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Lead Youth Academy Performance Coach
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Arsenal Academy is a renowned world leader in developing young football players. The Academy is based across two purpose-built sites, Hale End Sports Ground (U9-U16) and London Colney Training Ground (U18-U21). The vision of the academy is to create Strong Young Gunners and provide the most challenging and caring football environment in the world. All players and staff are expected to demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that reflect the Academy values - respect, discipline, and humility. Arsenal Academy adopts a player centred approach that holistically develops its people to maximise the players potential.

The Academy's Performance Department is a multi-disciplinary team that collaboratively strives to maximise player development and performance. Each member of the performance team works within the 'Most Efficient Movement' (MEM) pillar to physically develop and prepare players to perform. Our evidenced based strategies are appropriate to the stage of development and individualised to the players' needs.

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Head of Academy Performance, the person appointed to this full-time, permanent position will be responsible for physically developing our U9-U16 players, linking with the U17-U21 framework. The purpose of the role is to optimise player availability, maximise physical performance and minimise the risk of injury. The post holder will be imbedded in a multidisciplinary team and expected to collaboratively work with multiple stakeholders to optimise the health, development, and performance of the young players. Roles include but are not exclusive to, providing physical development sessions on the pitch (in accordance with the MEM and football philosophy), and in the gym, rehabilitation support, training load monitoring, anthropometrical and athletic testing, functional movement screening and reporting of all relevant information.

The post holder will have the responsibility of line managing two academy performance coaches who will also be exclusively positioned at Hale End and working with the U9-U16 players. They will be expected to regularly meet and collaborate with the Head of Academy Performance and carry out performance development reviews (PDRs) with their subordinates.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To take the lead on Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning provision within the U9-U16 squads
  • Ensure that the MEM philosophy is implemented throughout all allocated age groups
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate field, gym, and rehabilitation sessions with allocated squads
  • Monitor and appropriately moderate training loads in collaboration with the technical coaches
  • To meet with the Head of Academy Performance on a regular basis to report progress
  • Plan, coordinate and execute relevant testing, screening, and monitoring
  • To prepare and present player progression reports to various audiences
  • To contribute to all players mid and full season reports with technical coaches
  • To maintain discipline as set out in the Arsenal Football Club Code of Conduct (Players, Parents Coaches)
  • To actively improve sport science programme and develop and manage the sport science curriculum
  • Responsible for creating a high-performance environment for players and staff
  • Responsible for helping deliver the agreed technical and competition program for youth football players
  • To have an intuitive 'feel' for the sport and be able to prescribe effective training programs
  • To identify resource needs and report as appropriate
  • Provide guidance and support for academy performance coaches at Hale End
  • Responsible for the scheduling, planning and delegation of duties for Hale End performance coaches
  • Provide professional development reviews (PDRs), twice a year for Hale End performance coaches
  • To maintain Arsenal Football Club's Child Protection, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures
  • To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Arsenal Football Club and its operation
  • To undertake any other duties as seen appropriate by the Head of Academy Performance

MAIN JOB REQUIREMENTS AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education/Qualifications/Training:

  • MSc degree in Sports Science or Strength and Conditioning or equivalent
  • UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation (UKSCA)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Accreditation
  • Broad knowledge of paediatric exercise science and relevant contemporary issues
  • A valid driving licence
  • A valid passport

Specific Experience:

  • Verifiable record of working with elite young footballers under 18 years old
  • Experience of curriculum management and development
  • A proven track record of implementing strength and conditioning services to improve performance
  • Experience of coordinating, delivering, and developing sport science services within elite youth sports
  • Successfully worked within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of planning short-, medium-, and long-term goals and relevant activities

Arsenal FC believes that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. We encourage applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and mixed-heritage candidates. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity for applicants and employees and aim to appoint on merit from a diverse talent pool.

Closing Date: 12/08/2022

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