Department: Boys Academy and Coaching Development
Hours of Work: Full Time
Contract Type: 23 Month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum
Location: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground
Closing Date: Sunday 10 July 2022
Interview Date: Tuesday 21 July 2022
1. About the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme
Aston Villa Football Club celebrates the diversity of its Club and embraces equal opportunities for all. In partnership with the Premier League, we are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population. In light of this, Aston Villa are supporting the Coaching Inclusion and Diversity Scheme (CIDS) for the 2022/23 Season.
CIDS is a Premier League positive action initiative, informed by the Equality Act of 2010, to support the strategic aim of building an inclusive and diverse professional coaching workforce which will ultimately help the Club perform better both on and off the pitch.
The CIDS Coach will work within our Boys Academy Department which has been awarded the prestigious category one status accolade which demonstrates that we have the highest level of quality coaching, education, training and facilities for our youth football provision.
The scheme is open to Coaches who are currently under-represented within English Professional Football – these groups being individuals from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds and Women from all backgrounds.
The aim of the CIDS is to provide an opportunity which will increase the successful candidates’ coaching knowledge and ability and to prepare them for a sustainable, long-term career in coaching football.
2. The Role
The CIDS will provide a fully integrated and intensive full time, 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development programme for the successful candidate. You will have exposure to a variety of football functions within the Club including coaching and observation across the Foundation (FP), Youth Development (YDP) and potentially the Professional Development Phase (PDP) as well as Physical Performance and Conditioning, Recruitment, Analysis and Administration.
You will also be enrolled on the Premier League’s Coach Development Institute Programme (CDIP) which is accredited by Leeds Beckett University. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Diploma in Professional Football Coaching and includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects and FA/UEFA qualifications dependent on need.
For further information about the Role, please see the Role Profile.
3. The Person
To be eligible for the scheme:
- You will be from a currently under-represented group within English Professional Football – these groups being individuals from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds and Women from all background
- You must have no previous experience of full-time coaching in a Premier League or EFL Club (including Category 1 Academies)
- Hold a UEFA B Licence
- Hold a current FA Safeguarding Certificate
- Hold a current Emergency First Aid Certificate
You will need to be a motivated and resilient individual who will be able to work within a Multi-Disciplinary Team with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and groups of people.
To apply please follow the below guidelines:
4.1 Complete our application form
4.2 Upload your CV
4.3 Upload a Cover Letter outlining answers to the following questions (no more than 500 words per answer):
- Please explain why you would like to join this initiative and what you want to achieve
- What is it that appeals to you about being a full-time football coach? Please provide evidence to demonstrate your desire to be a full-time coach
- In your future career as a full-time coach, what would you personally want to do to progress equality, inclusion, diversity and coaching in English professional football?
- Please explain where you see yourself in five and ten years and why?
4.4 Please upload reference(s) from a coach developer(s) and/or coach(es) describing your football coaching potential
The above can be uploaded separately or together as one document (in a word or PDF format).
Aston Villa Football Club will only consider applications for the CIDS from Coaches who are from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including women from all backgrounds.
All personal data that a candidate shares in our Equal Opportunity Monitoring section of our application form will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by staff directly involved in the appointment. The information is collected to determine if our advert is reaching a wide and diverse range of candidates who are applying for this role.
The successful candidate will be selected based on merit as measured against the Role Profile.
Disability Confident Statement
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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