Job title: Women Academy / ETC Goalkeeper CoachDepartment: Women AcademyBased at: UCLAN Sports Arena / Academy Training CentreReports to: Academy ManagerResponsible for: N/AHours of work: 6 hours per week plus matchdaysContractual Status: Part Time Permanent
1. Job purpose:
- Support and develop all goalkeepers 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 Academy a place where goalkeepers learn, have fun and develop a love for the game- Deliver football coaching sessions in line with the Club curriculum / blueprint- Ensure the age group coaching programme adheres to and exceeds all club standards- Be an advocate and guardian of the women game
2. Duties and responsibilities:
Coaching Programme- Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate goalkeeping coaching sessions, following a training programme- Provide input to the development and ongoing improvement / adaptation of the coaching curriculum- 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.- Input into selection decisions- Work with goalkeepers across U12-U16 Academy age groups
Player Development- Work with individual goalkeepers to set appropriated development targets with a plan to work towards- 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 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 like injury and other challenges that could affect their performance and wellbeing.- Ensure player behavior in the group reflects what is required in the Academy- Work with the Safeguarding Officer to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is always an operational priority
Management and Administration- Record participation and attendance for goalkeepers.- Ensure communication to players and parents concerning the players is consistent and aligned to Academy communications- Educate parents on the programme and how they can support their child football and personal development while in the Academy.- Store and maintain kit and equipment as appropriate
Self-Development- Seek feedback from others, and reflect on personal behaviour and performance to identify areas for improvement- Create and maintain a personalised Development Action Plan (DAP), taking input and feedback from a variety of sources- Review personal competencies against job specification and identify areas for improvement- Attend CPD events and undertake CPD activities in line with identified development themes- Be aware of current research and insight to support programme and coaching development
3. Skills required:
Motivation- Enjoys improving and developing players and people- Has a desire to progress in the women game- Demonstrates curiosity to learn and develop- Motivated to create a positive performance culture- Takes pride in delivering high quality work- Is willing to commit to work evenings and weekends.
Resilience- Is willing / able to flex and change with the demands of a situation- Has strategies for self-management and maintaining work-life balance- Can manage arousal levels in the moment. Awareness of body language, energy state, & verbal communication, and can amend in the moment if required- Assesses self fairly; asks self what they can do better and is realistic about what is outside of their control.
Interpersonal Skills- Is a good listener- Has strong communication skills; uses understandable language that relatable to different age groups- Expresses enthusiasm, confidence and belief in players capabilities- Earns trust by being respectful, supportive, and transparent.- Is approachable and relatable; builds strong and personal relationships with different types of people- Shows an interest and genuine care about player needs. Treats players as humans by providing personalised support and communication- Encourages open, two-way communication.- Can communicate difficult decisions with firmness and compassion.- Is brave and unafraid of potential conflict. Is friendly, but not overly friendly
Thinking Skills- Is innovative and open minded; Unafraid to try new things in pursuit of developing and engaging players- Uses research and insight to inform decisions- Highly organised, able to plan & organise to meet deadlines
- Considers the impact of decisions- Is open to feedback and other peoples’ ideas
4. Knowledge required:- Experience of working with young athletes- Experience of working in a football environment.- Understanding of the needs of the modern young player in terms of their physical and psychological development.- An up to date understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures Roles which have brought understanding of how children learn and develop (e.g., teaching)
5. Qualifications required:- Level 2 or above coaching qualification in Goalkeeping and UEFA C outfield qualification or above.- UEFA B Goalkeeping Qualification (Desirable)- FA DBS- FA Safeguarding Children- FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.
DBS check required: YES