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Academy Performance Coach

Arsenal F.C.

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England. Arsenal plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

16 Jun 2022
Full Time
Closing date
29 Jun 2022


Arsenal Football Academy is the football development department for Arsenal Football Club, based at Hale End Sports Ground and London-Colney, offering a full-time football training programme for elite youth players.

Arsenal Football Club Academy has for many years been a world leader in its field. The aim of the Arsenal Football Academy is to individually tailor each player's development as a footballer by providing a World Class Youth Development programme.The programme promotes the development of elite training environments to consistently outperform international competition.By placing players at the heart of the programme, the aim is to develop and grow Strong Young Gunners, within the most challenging and caring football academy in the world.

Each player's development is therefore considered holistically with focus placed on supporting players to show Respect, Discipline and Humility as they aspire towards becoming better people and consequently, better players.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Head of Academy Performance, the person appointed to this full-time position will be responsible for the fitness and physical development of the players. The postholder will aim to achieve the objectives laid out in a programme agreed with the Head of Academy Performance.

To apply scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sporting performance, incorporating areas such as physiology, motor control, biomechanics, nutrition, sports technology, anthropometry, and functional screening.

The postholder will aim to achieve the objectives laid out in the academy performance support department plan with the view to contributing to the academy vision and mission. They will work alongside the U9s - U16s Academy Coaches and wider support staff to design and implement an integrated player development programme focusing on the four Academy Pillars; creating effective team players, lifelong learners, most efficient movers and champion mentality.

Key Responsibilities

  • To take the lead on Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning with the players and teams assigned by the Head of Academy Performance and laid out in the Academy Performance Department Plan.
  • To design and present, for assessment and appraisal by the Head of Academy Performance, strategies for individually improving the physical development of all boys aged 9 to 16 years attending Hale End Academy and ensure all agreed strategies are implemented within agreed timescales.
  • To meet with the Head of Academy Performance on a regular basis to report progress.
  • To prepare and submit for discussion with the Head of Academy Performance mid and full season progress reports with evidence of each player's physical development.
  • To contribute to all players mid and full season reports with coaches.
  • To maintain discipline as set out in the Arsenal Football Club Code of Conduct (Players, Parents Coaches)
  • To actively improve the Academy Performance Department Plan.
  • An active member of the youth squad selection team, analysing the skills and capabilities of individual players.
  • Responsible for creating and developing the performance environment for academy players.
  • Responsible for helping deliver the agreed technical and competition program for academy players.
  • To have an intuitive 'feel' for the sport and be able to prescribe effective training programs.
  • To identify resource needs and report as appropriate.
  • To maintain Arsenal Football Club's Child Protection, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures as practice.
  • To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Arsenal Football Club and its operation.
  • To implement screening, testing, monitoring, and assessment.
  • To undertake any other duties as seen appropriate by the Head of Academy Performance.
  • To provide supervised appropriate strength and conditioning sessions.
  • Hours of work are deemed as those necessary to carry out the role.This will involve a minimum of 40 hours per week and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Main Job Requirements and Person


  • BSc degree in Sports Science or Strength and Conditioning or equivalent.
  • A post-graduate qualification in Strength and Conditioning or Sport Science.Or to be able to register for a post-graduate qualification in Strength and Conditioning or Sport Science. Degree programmes must include aspects related to physical preparation for sporting performance (e.g. physiology, kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics and nutrition).
  • UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation (UKSCA). Or to be able to register for UKSCA accreditation.
  • A thorough understanding of the various sports science and medicine disciplines and their impact on the training and performance of athletes.
  • A very good understanding of scientific methods of trialling and validating assessment, monitoring and evaluation equipment and protocols.
  • Broad knowledge of subject area and contemporary issues.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • A valid passport.

Specific Experience:


  • Verifiable record of success of working with elite young footballers aged 9 years to 16 years.
  • Experience of curriculum management and development.
  • A proven track record with a high level of experience in the provision of strength and conditioning services to athletes in elite level youth sports to improve performance.
  • Build and develop sport science within the coaching team.
  • Actively improving the sport science support programme.
  • Experience in conducting scientifically underpinned assessment, monitoring, and evaluation procedures.
  • Experience of using data management systems to ensure the secure and efficient storage of monitoring and evaluation data.
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering sport services.
  • Proven experience for Performance coaching with youth football squads.


  • An ability to produce verbal and written reports.
  • A willingness to work flexibly.
  • A proactive approach within agreed boundaries.
  • Highly motivated self-starter.
  • Detailed knowledge of current coaching and training processes.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Premier League.
  • Sound knowledge of rules and regulations of Football Association (FA) and Club issues.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety and its application to a sporting environment.
  • Energy and enthusiasm, with the ability to enthuse and inspire youth squad.
  • Excellent role model for students.
  • Evidence of sound administrative, organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • To be responsible for own continuous professional development.
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multi disciplinary team.
  • The successful applicant will be required to complete a self declaration and an enhanced CRB check.
  • The successful applicant will be required to attend The FA Safeguarding Children in Football Workshop and other appropriate CPD events.

The type of Person/Coach we are look for

We are looking for a Performance Coach who has a growth mind-set and is comfortable with reflective practice. They should have a great interest in the young player and his long-term development. We have appreciation of a critical thinker who follows the principle of continuous improvement. As a department we like to be positive, supportive, confident, well-mannered and follow Arsenal values and academy standards.

Arsenal FC believes that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. We encourage applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and mixed-heritage candidates. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity for applicants and employees and aim to appoint on merit from a diverse talent pool.

How to Apply

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Applications close on 29th June 2022

The Arsenal for Everyone initiative celebrates the diversity of the Club and its supporters. The campaign ensures that everybody connected with Arsenal feels an equal sense of belonging - whatever their age, disability, gender (including transgender identity), race (including ethnicity or national origin) or sexual orientation; and whether they are a carer, a parent, married or in a civil partnership, pregnant or have just had a baby.

Arsenal for Everyone helped the Club become the first professional football club to achieve the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard, a framework for Premier League Clubs to help with their equality and diversity practices.

The values Arsenal for Everyone represents are at the heart of our recruitment policy and our people strategy.

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