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First Team Physiotherapist

Newport County AFC

Newport County Association Football Club is a professional football club in the city of Newport, South Wales. The team compete in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system.

14 Mar 2023
Full Time
Closing date
31 Mar 2023


  • Overall responsibility for the running of the medical department at Newport County AFC. This includes but is not limited to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries occurring within the professional playing squad and overseeing the progression of junior staff members.
  • Lead the day to day running and administration of the Medical Department (including FA Whereabouts).
  • To be overall responsible for the clinical assessment and treatment of all professional players.
  • Manage and supervise the work of other members of the Club’s medical department, including the First Team and Academy physiotherapists and interns. Provide support and assistance with their professional development.
  • Aid the delivery of sports science provision to the first team alongside the first team sports scientist
  • Ensure that there is appropriate physiotherapy and emergency provision at all training sessions and games and directly manage and provide that input against appropriate Football League requirements
  • Lead the medical departments input to optimise players availability and performance through timely and appropriate medical intervention through the provision of written rehab and treatment programmes
  • Contribute specialist physiotherapy knowledge to the multi-disciplinary team, specifically leading the rehabilitation and case management process for players
  • Act as the clubs first point of contact for all players reporting illness or injury. Oversee injury audit across the medical department
  • Liaise with external consultants and facilities regarding players’ treatment as required
  • Lead the pre-signing medical assessment process
  • In conjunction with the First Team sport scientist and the First Team physiotherapist, ensure the delivery of effective injury prevention strategies for the First Team
  • Liaise with the Manager, 1st Team coaches and Club Doctor regarding the availability of fit and rehabilitating players for training and matches.
  • Ensure medical records are updated as required and provide written reports as requested by the management team and Board of Directors
  • Keep up to date with new techniques and technologies available for treatment and undertake personal CPD as appropriate to meet the demands of the role and professional body
  • Manage the purchasing of medical equipment so that there are sufficient levels available for the treatment of players at the training ground and stadium
  • Implement all policies and procedures in line with Newport County AFC and Governing Body requirements (The FA, Football league, CSP, HCPC), ensuring all documents are in place and updated as and when required
  • Create and lead a CPD pathway to ensure the ongoing development of knowledge and skills for all staff within the medical department
  • In coordination with the General Manager, effectively manage the department budget including Health Partners spend in line with agreed pre-season expectations
  • Ensure all expenses and services are pre-authorised and agreed by the General Manager in advance
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the First Team Manager and Football Support staff

Club Responsibilities


  • To take responsibility for reporting safeguarding concerns to the safeguarding officer, and ensure all safeguarding training is up to date

Diversity & Equality

  • To be responsible for your own behaviour and act in a manner that avoids and discourages any form of discrimination or harassment, to comply with Newport County AFC’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Health & Safety

  • To take responsibility for your own health, safety and welfare, ensuring compliance with Newport County AFC’s Health and Safety Policy, procedures, and safe systems of work

Training & Development

  • To undertake all reasonable training, learning and development activity designed to support you in your role

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required

  • Minimum of BSc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Qualification in relevant field (or working towards)
  • HCPC accredited practitioner
  • Qualified to FA Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF) or equivalent
  • Experience of working within Football/Professional Sport (x2 years full time)
  • Experience of managing assistant therapists/a small team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbally
  • Confident, self-motivated, and able to work independently under pressure
  • Ability to work collaboratively with players and staff
  • Sound knowledge of manual and soft issue therapy skills, with specialist experience of dealing with musculoskeletal injury
  • Sound knowledge of injury prevention methods and recovery strategies
  • Ability to educate, advise and motivate individuals
  • Demonstrate up to date knowledge of the current evidence-based practice in Sports Physiotherapy and implement within this practice
  • Candidates must be flexible and willing to work hours as necessary to carry out their duties. This will include evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays

Safeguarding Statement

Newport County AFC is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment.
This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared. Relevant information and/or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process.

Equality & Diversity Statement

Newport County AFC are seeking to diversify our workforce in particular by ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation and would encourage applications from these demographics. Newport County AFC is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We will support staff from different backgrounds to create the best environment for us all to prosper together.

How to Apply

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
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