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Coventry City FC

Coventry City FC

Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) 2024/25


posting Date

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May 14, 2024


Contract Type: 23–month fixed-term employment

Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum

Premier League Coach Development Programme: The successful candidate will divide their time between their Coventry City employment and their individual development plan which includes enrolment to the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme

Location: Based out of the Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry

Closing Date: Friday 17th May 2024

1. Background
Professional football must better reflect modern Britain. Coventry City Football Club, in partnership with the Premier League, Professional Footballers Association (PFA), and English Football League (EFL) we are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population.

As part of our commitment to improving diversity, we are proud to be able to support the Professional Player to Coach Scheme, Season 2024/2025, by providing a high-quality fixed-term employment opportunity to develop under-represented groups within the football industry. The scheme is open to PFA members who are currently under-represented within English professional football coaching workforce. Men and Women coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds. We believe that having greater diversity helps the whole club to perform better both on and off the pitch.

Coventry City Academy is a Category 2 development programme, with a strong focus on improving individuals with a focus for the professional game. Through the values of Respect, Development and Resilience, players and staff are encouraged, challenged and supported to achieve their full potential in a safe and forwarding thinking environment.

2. What is the Professional Player to Coach Scheme?
PPCS provides a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development programme for the successful candidate. The club will act as the ‘base’ of employment and the individual will work across a variety of football functions within the club to broaden their learning experience.

The fixed-term employment opportunity will include coaching and observation across the Academy, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. Successful applicants will enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme which is accredited by Leeds Beckett University. Upon successful completion of the programme, coaches will receive a Diploma in Professional Football Coaching. The development programme includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects, and need-led access to FA/UEFA coaching qualifications.

Coventry City has successfully supported the PPCS since its inception in 2020, both directly in the form of candidate placement and through attendance at coach development events.

3. Objectives of the Scheme
To increase the number of former professional players from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds in full-time coaching positions in English professional football
To provide coaches on the scheme with a fixed-term employment contract and development opportunities within a Premier League or EFL clubs
To substantially improve long-term 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 supported to become successful coaches and visible role models
To assist in diversifying the workforce at Premier League and EFL clubs, promoting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion
4. Person Specification

• This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing some currently under-represented groups within the English professional football coaching workforce. PPCS is open to PFA members who are Men and Women from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds. Applications will only be accepted from individuals from these backgrounds


PFA member
Coaches must not have previous experience of holding a full-time coaching role in a Premier League or EFL Club

Experience of delivering effective and engaging coaching and player development support to children and young people (e.g. in education, grassroots, community coaching, or part-time development centre or Academy setting)
Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis
Experience of holistic youth development activities within, or beyond sport
Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis
Experience of holistic youth development activities within, or beyond sport


UEFA B Licence
Current FA Safeguarding Certificate (Prior to commencing role)
Enhanced DBS Clearance (Prior to commencing role)
Emergency First Aid Certificate (Prior to commencing role)

UEFA A Licence


Drive to become a football coach in English professional football and to help individual players, and teams, to successfully develop and perform
Passion to create developmentally appropriate learning environments for players
Commitment to fulfilling duty of care for children, young people, and adults in healthy, high performing environment
Exceptional interpersonal skills, and relationship building expertise
Resilience for the everyday rigours of high-performance football environments
High potential to be a world-class football coach and visible role model.
5. How To Apply
Applications are welcome from PFA members who are Men and Women coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds. Reasonable adjustments will be made for any applicant with a disability, and these should be requested directly to

Coventry City Football Club believe in equal opportunities and all applications will be assessed on merit only. All personal data that the applicant shares on the equality monitoring form will be submitted separately and not form any part of the application process. This information is collected simply to see if our advert is reaching a wide and diverse range of applicants who are applying for this role. The successful candidate will be selected based on merit as measured against the person specification, set out above.

Please follow these guidelines to apply.

Coventry City Football Club will only consider applications from PFA members who are Men and Women coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds.

Please demonstrate in your covering letter of no more than one page, that you meet each of the criteria for the PPCS.
Person Specification
In addition, please include answers to the following questions in your covering letter.
Why you are attracted to the PPCS, and your ambitions for this specific role?
How does PPCS fit into your career plan, and the personal and professional development you have undertaken to prepare yourself for this role?
How would your unique expertise positively impact upon the club, and the players we support?
What are your personal values?
Please submit your CV alongside your cover letter.
6. Deadline For Applications
Please submit your application by Friday 17th May 2024 at 5pm.

Please email your application and any queries to

Multi-stage assessment activities will take place across w/c 20th May

7. Safeguarding
Coventry City FC is committed safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to safer recruitment throughout the company. An enhanced DBS check is a requirement of the role.

Coventry City FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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