Head of Academy Coaching

Rochdale AFC

Rochdale, United Kingdom

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An opportunity has arisen in our Academy for a Head of Academy Coaching Role.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleHead of Academy Coaching
LocationRochdale, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionCoaching & PerformanceAcademy
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

Job Title: Head of Academy Coaching

Line Manager: Academy Manager

Salary: £27,000

Job Purpose:

To manage and monitor the implementation and development of the coaching programme to ensure excellence in all areas adhering to the EPPP, as well as overseeing the development and delivery of the coaching staff in line with the Coach Competency Framework.

Works With:

Academy Manager, Lead Foundation Phase Coach, Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, Lead Professional Development Phase Coach and all Part Time Coaches.

Main Responsibilities:

Researching current trends of coaching / teaching, player development, and industry best practice to inform practice within the Academy

Build relationships across the academy and wider club to enable effective support to all coaching staff

Maintain / enhance own coaching competence through regular delivery when required

Attend all aspects of EHOC development programme (Needs analysis, Induction, CPD andEHOC development programme)

Attend all Premier League / FA / Football League events alongside the Academy Manager as directed

Conduct relevant Training Needs Analysis (TNA) of all coaches current and required level of performance

Conduct a formal programme using the Coach Competency Framework to observe coach performance and provide effective feedback for development

Monitor the coaching process and methodology across all phases within the Academy to ensure highest standards are maintained in line with the Academy Performance Plan

Monitor and support the full use of the PMA towards the planning and reviewing of training sessions and match days for all coaching staff

Delivery of 1 to 1 coach development support through progressive individual specific Development Action Plans

Maintain an up to date record of all coaches' qualifications and license status to ensure appropriate to role

Develop and deliver an innovative in-house CPD programme for all coaching staff based on Academy Performance Plan and Coach Competency Framework

Provide ad-hoc development events / resources based on common aspects identified in Development Action Plan's

Build effective relationships across the multi-disciplinary teams to enhance delivery towards the coach development programme

To work as an integral member of the Academy Management Team to support the development and implementation of the Academy Performance Plan with the Academy Manager

Monitor the Academy's coaching programme in conjunction with the Academy Manager ensuring consistent alignment across the academy in accordance with the Academy Performance Plan

To be part of the Technical Board to drive the development and implementation of the Academy coaching and playing philosophy across all phases as well as the development of the player technical profile

Contribute appropriately to the development of teaching and coaching resources

To report bi-annually to the Academy Manager on overall progress and development within the Academy and to represent collective views on the future development and direction of the coaching programme

To be part of the player development sub-group to monitor issues of player progression and retention, de-registration, and signing of new players

Ad hoc duties as required by management



- UEFA "Au201d Licence (minimum requirement)
- FA Advanced Youth Award
- Experience (minimum 3 years) in coach development Knowledge and understanding of the EPPP process
- Valid FA Licence Coaches Club membership
- Enhanced DBS Check
- Level 2 EFAiF & Safeguarding children
- Clean UK Driving Licence


- UEFA Pro Licence
- Elite Coach Apprentice Scheme (ECAS - The Premier League)
- Coach Educator/ Mentoring Qualification
- A Teaching Qualification
- Degree in a sport related subject
- Extensive experience towards the Audit process in Academies
- Extensive experience of working across all levels in the professional game.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS check in accordance with the Cub's Child Protection procedures.

In order to apply for the role please email sarah.ashton@rochdaleafc.co.uk with a cover letter (1 side of A4 max) in support of the position along with your CV and Rochdale AFC application form.

Rochdale AFC promote inclusion and confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, nationality, ethnicity (race), religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and encourage equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

The EFL has introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds. New regulations require clubs to shortlist at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all roles in Academy football that require a UEFA A or UEFA B Licence. To state, this position requires a UEFA A Licence (minimum).

If you consider your ethnicity to fall within one of the following definitions – Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (i.e. from any other ethnic group that is not 'White British') - please inform us within your application.

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

Rochdale AFC is committed to eliminating discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

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