Barnsley FC

Barnsley FC

Senior Professional Development Phase Coach


Role Type



Posting Date

May 20, 2022

Role description

Reporting to:Academy Manager and/or Head of Academy Coaching

Essential & Desirable qualifications/pre-requisites

Up to date UEFA A Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award with the age specific specialist element relevant tothe Professional Development Phase (PDP)
Current DBS certification (Enhanced)
Current Basic First Aid in Sport (BFAS)
FA Safeguarding Children Certification
Member of FA Licence Club (current and up to date including CPD hours)
Experience of working at and completing at least one season in the PDP phase
(Lead Phase u18 or Senior PDP 19-21 at Category 1 and 2 level)


UEFA Pro Licence
Competent in the use of the Performance Management Application toolkit
Familiar with and experience of Athlete Monitoring Software (i.e. Prozone)
Experience of welfare provision around safeguarding young people particularlythose that make the transition from 16-18years and on and into the PDP
Is fully knowledgeable on The Football League Child Protection Statements

Key responsibilities
Main tasks

report to the Academy Manager on all aspects relating to individual and squad development at the PDP with regard to Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)
liaise with: the first-team Manager; contribute to: The Technical Board and the Academy Management Team in identifying appropriate and club pathways into the first team environment
liaise with the Head of Academy Coaching and oversee and implement on a day-to-day basis the Coaching Curriculum for the Under 18 to Under21 age groups
manage the transition of Academy Players to the Clubs senior squad in accordance with the Clubs coaching and playing philosophies
contribute to the Multi-disciplinary reviews of Academy Players in the Professional Development Phase including the application of Sport Science methods and Individual Learning Plans

Specific tasks

Lead the Coaching and U18s Professional Development League provision for the Professional Development Phase. These tasks include:
Align the coaching, game and playing philosophies with first-team activities ensuring smooth transitions via player pathways
Implement a transitional model that creates, monitors and tracks players that move through the player pathway
Contribute to player profiling that identifies player traits and characteristics applicable to first team duties
Develop player competencies within technical, tactical, psychological, physiological and social aspects of learning through individualised planning
Create, develop and implement Game and play strategies that align with the whole-club approach for both development and competitive fixtures
Use and adapt the clubs coaching curriculum and implement the clubs coaches working week to deliver high quality and structured provision leading to the Professional Development League Games Programme
Upload detailed player information into the PMAs Performance Clock in line with Premier and Football League benchmark requirements
Generate individualized learning plans, objectives and outcomes within a multi-disciplinary approach
Divide, segment and create learning blocks and periodisation that relate to macro, meso and micro delivery cycles that support player learning
Ensure effective match preparation and attention to detail is planned in advance with measureable objectives forming part of the planning
Build performance analysis within evaluative and reflective practices that supports improvement planning and feedback processes for both training models and games
Effectively manage the working week with regard to training models, the integration of sport science, individual/team/position specific sessions and transition between age-groups and first-team

Club Tasks

Contribute to the Clubs coaches competency framework in supporting and developing coaches through internally-led CPD programmes which in turn may include leading activities
Support and influence the recruitment of players in determining player profiles, characteristics and individualisms needed at first-team level
Manage the loan process for both receiving and sending players to other clubs ensuring that a tracking system is in place to monitor progress
Implement the clubs internal rating system that uses ratings as a performance indicator
Undertake Talent ID events and activities that supports the clubs recruitment policies
Oversee other senior and lower management positions in their absence, as and when necessary
Carry out any other specific tasks relevant to the whole-club ethos that supports the development of the club across all pathways and departments

Person specification

Demonstrates enthusiasm and is committed to achieving agreed objectives within Elite Performance Player Planning
Effective at preparing, planning and implementing coaching curriculums and schedules that are aligned with whole-club objectives for producing young talented football players
A dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual that is able to relate to young people engaged in player pathways within a mentoring and supportive role
Proactive decision maker with excellent communication skills that is able to effectively communicate across all departments within a multi-disciplinary approach.
Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work and maintaining standards in line with the responsiveness needed for delivering against the clubs football objectives
Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement that identifies improvement strategies to both support coaching, game understanding and player development
Displays a high level of confidentiality and is able to contribute to senior management activities and meetings in a professional manner and fully participates in club activities that support the profiling of the club
Accurate reporting and attention to detail in both written and verbal communication and able to represent the club professionally and competently at all times
Displays a deep knowledge and experience of coaching and games and is able to transfer and communicate information in an informative and constructive manner
Understands the importance about Health & Safety principles and practice and safeguarding in supporting young people through their football-related pathway

Salary:£30,000 – £35,000 per annumHours:37-hour working week (including flexible arrangements)Probationary Period:6-months (as detailed in contract)Contract:normal contract conditions as per club policy
Application Process:
Please note that Barnsley Football Club welcomes applications from those groups of individuals that are considered under-represented in the employment market, for example (although not limited to):

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
People with Disabilities
People considered socially and economically disadvantaged

Closing Date:19 June 2022 (23.00 hrs)

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