U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist

Wolverhampton
Full Time
Competitive
16 / 07

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2021, three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next season saw the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the previous season’s seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part of the ‘longest season’ in league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment. 

Full description

JOB TITLE: U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist

DEPARTMENT: Performance and Medicine

REPORTS TO: Head of Academy Sport Science & Head of Academy Coaching

LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Compton

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week (flexibility will be required due to the nature of this role)

DATE: June 2022

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2021, three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next season saw the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the previous season’s seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part of the ‘longest season’ in league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment. _____________________________________________________________

Job purpose

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead our U11’s & U12’s Sport Science provisions, focusing primarily on the planning, implementing and monitoring on-field physical conditioning and gym-based Strength sessions here at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

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Key responsibilities

  • Deliver individual ‘Strength and Conditioning’ related sessions to a range of different abilities and age groups (Foundation and Youth Phases)
  • Plan and coach warm up sessions that include a speed, agility or plyometric element to foundation and youth football players
  • Implement systematic physiological (field-based) and anthropometric testing periods for a range of age groups within the academy and analyse the data from these testing periods
  • Provide match day support that includes warm up and cool downs
  • Plan and implement player-specific conditioning programs for players at the end stages of rehabilitation.
  • Assist in the formulation and delivery of injury prevention programmes.
  • Provide regular oral and written reports at appropriate meetings associated with the Strength and Conditioning support (athlete programme design, athlete attendance and adherence, test and monitoring reports, programme overview, review and updates).
  • Initiate and contribute to special projects that are part of the wider development of the medical and exercise science department at the football club
  • Oversee and lead Internship development
  • To complete 6-8 weekly multi-disciplinary reviews for each player, providing short, medium- and long-term action points
  • Completion of the training register for all players, including session and player evaluation of training within 24 hours on the online management tool (PMA).
  • Monitor training load through GPS; analyse data and report back to coaching staff and physiotherapists post training.
  • Oversee movement preparation sessions to players in the Foundation and youth phases.

General responsibilities

  • Compliance with Club policies
  • Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
  • Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
  • To promote the Club’s values
  • To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
  • To maintain professional conduct at all times

Safeguarding

  • This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people

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Key relationships

  • Head of Academy Sport Science
  • Head of Academy Coaching and the remaining MDT staff members U18’s; (U16’s and U23’s)
  • Members of the Sport Science department
  • Football Administration Department

Person Specification

Job Title: U11-12’s Academy Sport Scientist

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc

Essential

  • A basic understanding of the Governing body (the Premier league & FA) their doping policy, and basic pathological requirements and how this relates to nutrition support modification
  • EPPP requirements
  • Operate within the rules of professional confidentiality to liaise with athletes, medical staff, sports sciences staff, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
  • An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety policies

Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc

Essential

  • Experience delivering warm-up, cool-down, flexibility, core strength and stability, speed, agility, quickness training
  • Experience of how to modify and develop conditioning programmes according to test results or specific individual needs
  • Evidence of a proven track record in designing multi-facet periodised training programmes specific to elite football.
  • Ability to modify coaching style when delivering practical sessions to different populations

Desirable

  • Working knowledge and prescription of Isoinertial training
  • Understanding and creating Excel pivot tables

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc

Essential

  • Experience of actively engaging with players and technical coaches to create a culture which enhances attitudes towards Strength and Conditioning practices
  • Excellent anatomical knowledge and an ability to apply this specifically when communicating with coaches and physiotherapists
  • Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to work irregular and unsociable hours as required involving work outside normal office hours, evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.

Essential

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in an ELITE environment supporting athletes in a Strength and Conditioning Capacity

Desirable

  • Having worked within an Academy football MDT environment

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required

Essential

  • An undergraduate degree in a sport science related field (2:1 minimum)
  • Master’s degree in a sports science related field

Desirable

  • EFAIF medical certificate
  • ISAK qualification
  • UKSCA or NSCA Accreditation
  • Hold or currently undertaking BASES Accreditation

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