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VACANCY | Lead Youth Development Phase Coach

22 September 2020

Job Title

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach (u13-u16)

Reports to

Academy Manager and Head of Coaching



Key Contacts

Internal - Academy Manager, Head of Coaching, Multi-Disciplinary Team, Lead Phase Coaches, Coaches, Players, Parents.

External – Other Football League and Premier League clubs and staff, local FA, grass roots

clubs, schools, partner organisations, FAYCD,



Based primarily at our training location in Sheffield and the Stadium in Rotherham

Other travel will be required to meet the demands of the role.




Minimum of 40 hours per week.  Due to the nature of the post evening and weekend work will be necessary as per the demands of the job and is likely to be changeable on a weekly basis. Candidates are therefore required to be flexible.



Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience.

Discussed at interview.




Purpose of the Role

Working closely with the Academy Manager, the Head of Coaching, and all other key contacts, the post-holder will manage the logistical and operational delivery of the Youth Development Phase in line with the club’s Academy Philosophy and the Academy Performance Plan, and take lead responsibility for ensuring the core KPI’s of the phase and EPPP are effectively delivered, measured, assessed, and achieved.


In addition, the role requires the candidate to regularly coach the players and teams within the phase as well as achieving key recruitment targets.


Main Roles and Responsibilities



·         Work with the Head of Coaching to design and implement an age specific coaching curriculum in line with the academy playing and coaching philosophy ensuring the effective planning, delivery, and evaluation of every coaching session on the PMA for the phase, in accordance with EPPP.

·         Support and motivate the part time coaches within the phase to deliver the coaching curriculum and academy philosophy and push high standards at all times

·         Manage and coach a selected age group within the phase, delivering the curriculum and philosophy, and when required by the Head of Coaching, coach other teams/players.

·         Work with the Head of Coaching and age group coaches with the identification, co-ordination, and delivery of individual development plans for all players within the phase.

·         Contribute to the building of a library of academy best practice sessions mirroring the philosophy.

·         Work towards own Coach Development Action Plan (CDAP) agreed between you and the Head of Coaching in line with the Coach Competency Framework (CCF).

Management, Communication, and Organisation

·         Lead on, coordinate, and manage the daily logistical operation of the phase i.e. deal with and arrange training, fixtures, and additional fixtures to meet player needs; manage the inventory and distribution of kit and equipment; deal with match officials; communicate with players and parents, and so on.

·         Work closely with the Academy Manager, Head of Coaching, and other key staff to support your daily tasks and the multi-disciplinary development of every player in the phase across the 4 corners by developing, delivering, recording, and reviewing Individual Learning Plans.

·         Communicate and agree with age group coaches on the selected squads and teams each week.

·         Be part of, and contribute/report to the Academy Management Team as well as providing reports and attending any meetings as required by the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching.

·         Communicate and reinforce the academy playing and coaching philosophy to coaches, players, and parents.

·         Take a multi-disciplinary approach in coordinating the day release programme.

·         Be first point of contact for any queries from parents and manage expectations of both players and parents.

Reporting / Reviews

·         Work with the Head of Coaching to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the review process by organising and conducting all player reviews required for the phase as well as planning, delivering, and reviewing all coaching sessions, games/game time, whilst maintaining and monitoring all data related to this including learning objectives, progress, and other work as required on the PMA system.

·         To monitor & manage the PMA data entry of all coaches and players within the phase.

·         Link player performance reviews to the learning outcomes of the academy coaching programme and effectively present these during player/parent review meetings (formal and informal) and as per club and EPPP guidelines.

·         Work closely with the Head of Coaching to manage the player development process contributing and reporting on performance, progression, ILP’s, transition between age groups, and multi-disciplinary reviews.


Recruitment & Other Key Responsibilities

·         Drive the trialist process once it has been agreed a player is to enter on trial.

·         Take an energetic, purposeful, and measurable approach to player recruitment.

·         Manage and drive player signings and releases appropriately and professionally as well as presenting all retain/release information to the Academy manager and Academy Secretary as required and in line with EFL rules and deadlines.

·         Continually challenge and look to enhance the academy environment through new ideas.

·         Support the culture, and represent the club in the best possible light at all times.

·         Attend and contribute (when required) to all CPD as instructed by the Head of Coaching.

·         Adheres to the club Code of Conduct at all times and understand and adheres to the Club’s safeguarding procedures.

·         Carry out any other duties as directed by the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching.


Important Information

The above-mentioned duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive as

the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grading of the post, without changing the general character of the post.


Personal Specifications




UEFA ‘A’ License


FA Youth Award (assessed)


Basic First Aid in Football (BFAS) OR Emergency First Aid


Up to date FA DBS and Safeguarding Certificate


Fully Licensed FA Coach


FA Advanced Youth Award (or currently working towards and specific to that phase)



Educated to degree level in a related subject


Emergency First Aid in Football Level 2 (EFAIF)


FA Talent ID Qualification


Skills, Knowledge & Experience



A minimum of 2 years working with elite players or within professional football

(preferably in the youth development phase)


Able to demonstrate a high level of coaching ability working with individuals, units

and teams.


Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of FA and Premier League

EPPP rules regarding Academies


Experience of using the PMA system


Experience of planning a coaching syllabus and ILP’s to meet the needs of players

in an academy or other elite football environment


IT literacy and proficiency in creating presentations, writing reports and emails


Show a track record of communicating and working with, motivating, and inspiring



a multi-disciplinary team of staff



Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate to all stakeholders on

a variety of levels


Strong organisational skills demonstrating experience of managing large and varied workloads and tasks whilst maintaining attention to detail



Can show an excellent understanding of child protection, and exemplify the standards of behaviour and codes of conduct required within the Academy



Experience of working full time in an academy environment



Experience in talent identification and recruitment of players


Experience of the academy audit process



Personal Qualities



Committed to working to and promoting the philosophy of the football club and to promoting and displaying high standards of excellence in maintaining a positive

learning environment


Show a clear ‘Growth Mindset’ and capability and comfortability of being able to challenge and be challenged to deliver an elite programme in a high pressured environment with high levels of accountability


Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and ambitious in the development of a positive and progressive elite learning environment


Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement


Good attendance record in current/previous employment, (not including any

absences resulting from disability)


Must hold a valid driver’s licence and be able to travel extensively, as required and must have a D1 licence within 8 weeks of starting the post


Ability and willingness to work outside normal hours, including evenings and

weekends, often with short notice


Diversity and Safeguarding

The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants for employment will be regarded equally and will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

Rotherham United is committed to the Safeguarding and Welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm and requires all staff, volunteers and others associated with the Club to share and endorse this commitment.

This post will require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant may be required to submit a CRC application if they do not hold an FA CRC Certificate.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System

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Unfortunately your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the Club.



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