U16 - U21 Team Coach (Women's)
As U16 - U21 Team Coach, this role is key to creating a culture that maximises the talent and potential of each club player in all aspects of the four-corner model and to maximise the quality of team performance and ensure that Licence criteria are being met.
8 hours per week to include weekend and evening work. Fixed-term until 31st July 2024.
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 1975 as Heathfield Rovers, initially as a West Midlands League second division club, they later became Wolverhampton & Wednesbury Tube and then Wolverhampton Ladies before taking the name Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1993. In the 1993/94 season they we promoted to the Premier League, which was then the topflight of Women’s football.
In 2008/09 the women and girl’s programme were taken on board by the Wolves community trust, this support continued until 2021/22 season where the academy took control of the female provision, ensuring the boys and girls alike are given opportunities to play at Wolves.
2019/20 season and 2020/21 season saw Wolves Women top the table in both seasons only to have the leagues ended abruptly due to COVID. This prevented promotion to tier 3, however Wolves were successful in an ‘upwards movement’ initiative allowing them to move into the FA Women’s National League, Northern Premier Division.
The 2021/22 season saw huge success for the Women and girls programme with the Women securing a place in the playoff game for Championship, after topping the Northern Premier League table. The U16’s were also finalists in the FA Youth Cup Plate as the last game of their season.
But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done. We don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.
We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.
To create a culture that maximises the talent and potential of each club player in all aspects of the four-corner model to maximise the quality of team performance and ensure that Licence criteria are being met.
· To be present and deliver within all training sessions for the Womens U16 and U21’s Team.
· To attend and deliver within all training sessions and Matches played by the U16 or U21’s.
· Implementing a training programme in line with LTPD guidelines.
· Supporting the aims and objectives of the Wolves women and girl's pathway from youth teams to senior team.
· Ensuring the Club adheres to The FA standards for safeguarding.
· Formal monitoring and evaluation of Club Player and coach performance of the Club.
· To ensure that the Club adheres to The FA Rules and Regulations and Competition Rules.
· To ensure that the Club adheres to Respect guidelines.
· Aware of diversity and equality challenges in football.
· Knowledge and understand of the women’s football landscape in England.
· Empathy and commitment to the long-term development of the game.
· Track record of consistent high performance in a professional environment.
· To develop a strong relationship with a Regional Talent Club.
· Representing the Club at relevant League Competition meetings.
· This role carries a specific safeguarding responsibility. This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.
· 1st Team Manager – Match Day management and programme delivery.
· Head of Women and Girl’s Football- 1-2-1 line management and for programme oversight.
· Academy Operations and Admin Team- build strong relationships with the Academy Drivers, Stewards and Administrative staff to understand the needs of the department.
· Player Care Team- work closely with regards to player welfare.
· RTC Coaching Staff- liaise with regularly in order to gain knowledge of the players transport needs.
· Wider MDT- build a relationship to ensure that the relationship between the MDT’s and Operations is functional and high quality.
· Recruitment Team- build a relationship to ensure the transition of players into the Academy is smooth and high quality.
Scope of job
· To support a successful women’s U21 team.
· Strong existing relationships within the Women’s pyramid in England.
· Ability to travel independently.
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
· Experience of working in a women’s club environment.
· Experience of being part of a high performing team.
· A proven track record in a high energy, fast moving, pressurised environment.
· Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
· Understanding and knowledge or the women’s pathway.
· Knowledge of governing body rules within football (i.e. PL & FA)
Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc
· Proficient in use of word, Hudl, Veo and Excel.
· Competent in Outlook diary and email management.
· Able to develop effective working relationships at all levels.
· Able to manage own time and tasks efficiently with a high attention to detail.
General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc
· Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants.
· Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club.
· Ability to multi-task and handle changes to plans and workload in a positive manner.
· Possess communication skills that are clear, engaging and responsive.
· Management of time, working to tight deadlines to ensure priorities are met.
· A proactive approach and the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding role.
· Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.
· Conscientious and motivated with high level of personal initiative.
· Approachable, personable and humble.
· Strong team player.
· Willing to self-evaluate and work towards continuous improvement.
· Prepared to take on whatever work is required to support the team.
Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.
· Proven experience of working in a people centred environment.
· Development and implementation of administration processes and procedures.
· Able to demonstrate success in a high-performance environment.
· Experience of recruitment of players in the female game.
· Experience of working in a Professional Football Club or Sporting environment.
· Working with children and/or adults at risk.
· Experience of player management and development.
Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required
· UEFA B Licence holder.
· Safeguarding and First aid (Level 2) qualifications within 3 years- and kept up to date.
· Empathy with young players with an ability to inspire.
· Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong strategic relationships with Club staff.
· UEFA A Licence holder.
· Understanding and empathy with education and learning with a strong commitment to personal development and training.
· ECFG programme attendance.