Tottenham Hotspur FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Women’s First Team Medical Lead


Role Type



Posting Date

Nov 23, 2022

Role description

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English Premier League Club, based in North London, with a global following of millions.

Led by the late great Bill Nicholson, the Club became the first in England to win the League and FA Cup Double in 1961, and the first in the UK to win a European Trophy two years later. Spurs has since been home to some of the game’s great entertainers, including Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

In April 2019, the Club opened an iconic new stadium that sits at the heart of a £1billion sport-led regeneration of North Tottenham. The stadium is the largest football club stadium in London and is a multi-use venue with the ability to host a variety of events 365 days a year, including NFL, boxing, rugby, concerts and other major events, plus visitor attractions including Stadium Tours and the Dare Skywalk.

The stadium development scheme has to date created more than 4,000 new jobs for local people, with circa £300m pumped into the local economy each year.

Tottenham Hotspur has:

A clear strategy to develop talent from within its Academy, showcased by a strong track record of Academy players graduating to the first-team squad.
A £100m state-of-the-art Training Centre that supports the Club’s ambition to attract, develop and retain the best talent.
Commercial partnerships with globally-recognised brands including AIA Group Limited (AIA), one of the world's leading providers of life insurance services, and Nike, the world’s leading sports footwear and apparel company
A commitment to minimizing its environmental impact across Club operations, being named as the greenest in the Premier League for the past three years. Tottenham Hotspur is a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, committing to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and become net zero carbon by 2040
An award-winning Foundation that is renowned for creating opportunities to help enhance the lives of people in its local community through education, employment, health and social inclusion programmes


The club are seeing a Medical Lead for the Women’s First Team who will lead the development & delivery of all aspects of physiotherapy services to the squad including accurate assessment & diagnosis of acute injuries alongside planning & implementation of rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies while providing elite care for players. Utilising evidence-based medical provision, the Medical Lead will drive the Medical & Sports Science Department’s vision of optimizing player availability & performance

The Club operates out of multiple sites, including a world class Training Centre in Enfield where all the Women’s First Team training and coaching activities occur, and where the Medical department is based.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the Women’s 1st team Medical team utilising a collaborative approach to optimise team performance in accordance with the Clubs vision and protocols
Leading the medical team to:
Deliver appropriate physical training throughout rehabilitation in preparation for return to team training.
Implement individualised injury risk reduction training for all professional players.
Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries and illnesses utilising the highest level of current evidence-based practice
Effectively communicate & collaborate with specialist consultants where appropriate
Undertake regular maintenance of non-injured players in the build-up to training and matches each day.
Safe management, Emergency and pitch-side assessment and treatment of players during training and matches.
Communicating injury status, rehabilitation strategies and return to training projections to the technical and physical performance coaches on a daily basis.
Plan and lead the assessment of all new player signings and loans for the club, liaising with the club doctor, and drawing up timely medical reports to submit to the board
Create and implement systems and methodologies to evaluate the success of the department.
Create a challenging team environment that encourages creative solutions and provides ongoing opportunities for team members to develop.
Encourage an interdisciplinary approach inclusive of the wider club, whilst leading the communications with the MDT to ensure effective collaboration and treatment. This will include Medical, Physical Performance, Nutrition & Coaching staff, in particular Head Coach.
The role will involve travel away from home including to international tours and tournaments, including weekends, bank holidays, and evening work

Governance & Audit

Ensure the medical department meets Women’s Super League regulatory requirements
Uphold Club, Medical Department, health & safety, ethics and safeguarding protocols, acting as a role model to players and staff alike and reflecting the Club’s commitment to safeguarding
Management of the medical budget
Ensure contemporaneous, comprehensive and confidential medical record keeping for all professional players utilizing the clubs record system in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures and Professional Body Requirements
Ensuring the Club and players are compliant with all medical and anti-doping rules and governing body regulations.
Record and produce quarterly reports of player availability and injury audit, including comparison of estimated and actual time loss, to enable formal continuous reflective practice-based quality improvement.
Maintain all personal legal and professional qualifications and the equivalent standards for all practitioners in the department and CPD requirements

CPD & Research

Proactively educate players on health and lifestyle factors that serve to protect their health and maximise performance.
Participate in appropriate research projects that the club has a track record in participating in.

Personal Attributes

Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas
Values & respects others, builds solid relationships, collaborates within the team
Proactively executes tasks, delivering work to highest of quality standards and takes responsibility
Receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement
Able to thrive in a competitive and demanding environment
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (especially with the team, coaches and players)
Highly organised and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Skills & Experience

Essential :

A BSc/ MSc degree level qualification or equivalent in Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation
Registered to the relevant Professional Body (CSP, HCPC, SST or BASRaT)
Minimum five years post-graduate experience.
Minimum three years' experience in elite/ professional sport, preferably football, with experience of working with elite athletes.
Experience in development and delivery of research-based injury prevention and treatment strategies.
Experience in planning and delivery of rehabilitation programmes to elite athletes.
Experience of working full time as a lead in a high-performance team environment
Be a good role model for staff and players in the elite sport environment in terms of knowledge, behaviour and development
Excellent communication, leadership, team-working and organisation skills


Valid FA ATMMiF qualification or equivalent
Track record of producing injury audits and injury prevention strategies at a squad and individual level.
A Post graduate qualification in a relevant field
Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team
Experience of working with Young Adults.
Current valid enhanced CRB check.

Safeguarding is fundamental to the success in all that we do. Successful candidates are subject to an enhanced DBS check with child’s barred list.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club welcomes applications from anyone regardless of age, disability, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

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