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Lead Academy Physiotherapist

Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers are a professional rugby union club based in Leicester, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby. The club was founded in 1880 and since 1892 plays its home matches at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in the south of the city.

25 May 2023
Full Time
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

The Role:

Leicester Tigers are excited to announce that an opportunity has opened up to join the Medical work-stream of our Physical Performance Department, as a Lead Academy Physiotherapist.
The primary focus of the role will be to provide medical support to the Leicester Tigers Academy, who have a proud track record of producing talented young players for the senior ranks.

The successful candidate will also join a strong team of medical practitioners, with a wealth of experience between them. The Academy Physiotherapist will be expected to contribute towards this growing knowledge base, assisting in the development of junior staff, and providing an innovative approach to challenging and developing current practices.

Reporting directly to the Club’s Medical Lead, and working closely with the Academy Manager, the successful candidate will lead the physiotherapy and medical management of the Academy Squad’s with daily responsibility of the U18s. They will plan the implementation of injury prevention strategies, as well as assess, treat, and rehabilitate those injuries that do occur.

As well as providing pitch-side cover for both Academy training sessions and Academy matches, the post-holder will play a key role in liaising with a variety of stakeholders, including schools, colleges, parents, clubs, and international teams where required.

As and when necessary, the Academy Physiotherapist will also assist in the day-to-day running of the wider Medical work-stream, including the provision of medical support to the First-Team Squad when needed.

Who we are looking for:

First and foremost, it’s important to us at Leicester Tigers that we bring the right people into our environment.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to actively and consistently exhibit the Club’s four key values:

  • Club First: To keep the success of the ‘collective’ in mind in all that they do;
  • Tough: To embrace hard work, and to be unwavering in their application and focus;
  • Passionate: To genuinely care about their contributions, and how impactful they are in their role;
  • Driven: To demonstrate a hunger for personal and professional development; challenging themselves, and those around them.

Working within a fast-paced and high intensity environment, the successful candidate will need the ability to think on their feet, effectively prioritise their workload, and attack challenges head on.


  • A current member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and registration with the Health Professions Council.
  • A minimum of three years’ post graduate physiotherapy experience, with at least two years’ experience within an academy structure/elite level sport.
  • A clean enhanced disclosure certificate (criminal record check) issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which will also include a check of the DBS Barred Lists, or the ability to obtain.
  • A strong understanding of, and experience in the implementation of best practice child Safeguarding principles.
  • RFU PHICIS qualification, or the ability to complete.
  • An on-going record of CPD with specific emphasis in sports injury management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Eligible to work in the UK.
  • Full Driving Licence.


  • Experience working in rugby union.
  • A Post-Graduate MSc or working towards.
  • RFU Safeguarding ‘Play it Safe’ and ‘In Touch’ qualifications.
  • Knowledge of strength and conditioning principles.
  • Computer literacy, including MS office and databases.

What you can expect in return:

  • A competitive starting salary.
  • Starting at 24 days of annual leave per year + bank holidays.
  • Regular One-2-One catch up meetings with the Medical Lead and Academy Manager.
  • A working environment that will challenge you to grow as a practitioner.
  • Opportunities to work autonomously and on bespoke projects.

How to Apply

Please click “Apply Now” to send a CV and Cover Letter, by email to Leicester Tigers. Please be sure to include the following within you Cover Letter: 1. Why you are interested in this position, and why Leicester Tigers specifically. 2. What specific experience you have in working with children and/or developing athletes. 3. Why you believe you are the right person for this position. Please reference your most relevant experiences to support your points.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
Rugby Union
Salary information
£30,000 - 35,000

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