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Head of Football

Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a UK public university located in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East of England.

26 Jul 2022
Full Time
Closing date
16 Aug 2022


The Head of Football will be responsible for the growth and development of men and women’s football at Northumbria. Ensuring there is a thriving pathway of opportunity at all levels for students to engage in football during their time at Northumbria.

The role will include an element of coaching and will be the Lead Coach for the women’s BUCS 1st team.

Specific Responsibilities

  • To develop an annual plan for the delivery of men and women’s football at all levels within Northumbria University.
  • To lead the development of all football at Northumbria University ensuring a pathway of opportunity for participation at all levels. Including social football, intermural leagues and competitive football.
  • Plan, develop and manage the performance programmes for men’s and women’s football.
  • To act as the Head Coach for Northumbria University women’s BUCS 1st team leading all training, team selection and fixture.
  • To deliver safe, effective and relevant coaching sessions to enable the advancement of skill and performance of squads and individual players.
  • To provide coaching and talent identification support at trials, tasters and talent recruitment days.
  • To act as a positive and professional role model, displaying good coaching conduct at all times promoting an enjoyable and inclusive atmosphere.
  • To manage and support a team of football coaches and interns providing mentoring and development support.
  • To ensure all performance players have individualised player development plans to support the fundamental areas of players welfare and development.
  • To ensure effective communication with other members of Northumbria Sport including support staff, management and other coaches.
  • To provide regular updates to the Student Sport Manager on agreed targets.
  • To act as the main point of contact for all men and women’s football specific questions from student athletes.
  • To implement a strategic recruitment plan aimed at recruiting talented student athletes.
  • To foster positive strategic relationships with key stakeholders and partners to achieved shared objectives.
  • To work collaboratively with the FA to support the development of the Women’s High Performance Football Centre at Northumbria University.
  • To play a lead role in driving a student centered muti-disciplinary approach ensuring key support services are integrated within the football programme.
  • Support the development of an officiating and coaching hub at Northumbria to ensure that referees and coaches get the opportunity to develop alongside supporting the football offer at Northumbria.
  • To implement agreed health and safety protocols within football delivery.
    This Role Description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and will be subject to periodic reviews by the Student Sport Manager in discussion with the post-holder.


  • The post holder will be required to work across multiple sites as well as extensive travel.
  • A flexible approach to working patterns and locations is required.

Hours of Attendance

  • A professional contract for an average of 37 hours per week.
  • The post holder will be required to have a flexible approach and will be required to work some evenings and weekend.

Person Specification

Experience and Knowledge


  • A sound knowledge and understanding of football coaching and training methods.
  • Experience of coaching high level players and/or talented young players.
  • Knowledge of Football structure and organisations nationally, regionally and locally.
  • Knowledge of FE and HE sporting structures and processes.
  • Experience of programme development to increase participation and engagement levels.
  • Experience managing and mentoring less experienced coaches.
  • Experience recruiting talented student athletes.


  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team of support staff.

Skills, Abilities & Behaviours


  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals including players and parents.
  • Ability to work effectively when alone and unsupervised.
  • Ability to enthuse and inspire players to achieve.
  • Ability to adapt coaching style to the needs of the participant.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with partner organisations in football.

Education & Training


  • Hold a UEFA B qualification
  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in a discipline relevant to the role, and/ or substantial professional experience
  • Hold a valid Emergency First Aid Qualification.


  • Hold a UEFA A qualification
  • Hold a FA Futsal Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Hold a valid UK Anti-Doping Advisor Qualification

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Additional Information

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£28,981 - 35,223

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