Senior Foundation Phase Coach

Blackburn
Full Time
£35,000 -£44,999
3 / 07

To oversee, monitor and support the individual development of players and part time coaches within the Foundation Phase (FDP) and reporting into the Head of Academy Coaching (HOC) and Head of Academy. Working across the phase age groups with individuals, teams and coaches implementing varied Academy strategies to ensure players can transition through into the Youth Development Phase (YDP) and into our First Team.

Full description

Job Title:

Senior Foundation Phase Coach

Department:

Academy Coaching

Based at:

BRFC Academy, BB6 8BA. However, flexibility regarding location is required.

Reports to:

Head of Academy Coaching

Responsible for:

All Part-time Coaching Staff

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week plus any additional hours necessary for the performance of duties. This will include regular evening and weekend work.

Contractual status:

Permanent

1. Job purpose:

To oversee, monitor and support the individual development of players and part time coaches within the Foundation Phase (FDP) and reporting into the Head of Academy Coaching (HOC) and Head of Academy. Working across the phase age groups with individuals, teams and coaches implementing varied Academy strategies to ensure players can transition through into the Youth Development Phase (YDP) and into our First Team.

2. Duties and responsibilities:

Leadership & Management Responsibilities

  • Monitor the delivery of the coaching programme within the phase and provide support to the HOC in continually developing this;

  • Drive and manage the football technical meetings that will be held on a regular basis for the YDP;

  • Support the HOC in monitoring and implementing the key department KPI’s for Coaching

  • With Senior Academy Management staff, be fundamental to the decision making process on player pathway, transition and trialists;

  • Manage and implement the Academy appraisal and IDP process for the PT Coaches within the phase, feeding back to the Academy HOC;

  • Link in with the Pre Academy to support the staff in the development and progression of pre academy players; and

  • Support the Recruitment Department, in the development of links with grassroots Clubs/Leagues within the surrounding areas and to manage these key relationships.

Responsibilities with Players

  • Develop a vast amount of knowledge of each individual player within the phase and continually monitor/evaluate their long term potential to support the decision making process;

  • Deliver coaching and support players across the phase;

  • Drive the FDP individualised programme/ILO’s and work with the players on a flexible basis around these;

  • Manage the action plans of FDP players that are devised from the players IDT’s;

  • Manage the integration and assessment of trialists who come into the phase;

  • Support the Senior Academy staff in squad/team selections with Academy Coaches, to ensure there is opportunities and pathway for players;

  • Manage and support the additional “Technical Programme” for players in the FDP;

  • Manage and implement the 8x weekly football technical meetings with the Head of Academy and Academy HOC;

  • Support the Recruitment Dept. in the identifying and assessment of Academy trialists;

  • Game observations across the phase and any other additional match support; and

  • Support the ILO Programme in the YDP.

Responsibilities with Coaches

  • Support the Academy HOC with the phase specific CPD Programme;

  • Manage and deliver the Coaching Competency Framework (CCF) Programme for PT coaches – feeding back into the Academy HOC;

  • 1x observation / CCF Feedback to the PT coaches every 8wks – feeding back to the Academy HOC;

  • Provide general support to coaches across the phase; and

  • Monitor coach usage of the various software packages (Hudl / PMA).

3. Skills required:

  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;

  • Ability to work independently;

  • Good communication with key internal and external stakeholders;

  • Ability to meet deadlines;

  • Good listening skills (particularly pastorally for players);

  • Good level of analytical skills;

  • Competent use of key IT programmes incl. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as key online systems;

  • Ability to solve problems;

  • Be innovative in thinking and moving the department forward;

  • Professionalism;

  • Effective Performance Management of staff;

  • Ability to organize, plan and evaluate effectively; and

  • Demonstrate personal qualities that link to our core values – Hardworking, Honest, Respectful, Passionate, Integrity.

4. Knowledge required:

  • Effective management and development of young players in a professional youth system;

  • Good knowledge of the game and understands what is required for players to play at the highest levels of the game;

  • Good knowledge of Safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures;

  • Knowledge of the Academy legislation in relation to player development;

  • Knowledge of various training models within the Academy;

  • Curriculums for varying age groups through the Academy system;

  • Knowledge of player development models and the key strategies and methods to implement these for young players;

  • Knowledge of developing a player development model, which is drawn down from senior level into the Academy system; and

  • Knowledge of specific attributes that players require to transition within an Academy system, linked to Talent ID.

5. Qualifications required:

Essential

  • UEFA A Licence;

  • Youth Modules 1-3 and Assessment;

  • FA AYA (or working towards);

  • FA Safeguarding; and

  • FA First Aid.

Desirable

  • Playing Experience (Professional Level)

DBS check required:

Yes (Enhanced)

The document is a guide only and should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the organisation.

Equality and Diversity
Blackburn Rovers FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Safer Recruitment
Blackburn Rovers FC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The job holder will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK.

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