Rochdale AFC are the number one Academy for productivity at Category 3 for the second year in succession. This means that over the last three years the Academy has produced more home-grown players to play First Team football than any other Category 3 Club in the country. We are the second highest in the English Football League and third highest across the country including the Premier League.
An exciting opportunity exists for a highly motivated and enthusiastic football scientist to become a member of the Sports Science and Medicine Department at Rochdale AFC Academy. This role will involve close work with other key stakeholders including coaching and medical colleagues covering all aspects of elite player performance.
We are looking to recruit an Academy Football Scientist who will be able to design, develop, and implement appropriate football science practices as part of the Academy’s Sports Science and Medicine Programme for the Club’s Academy Players. The Academy Football Scientist will be assigned to work within the PDP (U18s) and the YDP (U16s and U15s). The candidate will contribute to the maintenance and development of an elite performance environment at the Academy.
Vacancy: Part-time Academy Football Scientist
Department: Sports Science & Medicine Department
Reporting to: Head of Sports Science
Salary: £9000 per annum
Please see the below Role Profile and Person Specification (a detailed job description is available on request).
Reporting to the Head of Sports Science, the Academy Football Scientist will contribute to the maintenance and development of an elite performance environment at RAFC Academy through:
• Providing football science support for Academy Teams under the direction of Academy Management, Coaching and Support Staff.
• Ensuring the short-, medium-, and long-term strategies of the Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department are implemented within desired timescales.
• Ensuring the day-to-day Implementation of the Academy’s scientific support processes, geared towards achieving the Sports Science and Medicine Department’s vision and strategy.
• Providing football science support that effectively meets the nationally audited criteria, and its commitments to players and coaches.
• Assisting in the achievement of the Academy’s annual performance targets.
The successful candidate will have a deep appreciation of the scientific underpinnings of football, and experience of working within an elite football environment is desirable. Effective communication skills, an understanding of working with young players, commitment to working unsociable hours, and the ability to create an elite ethos and be a role model are essential.
• A qualification at degree level (or equivalent) in sports science or a related area specialising in the physical preparation of athletes.
• Football coaching qualification at FA Level 2.
• A qualification at higher degree level (or equivalent) specialising in the physical preparation of athletes.
• UK Strength and Conditioning Accredited, or ambition to achieve such accreditation within an agreed timescale.
• Football coaching qualification at FA Level 3 (UEFA B), or ambition to achieve such qualification within an agreed timescale.
• Demonstrate good levels of I.T. literacy, in particular the use of PMA and Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
• Possess the coaching, communication, and motivational skills that engage and drive diverse young players to elite performance.
General skills and attributes
• The ability to work to deadlines using problem solving skills, initiative, and sensitivity.
• Respond positively to change in a dynamic, fast-moving environment.
• Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and develop productive intra-/inter-departmental relationships.
• Track record in working within multidisciplinary coaching and support teams.