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Watford FC

Watford FC

Professional Development Phase (PDP) Academy Sports Scientist


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Posting Date

Jan 18, 2023

Role description

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Academy at Watford Football Club. We are currently looking to recruit a PDP Academy Sports Scientist. The successful candidate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary support team delivering scientific support to academy players and coaches.

Duties will involve:

To design and deliver scientifically robust fitness testing, physiological, and training load monitoring systems across all academy age groups. Providing relevant, appropriate feedback to players, coaches, and parents and / or guardians in a time efficient manner, with the primary focus being on health, wellbeing, and performance enhancement.
To deliver a scientifically, age-appropriate sports nutrition support programme for all academy players.
To work with academy coaches to understand and integrate their philosophy within the delivery of scientific and strength and conditioning support.
To lead the design and delivery of a relevant sport science education programme that educates players, coaches, and parents and / or guardians. Where appropriate, identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops and seminars.

The role will be based at the clubs training ground in London Colney and will primarily be working with the PDP squad but may include working across all Academy ages (U9’s to U21s at times).

The successful candidate will enjoy working as part of a team, be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be flexible to the requirements of the position and the business.

Applicants should ideally live local to Watford and London Colney or the surrounding areas and be a UK resident or non-UK resident with a valid UK work permit and ideally have experience working within a similar role.

You must have:

BSc in Sport & Exercise Science or a sports related discipline
FA First Aid and or Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (EFAiF)
FA Safeguarding Certificate
Extensive experience of working in a sport science setting with elite young athletes
Experience of working in a football academy setting
Be able to work effectively in a team environment and operate effectively as part of a multidisciplinary support team
This role will have regular contact with children, and it is therefore required by law to have a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check with children’s barred list check
Full UK driving licence or ability to travel to various locations due to the demands of the role
Understanding of the Clubs commitment to EDI & Safeguarding

You would ideally have, but not vital:

MSc in Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning or a related field
BASES accreditation or working towards chartered scientist status
UKCA accreditation or working towards
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organisational and time management skills
The ability to work effectively under own initiative
Ability to multi-task in a fast pace ever changing environment
Ability to remain calm under pressure
Ability to anticipate and prioritise workload

Club Commitment:

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI):

We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and dynamic working environment by building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We provide a safe and secure environment for all. We believe Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & adults is everyone responsibility. Everyone in the organisation has a role to play, to ensure that club policies, procedures and practices in regard to safeguarding are followed.

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