Lewes Football Club

Lewes Football Club

Women's Pathway Coach

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Posting Date

Jul 3, 2022

Role description

SummaryJob Title: Pathway CoachEmployer: Lewes FCHours Availability: Voluntary Role - Minimum 7 hours a weekReports to: Head of Performance / Pathway CoordinatorKey relationships: Head of Performance/ Pathway Coordinator/Pathway Coaches

Pathway Coach
Working with the Head of Performance, Pathway Coordinator, and Pathway Coaches to effectively manage and coach within our girls pathway ensuring the implementation and execution of the club’s pathway curriculum and game model to aid player development.
The successful candidate will be responsible for leading on planning, delivering and management of training sessions and match days with the sole focus of player development through our pathway. They will also be responsible for promoting Lewes FC 360 player development programme in conjunction with the Pathway Coordinator.
The post holder will play a vital role in the progression of players through our pathway into our 1st team.

Planning, delivering and reviewing a variety of coaching sessions to both individuals and groups, supporting players in the creation of individual development plans and using these to influence practice design and delivery.

Liaise with other pathway coaches, monitor player load and performance and support individual players to progress up a level where appropriate.

Complete individual player development plans and provide timely, accurate and constructive feedback to players and parents.

Communicating with parents through the ongoing review process of players and via attendance at parents’ evenings.

Work in conjunction with the Head of Performance and Pathway Coordinator to ensure the smooth operating and administration of the pathway.

Be in attendance of all specified age group training sessions and fixtures.

To attend staff meetings and club CPD as required to ensure alignment throughout the pathway.

To report regularly to Pathway Coordinator regarding attendance, recruitment, performance,
individual player development and general operational issues.

Ensure the implementation and delivery of the pathway curriculum and club game model as
directed by the Head of Performance.

Further responsibilities:

To educate all coaches, players and parents in regards to what is required to play at the highest level

To help instill the correct club ethos and culture within the Pathway

Be familiar with best practice safeguarding requirements and be familiar with the clubs
safeguarding policy to protect the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

To work closely with the Head of Performance Pathway coordinator

The candidate should be flexible in regards to working hours – covering all training sessions and

To build relationships across departments of the club to improve the Lewes FC Pathway

To attend staff meetings and club CPD as required

To be aware of current trends and best practice in Youth Development and the Women's game

Work with the Head of Performance and Pathway Coordinator to implement a programme of continuous professional development


UEFA B / FA Level 3 Desirable - FA level 2 minimum

Up to date FA Emergency Aid Qualification - FA Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (BFAS) or FA
Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)

Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues including holding a current FA
Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate

An accepted FA Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure (previously known as an FA CRB


An understanding and implications of Long-Term Player Development and how to develop young players and understanding on how to develop learning environments for athletes.

Able to work as part of a coaching team and the ability to motivate others

Able to build a strong rapport with the players in the age range

Excellent organisational and time management skills

Motivated and driven individual - able to work independently with good team collaboration

Commitment and passion for the game - a positive custodian of the women’s game

A dynamic, confident communicator (verbal, written) whilst able to adapt style and approach as and when required - calm, composed, solution-finder and able to manage difficult conversations with players and parents with the intent to support long term development

Have experience of working with youth team players (ideally in an elite environment).

Application Process:
Please submit your formal interest in the position by sending an email (Subject: Pathway Coach | Your Name) with your CV and cover letter to: ryan@lewesfc.com
Please clearly articulate in your cover letter how your experience and personal characteristics align with the values and ambitions of Lewes FC, as well as provide evidence of how your qualification and experience in the women’s game match the role described below.
Interview Process:
Please review the dates below and note in your application email if any of the below dates would not work with current commitments:
• Formal Interview process: Ongoing
Do not be put off from applying for this role if you do not meet all the requirements described here in everyway. First and foremost, we seek people with clear ambition and drive for success, who are fully aligned with the values and principles of Lewes FC and who have the attributes to contribute to the development and success of our football club.
Lewes FC prides itself as an equal opportunity employer and we encourage and welcome applications from all candidates including those from under-represented backgrounds such as women, people with disabilities, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates.
Given the low levels of diversity in football, we understand that candidates from under-represented backgrounds are unlikely to have been given adequate opportunity in the game. Consequently, we will ensure that the application process does not unduly favour candidates with such experience over applicants without it – within the restrictions posed by our License to play in the FA Women’s Championship.

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