Football Development Manager

£33,000 - £38,000 yearly
  • Palace for Life Foundation
  • Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, London, UK
  • 23 Sep, 2022
Full time Charity Leadership & Management Premier League Sports Management Youth

Job Description

Salary: £33-38k per year

Hours: 37.5 per week

Contract: Full-time

Closing Date: 10th October 2022

Interview Date: Weeks commencing 17th & 24th October 2022


Job Purpose

An exciting opportunity to join the management team of the charitable foundation of a dynamic Premier League football club. Palace for Life Foundation uses the power of the Crystal Palace FC and Premier League brand to help young people grow through sport.

As the Foundation’s Football Development Manager, you will be responsible for expanding our programme of commercial Soccer School and Player Development Centres for boys and girls across South London, growing the number of paying participants and delivering a healthy financial surplus to be reinvested in our charitable work.

You will oversee all aspects of Soccer School and Player Development Centre delivery, execute an effective promotional strategy in partnership with our communications team, run an efficient booking and customer service process, support the recruitment and up-skilling of full-time and sessional coaches, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience and ongoing football development pathway for all participants.

Job Summary

  • To manage and coordinate the Foundation’s Player Development Centres and Soccer Schools, organising an expansive programme running throughout the year with a clear player pathway.
  • Engaging with key partners including the Crystal Palace FC Academy, local venues and grassroot teams.
  • Coordinating the Foundation’s coaches delivering our Football Development programmes, through regular effective communication and CPD opportunities with engaging content so coaches can effectively deliver the programme.
  • Utilising the Foundation’s booking system to create efficient methods for tracking and expanding bookings across the department, regularly reporting into the Head of Football Development.
  • Managing the department budget, updating project expenditure and tracking income to ensure the successful profitable delivery of the programme.
  • Line Manage the Foundations Football Development Officer, overseeing our College Academy and University football programmes.
  • Create a marketing strategy for the department and lead on programme promotion, maintaining a strong relationship with the Foundation’s Communications team, designing an effective customer feedback process and creating impactful case studies.
  • Ensuring efficient quality assurance at all sessions, utilising the Foundation’s Coach Developer and Safeguarding Manager.
  • Creation of an exciting coaching syllabus for use across all programmes
  • Responsible for reporting to the Head of Department on the achievement of a series of key performance indicators and general updates for each programme.
  • Liaising closely with other internal colleagues within the Foundation and counter parts at other Club Community Organisations in sharing of good practice and cross working together.
  • Support staff in the delivery of special events and campaigns that promote community cohesion and activities delivered by the Foundation.
  • Execute additional tasks in order to meet departmental project-related or development objectives.


Job Requirements



  • Sound knowledge and experience of working within Football Development, either through coaching or managing a similar programme, with a proven track record of achievement.
  • Proven leadership skills, with the ability to provide staff with clear instructions to enable them to achieve desired outcomes and meet the required standards
  • Knowledge of safeguarding reporting processes and procedures.


  • In delivering and/or leading football development or similar programmes.
  • A passion and interest in developing a programme to support the development of young players.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to multitask and adapt in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines without close supervision.

Technical Skills

  • Excellent communication/presentation skills both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage partnerships effectively and concisely so external partners are satisfied with our work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels within the Foundation, the parent club and high level outside contacts within schools.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


  • A willingness to work flexible hours including some evening and weekends.
  • Positive attitude with the ability to inspire and lead a team.
  • Flexible, “can do” attitude is an important component for this role.




  • Educated to degree level.
  • Possess football coaching qualifications /other relevant experience in a football development environment.
  • Existing enhanced DBS check.
  • Full clean drivers licence.
  • Knowledge of the football pyramid and Academy player pathways.
  • Understanding of effective quality assurance processes.
  • Connections with grassroots teams across South London.


  • Experience of managing a programme budget.
  • Knowledge of CRM and booking system(s).
  • Creating successful promotional campaigns.



Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare and protection of children, young people and adults at risk. The club fully accepts its responsibility for children, young people and adults at risk. Our aim is to ensure that safeguarding runs through every element of the work we do to ensure the welfare and well-being of all those who engage in our activities.

All children, young people and adults at risk have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. We believe that all adults working within the club, in any capacity, have a duty and responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

We strive to do this by applying policy, procedures and best practice, engaging with the Premier League, FA and local authority partners to promote the safety and welfare of all those who engage in activities with the club. Our practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities. This allows our participants to enjoy any club activity in a safe, and inclusive environment.

The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment. 



Crystal Palace Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):

Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and

Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.