Job Title: Youth Development Lead Phase Coach (U12-U16)
Reports to: Academy Head of Coaching
Location: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool (with travel to the training venue)
Hours: 40 per week – to include evenings & weekends
Salary: Dependant on Experience
Blackpool FC Academy are seeking to employ a full time Youth Development Phase Lead
Coach to join our ever growing coaching department. The main purpose of the role is to
ensure we have an evolving programme that provides support, challenge, and care for all
players to help fulfil their potential both on and off the pitch.
Candidates should demonstrate outstanding leadership and personal skills. Excellent
knowledge of player development is essential whilst having a clear understanding of the
player pathway from the Youth Development phase (12-16) through to the Professional
Development phase (17-21).
Key Responsibilities and Duties
• Support the Head of Coaching in delivering all aspects of the Youth Development
Phase (YDP) programme.
• Lead on Multi-Disciplinary meetings U12 – U16, maximising the input from support
staff to ensure the holistic development of our players is met.
• Drive an innovative programme ensuring the needs of the future player are at the
forefront of our thinking.
• Be responsible in providing a varied games programme to give the appropriate
challenge and platform for players to perform.
• Coach across the age groups offering coaching support where required, in line with
the academy coaching philosophy.
• Support the transition of players from the FP into the YDP and help them gain
understanding of the different challenges ahead.
• Support and provide evidence on potential scholarship decisions to the key
• Work closely with the PDP coach to manage the transition of players from Youth
Development Phase into the Professional Development Phase.
• Support the Head of Coaching in delivering a phase specific CPD programme.
• Ensure the highest professional standards and organisation are met and maintained
within the Youth Development Phase Coaching team.
• Build relationships with the FP Lead and PDP lead having clear and consistent
communication regarding player pathways.
• Be able to work flexible hours that include evenings and weekends.
• Have a good understanding of our players welfare and safeguarding policies ensuring
best practice is being met.
• Any other reasonable duties.
The above job description is not intended to be exhaustive; the duties and responsibilities
may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the club.
Essential Requirements Desirable Requirement
Qualifications • UEFA A Licence
• FA L2 EFAiF
• FA Safeguarding
• FA Advanced Youth Award
(U12 – U16)
• Masters in Coaching
• A playing background (Professional
or Semi Professional)
Experience • Experience of working within a
professional club with players
aged 12 – 16, in a Category 1, 2
or 3 Academy.
• Experienced in varied games
• Has a passion for developing
• Understands all safeguarding
and welfare procedures.
• Has outstanding organisational
skills and can multitask.
• Experienced working in a Category
1 or 2 club in a full or part time
basis with players aged U12 – U16.
Knowledge & Skills • Able to build positive
relationships with staff, parents,
• Can be flexible with working
hours and is available to work
evenings and weekends.
• Has a growth mind set to
personal development and
challenges others in the correct
• Can communicate honestly and
clearly to parents and fellow
Personal Qualities • Self-motivated with the ability to work alone and as a member of a team.
• Possess a progressive mindset (individually and departmentally).
• Enthusiastic and positive with a willingness to learn.
• Possess excellent communication skills.
• Assertive, calm with the ability to work well under pressure.
• Flexible to meet the requirements of the needs of the business – this includes
working evenings & weekends.
• Ability to travel between different sites eg the Club & Training ground.
To apply for the position please submit your CV and a covering letter detailing how you
meet the criteria for the role to HR@Blackpoolfc.co.uk or Blackpool Football Club,
Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ.
Closing date for applications is Friday 22
nd April 2022.
Safeguarding: Blackpool Football Club Ltd and the EFL are committed to safeguarding the
welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this
commitment. Posts advertised may require Enhanced Criminal Record Checks and may
include checks against the Barred lists, as such it is exempt from the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions, including spent convictions that have not
been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared.
Recruitment checks: You will also be required to provide details of referees for the previous
five years working history or referees whilst in full time education.
Equality and Diversity: Employees must always carry out their duties with due regard to
Blackpool Football Club’s policies and procedures. The employee must ensure a positive
commitment towards equality and diversity treating others fairly and not committing any
form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and
to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.
Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Mission Statement: At Blackpool Football Club we aim to
provide an enjoyable experience for all supporters and hold inclusion and antidiscrimination at the core of our values. We are committed to creating an environment
which welcomes and respects people from all communities, promoting equality and
diversity at Bloomfield Road and its associated premises. As a Club we recognise the nine
protected characteristics (age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil
partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation)
under the Equality Act 2010 and will play an active role in supporting inclusion and putting
an end to discrimination.
The employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by
treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination,
victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working
relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.
Blackpool Football Club is an equal opportunities employer.