Lead Academy Physiotherapist

  • Rangers Football Club
  • Glasgow, UK
  • 05 Sep, 2020
Full time Youth Academy Medical

Job Description



A unique opportunity has arisen to join the Medical department of Rangers Football Club as Lead Academy Physiotherapist.


The full-time position will be based at the Training Ground reporting to the Head of Physiotherapy Services. The purpose of this role is to manage the sports medicine strategy and provide an elite level of medical provision for all age groups in the Academy. The role requires the management of all medical staff in the delivery of treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries for all players across the Academy.


As part of the Medical team and reporting to the Head of Physiotherapy Services, the key responsibilities of this role are:


  • To deliver and manage the sports medicine support strategy for all age groups in the Academy, providing high quality medical provision to the players at Rangers Football club.
  • Line management responsibility for Academy Physiotherapists.
  • As part of a multi-disciplinary team, regularly contribute to the departmental strategy to ensure best practice and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure the department attains criteria in line with the Clubs Performance Strategy and football governing bodies.
  • Liaise daily with other Academy Physiotherapists, Sport Scientists and Coaches to ensure effective communication between departments.
  • Attend weekly performance meetings with Academy Performance staff and regularly liaise with first team medical staff.
  • Attendance and involvement in Senior Academy Team Meetings
  • Ensure that the management of injuries meets elite standards and the club’s commitment to players through best practice in recognition/diagnosis, documentation, evaluation and treatment of injures.
  • Ensure appropriate injury mitigation and player care strategies are adopted, including but not limited to: Screening, testing, player and squad interventions, player and coach education, and maturation-based interventions.
  • Based on screening, injury history, and performance testing, develop and implement both individual and squad-based interventions with a view to maximising player performance and reducing injuries.
  • Database management regarding player records, injury history, statistics and progress including regular injury auditing.
  • Working with the Performance team to implement the appropriate rehabilitation and re-conditioning of injured players at allow safe and effective return to play as soon as possible.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement of the departmental strategy relating to individual player and squad needs including in-service training.
  • Provide regular feedback to coaches, players and parents on player development. · Support players in achieving a ‘Performance lifestyle’ through player education strategies.
  • Support coaches in maximising player development through coach education strategies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical development requirements of young footballers including an understanding of growth and maturation in relation to performance and injury.
  • Undertake personal CPD to meet the demands of the role and assist in coordinating for all Academy staff where appropriate.
  • Ensure medical equipment is at the required level and standard, up to date and in line with the club’s and governing bodies’ requirements.
  • Ensure the safe use of gym equipment for any player under your supervision.
  • Ensure attendance at games and coverage as and when required.
  • To provide medical cover at, home and away fixtures, where required.
  • To attend tournaments abroad as and when required.
  • Possess a flexible approach to working hours, evening and weekends and be willing to adapt.
  • To support a performance culture and maximise player potential and ensure that a common and united message is delivered to all players at all times.
  • To support the Academy’s culture, core principals, aims and values.




The candidate attributes include:


Job Knowledge:


  • 5 years Physiotherapy experience
  • Graduate calibre or equivalent proven experience working within a similar role
  • Sound knowledge of Physiotherapy techniques
  • Member of the HCPC
  • Experience of working in full time football or other sport is essential
  • Understanding of the physical development requirements of young athletes
  • Understanding of growth and maturation in relation to performance and injury
  • I.T skills to a high level of competence: Excel, Word, PowerPoint.


Personal Attributes:


  • Engaging personality and able influencer with the ability to adapt to fresh challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • An ability to m/anage time effectively to achieve the expectations of the role.
  • Good team player.
  • A flexible approach to working hours is must, due to the nature of the job and the scheduling of fixtures.
  • Eligibility to work in the




Rangers Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.


Rangers Football club also welcomes applications from suitably qualified members of the armed forces family.




The candidate must keep up to date with new methods and undertake any necessary internal or external training sessions in accordance with Company Policies and Procedures. Successful candidates will undertake a PVG Disclosure check.