Academy Lead FDP/YDP Performance Analyst

London Colney
Full Time
7 / 07

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Academy at Watford Football Club. We are currently looking to recruit an Academy Lead FDP/YDP Performance Analyst. The successful candidate will support the lead analyst in the creation and implementation of the Academy performance analysis programme and support the feedback for all FDP/YDP academy staff and players through the implementation of video analysis and IT support.

The successful candidates will enjoy working as part of a team, be enthusiastic, have an understanding of development needs of players in the Youth Development Phase age group, ensuring the individual comes first and be flexible to the requirements of the role and the business.

Applicants should ideally live local to Watford, London Colney or the surrounding areas and be a UK resident or non-UK resident with a valid UK work permit.

Full description

You must have:

  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Science or a sports related discipline
  • Experience of using industry software (Sports Code, Prozone etc.) and video editing programmes (iMovie, Final Cut Pro etc.)
  • Experience of working in a sports setting with youth athletes
  • Have an excellent understanding of football tactics and performance
  • Valid FA Safeguarding Certificate or equivalent
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment and operate effectively as part of a multidisciplinary support team
  • Ability to anticipate and prioritise workload
  • Full UK driving licence or ability to travel to various locations due to the demands of the role
  • Understanding of the club’s commitment to EDI & Safeguarding

You would ideally have, but not vital:

  • MSc in Sport and Exercise Science or a sports related discipline
  • Experience of working within youth athletes within a football academy setting
  • FA First Aid Level 2 Qualification or equivalent

As a regulated activity provider and as part of the short-listing process we may:

  1. Complete reference requests prior to interview.
  2. Carry out an online search for publicly available information as part of the due diligence process.
  3. If your application is successful be required to obtain a DBS disclosure at the appropriate level (role dependant)

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.

Application Process:

  1. To apply for the vacancy please click the ‘apply’ button below.
  2. Please download and complete an application form located on the Club website under the career section (Club/ Careers)
  1. Please send 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 via the application link or by post to HR Admin, Watford Football Club Training Ground, Bell Lane, London Colney, St Albans, AL2 1BZ.
  1. If you require information in regards how to complete the application form please refer to ‘Application Form guidance notes’ which can be found on the Club website under the career section (Club/ Careers) Please note depending on the role and if shortlisted, reference requests may be taken up prior to interview.


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