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Assistant Academy Performance Nutritionist (Casual)
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Arsenal Football Academy is the football development centre for Arsenal Football Club, based across 2 sites - Hale End Sports Ground and London-Colney. The Academy is a world leader in its field and aims to individually tailor each player's development as a footballer by providing a world class youth development programme. The programme promotes the development of elite training environments to consistently outperform international competition. By placing players at the heart of the programme, the aim is to develop and grow Strong Young Gunners, within the most challenging and caring football academy in the world. Each player's development is therefore considered holistically with focus placed on supporting players to show Respect, Discipline and Humility as they aspire towards becoming better people and consequently, better players.

The Academy's Performance Department is a multi-disciplinary team, focused on ensuring that the physical and physiological development of players is delivered to the highest of standards. The department's goal is to enable the players to prepare, perform, and recover optimally resulting in increased player availability and players exceeding individual performance norms.

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting into the Academy Performance Nutritionist, the person appointed to this position will assist with the nutritional support and education of all relevant Academy players. The postholder will aim to achieve the objectives laid out in a programme agreed with the Academy Performance Nutritionist and Head of Academy Performance.

We are searching for individuals who can support the Lead Academy Performance Nutritionist to maximise the Academy players' performance and recovery primarily through nutrition (and other means) while interacting within our multi-disciplinary performance department to ensure an optimal approach to player development.

This is a paid part-time placement which will operate on a casual contract basis. The successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Daily procedures:

  • Prepare training bottles, daily supplements and recovery drinks based on individual player needs
  • Organise and keep a record of academy supplement use
  • Stock youth academy nutrition cupboard
  • Organise and monitor day release nutrition provision
  • Assist with individual player consultations
  • Assist with morning monitoring
  • Player check-ins

Testing and monitoring:

  • Food diary assessments and analysis
  • Hydration testing and assessments
  • Assist with body composition assessments via DEXA scan
  • Database updates and reporting:
  • Update DXA database on online platform
  • Update player profiles on online platform
  • Update blood test results on online platform
  • Assist with the creation of mid and full season player progress reports
  • Record and log individual player and parent consultations

Education:

  • Create content and deliver interactive workshops to players, parents, coaches & host families
  • Create educational resources
  • Create visuals for training ground
  • Assist with cooking workshops

Match Days:

  • Prepare match day nutrition and supplement provisions
  • Organise pre- and post-match food provisions

Other tasks:

  • Menu creation and delivery
  • Sourcing high quality food suppliers
  • Liaise with chefs and kitchen staff
  • Host family visits

MAIN JOB REQUIREMENTS AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Degree level or equivalent in relevant subject (e.g., nutrition, sports science, dietetics)
  • Currently studying or completed a post graduate qualification in Sport & Exercise Nutrition
  • A sound understanding of the physiological principles of sport & exercise
  • Ability to translate performance nutrition science into practical advice for footballers
  • A passion for and understanding of sport and performance nutrition
  • Promote and support equality, safe-guarding and anti-doping in sport

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to integrate and collaborate in a team environment
  • Ability to easily build professional relationships to influence and motivate behaviour change
  • Values and respects others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information in simple terms
  • Exceptionally high degree of personal and professional integrity
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to respond to the demands of elite football
  • Proactive and versatile in approach to achieving successful outcomes

Desirable

  • Experience of planning, implementing, and monitoring interventions with elite athletes
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

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: 11/08/2022

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