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13 March 2024

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13 March 2024

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Job Title: Professional Development Phase Lead

Reporting to: Academy Manager

Work location: Rotherham and SHU (training grounds) and matchdays


Specific 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.
  • Support and motivate the U18’s to deliver the coaching curriculum and academy philosophy and push high standards at all times.
  • Work with the Head of Coaching and Academy Manager 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 / Kit Mans Labs 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

  • To be involved in the recruitment of both internally and potentially externally U16’s for the future scholarship programme.
  • Along with HOC, AM, YDP Phase lead – form part of the recruitment committee to agree on the correct players for RUFC.
  • 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 to be completed within 6 months )


Educated to degree level in a related subject

FA Talent ID Qualification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

A minimum of 2 years working with elite players or within professional football in the youth development phase as a minimum requirement

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

Experience of using the Kit Mans labs systems

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, 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 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

Must hold a valid driver’s licence and be able to travel extensively, as required

Ability and willingness to work outside normal hours, including evenings and weekends, often with short notice


Rotherham United is committed to Safeguarding and the safeguarding of all people associated with the football club


All employees must have an understanding of the clubs safeguarding and anti-discrimination policies and procedures and put these into practice in the workplace. To enable this all employees must undertake the required training as directed by their line manager


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 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.

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.


Proof of the right to work within the UK will be required for this role


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Job Types: Full-time, Permanent



Additional leave

Company pension

On-site parking



Monday to Friday

Weekend availability

Work Location: In person



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