Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women's team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men's team's relegation from the Premier League.
The women's team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women's team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.
Currently, our men's first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women's team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women's football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.
Be an advocate and guardian of the Women’s and Girl's game.
PGA players experience a physical performance programme that supports the club blueprint and delivers high quality athletes who are balanced, autonomous and adaptable
Players experience a safe, secure, and supportive environment.
Outputs: Physical Performance Development
Contribute to the PGA blueprint / curriculum ensuring there is S&C provision which complements the football programme.
Deliver – or oversee the delivery of – the PGA’s physical development programme, including:
Design and deliver individualised athletic development programmes as well as group training sessions
Provide injury rehabilitation training of players as directed by the physiotherapist/sports therapist, in preparation for return to training
Design and deliver a fitness testing programme.Use the results to drive group and individual training programmes
Work with Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist to develop and support an activation / prehab programme
Manage facilities and equipment within the PGA so that it is well maintained and safe to use
Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches.Keep records which meet the standard required by The FA and the appropriate professional bodies
Communicate with parents in the event of S&C related queries, generally and specifically to their children. Educate and support parents with regard to their role in supporting physical development, injury prevention, injury care, recovery, diet and other factors relating to lifestyle away from the PGA
Outputs: Multi-disciplinary Working & Being Part of the PGA Culture
Advise and direct other staff on the needs of players. Attend case management meetings and provide professional opinion /input
Educate coaches on the S&C provision and embedding physical outcomes within technical sessions
Work with the PGA’s Safeguarding Manager to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is always an operational priority
Outputs: Self Development
Seek feedback from others, and reflect on personal behaviour and performance to identify areas for improvement
Keep abreast of current research and evidence-based practice in the S&C field. Practitioners should undertake CPD in line with their professional body guidelines
Keep professional qualification up to date and active by completing the relevant number of CPD points as stipulated by their awarding body
Create and maintain a personalised Development Action Plan (DAP), taking input and feedback from a variety of sources
Participate in internal and external professional development activities and demonstrate a commitment to undertake on-going formal education programmes
Review personal competencies against job specification and identify areas for improvement
Attend CPD events and undertake CPD activities in line with identified development themes
Work with an advisor or mentor from outside the PGA
BSc in Sports Science or a Sport Science related discipline.
Hold UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or ASCC accreditation. If accreditation has not been obtained, evidence must be provided to demonstrate an ability to working towards obtaining it, including, but not exclusive to, the attendance of workshops.
FA Safeguarding Children
FA Level 2 Introduction to First Aid in Football (EFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.
Be a UKAD Clean Sport advisor.
Working towards or completed MSc Strength and Conditioning or related post graduate qualification
Additional recognised S&C related qualifications (e.g., NSCA/BWLA/FA Level 3)
BASES Accredited Sports Scientist
Engages in professional development, for example:
Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
Talent Identification & Talent Development across all sports (RAE, Unconscious Bias, Performance vs Potential)
Football Coaching Qualification (Eg., Introduction to coaching Football/UEFA C)
Player support (eg - Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)
Coaching & mentoring qualification (e.g., EMCC)