Casual Pre-Academy Coach

Part Time
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To coach and develop young players aged between 5 to 8 years old, within AFC Bournemouth’s Pre-Academy Training Centre Programme.

Full description

Job Advert Reference: AFCB0030

Title: Pre-Academy Coach

Reports to: Academy Recruitment Officer

Location: Vitality Stadium, Kings Park, Bournemouth, BH7 7AF

Contract Type: Casual – Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

About AFC Bournemouth

Entering an exciting new chapter in its long and storied history, AFC Bournemouth is proud to retain its focus on family and community. Delivering that engagement with our loyal supporters is a passionate and integrated backroom staff, working closely together to provide a positive and lasting experience for all at Vitality Stadium.

Since its takeover by chairman Bill Foley, in a partnership including Hollywood actor Michael B. Jordan, the club has seen significant investment committed towards sustaining AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League, highlighted by the construction of a state-of-the-art training facility and the arrival of promising young talent from top clubs around Europe.

In the Academy, there is a continued focus to become a Category Two academy, and this appointment will play a supporting role in that. This is a really exciting time to join the Academy, as we move on to the next stage and continue to support the 1st Team.

Academy Values:

  • Players First: holding individual player development as the main intention behind decisions made as a coach and wider professional.
  • Togetherness: working in a prosocial manner as part of a wider team – willing to contribute beyond own interests.
  • Integrity: carrying out academy and club values in an open and honest manner.
  • Accountability: willing to take responsibility for actions in a manner which allows learning, growth and reflection.

Main Duties


  • To coach and develop young players aged between 5 to 8 years old, within AFC Bournemouth’s Pre-Academy Training Centre Programme.

Holistic Development

  • Plan, deliver and review coaching sessions in accordance with AFC Bournemouth Pre-Academy Coaching Framework, maximising individual player development of players in the U6 to U8 age groups.
  • Monitor and assess players within Training Centre Sessions / Training Fixtures and provide players with specific feedback each Training Block, in line with our Pre-Academy Player Profile Templates.
  • Liaise with Pre-Academy Coordinator & Training Centre Lead Coach when players are ready for progression into AFC Bournemouth Pre-Academy Advanced Training Centre.
  • Contribute to the recruitment process of players for Pre-Academy Training Centre where appropriate.

Professional Requirements

  • Attend continued professional development sessions organised by the Academy or other professional bodies.
  • Attend seasonal safeguarding training as required by the Club.
  • Adhere to all guidelines contained within the Club's Safeguarding Policy.
  • Utilise the ‘MyConcern’ system to ‘recognise, respond, report and record’ any safeguarding incidents in a timely and detailed manner.


  • As a casual worker you must adhere to the club’s safeguarding policies and procedures and are committed to our safeguarding values, creating a safe and positive environment for all those who interact with the club.
  • Obligation to adhere to the club’s health and safety policy and procedures.
  • Actively promote the club’s equality policies and practices to ensure a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for everyone engaged with the club.

Key Competencies


Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • UEFA C License / FA Level 2 (working towards).
  • FA Safeguarding Children.
  • EFAiF (Emergency First Aid in Football).
  • Excellent Communication and Organisational Skills.


  • Experience of coaching football to players between 5 to 8 years old.


Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • UEFA B License (working towards)


  • Working within a professional football environment at youth level.

Person specification

The Club’s values are at the core of its staff behaviour and how they approach everything they do, therefore we are looking for someone is honest, inclusive, kind, hardworking, loyal, and respectful.


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