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JOB OPPORTUNITY | Head of Sports Science and Physical Performance
Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club has a great tradition of developing young exciting players. We currently play in the FA Women's Championship and to that end we are looking to appoint a Head of Sports Science and Physical Performance. We are searching for the ideal candidate to join our dynamic team to lead with the physical preparation, development and conditioning of our first team, U21 team and Regional Talent Club (RTC).
We are looking for a proactive individual, who offers ideas and opinions comfortably, who is up to date with current literature and seeks to progress and innovate. The candidate will be required to help develop the department and educate players and coaching staff on how best to prepare, condition and implement strategies that improve physical performance. We require someone who is able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the physical needs of women football players and has experience of structuring and delivering individual/squad based strength and conditioning programs, relevant to the requirements of the sport and the various age groups.
A degree in Sports Science or a related area specialising in the physical preparation of elite athletes is required. We are looking for the candidate to be UKSCA accredited (or with the ability to complete accreditation within an agreed period) and demonstrate a record of professional development through other relevant accreditation, courses and qualifications.
The candidate should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to not only interact with the staff within the club, but more importantly with the players who vary in age. Knowledge of football is desirable but not essential, particularly if you bring experience from other high-performance disciplines.
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Job description and person specification
Job title: Head of Sports Science and Physical Performance (part-time)
Employee: Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club
Responsible to: Medical Team Leader, First Team Manager and Regional Talent Club Technical Director.
Part-time role: Salary TBC
Hours of work: 10 – 12 per week
Location: Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, SE9 2JR
Roles and responsibilities:
- To lead the development and delivery of a Physical Preparation support program to the Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club - 1st team, U21 team, and RTC (U12-16)
- To lead the delivery of individual and group strength and conditioning sessions for our 1st team, U21 team, and RTC (U12-16)
- To work effectively with the football coaches to develop practices that incorporate physical, tactical, technical and mental components so that training time is maximised efficiently and effectively.
- Responsible for rehabilitation and return to play of players in conjunction with the medical department
- Work with other members of the multidisciplinary team to improve performance through developing, implementing and evaluating strength and conditioning programs.
- Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches. To include training loads and intensity, session content and session attendance per week/month
- Education of the players and when necessary their parents/guardians, through planned structured sessions.
- Perform physical testing at regular times throughout the season. Monitor and assess activities and log adaptation to the training stimulus.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties for the manager, medical team leader and RTC Director
- Produce and evaluate a daily well-being questionnaire.
- Produce and evaluate a training day COVID19 questionnaire
- Management of physical performance data (1st team only)
- Design and deliver training and match day warm ups, cool downs and conditioning for specific players
- Responsible for partnering with the FA support teams to ensure Charlton Women are fully engaged and versed in elite pathway requirements and expectations from a sports science and physical performance point of view
- BSc in Sports Science or a related field
- Hold either a UK Strength and Conditioning accreditation (UKSCA) or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (NSCA).
- The Football Association (FA) level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF) qualification, current CRB/DBS check and FA safeguarding.
- UK Anti-Doping Accredited Advisor.
- Extremely motivated and passionate about high-performance sport
- Experience in providing strength and conditioning support to athletes and coaches to improve performance
- Experiencing in developing, implementing and evaluating strength and conditioning programs.
- Knowledge of and ability to construct strength, power and endurance-based training programs, both gym and field-based.
- Knowledge of and ability to coach and integrate football skills and techniques into strength and conditioning sessions were deemed appropriate.
- Ability to implement innovative ideas, problem solve, make decisions and be comfortable working under pressure within strict timeframes.
- Ability to use computer-based programs to fulfil the role of the job.
- Commitment to continued professional development, both personally and departmentally.
- An MSc in Strength and Conditioning or postgraduate related subject.
- Other recognised Strength and Conditioning related qualifications (i.e. NSCA/BWLA/FA level 3)
- To be a BASES accredited Sport Scientist.