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The FA

The FA

Women's Goalkeeping Talent Coach - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract


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Mar 4, 2024


Our Women's Technical Division are looking for a Women's Goalkeeping Talent Coach to join us for an initial 12 month contract.
You will support the delivery of the England Women's Goalkeeping Strategy, by establishing a goalkeeping Talent ID network, which assists in the identification and transition of talented youth goalkeepers into England U15 U17 Development Teams.

Please note interviews are scheduled to be held on the 27th March at The National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

About the Team

Our FA Technical teams support all aspects of Men's and Women's elite performance including para football, the elite format of disability football that runs parallel to the mainstream game so we can help England teams to win tournaments.

Our teams manage everything from identifying talent to the development and coaching of multi-disciplinary teams throughout the age groups, up to our Senior England teams. To deliver on our goal we have invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at our National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

What You'll Be Doing

Ensure a deep understanding of the goalkeeping talent pool aged U14-U17.
Work with the Women's Goalkeeping Pathway Lead, to input into talent management decisions regarding player opportunities and selections for Talent Pathway and National Development Team events (U15-U17).
Work with the Talent Pathway team, and the Future Lionesses Goalkeeping Centre workforce, to establish a national network for goalkeeping specific talent identification and development.
Conduct an analysis of goalkeeping talent and goalkeeping coaching provision across Emerging Talent Centre (ETC) and Professional Game Academy (PGA) playing environments.
Support talent development environments to develop an age specific goalkeeping curriculum that supports the identification, selection, and development of talented youth goalkeepers.
Collaborate with key stakeholders to deliver positive action initiatives to target hard to reach playing pools and diversify the demographic of goalkeeping talent referrals.
Lead the planning, delivery, and review of the overall goalkeeping technical and tactical programming on regional and national Talent Pathway events and activity, ensuring alignment with National Development Teams.
Develop outstanding club relationships to support the transition of talented goalkeepers through the Talent Pathway and into National Development Teams, ensuring information and knowledge is transferred as required.
Act as goalkeeping coach for England National Pathway teams as required.
Liaise with the FA Safeguarding Team to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of participants is considered in all activity, referring any concerns in line with FA Safeguarding policy and procedures.
Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What Will You Need?

Essential for the role:
Knowledge• UEFA B Licence• UEFA B Goalkeeping Licence

Experience• High level people skills and experience.• Ability to demonstrate inspirational leadership on and off the pitch using a variety of methods.• Experience of developing and sustaining a culture of safe working, high performance and respectful behaviour.• Demonstrate an understanding of international football, talent systems and talent identification.• Significant experience of working with youth goalkeepers with a track record of high performance.• Deep knowledge of Technical, Tactical, Physical, Psychological & social components of the game.• Ability to develop & create a player development plan.
• Growth mindset & evidence of continuous professional development.• Knowledge & understanding of the England GK DNA.• Knowledge and experience of safeguarding children and adults, risk legislation and implementing policy and processes to maintain safer working cultures.

Technical Skills• Extensive experience of Excel, Word & PowerPoint• Advanced reporting writing skills• Advanced Microsoft Office• Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of players, MDT staff & key stakeholders.

Beneficial to have:
Knowledge• UEFA A Licence• UEFA A Goalkeeping Licence• Advanced Youth Award• Teaching Qualification and/or background

Experience• Experience of coaching in the women's game.• Experience of working within the Women's Professional Game (PGA/ETC) and/or the England Women's Talent Pathway.• Experience of International football

Technical Skills• Experience of working with Sportscode• Experience of working with Hudl

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitivesalary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams acrossmen's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, Adobe FA Women's Championship, and Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park,all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Associationactively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunitiesemployer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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