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Crystal Palace Football Club

Crystal Palace Football Club

U21 Head Coach - PGA Womens Academy


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Apr 9, 2024


About the job
Job Location Selhurst Park Stadium, SE25 6PU & Academy Training Ground, BR3 1NZ

Contract Type Full-time (Permanent)

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 players within the group 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. Be a coach who makes the PGA a place where players learn, and develop a love for the future game
Deliver football coaching sessions in line with the clubs curriculum and philosophy to an elite level
Ensure the age group’s coaching programme adheres to and exceeds all club standards and FA PGA licence requirements
Support all technical coaching staff around you (Assistant Coach, GK Coach) as well as other key support staff.
Prepare and support players in transition to senior environments.


Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate coaching sessions, following a training programme devised by the club in line with PGA requirements
Can execute elite / high level coaching sessions by leading the planning process
Provide input to the development and ongoing improvement / adaptation of the coaching curriculum
Input into selection decisions (e.g., attend trials and take part in selection decisions post-trial)
Work across age groups and / or senior environments (coach is likely to hold responsibility for one age group and work with different groups from time to time)
Manage and lead the MDT process of the age group
Work with individual players set appropriated development targets with a plan to work towards inline with IDP processes
Input information into the PGA’s monitoring system to allow for analysis
Provide feedback to players (using technology where appropriate) that is recorded in the IDPs.
Monitor and evaluate player development and provide feedback to players and parents/carers 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/carers
Effectively manage an approach to winning that is productive and developmental
Be available to players 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 along with he support form the Player Care Lead
Ensure player behaviour in the group reflects what is required in the PGA
Record participation, attendance and data at PGA activities for the designated age group.
Ensure communication to players and parents/carers concerning the age group is consistent and aligned to PGA communications in alignment with PGA Operations Lead
Educate parents/carers on the programme and how they can support their daughter’s / towards football and personal development while in the PGA.
Store and maintain kit and equipment efficiently
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:


FA Level 3/UEFA B Licence
FA Safeguarding Children
FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.


FA Level 4/UEFA A Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award (AYA)
Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
Talent Identification & Talent Development understanding across all sports (RAE, Unconscious Bias, Performance vs Potential)
Coaching & mentoring qualification (e.g., EMCC)
Experience of working with young athletes in an elite football environment.
Experience of effectively recording and tracking player performance and development.
Experience of developing and implementing a robust IDP (Individual Development Plan) process consistently.
Experience of delivering high level coaching sessions to meet the demands of the ability level or individuals and groups and to stretch them further
Good IT and Analysis skills / ability to lead on analysis (team / individual / unit)
Consistent experience of the planning and reviewing process of coaching collaboratively with a staff team
Understanding of the needs of the modern young player in terms of their technical, tactical, physical and psychological development.


Complimentary match day ticket
Reward and Discount Scheme through our Tech Scheme and Simple Health app
Health and Wellbeing benefit scheme
20% Discount in our Retail Stores
Volunteering Day - 1 Workday off to support a charity of your choice.
Travel Season Ticket loan
Holiday allowance that increases every year of service

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 Adjustments

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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