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VACANCY | Academy Sports Scientist

6 January 2020

Rotherham United Football Club are looking to employ a Full-Time Academy Sports Scientist to join our dynamic Sports Science and Medical Department. The role will involve working with the U9-U16's, as well as the Professional Development Phase (U18's).

Job Title: Academy Sports Scientist

Reporting to: Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine and Academy Manager

Department: Academy Sports Science and Medicine

Position Overview: A full time position that aims to:

-Assist the Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department in making sure all the department needs are met as outlined in the Academy Performance Plan (APP)

-Implement the Academy Sports Science programme that focuses on the athletic development of all Academy aged players (U9-U18), including individual athletic developments of the Youth Team (U18)

-Lead the Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department in performing testing for all Academy age groups (U9-U18)

-Assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the U18s, and assist/lead match day preparations where required.


BSc (Hons) Sports Science

1 year experience post-graduate working in sport

Evidence of working within youth athletic development

Dedication to self-improvement and continuing professional development

Experience in testing/monitoring maturation in young athletes

Excellent organisational skills, and an ability to correctly manage data

Able to be flexible with their working week to cope with the demands of the role


Hold or working towards an MSc Level Qualification

Strength/Conditioning qualification or Sports Rehabilitation qualification

Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma

Previous experience of APP and PMA

Experience or an interest in Sports Nutrition

Experience in using and monitoring GPS data

Job responsibilities:

Report daily to the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine and contribute to the formal departmental and interdepartmental meetings.

Assist with the monitoring of the wellbeing and workload of the Professional Development Phase (U18)

Take that lead in planning and the implementation of the Athletic Development programmes for all Academy aged players (U9-U16); working close with the Academy Medical Staff.

Monitoring the recording of anthropometric/physiological data for Academy aged players (U9-U16), and using this to forecast/monitor maturation; and complete physical testing with U9-U16s regularly across the season. Assist with the Physical Testing of the Professional Development Phase.

Planning and leading the implementation of individual and/or group strength and conditioning sessions for all Academy ages (U9-U18)

Collaborate with the Lead Professional Development Phase (U18), Lead Youth Development Phase (U13-U16) and Lead Foundation Phase (U9-U12) Coaches to organise training schedules, testing, session plans and intensity of sessions.

Work closely with the Head of Sports Science and Medicine, and other club physiotherapy staff to provide specific physical development training sessions for injured Academy players (U9-U16) and assist with the Youth Team (U18) where required.

Provide Athletic Development profiles for all Academy players (U9-U16) and Youth Team (U18) players.

Analyse GPS data, and report findings to monitor loading of the Professional Development Phase (U18)

Record data on PMA in line with APP requirements.

Hours of work: 40 a week

Salary Negotiable


How to apply...

If you are interested in this position, please apply with a CV and covering letter via indeed by clicking HERE.

Closing date 11th of January. Interviews 14th/15th of January


The successful applicant will have:

Full Driving Licence (preferably clean)

Two Employment references to include the most recent employer


Rotherham United Football Club is a diverse organisation that values difference and recognises that people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all players, officials, staff, fans, members of the community, partners and other stakeholders according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin or political belief has no place within the Club.

Rotherham United is committed to providing each employee, potential employee, customer and service-users equality of opportunity across all areas of the club’s operation. Rotherham United will ensure that equality practices are integral to every process and create an inclusive and positive environment for all.

The Club also takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The Club has numerous Safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

Identified positions within the Club may be subject to receipt of an acceptable Disclosure and Barring Service, in line with the Clubs Safeguarding policies as well as any other condition stipulated by law. The Club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and /or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the Club’s approach to Safeguarding at all times.

Interviewees are required to bring proof of ID to the first interview (valid passport OR birth certificate and NI card) along with proof of right to work I the UK (if applicable). ID documents must be original, photocopies will not be accepted.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants for employment will be regarded equally and will be given equal opportunities irrespective of race, colour, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or ethnic origin.

In line with EFL policy RUFC welcomes applications from candidates of BAME backgrounds and our interview process will encompass the BAME regulations if applicable to the role.

Outlined above is the specific compliance requirements for the role and the employment offer is subject to all employment checks being completed. We may also view social media sites of any potential employee.

Job Type: Permanent


  • On-site parking

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Evidence of working within youth athletic development: 1 year (Required)
  • testing/monitoring maturation in young athletes: 1 year (Required)
  • post-graduate working in sport: 1 year (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • flexible with working week to cope with the role demands (Required)

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