Professional Player to Coach Scheme

  • Fleetwood Town FC
  • Fleetwood, UK
  • 23 Jul, 2021
Full time Coaching

Job Description

Fleetwood Town are recruiting a former professional footballer to enrol on our player to coach scheme. 

Bursary: 23 - month placement 


Time commitment:  The successful candidate will divide their time between the Fleetwood Town Football Club work placement and their individual development plan on a 50:50 basis (which equates to two and a half days a week for each)

Key relationships: Fleetwood Town Football Club, Premier League, The PFAC and the EFL

Location: Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure Complex, 52 Butts Road, Thornton - Cleveleys, FY5 4HX 

  1. Background

Professional football must reflect modern Britain. The Premier league, Professional Footballers’ Association Charity (PFAC) and English Football League (EFL) are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative. As part of their commitment to improving diversity, they have jointly launched the Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) to encourage, build and support the transition of under-represented Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage Men and Women who are PFA members into football coaching in the professional game so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves.  

What is the Professional Player to Coach Scheme?

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme is a positive action initiative, informed by provisions established in the Equality Act 2010, to support the strategic aim of building an inclusive and diverse professional coaching workforce.

Fleetwood Town Football Club in partnership with the Premier League, PFAC and EFL aim to identify a high potential coach to undergo a work experience and development opportunity, so that after the Scheme, they become highly employable within the professional game. Simultaneously, the Premier League, PFAC and EFL want to be able to recognise and support Clubs involved in the Scheme as Inclusion and Diversity role models.

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme will provide a 23-month rotational work experience and development programme for the successful candidate. The Club will act as the ‘base’ of the placement programme and the individual will experience a variety of football functions within the Academy and Club in order to broaden their learning experience.

The Coach will divide their time between the work placement and their individual development plan on a 50:50 basis which equates to two and a half days a week for each. The placement will include coaching and observation across the Foundation (FP), Youth Development (YDP) and Professional Development Phases (PDP) as well as the First-Team environment, Physical Performance and Conditioning, Recruitment, Analysis, and Administration. 

Coaches will also enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Institute Programme (CDIP). This programme will include elements of virtual and face to face mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects, study visits and FA/UEFA qualifications dependent on need. 

The programme will be a fully integrated opportunity based at the Fleetwood Town Football Club and designed to accelerate the successful candidates’ coaching knowledge and ability in order to better equip them for future full-time coaching work.    

The candidate invited onto the Scheme, following a successful selection process, will be expected to demonstrate drive and resilience in order to reach a high standard across a range of skills and competencies tailored to the needs of the individual.                                                   

  1. Objectives of the Scheme

To increase the number of PFA members who are Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Men and Women, transitioning into full-time coaching positions in English Professional Football

  • To provide selected PFA Members with work placement and training opportunities within EFL Clubs, which include a range of professional roles within both the academy and First Team environment
  • To substantially improve employment prospects for coaches who complete the Scheme
  • To provide each of the coaches with their own development programme to ensure that they are appropriately trained and supported to become successful coaches and visible role models
  • To recognise Clubs who role model excellent Inclusion and Diversity practices, as well as supporting those who wish to develop in this area

Application deadline: Wednesday 28th July 2021