Academy Sport Psychologist

  • Sunderland AFC
  • Sunderland, UK
  • 11 Oct, 2020
Full time Academy Community Safeguarding Youth

Job Description

Sunderland Association Football Club are seeking to recruit an individual to lead on the delivery of Sports Psychology support services to all key stakeholders, including players, staff and parents, across the Academy age groups. The Academy Sports Psychologist will ensure the effective design, delivery and monitoring of a support programme that is aligned to the objectives of the Academy Medical and Performance and the Youth Development department in terms of player development and progression.

Reporting to the Director of Medical and Performance and Academy Head of Medical and Performance, candidates must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and have an advanced academic award (Masters of PhD in Sport Psychology. The successful candidate will also either; hold Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), or be enrolled on, and nearing completion of, the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2); or, be enrolled on, or nearing completion of, BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) qualification.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Design, deliver and monitor the effectiveness of an Academy Sport Psychology programme that supports all key stakeholders (players, staff, parents) in the Academy performance system
  • Ensure the programme of system/group/individual support delivered is effectively structured and periodised to meet the varying needs of different stakeholders across the Academy’s Foundation, Youth Development, and Professional Development Phases
  • champion the importance of positive Mental Health across the Academy system, including working to build the mental health literacy of all key stakeholders, and take an active role in the Academy wide Wellness Group meetings
  • Provide support for coaching (and other support) staff to facilitate them in terms of applying principles of Sport Psychology to coaching sessions/games, such that key themes are effectively reinforced and contextualized in the development and competitive contexts
  • Ensure the Academy Sport Psychology programme complies with, and indeed exceeds, all the necessary requirements attached to the Academy’s Category status under the Elite Player Performance Plan
  • Work closely with the Academy Head of Medical and Performance, and other programme leads, to ensure the effective integration of all specialisms into a Medical and Performance service that exceeds the aims and objectives of both the department and the wider Academy

Working hours will be flexible around business demands and include evening and weekend work as required. Previous professional experience working within an applied setting  as a Sport Psychology practitioner is essential along with a detailed understanding of the psychological and wider requirements necessary to perform at football’s elite level. You will be expected to undertake any specific training or Continued Professional Development to maintain your qualifications and/or as organised by the Club.


This position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check.



Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.


Sunderland AFC is fully committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC makes provisions for children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups through adherence to the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures adopted by the Club.