Academy Head of Coaching

Cambridge United FC

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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This position is for a suitably qualified Head of Coaching who is focussed and motivated by the task of continuing the development of players in our vibrant Academy.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleAcademy Head of Coaching
LocationCambridge, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionCoaching & PerformanceAcademy
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

Our category three Academy is an integral part of our club and our vision is driven by our youth development structure and community values.

This position is for a suitably qualified Head of Coaching who is focussed and motivated by the task of continuing the development of players in our vibrant Academy.

Candidates looking to apply for this position must hold a current UEFA A Licence and Advanced Youth Award. It is desirable for the candidate to also be part of the Elite Head of Coaching Program (EHOC).

Reporting to: The Academy Manager
Directly responsible for: Academy Coaching Provision

Key Objectives

To ensure efficient design, implementation and delivery of the coaching programme across the performance pathway. The programme should be constantly discussed, monitored and reviewed to ensure best practice and to play a pivotal role in achieving the objective of producing home grown players for the first team.

Role Accountabilities & Key Duties

1 To deliver coaching sessions to players across all phases of the Academy performance pathway

2 To ensure the Academy Philosophies and Values are adhered to by the players, parents and coaches across the performance pathway

3 Organise and oversee all coaching programmes within the age range 9 to 21

4 Implement and monitor the Academy Coaching Syllabus for 9 to 21 year olds and ensure the coaching syllabus for the age range is delivered, meeting Academy and FA criteria

5 To assist in the monitoring and assessment of the players in all Phases in training and in match performances

6 Take responsibility for their own learning and development.

7 Organise, structure and chair all Academy coach meetings and workshops

8 Ensure all Academy staff are undertaking the appropriate CPD to enhance their development and maintain their coaching licence

9 Implement a CPD programme appropriate to the needs of the Academy in line with the Academy football philosophy

10 Work closely with The FA Youth Coach Educator to ensure appropriate delivery and support across all phases of the Academy

11 Work closely with the Lead Phase coaches and constantly review and evaluate the philosophy and curriculum content

12 Feedback to the age group coaches through session observations to continually support them in the quality of the delivery of thecoaching curriculum in line with the Coaching Competency Framework and each coaches individual learning plans

13 Continually look for ways to be innovative and improve the coaching curriculum in line with modern trends

14 Assist in the day to day coaching of the scholars

15 To attend meetings as directed by the Head of Football and Academy Manager



- Enhanced DBS check

- UEFA A Licence

- FA Advanced Youth Award

FA Safeguarding Children


- Educated to degree level

- Part of the Elite Head of Coaching Program conducted by the Premier League

Skills & Experience


- An extensive knowledge and experience of the elite performance Academy environment and/or the professional game in a similar or related role.

- Experience in the day to day operation of a Premier League / Football League Academy.

- A clear understanding of the Academy system and the professional football environment.

- An ability and experience of managing staff and creating strong working relationships.

- An ability to integrate with an already strong Academy and existing staffing structure.

- An enthusiastic, hardworking individual who is a good motivator.

-Proactive attitude, highly organised individual with an ability to work unsupervised


- Playing experience at a Professional level.

- Experience working in a high performing business environment.

- Understanding how elite players are developed.

- Working with young people.

- High levels of organisation and planning and experience of project management.

Cambridge United Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equal opportunity within our own organisationand welcomes applications from everyone.

Cambridge United Football Club are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

Cambridge United FC 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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