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Crystal Palace Football Club

Crystal Palace Football Club

U21 Physical Performance Coach - PGA Womens Academy


posting Date

role Type



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:

Ensure PGA players experience a physical performance programme that supports the club blueprint and develops high quality athletes
Lead and develop the physical programme across the PGA and academy age groups
Ensure players experience a safe, secure, and supportive environment.
Provide excellent feedback to the MDT on physical outlooks on players and individuals


Contribute to the PGA blueprint / curriculum ensuring there is S&C provision which complements the football programme.
Deliver – or oversee the delivery of – the PGA and Club Funded Academy’s physical development programme, including:
Design and deliver individualised athletic development programmes as well as group training sessions
Provide injury rehabilitation training of players as directed by the physiotherapist/sports therapist, in preparation for return to training
Design and deliver a fitness testing programme. Use the results to drive group and individual training programmes
Work with Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist to develop and support an activation / prehab programme
Manage facilities and equipment within the PGA so that it is well maintained and safe to use
Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches. Keep records which meet the standard required by The FA and the appropriate professional bodies
Communicate with parents in the event of S&C related queries, generally and specifically to their children. Educate and support parents with regard to their role in supporting physical development, injury prevention, injury care, recovery, diet and other factors relating to lifestyle away from the PGA.
Advise and direct other staff on the needs of players. Attend case management meetings and provide professional opinion /input
Educate coaches on the S&C provision and embedding physical outcomes within technical sessions
Provide critical data and benchmarking for IDP review and decision making processes on individual players
Work with external partners / stakeholders
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:


BSc in Sports Science or a Sport Science related discipline.
Hold UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or ASCC accreditation. If accreditation has not been obtained, evidence must be provided to demonstrate an ability to working towards obtaining it, including, but not exclusive to, the attendance of workshops.
FA Safeguarding Children
FA Level 2 Introduction to First Aid in Football (EFAiF) or FA Emergency
First Aid.
Has experience of delivering gym sessions, pre activation, warm ups and individual interventions within coaching sessions
Has experience of capturing, processing and presenting GPS data
Experiences which have brought understanding of internal and external load monitoring, including GPS and heart rate monitoring


Working towards or completed MSc Strength and Conditioning or related post graduate qualification
Additional recognised S&C related qualifications (e.g., NSCA/BWLA/FA Level 3)
BASES Accredited Sports Scientist
Engages in professional 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)
Football Coaching Qualification (Eg., Introduction to coaching Football/UEFA C)
Player support (eg - Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)
Experience of developing & delivering individual and group physical preparation and recovery strategies for children and adolescent females
Knowledge of injury prevention and individual screening strategies


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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