Academy Head of Performance Support

  • Leicester City Football Club
  • Leicester, UK
  • 17 Jul, 2021
Full time Academy Sports Science

Job Description

About The Role

As the Club enters an exciting new era with a new training ground which will be home to the First Team and Academy, we are seeking an outstanding individual to become our Head of Performance Support. The successful candidate will have access to truly world-class facilities and the opportunity to play a key role in developing players for our first team.

Following the Head of Academy Sports Science moving across to the First Team, the Club have reviewed the position and created the new Head of Performance Support role. Based at the brand-new Leicester City Training Ground the Head of Performance support is a pivotal and influential position, working closely with the Academy Manager, Head of Coach Development, Head of Academy Player Development, Medical and the Lead Sports Science and S&C staff, the role will oversee the whole academy from U9 to U23.

The role will ensure that players transitioning through the Academy have the required physical attributes to support their football development and make the next step in their football pathway and ultimately into the First Team.

 Who We’re Looking For

The successful candidate will be a leader who has extensive experience, an in-depth knowledge of young player development and proven track record in developing young players in professional football. You will have significant experience in the following;

- Manage all aspects of performance support across the academy including Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis and Nutrition.

- Develop a long-term vision for performance support aligned to the academy strategy and in collaboration with the coaching and medical departments.

- Line manage the Lead members of staff in the performance support areas of work creating a culture and environment where they are empowered to develop new ways of maximising the potential of our players.

- Link with the First Team staff to ensure that to performance support programme develops first team ready players.

- Play a lead role in the performance planning process and bring in new ideas and creative insight to enhance existing practice.

- Be a proactive member of the academy leadership team.

- Ensure a program of future innovation through links with research and development partnerships and co-ordination of on-site applied research studies.

Academy Values

 The successful candidate must adhere and communicate the Academy values to stakeholders whenever the opportunity arises.

- Integrity: Able to act in an ethical manner at all times, treat individuals with respect and demonstrate trustworthiness and honesty at all times.

- Innovation: Able to be forward thinking and strive to continuously improve our work.

- Inclusive: Be welcoming to all and create an environment of openness.

- Professionalism: The ability to maintain professionalism and a calm demeanor at all times.

- Pride: Take pride in your actions and decisions and exhibit enthusiasm and excellence.

- A commitment to continuing professional development. 

Essential criteria for the role

 - Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a head of department or comparable leadership and management role within an Academy or a high performing sporting organisation.

- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with players/athletes in a development setting.

- Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team to support player/athlete development.

- A good broad knowledge of all aspects of performance support with detailed knowledge in a number of aspects of performance support.

- BASES or UKSCA Accreditation.

- Flexibility in working hours. Be prepared to work unsocial hours.

- Able to work to tight deadlines.

- Good Communication skills.

- Ability to work autonomously on own initiative, pro-active in managing one’s own time, building an understanding of the internal and external environment in order to deliver work in a highly effective and professional manner.

- Resilience and the ability to maintain professionalism and a calm demeanour at all times.

- Excellent IT skills (including excellent MS Office – word, excel, PowerPoint).

- Mentoring experience within a staff development program.

Desirable

- Recognised qualification in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

- Experience in using data to inform practice and athlete development

- Experience in a Category 1 academy.

- Leadership, management and coaching qualifications.

- Proven track record of utilising technology and performance management systems to track and monitor athlete status.

About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for.

Formed in 1884, the Club has been in the Premier League since 2014 when the Foxes were promoted as Championship winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history, and the Foxes went on to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays.  Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the recent opening of a new state-of-the-art Training Ground in north Leicestershire.

Ultimately, the Club’s vision is as exciting as it is simple: we believe that together, it’s possible. We value and respect individual difference and recognise that the diversity of our staff contributes to our success off the pitch. Our inclusive culture and approach is supported by our Stonewall Diversity Champions partnership, our Time to Change pledge and our status as a Disability Confident employer.

Benefits Package 

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

Contract Type – Permanent
Hours Per Week 
 37.5

Leicester City Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Leicester City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, you may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service and prior to taking up any role.

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be compiled shortly after the closing date and successful candidates will be contacted about the interview process.  

 

Closing date – 6 August, 2021