Weekend Academy Driver

Wolverhampton
Part Time
Competitive
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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: Weekend Academy Driver (Casual Contract)

DEPARTMENT: Academy

REPORTS TO: Academy Operations Assistant

LOCATION: Compton & Surrounding are. Flexibility will be required due to the nature of this role

HOURS: Casual, requirements will include evening and weekend working

DATE: November 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.

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Job purpose

As an Academy Driver you will provide transport, to training, matches and other venues for Academy Players from U7s-U23s and staff. This will contribute to the delivery of an outstanding Academy programme for the children, players, coaches and parents.

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Key responsibilities

  • Transportation of Academy players/trialists and staff as per the weekly transportation sheets
  • Transportation from players’ home addresses across the UK to the training ground/Leisure Centre/accommodation addresses and Molineux Stadium and vice versa
  • Transportation for squads to matchday venues across the UK
  • Transportation of players/trialists/staff from their home address to all airports across the UK
    • Transportation of players from their schools across the Midlands, to the training ground
    • Maintain the Academy professional approach to player transport at all times
    • Carefully log and report all matters relating to vehicle upkeep, service and maintenance, in accordance with the Academy’s policies
    • To raise any Safeguarding concerns with the Head of Safeguarding and Head of Academy Operations.

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General responsibilities

  • Compliance with Club and Academy 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
  • Ensure all correct uniform is worn, when on duty
  • To liaise with the Academy Safeguarding Officer and Head of Academy Operations with regards to any issues with regard to the Academy transport provision.

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 Operations & Academy Operations Assistant (Line Manager). You will also be expected to attend regular 1 to 1 performance review meetings with your Line Manager to ensure appropriate support is given
  • Other Operations staff to deliver the transport schedule for the Academy and all matters relating vehicles
  • To liaise with the Academy Safeguarding Officer to help support the players on and off the field
  • To liaise with the Professional, Youth, Foundation and Recruitment Administrators as necessary to deliver the transport schedule for the Academy
  • Parents and Host Families in order to provide a safe transport environment for each player
  • To liaise with players schools regarding transport provision to ensure smooth transition of players from school classroom to our transport during school release days

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Scope of job

Working alongside other Academy Drivers, to deliver the transport policy and daily journeys for Academy players and staff, at different venues through the UK.


Person Specification

Job Title: Academy Driver (Casual)

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

  • Ability to deliver the professional requirements of an Academy Driver, within an elite sporting environment.
  • Professional approach to all tasks undertaken.
  • High level of professionalism when representing the club at other locations and venues.

Desirable

  • Previous driving experience within an elite environment.

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

Essential

  • Can work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to provide clear and simple instructions.
  • Ability to taken on multiple instructions and requests.
  • Understanding of how to work safely with children, young people and adults at risk 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.

Desirable

  • Previous driving experience with an elite environment.

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

Essential

  • Must have had full driving licence for at least 2 years.
  • Full clean Driving Licence.
  • Up to date MOT certificate for own car. (Each new MOT certificate to be produced to the Academy Office).
  • Own vehicle insurance is to include business coverage.
  • In date TAX on own vehicle.
  • Own Car Breakdown Cover.
  • Confident in driving other vehicle types.

Desirable

  • Working with children and/or adults at risk.

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

Essential

  • Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Head of Safeguarding.
  • Post-holder must hold or through the club obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant safeguarding training (i.e. FA Safeguarding Children Workshop).
  • Post-holder must hold or through the club obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant 1st Aid Certificates.

Desirable

  • Qualified to drive a minibus

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