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Club Talent Pathway Manager

The FA

The Football Association is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

8 May 2024
Full Time
Closing date
24 May 2024

The Women's Technical division are looking for a Club Talent Pathway Manager to support a group of FA funded talent pathway programmes: Emerging Talent Clubs (ETCs) and Pro Game Academies (PGAs), in developing future talent for club and country. The role will include working with clubs around talent development, workforce development, competition programmes and wider club development.

Please Note:

The clubs/partners/stakeholders you would be working with will primarily be based in the North of England so ideally you will be based there or able to easily and frequently travel in this region.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on the 26th June 2024 at The National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Be a point of support for Professional Game Academies and Emerging Talent Centres
  • Work with clubs to develop a Blueprint plan that supports the future development of their club and players
  • Support clubs in developing:
  • a vision and growth plan for their programme
  • an effective talent identification and recruitment plan
  • a challenging training and games programme
  • a holistic player development model
  • Support clubs in ensuring they have a comprehensive player education and player care model in place
  • Provide regular feedback on the player development within FA funded club programmes
  • Support club action planning in response to the system audit process
  • Plan a schedule of regular communication and visits to clubs / centres within the region
  • Support the workforce development and CPD related to FA funded programmes
  • Work with other departments in the FA to align support around player development. This includes England National Teams, The FA Coach Education team and the Women's Professional Game team
  • Ensure effective partnership working with key stakeholders to diversify the base of talent entering the Talent Club Pathway
  • Deliver key projects or specialist responsibilities as outlined by the Senior Club Talent Pathway Manager
  • Contribute to the planning and review of the club pathway
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What Will You Need?

Essential for the role:


  • Understanding and experience of high level player development
  • Understanding of how a talent system works


  • Experience in elite sport development
  • Experience of working in high performing environments
  • High level people skills and ability to build effective relationships with multi stakeholders
  • Strong and varied communication skills
  • Strong authenticity and integrity in approach
  • Experience of leading and influencing others
  • Ability to analyse and present information
  • Experience of managing projects and deadlines
  • Strong self motivation and self management

Technical Skills

  • Extensive experience of Excel
  • Advanced Microsoft Office
  • Experience of using a range of IT based programmes
  • Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders

Beneficial to have:


  • Coaching qualification to Level 3
  • Business related qualification
  • Understanding of other nations and sports talent systems


  • Experience in women's sport
  • Knowledge of the women's game
  • Experience in change management

Technical Skills

  • Basic use of data analysis tools

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering greater flexibility.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, Adobe FA Women's Championship, and Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

How to Apply

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

Applications close on 24th May 2024

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Performance Lifestyle & Player Support
Player Welfare
Recruitment & Scouting

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