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VACANCY | First Team Senior Performance Coach

9 February 2022

An exciting opportunity to join our first team staff has arisen...

Job Title:

Senior Performance Coach


Performance Science & Medicine


Training Ground / Stadium Rotherham

Reports to:

Head of Performance & Medicine

Responsible for:

First Team Sports Scientist


Competitive Basic Salary, Bonus Scheme and Company Car.

Hours of Work:

As required to cover First Team schedules including match fixtures and training days. There is an expectation with this position to work evenings and weekends.




To lead on the clubs Sports Science support program in the development, delivery, organisation, co-ordination and implementation of all Sports Science related matters to First Team players. This post will consider applications from candidates with a considerable level of experience within professional sport and has a track record of delivering fitness & conditioning programs at an elite level. The purpose of the Senior Performance Coach is to optimise availability and enhance the athletic development of Rotherham United First Team players through the provision of footballs best Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning support. The successful candidate will also be required to have strong leadership skills as this post will be primarily responsible for managing the clubs First Team Sports Scientist. The Senior Performance Coach is also expected to add value to the department staff with ongoing education programmes and also developing intra-club research studies along with establishing and maintaining an effective network outside the club including university links for furthering research.

Key Relationships

First Team Manager and Coaching Staff

Head of Performance and Medicine

First Team Physiotherapist

Sports Scientist

Sports Rehabilitator


Club Doctor

Key Tasks / Accountabilities:

1. To program the service and delivery of all Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning matters relating to First Team players on and off field. It is expected that this delivery is through high professional standards utilising up to date research and evidence-based practice within the Sports Science and Medical Department.

2. To lead in the development of evidence-based protocols and research for all areas of Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning throughout the club. There is an expectation to use all available resources including the latest research, collaborating with a successful network of external clinical specialists and university links.

3. To lead and contribute fully within the Sports Science and Medical CPD programme of the department, through both participation and delivery of material.

4. To oversee and drive the interdisciplinary approach of sport science working alongside the medical department, of which that includes special reference to injury rehabilitation.

5. Be cognisant of all other staff roles and responsibilities within the department and how you interact with them in the multidisciplinary team.

6. To be responsible for the maintenance and security of player load management records through performance management applications and other platforms such as the Football Association Injury & Illness Surveillance Study.

7. To program the physical and physiological screening/testing and management of First Team players utilising various technologies such as GPS in effectively "periodising" the season.

8. To lead on the Anthropometry and nutritional provision having effective communication with the clubs chef whilst also incorporating safe supplementation to all First Team Players.

9. To design, implement and ensure the effective programming of recovery protocols to all First Team players in the regeneration phase between fixtures.

10. To integrate an intra-institutionalised research initiative from Rotherham United Football Club data collected in all matters of Sports Science to utilise in adapting practice with a possibility of professional publications.

11. To observe, monitor and react to the ever-evolving world of Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning, keeping up to date with all current research developments and changes in professional regulations.

12. To ensure the latest clinical, scientific and technical innovations to practice are incorporated into maintaining the highest level of support within the Sport Science Department provision.

13. To create successful and professional relationships with staff whilst maintaining professional distance from playing staff at all times.

14. To lead in the implementation of the department injury prevention protocols through assessment, analysis, delivery and auditing of collected data.

15. To maintain player information confidentiality within the scope of practice at all times.

16. To act, at all times, in a manner appropriate to a representative of Rotherham United FC.

Essential requirements for the role:

BSc (Hons) Sports Science or related

Postgraduate Qualification in Sports Science or related field

Valid First Aid Certificate / Basic First Aid for Sport course

A minimum of 5 years experience in full-time sport working within a similar role

Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team within a Sports Medicine environment

Excellent understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics

Excellent understanding of dose response loading and supercompensation with reference to sporting performance

Excellency in the understanding of physical screening and S&C programming

Excellent understanding of quantifying training and periodisation in team sport

Excellent understanding of human physiology and principles of athletic performance

Excellent knowledge of injury prevention and recovery strategies

Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

Strong personality when leading pitch and gym based, group and individual conditioning

Skills to understand the multidisciplinary needs of other members of the department

Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and effectively

Establish and maintain relationships with external institutions

Exceptional organization skills with the ability to manage competing demands and deadlines to be able to work in a fast moving environment

Holds a full current up to date driving licence

Proactive and engaging style with a winning attitude and positive can-do approach

Flexible approach and attitude to working hours

Good listener

Excellent competency in operating Sport Science specific software programmes in particular Catapult, Benchmark54, Hawkin Dynamics

Excellent written and verbal communication skills that are clear, engaging and responsive to convey complex information to individuals

Excellent skills within Microsoft Office, Power BI and Excel

Excellent knowledge and understanding of medical and sport science terminology

Desirable requirements for the role:

UKSCA/NSCA Accreditation

BASES Accreditation

ISAK Accredited


Rotherham United 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.

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.

Equal Opportunities:

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 a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment 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.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and 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.

Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

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Closing Date 18th February 2022 (5pm)

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Additional pay:

  • Bonus scheme


  • Company car
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
Covid protocols as per the site advisory


  • Master's (required)


  • Sport in a similar role: 5 years (required)


  • Valid First Aid Certificate (required)
  • Driving Licence (required)

Work remotely:

  • No



To apply, do so via the Indeed link, HERE.

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