Lead Academy Physiotherapist

£30,000 - £32,000 yearly
  • Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Sparrows Lane Sports Ground, London, UK
  • 13 Jun, 2022
Full time Academy

Job Description

Location: Sparrows Lane Training Ground, South East London or as required

Salary: Dependent on experience

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Charlton Athletic Football Club are looking to recruit a highly motivated, responsible and driven chartered physiotherapist to join our successful Academy.

As Lead Academy Physiotherapist you will be responsible for co-ordinating and leading the physiotherapy services for the Academy. The successful applicant must ensure a safe, objective and evidence-based approach to the medical care of all Academy players and achieve this by employing our guiding principles to ensure a systematic approach to attaining our departmental aims. Working primarily with the U23s, the role will also require you to identify innovative practice to develop the physiotherapy programme across the Academy.  This approach must meet obligations to the EPPP and Long-Term Physical Development Philosophy of the Academy.

The successful applicant must demonstrate advanced understanding of musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation and evidence informed clinical reasoning, appropriate to the specific athlete population. As part of our department philosophy, we strive to create an elite environment for our players through achieving excellent clinical standards in our practice, candidates must demonstrate evidence of their ability to critically appraise relevant literature in sports and exercise medicine.

You will be expected to design, implement, and critically evaluate prehabilitation and injury management provisions based on current literature. As part of the multidisciplinary team, appreciation of key links between different departments and effective communication to all stakeholders are key elements of the daily running of the programme. We will support you with your commitment to continued professional development.


  • Assist the Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine in developing and leading the physiotherapy services to the Academy
  • Work with the Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine to oversee the sport science and medicine provision to the U23s
  • Contribute to the department performance plan
  • Oversee the content and application of the Medical and Physiotherapy sections of the SS&M Operations Manual ·
  • Develop and implement appropriate educational strategies for all Academy age-groups including infographic material, small group discussions and presentations to both players and parents
  • Attend all Professional Development Phase (PDP) matches, including provision of pitch-side cover and day to day management of the PDP, as directed by the Head of Sport Science and Medicine
  • Maintain up to date records of player availability
  • Co-ordinate part-time physiotherapy cover for youth tournaments, friendlies and weekend matches
  • Perform musculo-skeletal assessments of Academy team players
  • Diagnose and treat all injuries sustained by Academy players
  • Attend specialist appointments/radiology exams with PDP players
  • Keep the Head of Sport Science and Medicine informed of all medical/injury concerns regarding Academy players
  • Collaborate with the Sport Science department for physical performance testing
  • Provide weekly written injury progress reports for the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine and coaching staff
  • Keep daily records of treatments and record injuries on the PMA system along with detailed rehabilitation programmes for injured players
  • Ensure there is a comprehensive screening process is in place across the Academy
  • Assist with the delivery of prehabilitation strategies to all Academy players with key focus on the PDP
  • Liaise with the Sport Science department to collect and monitor growth and maturation data for all Academy players
  • Ensure all academy players’ medical files are up to date and stored securely
  • Ensure all protocols and EAP’s are followed according to Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine
  • Work in conjunction with the Head of Academy Sport Science & Medicine, to ensure that the department is operating at a level required for the club to achieve and maintain EPPP Category One status
  • Liaise regularly with the First Team Sport Science and Medicine department to ensure continuity in approach towards the physical preparation of Academy players for First Team football
  • Utilise the department IDP Flow to individualise the delivery of our physiotherapy programme and take a player centered approach which includes input from the player and the coach
  • Where appropriate, ensure own continuous education and personal development · To undertake CPD organised by the Club · Any other duties appropriate to the skills and experience of the position holder



  • BSc degree in Physiotherapy (E)
  • Registration with appropriate governing body (HCPC/CSP) (E)
  • FA Level 5 First Aid or equivalent (ATMMiF) (E)
  • MSc degree in Physiotherapy or related field (D)
  • Experience working in elite sport (E)

Specific Experience:

  • Experience of working within elite sport (E)
  • Experience of working with adolescent athletes (E)
  • Experience of working within professional football (D)


  • Strong communication skills and the ability to motivate athletes to maximise their potential (E)
  • Fully committed to the potentially hard and extensive schedule associated with position (E)
  • Excellent IT skills including competency with Excel worksheets and Power BI (E)
  • Comfortable handling data sets and producing written and verbal progress reports (E)
  • Competent and personable with good time management skills (E)
  • Interested in the scientific research process and leading projects (D)
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and independently (E)
  • High degree of personal drive and motivation (E)
  • Ability to understand and adapt to the culture of a professional football club (E)
  • Actively cooperate and communicate with others, fostering a culture of teamwork and collaboration (E)
  • An ability to review the current operation and identify practical areas for improvement (E)
  • Positive about achieving Club, departmental and individual success (E)
  • Proactively takes on new responsibilities and seek out opportunities to learn new skills (E)
  • Must be accountable for delivering results within assigned levels of accountability (E)

Additional Information

  • This a full-time role that include work on weekends and evenings
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Charlton Athletic is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure
  • As such, this post is exempt for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the successful candidate must disclose all convictions spent convictions should be declared, that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS
  • Charlton Athletic FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
  • Any personal data that you provide to Charlton Athletic Football Club Ltd (data controller) will be processed in line with applicable data protection laws and will be used only for the purpose of recruitment.
  • We will keep your personal information for 6 months after which we will erase it.  You can always choose to have your data erased earlier by emailing us at dpo@cafc.co.uk.

We’d love to hear from you if you believe you can meet the challenges of working within an elite sporting environment.  

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we regret that we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.