Academy Athletic Development Coach

Location Birmingham
Discipline: Coaching
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: Attractive Remuneration Package depending upon experience
Contact email:
Job ref: 007683
Published: about 2 months ago
Expiry date: 10 Mar 2024 11:59

Department: Boys Academy Sport Science and Medical Department

Hours of work: Full-time (with flexibility to work during evenings and weekends, including matchdays)

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: Attractive Remuneration Package depending on experience

Location: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground

Closing Date: Sunday 10 March 2024

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

1. The Department

Our Boys Academy Department has been awarded the prestigious category one status accolade demonstrating that we provide the highest level of quality coaching, education, training and facilities for our youth football provisions.

In order to deliver our ambitious plans for nurturing, encouraging and developing talent at this level we have an exciting opportunity for a Sport Scientist/Sports Therapist to join the Academy Sport Science and Medical Department.

2. The Role

We are currently seeking an experienced and qualified Sport Scientist or Sport Therapist to join our team. The role will be responsible for assisting and where applicable leading the implementation, and evaluation of Athletic Development support for our Academy players specifically working with our Youth and Professional Development Phase players. You will contribute towards the Academy Sport Science and Medical Department’s vision of optimising player health, availability and physical performance through an elite evidence-based athletic development programme.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated, passionate about gym based adolescent Athletic Development, has an eye for movement analysis and the ability to coach with energy to engage and help young players surpass their potential. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of the best young football talents in the country and to make a real difference in their physical development.

For further information about the Role, please see the Role Profile.

3. The Person

To be considered for this role, you will need to hold the following qualifications:


* BSc (Hons) in Sport Science or Sports Therapy (minimum 2:1)

* MSc in Strength and Conditioning (or equivalent)

* UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation or equivalent (or in progress)


You must have significant demonstrable experience in providing high-quality gym based Athletic Development coaching to elite youth athletes in a full-time capacity within a professional sporting environment. You will have a thorough understanding of Athletic Development principles, including coaching fundamental movements, strength and conditioning, growth and maturation, injury prevention, gym-based rehabilitation and physical performance analysis.

You must be able to work in a team environment with previous demonstrable experience of working within Interdisciplinary and Multi-Disciplinary Teams.

Knowledge of the Elite Player Performance Plan (Category 1 Academy) and experience of the requirements of a football Youth Development and Professional Development Phase environment would be desirable.

As part of your application, please ensure you upload your CV and Cover Letter.


Right to Close Vacancy Posting Early

The Club reserves the right to close any advertised vacancies earlier than the advertised closing date if sufficient applications have been received.

Equality Statement

Aston Villa Football Club celebrates the diversity of its Club and embraces equal opportunities for all. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and fully support The FAs Football Leadership Diversity Code. 

We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, sex and religion or belief.

Safeguarding Statement

Aston Villa Football Club is fully committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk across our Club. As such, we adhere to Safer Recruitment processes and for some roles a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service may be required prior to starting in a role at the Club. For more information, please see Aston Villa Football Club | The official club website | AVFC - Safeguarding