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FDP / YDP Academy Athletic Development Coach

Watford FC

Established in 1881, Watford Football Club competes in the EFL Championship.

14 Mar 2023
Full Time
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Academy Sport Science and Medical Department at Watford Football Club. We are looking to recruit an FDP / YDP Athletic Development Coach to be a part of a forward-thinking team responsible for providing physical preparation & development to our foundation and youth development phases.

You will play a key role in developing the long-term athletic development programme, to ensure we are developing robust and resilient players to meet the physical requirements of the modern game. This will be achieved by creating an age specific physical pathway which is monitored and consistently evolving to meet the individual specific needs of the players within our programme.
The successful candidate will enjoy working as part of a team, be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be flexible to the requirements of the position and the business.

Applicants should ideally live local to Watford or the surrounding areas and be a UK resident or non-UK resident with a valid UK work permit, and ideally have experience working within a similar role.


  • Hold a Degree in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline
  • Hold a Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification
  • Have extensive experience of working in a sport science setting with elite young athletes
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment and operate effectively as part of a multidisciplinary support team.
  • Valid full UK driving license or ability to travel to various locations
  • Understanding of the Clubs commitment to EDI & Safeguarding
  • The necessary Disclosure and Barring Service check will apply to this post


  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline
  • UKSCA Accreditation (or working towards)
  • BASES Accreditation (or working towards)

For the full job profile, please contact HR Admin at [email protected]
Club Commitment:
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI):

We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and dynamic working environment by building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We provide a safe and secure environment for all. We believe Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & adults is everyone responsibility. Everyone in the organisation has a role to play, to ensure that club policies, procedures and practices in regard to safeguarding are followed.

How To Apply:

  1. Please complete the attached application form to confirm that you wish to be considered for the role.
  2. Please click 'Apply Now' to email your completed application form, cover letter detailing why you would be suitable for the role, a copy of all relevant qualifications, right to work in the UK documents and your CV to our HR team; or by post, to HR Admin, Watford Football Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0ER.
  3. If you require information in regards how to complete the application form please refer to ‘Application Form guidance notes’ attached.
  4. Please note depending on the role and if shortlisted reference request may be taken up prior to interview.

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
Salary information
£22,000 - 25,000

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