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Head of Academy Medical​

Charlton Athletic Football Club

Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional football club based in Charlton, south-east London, which compete in EFL League One. Their home ground is The Valley, where the club have played since 1919.

16 May 2024
Full Time
Closing date
22 May 2024

About Us:

Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women's team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men's team's relegation from the Premier League.

The women's team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women's team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.

Currently, our men's first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women's team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women's football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.

Role Description:

The purpose of this role is to To manage, coordinate and supervise all medical provision for academy player’s (PDP, YDP & FDP)

As the Head of Academy Medical, your main responsibility will be providing the provision of physiotherapy for the U21’s squad at Charlton Athletic Football Club.

In this role you will also be responsible for managing all academy therapists and assisting the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine with all aspects of medical provision within the Academy for age groups U9-U21’s

Manage all aspects of the Academy and provide an integral and efficient service to the Medical Department.

To be prepared to work weekends as per football schedule.


Management responsibility for: U18’s Physiotherapist, 9’s-16’s physiotherapist, Match-day medical staff (Paramedics / Doctor), Academy Doctor, Casual pitch side therapists, Interns and students

Reports to: Head of Medical & Academy Director

Budgetary signing limit and commercial framework: N/A


Management of Injuries

  • To lead the provision of physiotherapy services across the academy, ensuring effective management of all YPD, PDP and FP players.
  • Assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries sustained by U21 players & where applicable U18 Academy players;
  • To standardise the management of injuries by assisting in the development and structure of injury rehabilitation guidelines.
  • Keep the First Team Head of Medical informed of all medical/injury concerns regarding Academy players (Email and in person meeting once per week).
  • Following discussion with Head of Medical, arrange and attend specialist appointments/radiology exams with injured U21s players;

Injury Prevention / Screens

Design and implement a thorough pre-season screening programme to successfully obtain baseline data used for the production and distribution of individualised corrective programmes to all players screened. Data obtained must be analysed and used as objective markers post injury to ensure a safe and effective RTT and RTC.Assist with the delivery of injury prevention strategies to all academy players with key focus on the 21’s & U18’s age group.To work alongside the Strength & Conditioning/Sport Science team to deliver effective recovery and injury prevention strategies across all age groups.To ensure all players are educated on the importance of recovery.To oversee injury prevention to the PDP, YDP & FP program ensuring implementation of injury prevention strategies to individual team group sessions.

Pre-signing Medicals/Medical Consultations

To lead and coordinate the pre-signing medical assessments of all Academy players as required.To produce the pre-signing medical report for first team players when the Head of Medical Services or First Team Physiotherapist is absent or on leave.

Medical stock & supplies

To assist the Academy Doctor in ensuring all medical emergency equipment and medication is well stocked and up to date.To be responsible for the monitoring and management of medical consumable stock and distribution of ‘run-on’ bags to part-time physiotherapy staff;

Cardiac screening

To assist the Academy Doctor in ensuring all cardiac screens completed within the recommended timeframe, follow-ups attended to and all appointments / screens are organised well in advance to players are eligible for training and match-day availability

Medical Provision at Matches/Training Sessions/Tours

Attend all U21 matches, including provision of pitch-side cover and day to day management of the U21s Squad.To work in conjunction with the Academy Physiotherapist for provision of all physiotherapy duties associated with the Academy, U9-U16 teams;Assist the academy physiotherapist in the coordination of part-time physiotherapy cover for youth tournaments, friendlies, weekend matches and academy tours;Inform Academy Director / U18s Coaches of player availability on each training day and send an injury update to all coaches once per week.

Medical record keeping & injury audits:

Complete a detailed injury audit for the U21’s two times per season (Mid-season & End of season).Keep daily records of treatments and record injuries on the PMA system along with detailed rehabilitation programmes for injured players.Ensure all academy players medical files are kept up to date and stored securely for legal requirement of time.

Medical department management:

To ensure the FA whereabouts information is correct in conjunction with the Head of Medical and relevant administrative staff with regards to players from the Academy.Obtain permission, except in cases of emergency, from the Head of medical for any pre-notification of outside medical services for all Academy team players.Ensure all protocols and EAP’s are updated and strictly followed to ensure a safe and efficient process when faced with any possible medical scenario.EAP’s will need to be produced in line and signed off by Academy Doctor (EPPP requirement)To be an active member of the Academy Management Team contributing to all medical related discussions within arranged AMT meetings (AMT)Attend all, wherever possible, daily, and monthly medical meetings as and when arranged.Maintain treatment facilities at the Training Ground ensuring the are professional and clean;


Take on responsibility for organising the department’s in-service training programme, for casual/part-time medical staff in conjunction with the Head of Academy Sports Science
  • Attend all, whenever possible, medical meetings; internal CPD events and MDT meetings arranged by the club.
  • Attend external courses where possible and to present content of course to medical staff on return to the Club. Permission to be obtained from Head of Medical prior to applying for any course;
  • Assist in the organisation of the club’s in-service training programme for both full and part-time medical staff. In-service training programme includes organising internal and external staff presentations and circulation of scientific medical journals;

General duties and Responsibilities

  • Leave and time-off requests to be agreed with the Head of Medical and Academy Director.
  • Assist in enforcing discipline within the medical room and gym rehabilitation area
  • Promote and support all members and policies of the Medical Department;
  • Any other duties appropriate to the skills and experience of the position holder.
  • To support CAFC in their aims and objectives at all times.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant club policies, including health and safety policies.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements.
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the club and its personnel.
  • To represent CAFC in a professional manner.
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times.
  • To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time.



  • BSc degree in Physiotherapy (E);
  • ATMMiF or equivalent) (D); or able to book place ASAP
  • Registration with appropriate governing body (HPC and CSP) (E);
  • FA Safeguarding Children Certificate (D);
  • Valid and accepted enhanced FA DBS CRC (Criminal Background Check) or be willing to undertake this check if successful

Specific Experience:

  • Experience working as a Physiotherapist within elite sport (D);
  • Experience of working as an MSK Physiotherapist (E);
  • Experience of working with young athletes (D);
  • Experience of working within paediatrics (D);
  • Experience of working within professional football (D).


  • Excellent IT skills (E);
  • Competent and personable with good time management skills (E);
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure (E);
  • High degree of personal drive and motivation (E)
  • Ability to understand and adapt to the culture of a professional football club (E);
  • Actively cooperate and communicate with others, fostering a culture of teamwork and collaboration (E);
  • Positive about achieving Club, departmental and individual success (E);
  • Proactively takes on new responsibilities and seek out opportunities to learn new skills (E);
  • Must be accountable for delivering results within assigned levels of accountability (E).

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please click ‘Apply Now’ to begin the online application

Applications close on 22nd May 2024

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine

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