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London City Lionesses

London City Lionesses

Sports Science Lead


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Jan 18, 2024


About Us: The London City Lionesses are setting a vision and building an infrastructure in which all the players and staff can thrive. The newly formed Performance, Medical and Innovation Department will be a key part of that process. The strategic vision of the Department is to ‘Empower, educate and develop women by providing bespoke high performance and medical support, creating a unique and inspiring World Class environment.’  Owned by Michele Kang, our vision is to: 
1.       Become the most preeminent sports organisation in the world;
2.       Have a high-performance culture of winning on and off the pitch;
3.       Train women as women; and
4.       Motivate and inspire the next generation of girls and women.

Key Objectives of the Role

Lead on the Sport Science support of London City Lionesses players, managing Sports Science staff, and in collaboration with Nutrition, Psychology, Medical and Data Analysis staff.
Ensure integrated cutting-edge, and female-focused, Sports Science support for London City Lioness players.
Lead in the management, planning and delivery of the day-to-day wellness, physical training, recovery and match load monitoring.
Support and develop women as women.
Work closely with the Technical, Medical and Performance Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Main Duties/ Responsibilities


Cutting edge and forward thinking!
Responsible for delivering cutting-edge bespoke monitoring, management, and development plans to all First team players.
Design and lead all on-field conditioning, warm-ups, speed development and individual development sessions for the First team.
Provide Sport Science support to players during all training sessions and games, with travel required.
Educate and support players, as well as produce appropriate visuals, on all performance and recovery related sport science themes.
Collaborate with the Medical Lead to ensure all players receive individual physical programs, monitoring and management to track long-term player development.
In conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning Coach and technical team, develop a training language and philosophy as the basis for training development and delivery.
In conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning Coach, develop an optimal physical profiling strategy.
Collaborate with the Strength and Conditioning Coach on the periodisation planning with the technical team, encompassing daily planning and debrief sessions.
In collaboration with the global teams, develop appropriate daily reporting and data visualisation templates to optimise the impact of data on the management of individual players.
Assist the Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Physio/Rehab Coach, with the programming and delivery of gym-based strength and conditioning, and end-stage Return to Play sessions.
In collaboration with global team, develop and oversee a centralised AMS system to optimise physical data visualisation and interpretation, as well as to house data to assist in the long-term development of all players at the club.
In collaboration with the Performance and Medical staff create and monitor off-season training programs.
Support and develop staff to become industry leading practitioners through a consistent performance review process.
Work collaboratively with the Medical Lead to provide Multi-Disciplinary support, and education, by implementing and monitoring optimal female health, wellbeing, recovery, physical profiling, strength and conditioning, training and match load monitoring, nutrition, psychology, and return to play strategies.
Under the guidance of the Executive Director, collaborate with the Performance and Medical staff in the review, development and co-ordination of Applied Performance and Medical research projects, contributing to an evolving world leading High Performance support program.
Mentor undergraduate student volunteers, and interns. 
Attend and assist with workshops, in-service meetings, professional development courses/workshops and other development opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned.

The above provides an outline for the role required and should not be regarded as a conclusive list.

Person Specification


A BSc in Exercise/Sports Science or a related field

Master’s degree in Sports Science or performance related field.

Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of sports science/performance.

Applied football experience preferred (exception may be granted for experience in other professional sports).

Experience working with female athletes with an understanding of female physiology is essential.

Sport Science support experience with elite football players (exception may be granted for experience in other professional sports).

Hold either a UK Strength and Conditioning accreditation (UKSCA) Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach qualification (ASCC), or the US National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach qualification (CSCS)

Passion for the success of Women’s Professional Sports, innovation, research, and an appetite for an exciting new sports landscape

Enthusiastic and energetic team player, with experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary team

Have adequate professional liability insurance to work /advise WSL and WC players

Hold the Football Association level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF) qualification

Be a UKAD Clean Sport Advisor

High level of knowledge of Women and Girls Athletic populations to meet the demands of Elite football

Highly experienced in the planning and delivery of gym-based and pitch-based football programs

Knowledge of women’s professional and international football

Possess exceptional organisational skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to prioritise/multi-task.

Valid and accepted enhanced FA DBS or be willing to undertake this check if successful

Ability to work in a fully integrated medical and performance department, to be committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all LCL athletes

Maintain confidentiality and protect sensitive information regarding injured players

Maintain confidentiality and protect sensitive information within football departments, upholding the highest levels of professional at all times

Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice

Experience within other football competitions i.e. UEFA Champions League, FIFA or other high level competition experience

Experience in utilising sports science technologies such as: STATSports GPS, Polar, VALD (NordBord and Force Decks), and Athlete Management Systems.

Strong PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and experience of data visualisation software such as Tableau, Power BI, and programming such as R code preferred.

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