Senior Community Coach

Aberdeen FC

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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The role will involve taking the lead on all Football in the Community projects, with a focus on increasing participation, Club Development, League Support and Coach Education.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleSenior Community Coach
LocationAberdeen, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionCoaching & PerformanceAcademy
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

Aberdeen FC & Aberdeen FC Community Trust were named by UEFA as the 'Best Professional Club in the Community' in Europe in 2019. We are now seeking an individual to lead our Football Department and further build on our successes in supporting Grassroots Football across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

We have a vacancy for a Senior Community Coach on a full-time, permanent basis. The role will involve taking the lead on all Football in the Community projects, with a focus on increasing participation, Club Development, League Support and Coach Education. The successful candidate will lead our 'Football for Life' pillar, working alongside the 'Education' and 'Healthy Communities' pillar leads and reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, whilst maintaining strong working relationships with Scottish FA Regional staff.

Applicants should have the relevant knowledge, experience and motivation to support the development of grassroots football across the North-East of Scotland. It is essential that candidates have an Advanced Children's Licence or B Licence, and desirable to hold an Elite Youth A Licence or A Licence.

Note: The below document is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the organisation. All employees may be required to work additional hours and/or days (including weekends and evenings) in the fulfilment of their employment. All employees may be required to undertake any other dutiesas may be reasonably requested that are within the skill set of competencies.

Department: Aberdeen FC Community Trust
Location: Cormack Park
Responsible to: Chief Operating Officer
Responsible for: CommunityCoaches

Role Summary

This key role with Aberdeen FC's Partner Charity will be the primary driver for improving grassroots football across the north-east of Scotland.This post will lead and manage the 'Football for Life'Pillar and CommunityCoaches who deliverFootball DevelopmentProjectsacross Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.As part of the Football for Life Team, you will lead the Community Coaches to use Cormack Park as a community asset and deliver a range of Football Development projects with the ultimate aim of improving grassroots football locally by increasing participation for all, developing clubs, supporting leagues and educating coaches.You will lead theFootball for LifeTeamin allplanning, delivery, development and evaluation aspects outlined by your Line Manager.Alongside the Education & Healthy Communities leads, you will manage all AFCCT operational staff, manage the business based on BBS & KPIs, and play a strong part in setting and delivering on future strategy and vision.

Key Responsibilities

- Drive forward Grassroots Football in the north-east of Scotland on behalf of Aberdeen FC & its Partner Charity

- Plan, deliver and evaluate an annual programme of work for your department

- Lead the AFCCT 'Football for Life' pillar and team in the delivery of key programmessuch as Coach Education, Club Development and League Support, whilst increasing participation

- To play your part in ensuring that the recruitment, supervision, training and development of staff reflect good employment practice and are directed towards achieving AFCCT's charitable purposes.

- You will lead on marketing, communicating and operating your department financially with appropriate support from AFC & AFCCT colleagues.

- Effectively communicate with all relevant stakeholders, regularly updating the right people at the right times whilst building positive relations with your Line Manager

- Plan, implement and evaluate other AFC Community Trust programmes and initiatives as detailed by your Line Manager

- To raise the profileand importanceof participative football by promoting the values, ethos, vision and objectives of AFC CommunityTrustin partnership with allrelevant stakeholders

- To assist in the development of a consistently high quality of service delivery across all areas of AFC Community Trust

- To assist in developing opportunities for income generation

- To actively support and positively respond to supervisory direction and guidance

- Deliver first class customer service whilst meeting relevantpolicies and business objectives

- To take all reasonable care and attention for the health and safety of yourself and other employees and members of the local community who may be affected by relevantactivities.

- To have knowledge of relevant policies and examples of best practice


Knowledge & Experience


- Scottish FA B Licence or Advanced Children's Licenceu2022Sound understanding of Grassroots Football in Scotland, with a vision on how to make football better locally for all

- Experience of line managing personnel

- Evidence of excellent leadership skills and management techniques

- Experience in development and delivery of community Football or sports Programmes

- Able to demonstrate a commitment to, and enthusiasm for, working with a wide variety of groups and individuals

- Previous experience of partnership/multi-agency working

- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in a professional environment

- Proven ability to self-motivate and to manage own workload

- Proven ability to work autonomously to meet targets and deadlines

- Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team

- Computer literate, in particular Word, Excel and Powerpoint and an ability to be administratively self-sufficient


- Degree in Sports or other related field

- Scottish FA A Licence or Elite Youth A Licence

- Experience of identifying and achieving relevant KPIs/targets

Personal Attributes


- Excellent people skills

- Commitment to performance,accountabilityand strong ethics of fairness and equality

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Personality, conduct and credibility that engages and commands confidence and respectwhilst representing the Club

- Willingness and flexibility to work regular evenings and weekends as the post will require working unsociable hours

- Full Driving licenceand access to a car

Interviews for this role will take place at a date to be confirmed based on interview panel availability at Pittodrie Stadium.

Subject to meeting the desirable qualifications, there is potentially an option of an additional part-time Youth Academy Coach role. This would be discussed further at interview.

Please note that due to the number of applications received into the Club, we will only respond if you are successful in securing an interview.

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