Academy Physiotherapist

  • Birmingham City FC
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 04 Aug, 2022
Full time Academy EFL Physiotherapy Sports Therapy Youth

Job Description

Academy Physiotherapist

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 parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the well-being of Academy players at all times liaising with the Safeguarding Services Manager.


  • Implementation of Sport Science and Medicine strategy across all the development phases.
  • Assessment and management of injuries and illnesses to all our Academy Players, including relevant referral to internal and external health professionals.
  • Management, design and implementation(In Liaison with Head of Performance, and Head of Physiotherapy)of the medical, orthopaedic and movement screening programmes for U9-U16 players.
  • Conduct appropriate screening of trialists to assist with recruitment.
  • Design and dissemination of individual injury prevention programmes.
  • The delivery of individual and group prehabilitation services to our Academy players.
  • Provision of medical cover for training and match day for U9-U23 fixtures.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA.
  • Accurate recording of all injuries on the Medical Injury Database and Academy Online Management Tool. To ensure that medical notes are complete and confidential.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA and One Drive. To include current medical status, medical notes, rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes, medical/orthopaedic/movement screen results, individual physical targets and session content and attendance.
  • Collate, analyse and feedback relevant medical information to the appropriate Club staff for all Academy players. This is to include updates on injured players, rehabilitation programmes, return to train/play dates and injury audits (but must respect and abide by medical confidentiality laws).
  • Work effectively with other support staff and services, including doctors/sport science services, to provide an integrated approach to performance enhancement.
  • Attendance at all team meetings and active inclusion in discussions.
  • Design and implementation (in liaison with Head of Performance and Head of Physiotherapy)of an Emergency Action Plan for each site that training/matches occur (where we are the “home” team).
  • Identify areas for development and work closely with the Academy Management Team, Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensure necessary performance standards are met and developed.


  • Lead on the management of injuries to U9-U16 players (in liaison with the Head of Academy Physiotherapy and Head of Academy Performance)
  • Co-ordinate the responsibilities and organisation of the Physiotherapy Interns; disseminate their rota and the schedule for prehabilitation sessions. Monitor and appraise their performance.
  • Provide medical provision for schoolboy trips and tours.


  • Observation part time Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Interns, to provide guidance.
  • Assist the Senior Academy Physiotherapist in the appraisal of the part time physiotherapists.
  • Delivery of at least one internal professional development event for the medical department, one for the part time medical staff and one for the multidisciplinary team.



Essential Requirements

  • BSc in Physiotherapy /Sports Therapy or equivalent
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy /SST or equivalent.
  • HCPC registered Physiotherapistor equivalent
  • FA Advanced Trauma and Medical Management in Football.
  • FA Child Welfare qualification. Current DBS clearance

Desirable Requirements

  • MSc in Sports Medicine or working towards.


Essential Requirements

  • Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application.
  • Demonstrates desire to work within an elite football academy environment.
  • Forward thinking mindset to developing the department and programme.
  • Experience managing paediatric MSK injuries.

Knowledge and Skills

Essential Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation of elite level athletes (paediatrics).
  • Ability to analyse and interpret movement patterns and posture.
  • Understanding of injury minimisation strategies.
  • Excellent computer literacy, specifically in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures.

Personal Requirements

  • Uses initiative.
  • Good communicator.

Terms of Appointment 

  • 37.5 hours per week.
  • 20 days annual leave (rising by 1 day per completed year of service, up to a maximum of 25 days, plus 8 statutory bank holidays).
  • 6-month probation period.

Special Conditions          

  • Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role.
  • Under the Disclosure and Barring Service and in accordance with the Club’s own rules regarding Safeguarding the post-holder will be required to meet minimum criteria regarding Safeguarding and a Disclosure and Barring Check will be required in this post.  Exceptions Order to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 applies.

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.

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.