Academy Physical Performance Coach

  • Birmingham City FC
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 03 Aug, 2022
Full time Academy Coaching EFL Youth

Job Description

Academy Physical Performance Coach

Term:                                      Permanent

Department:                           Academy

Location:                                Wast Hills Training Ground, Redhill Road, Birmingham, B38 9EL

Salary:                                    Competitive

Hours of Work:                      Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week

Application closing date:     Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.



  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Have consistently high standards.
  • Communicate and engage with staff/players/parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all club and departmental professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the wellbeing of Academy players at all times liaising with the Safeguarding Services Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.

    Academy Performance Coach Responsibilities

  • To be responsible for the delivery of the sports science programme for u9-16s.
  • Design and delivery of activation/preparation/recovery sessions for individuals/groups/teams.
  • To coordinate and complete physical testing as per the needs of the EPPP for all the u9-u16s.
  • Delivery of rehabilitation sessions in conjunction with medical staff or as directed insuring modalities and loads are appropriate to the phase of training.
  • Provide direction and support where needed for sports science & medical staff within the Academy to ensure program delivery is of a high standard.
  • Support players in their understanding of lifestyle choices and in educating them on the role of sport science and S&C in supporting their performances.
  • The assessment, monitoring, analysis and reporting on team and individual player physical and physiological information using relevant technologies & interventions.
  • Fully utilising The PMA & SharePoint systems - Analyse, store & monitor all relevant data, providing feedback to players/staff as relevant.
  • Implement individual and group Strength & conditioning programmes using appropriate periodised plans, modalities, loading and injury minimisation strategies.
  • To be responsible for the design and dissemination of the gym curriculum throughout the academy with specific responsibility for the u9-u16s.
  • Supporting the Performance department with the design & implementation of Return to Play objective markers.
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with the Head of Academy Performance and other Academy and First Team SS&M staff as appropriate.
  • To liaise with other professionals as required (coaching/medical/administrative) to ensure a complete interdisciplinary support on service provision for players.
  • Provide advice and support to staff and players as appropriate in areas of expertise.
  • Deliver the performance programme to the highest standard possible, to the benefit of the individual, group or team.
  • Use objective markers to identify areas that need physical development or facilitate improved performance.
  • To identify “years from peak height velocity” and implement anthropometric strategies to estimate adult height.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA & SharePoint - To include monitoring of training loads and intensities through GPS and heart rate data, RPEs, wellbeing, hydration status, session content and session attendance, anthropometric data as well as on/off-field testing data.
  • Review and update all academy staff on the performance (S&C and sports science) programme as necessary.
  • Maintenance of a contemporary and appropriate database of all sport science/S&C information, which allows reporting on individuals/group/team information.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA (5 weekly)
  • Assist the Head of Academy Performance with developing the responsibilities of interns whilst evaluating & monitoring their performance.



    Essential Requirements

  • Degree in Sport Science or related discipline
  • FA Child Welfare qualification
  • FA Basic First Aid for Sport
  • Clear DBS check

    Desirable Requirements

  • BASES Accreditation


  • Demonstrate desire to work within an elite academy football environment.

    Skills and Abilities

    Essential Requirements

  • Desire to work and develop within an elite sporting environment.
  • Understanding of individual and group physical preparation and recovery strategies.
  • Knowledge of LTAD.

    Personal Requirements

  • Collaborative
  • Knowledgeable
  • Inspirational
  • Exciting
  • Influential
  • Innovative
  • Uses initiative
  • Good communicator
  • Emotional control

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the role. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.

Birmingham City Football Club promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.