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Crystal Palace Football Club

Crystal Palace Football Club

U21 Goalkeeper Coach – PGA Womens Academy


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role Type



May 28, 2024


About the job
Job Location Crystal Palace Academy Training Ground, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1RJ & Selhurst Park, Whitehorse Lane, SE25 6PU

Contract Type Part-time (14 hours per week)

Salary/ ROP Competitive

Who we are:

We are Crystal Palace Football Club, a Premier League Football Club with more than 160 years of proud history. Spread across three different sites – our London office, Selhurst Park stadium and our Training Ground/Academy, we offer the best atmosphere and culture for our fans and our employees.

We strive for excellence in the workplace with a philosophy of high standards, professionalism, and a strong work ethic from our employees. We are constantly trying to grow, diversify and build with not only our team on the pitch, but also our team in the offices and on the ground.

About this role:

Support and develop all goalkeepers within the PGA and academy to attain the highest levels of performance possible in a safe, secure and supportive environment
Drive and nurture a positive culture within the training group.
Deliver football coaching sessions in line with the PGA curriculum and philosophy
Ensure the age group’s coaching programme adheres to and exceeds all club standards and FA PGA licence requirements


Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate goalkeeping coaching sessions, following a training programme typically devised by the Academy Manager
Provide input to the development and ongoing improvement / adaptation of the coaching curriculum / support in the development of set piece strategy as a development tool across the PGA (link in with 1 st Team)
Coach in a way that ensures players:
are encouraged to ask questions and seek feedback for improvement and clarity
are encouraged to have input to footballing decisions and their own learning process.
are communicated the why’ as well as ‘what’ of decisions
know and understand the purpose and ‘why’ of training sessions
Provide learning and development opportunities to the volunteer coach, through – for example:
Giving them stretching responsibility
Providing developmental feedback on their coaching
Seeking their input and views on players and sessions
Input into selection decisions
Work with goalkeepers across all PGA and academy age groups
Work with individual goalkeepers to set appropriated development targets with a plan to work towards
Input information into the PGA’s monitoring system to allow for analysis
Provide feedback to players (using technology where appropriate)
Monitor and evaluate player development and provide feedback to players and parents on a regular basis.
Liaise with and work closely with coaches, medics and performance staff regarding player development, and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
Ensure all PGA games are well managed with a development philosophy clear to players and parents
Encourage / support the holistic development of players to support them as people and players
Be available to goalkeepers to offer advice, guidance and support on football and personal matters. g., ensure they are managed well through things like injury and other challenges that could affect their performance and wellbeing.
Ensure player behaviour in the group reflects what is required in the PGA
Work with the PGA’s Safeguarding Manager to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is always an operational priority
Other duties and responsibilities as required by line manager.
Upholding and promoting the Club’s policies and procedures, including Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities policies and procedures.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:


Level 2 or above coaching qualification in Goalkeeping and UEFA C outfield qualification or above.
FA Safeguarding Children
FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.


Engages in professional development other than technical football coaching development, for example:

Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
Talent Identification & Talent Development across all sports (RAE, Unconscious Bias, Performance vs Potential)
Player support qualifications (e.g., Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)

Our commitment to Equality

At Crystal Palace Football Club, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is spirited and continues to grow due to the working environment, which makes all staff feel appreciated and welcomed. Crystal Palace Football Club do this by encouraging good relations and practices towards different groups and are committed to promoting employment opportunities that celebrate diversity.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting, and retaining the most talented candidates and the club intends to ensure that everyone who wishes to engage with the club, whether as matchday fans, staff, players, board members, participants in Foundation programmes and any other person engaged with the club's activities, has a real and equal opportunity to do so.

Reasonable Adjustment

If you require disability-related adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact (DLO inbox is for disability-related queries only, if you wish to gain further information regarding this vacancy, please contact ). We are here to help you through the whole recruitment process including trying to apply for a vacancy, getting in touch with us through the process, and/or helping with access in case you are required to come in for an interview.


Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare and protection of children and vulnerable people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, the post holder will be required to undergo any relevant security checks, including a comprehensive background check, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure the safety and protection of children and vulnerable individuals.

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