors that you would like us to consider, for example, if you have a disability or health condition that may require us to make reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and other stakeholders to share this commitment.  
As this role is likely to involve the supervision of and work with children and young people or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will require clearance to work in football and an Enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 
Applicants must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions in accordance with the associated legislation.  The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provide that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot consider them.
Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed is available on the Ministry of Justice website.
Equality & Inclusion
Huddersfield Town AFC is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where everyone can be themselves and in which everyone feels valued, included, and supported to achieve their full potential.  We offer a range of family-friendly and inclusive employment arrangements, and we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. 
We are committed to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate. 
We are a Disability Confident Leader and welcome applications from disabled candidates.  We are also seeking to diversify our workforce, particularly by gender and ethnicity.
Further information about the Company and working with us is available from the Careers section of our website:
To apply, please download an application form from our website.  Please note that we do not accept CVs.
Please send your completed application by email to by 9:00am on Monday 4th March 2024.
Interviews are likely to take place in mid-March 2024.

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