Newport County FC

Professional Player to Coach Scheme

Newport County FC



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Jul 27, 2021

Role description

Bursary: 23 - month placement

Months 1-12 £22,000 paid in equal instalments across 12 months

Months 13-23 £22,000 pro-rated and paid in equal instalments across 11 months

Time commitment: The successful candidate will divide their time between the Newport County AFC work placement and their individual development plan on a 50:50 basis (which equates to two and a half days a week for each)

Key relationships: Newport County AFC, Premier League, The PFAC and the EFL

Location: Newport County AFC Academy

Lliswerry High school, Nash Road, Lliswerry NP19 4RP

1. Background

Professional football must reflect modern Britain. The Premier league, Professional Footballers’ Association Charity (PFAC) and English Football League (EFL) are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative. As part of their commitment to improving diversity, they have jointly launched the Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) to encourage, build and support the transition of under-represented Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage Men and Women who are PFA members into football coaching in the professional game so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves.

2. What is the Professional Player to Coach Scheme?

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme is a positive action initiative, informed by provisions established in the Equality Act 2010, to support the strategic aim of building an inclusive and diverse professional coaching workforce.

Newport County AFC in partnership with the Premier League, PFAC and EFL aim to identify a high potential coach to undergo a work experience and development opportunity, so that after the Scheme, they become highly employable within the professional game. Simultaneously, the Premier League, PFAC and EFL want to be able to recognise and support Clubs involved in the Scheme as Inclusion and Diversity role models.

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme will provide a 23-month rotational work experience and development programme for the successful candidate. The Club will act as the ‘base’ of the placement programme and the individual will experience a variety of football functions within the Academy and Club in order to broaden their learning experience.

The Coach will divide their time between the work placement and their individual development plan on a 50:50 basis which equates to two and a half days a week for each. The placement will include coaching and observation across the Foundation (FP), Youth Development (YDP) and Professional Development Phases (PDP) as well as the First-Team environment, Physical Performance and Conditioning, Recruitment, Analysis, and Administration.

Coaches will also enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Institute Programme (CDIP). This programme will include elements of virtual and face to face mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects, study visits and FA/UEFA qualifications dependent on need.

The programme will be a fully integrated opportunity based at the Newport County AFC Academy, Nash Road, NP19 4RP, and designed to accelerate the successful candidates’ coaching knowledge and ability in order to better equip them for future full-time coaching work.

The candidate invited onto the Scheme, following a successful selection process, will be expected to demonstrate drive and resilience in order to reach a high standard across a range of skills and competencies tailored to the needs of the individual.

3. Objectives of the Scheme

To increase the number of PFA members who are Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Men and Women, transitioning into full-time coaching positions in English Professional Football
To provide selected PFA Members with work placement and training opportunities within EFL Clubs, which include a range of professional roles within both the academy and First Team environment
To substantially improve employment prospects for coaches who complete the Scheme
To provide each of the coaches with their own development programme to ensure that they are appropriately trained and supported to become successful coaches and visible role models
To recognise Clubs who role model excellent Inclusion and Diversity practices, as well as supporting those who wish to develop in this area

4. Candidate Description


Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Men and Women who are PFA Members
This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing under-represented groups in football coaching. Applications will only be accepted from individuals who identify as being from those backgrounds


PFA Member
Professional playing experience in men’s or women’s football
No previous experience of full-time coaching in a Premier League or English Football League Club

First Team playing experience
Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis



UEFA B Licence
Current FA Safeguarding Certificate
Enhanced DBS Clearance
Emergency Aid Certificate

UEFA A Licence

Person Specification

The Scheme is looking for candidates with high potential to be role models and world-class football coaches
Candidates should be able to demonstrate the appropriate skills required for a football coach working in a Multi-Disciplinary Team
Candidates should be able to demonstrate high-level interpersonal skills, where they can communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of individuals and groups of people
Candidates should be able to demonstrate the resilience required to be able to succeed in challenging high-performance football environments
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high motivation to become a football coach in English Professional Football and to help other footballers and teams to successfully develop and perform
The Scheme is interested in candidates who have an aspiration to work at any age group (Foundation Phase, Youth Development Phase, Professional Development Phase and/or First Team)

Please note that the new closing date for this role is: 5.00pm Wednesday 28th July 2021