Wolverhampton Wanderers

U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist

Wolverhampton Wanderers



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Jul 27, 2021

Role description


JOB TITLE: U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist
DEPARTMENT: Performance and Medicine
REPORTS TO: Head of Academy Sport Science & Head of Academy Coaching
LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Compton
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week (flexibility will be required due to the nature of this role)
DATE: July 2021

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for
success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts
one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the
country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black
Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2021, three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship
trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included
memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next
season saw the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the
previous season’s seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part
of the ‘longest season’ in league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to
ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Job purpose

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead our U11’s & U12’s Sport Science provisions,
focusing primarily on the planning, implementing and monitoring on-field physical conditioning and
gym-based Strength sessions here at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Key responsibilities

Deliver individual ‘Strength and Conditioning’ related sessions to a range of different abilities
and age groups (Foundation and Youth Phases)
Plan and coach warm up sessions that include a speed, agility or plyometric element to
foundation and youth football players
Implement systematic physiological (field-based) and anthropometric testing periods for a
range of age groups within the academy and analyse the data from these testing periods
Provide match day support that includes warm up and cool downs
Plan and implement player-specific conditioning programs for players at the end stages of
Assist in the formulation and delivery of injury prevention programmes.

Provide regular oral and written reports at appropriate meetings associated with the
Strength and Conditioning support (athlete programme design, athlete attendance and
adherence, test and monitoring reports, programme overview, review and updates).
Initiate and contribute to special projects that are part of the wider development of the
medical and exercise science department at the football club
Oversee and lead Internship development
To complete 6-8 weekly multi-disciplinary reviews for each player, providing short, medium-
and long-term action points
Completion of the training register for all players, including session and player evaluation of
training within 24 hours on the online management tool (PMA).
Monitor training load through GPS; analyse data and report back to coaching staff and
physiotherapists post training.
Oversee movement preparation sessions to players in the Foundation and youth phases.

General responsibilities

Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
To promote the Club’s values
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times


This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in
close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required
to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable

Key relationships

Head of Academy Sport Science
Head of Academy Coaching and the remaining MDT staff members U18’s; (U16’s and U23’s)
Members of the Sport Science department
Football Administration Department

Person Specification

Job Title: U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system,
method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc


A basic understanding of the Governing body (the Premier league & FA) their doping policy, and basic
pathological requirements and how this relates to nutrition support modification
EPPP requirements
Operate within the rules of professional confidentiality to liaise with athletes, medical staff, sports
sciences staff, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety policies
Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills


Experience delivering warm-up, cool-down, flexibility, core strength and stability, speed, agility,
quickness training
Experience of how to modify and develop conditioning programmes according to test results or specific
individual needs
Evidence of a proven track record in designing multi-facet periodised training programmes specific to
elite football.
Ability to modify coaching style when delivering practical sessions to different populations


Working knowledge and prescription of Isoinertial training
Understanding and creating Excel pivot tables
General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working


Experience of actively engaging with players and technical coaches to create a culture which enhances
attitudes towards Strength and Conditioning practices
Excellent anatomical knowledge and an ability to apply this specifically when communicating with
coaches and physiotherapists
Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences
Ability to work irregular and unsociable hours as required involving work outside normal office hours,
evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.


A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in an ELITE environment supporting athletes in a Strength
and Conditioning Capacity


Having worked within an Academy football MDT environment
Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required


An undergraduate degree in a sport science related field (2:1 minimum)
Master’s degree in a sports science related field

EFAIF medical certificate
ISAK qualification
UKSCA or NSCA Accreditation
Hold or currently undertaking BASES Accreditation