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West Ham United FC

West Ham United FC

Women’s Academy Head Physiotherapist/ Sports Therapist


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Posting Date

Aug 28, 2023

Role description

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen in the expanding West Ham United Women Team for a Physiotherapist/ Sports Therapist to lead the Academy programme and work alongside the first team who compete in the WSL.

At West Ham United Women our goal is to be competing at the highest level of Women football. We will provide a performance center strategy that encompasses the Club wide philosophy for players to develop within a comprehensive and professionalised environment.

As West Ham United Women Head Academy Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist you will be fully supported in building sustainable success. Starting with the creation of a winning culture, where as a team we will develop players into professional footballers.

Main Responsibilities

* Be in attendance at all training sessions and matches played throughout the season and pre-season.
* Be responsible for the day to day delivery of high level injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and pitch side first aid/emergency care including the systems and infrastructure required to ensure that these processes are supported, documented and reviewed appropriately, in collaboration with the rest of the Club medical staff.
* Oversee all the Women Academy Players based with the 1st team.
* Liaise with the clubs that academy players join on dual registration to monitor their helath wellbeing.
* Support the Head of Medical with women 1st team duties when required.
* Devise and assess both conventional and alternative strategies for the prevention and reduction of injury. Proactively seek out and embed new ideas.
* Diagnose and treat injuries presented to them.
* Maintain excellent communication between the players and technical staff and dual registration clubs.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: -

Desired (D), Essential (E)


* BSc/MSc in Physiotherapy (E) or BSc/ MSc in Sports Therapy (E)
* Registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)(E)
* Registered to appropriate governing body (E)
* Up to date Advanced Emergency Aid qualification (ATMMiF course) (E)
* Satisfactory DBS (E)

Specific Experience:

* Exeprience working with Female Athletes (E)
* Previous experience in a professional sports environment (D)
* Working within Women Football (D)
* Working with female academy players (D)

Understanding and empathy with player injuries (E)
Ability to work collaboratively with both staff and players (E)
Ability to educate, advise and motivate individuals (E)
Effectively communicate, both written and verbally, in a clear and logical manner (D)
Demonstrate an understanding of female health and the implications for performance (D)
The desire to research and develop programs that support the development of female athletes. (D)

Equal Opportunities

* To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti- discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and age.
* To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.

As part of our employment safer recruitment process, we may carry out basic social media checks on all candidates ahead of the interviews.

We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with the being Disability Confident Committed. We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities. Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.

West Ham United FC is committed to equality and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Positions that involve working with such groups are subject to safer recruitment protocols, including DBS Disclosure at enhanced level.

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