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Coach Development Officer (Women’s & Girls’ Football)

University of Essex

The University of Essex is a public research university in Essex, England.

29 Jul 2022
Full Time
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

Purpose of job:

To drive collaboration between the University of Essex, local football providers and County FA(s), as well as supporting the successful development of a creative & effective coach development programme to provide female players with consistent and fit for purpose coaching.

Duties of the Post:

The main duties of the post will include:

  • Recruit, develop and provide deployment and mentor support, for coaches from the university and region, through the creation of new placement and workforce opportunities.
  • Develop a ‘Women’s Leadership Programme’ specifically aimed at aspiring student coaches, officials and administrators who are new into the women’s game, tapping into the knowledge and expertise available at the University, such as the ‘Chart Your Path’ programme.
  • Strategically produce and manage the delivery of a development plan through data analysis to identify the needs of coaches linked to coaching qualifications and location of Women’s National League and Professional clubs across the Region.
  • Establish and lead a working group consisting of key stakeholders to develop and monitor the delivery linked to the overall strategic objectives.
  • To work with the wider FA Coach Development Team; (Regional Women and Girls Officers, Diversity and Inclusion, Physical Education and Women’s National Coach Developers) to support the development of female football in the Region and across the HEI.
  • A member of the FA Women’s Coach Development Team who meet monthly to feedback and make decisions on programme activity, opportunities and challenges linked to the FA 4-year strategy and the HEI strategies and objectives.
  • Work strategically and collaboratively with the FA, County FAs and HEI to deploy the FA’s new ‘coach development model’ which will underpin all coach development initiatives
  • Track and analyse delivery of the Coach Development Plan through quarterly reviews linked to KPIs and share good practice across the FA WHPFC network.
  • Lead and manage the delivery of The FA WHPFC GK Centre, providing support to both players and coaches through weekly sessions.
  • Overseeing safeguarding and welfare of players, alongside monthly reviews linked to the programme objectives.
  • Determine and direct the work programme and line management of a FA Affiliated Mentor who will support delivery of a specific area of the coach development plan; 1-2 priority areas to be agreed. Providing the mentor with clear objectives, KPIs, support and ongoing reviews.
  • Line manage x1 FA WHPFC Coach Mentor and up to 4 Goalkeeper Centre members of staff. Providing all staff members with clear objectives, KPIs, support and ongoing reviews.
  • Responsible for FA coach development £5k budget and GK Centre £5k budget; planning and tracking the spend as well as making sure it aligns to the coach development plan; provide updates monthly on spend and provide forecasts and end of year budget report.
  • Lead and manage on National projects linked to the coach development model and development of female game.
  • Develop links with clubs operating in the Player Pathway, FA Women’s National League, FA WSL and WC clubs in the region, providing talented players with an environment to facilitate both their academic and football ambitions through the provision of a variety of services such as, coaching, sports science and sports medicine and scholarship opportunities
  • Develop internal links with university academic departments, such as the School of Rehabilitation and Exercise Science (SRES), to capture and provide additional value to the FA Coach Development Model/Pathway for the East region.
  • Develop collaborative research opportunities with the multidisciplinary academic expertise in areas such as performance analysis, talent identification, youth athletic development, strength and conditioning, psychology and pedagogy of coaching.
  • Develop opportunities for student placements to facilitate coach development, as well as bespoke workshops and seminars for knowledge exchange and continued professional development.
  • Facilitate the hosting of FA England Talent Pathway activity on the university site e.g. Performance Hubs, Regional Excellence Camps, Discover My Talent events.

Skills and qualifications required

You should have an UEFA B Coaching Licence and a strong understanding of the FA Women’s Football & National Game Strategy; this also includes knowledge of the FA DNA, LTPD-4 corner model, and coaching and learning philosophies. You must also possess experience in football development within the female game, player development and building coach education and development programmes that are sensitive to the needs of adult learners.

You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisation skills and be able to balance a diverse and varied work programme to meet multiple University and FA group objectives. Importantly, the position requires a strong passion/interest in women’s football, the ability to work independently, and a commitment to continuous professional development.

Due to the nature of the work, applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check (known as a Disclosure) by the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

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