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Bridgwater United FC

Bridgwater United FC

Youth Development Academy Phase Coach (U9 – U16 Boys)

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Posting Date

Jan 18, 2023

Role description

JOB TITLE: Youth Development Academy Phase Coach (U9 – U16) (Boy’s)
REPORTS TO: Head of Coaching / Head of Academy
LOCATION: Bridgwater United F.C – Fairfax Park – Bridgwater.
HOURS: 6 hours per week, exact hours and days to be agreed, flexibility in this role is essential as it includes evening and weekend work.

Job purpose

The role of Youth Development Phase Coach is to work alongside the Head of Coaching and Head of academy in the organisation and delivery of the Development Phase Coaching and games programme in line with the Coaching Competency Framework, Staff Development Plans, Players ILP’s, and Academy Training Needs Analysis.

In addition, the successful candidate will support all players within the phase across the 4 corners (Technical/Tactical, Physical, Psychological, Social).

Key responsibilities

Organisation and Delivery of the Foundation Phase Coaching and Games Programme in line with Bridgwater United FC’s values and behaviours.

Support Coaching duties for the Foundation/development Phase age groups.
A clear understanding of the Club Philosophy and Academy Performance Plan.
Multi-disciplinary communication to ensure the well-being and holistic development of the Foundation Phase Players.


Plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session in accordance with the Club Philosophy,
Coaching Plan and Coach Competency Framework.
Along with relevant support staff, ensure that the training programme is clearly planned with clear objectives on Bridgwater United FC’s ASC cloud
Document each session plan prior to delivery of the coaching session, including individual and team key coaching points and learning objectives for each player using the Performance
Management Application (ASC).
Evaluate coaching sessions, documenting achievement of learning objectives on ASC.
Link all individual and team learning objectives to the Foundation Phase Technical Coaching Programme.
Plan each coaching session in accordance with the individual player and team requirements.
Plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session using methodology specified within the Club Philosophy Guide.
Plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session using vocabulary detailed within the Club Philosophy Guide.
Ensure all sessions are delivered with a compliant approach to Health and Safety.
Develop and maintain a positive learning environment to maximise each players learning Potential.
Ensure that all teams play in line with the Club Football Philosophy Guide.
Document Match Day planning and evaluation using the ASC.
Document individual and team key coaching points in each Match Day plan that are linked to the Club Football Philosophy and individual player aims on the ASC.
Evaluation of the player’s performance against the players individual aims.
Emphasise individual and team learning objectives during pre-match, half time and post-match team talks and player interaction.
Ensure a warm up and cool down is conducted on each Match Day according to the Academy Coaching Programme.
Evaluate all matches, documenting achievement of learning objectives or action plan for next coaching session/Match Day.
Exhibit touchline behaviour according to the Coach Competency Framework.

Performance Reviews

Support Player Performance Reviews for each player, involving MDT staff in the process.
Link Player Performance Reviews to the learning outcomes of the Academy Coaching Programme.
All the above information to be maintained on the ASC. General Duties
Work with the Head of Coaching to ensure individual coach development plan is in place with the appropriate CPD programme.
Carry out any other reasonable duties that may arise or be assigned by the Head of Academy and/or senior management staff.Attend special events, dinners, induction seminars.

General responsibilities

Compliance with Club policies
Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policiesTo promote the Club’s values
To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
To maintain professional conduct at all times.


This role involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or vulnerable adults). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.

Key relationships

Head of Academy.
Head of Coaching.
Head of Academy Operations.
Lead Foundation Phase Coach.
Lead Age Group Coach.
Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
Multi-disciplinary team Foundation Phase/Youth Development Phase & PDP.
Recruitment Staff.
Football Administration Department.
Academy staff in support of each players development.
To ensure positive relationships with players, parents and host families.

Main Objectives

To manage all aspects of Coaching at the designated age group in line with the club Philosophy and syllabus.
To attend all relevant staff meetings.
To show clear evidence of planning and evaluating via BUFC Academy’s ASC cloud session planner.
To ensure that all the relevant administration is kept up to date.
Must interconnect with all relevant Academy departments.
Must have experience of using Microsoft word, Excel, PPT etc.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Have a flexible attitude to work.
Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
Have a polite and courteous manner.
Be organised and have good time management skills.
The ability to meet stringent deadlines.
Be able to adapt to different and changing situations.
Have the drive and enthusiasm to set high standards and achieve Academy objectives.
Have a personable approach.
Knowledge and understanding to Academy policies/procedures and regulations relating to your role.
Ability to liaise with footballers, coaches, management and other football related individuals in a professional manner.
Hold a current DBS certificate.
To be able to work evenings and weekends.


Hold a full driving licence.
Previous experience of working within the football or related industry.
FA Level 2 Coaching in Football or higher.
The FA Learning Safeguarding Children Certificate.
The FA Basic First Aid for Sport.

Person Specification

Positive communication skills
Winning mentalityHigh professional standards
Growth Mind-set
Team player
Organisational skills
Knowledge and qualifications within the sports industry
Ability to deal with a diverse range of issues and people
Time management

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to email  —- with the subject ‘Boys’s Academy Coaching Vacancy’

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