Academy Education Lead 9-16

£29,000 yearly
  • Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Charlton Athletic F.C. Training Ground, London, UK
  • 15 Mar, 2023
Full time Academy Administration EFL

Job Description

Position: Academy Education Lead 9-16​

Location: Training Ground, Sparrows Lane SE7

Salary £29,000 pro rata

Hours:  Mon-Fri 35hrs

About Us:

Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women's team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men's team's relegation from the Premier League.

The women's team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women's team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.

Currently, our men's first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women's team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women's football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.

Role Description:

The purpose of this role is to  effectively manage the education for both the YDP and FDP phases to ensure that a balanced programme is achieved.  This will include the establishment and ongoing liaison / monitoring of all young players within their respective schools by gathering every young players’ school reports 3 times per year where possible.  This will be achieved by either face to face or email liaison with the relevant teachers through a contact strategy devised on a traffic light system.  Co-ordinate and oversee the Hybrid Training model including; induction, course / level suitability, and day to day management of the programme. Establish and maintain strong links with any player’s school, feeding back progress whilst receiving compensatory Education at the Academy.  Assist with the delivery of the Champions Lifeskill programme and liaise with other multi-disciplinary staff.  Liaise closely with the Academy SSG and where necessary make home / school visits jointly.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create a record of every young players’ education progress and attainment through the gathering of school reports (3 x per year where possible)
  • Establish the specific links at school with the relevant staff for every young player
  • Provide feedback to the school of the progress of the young player through the use of the PMA on a 6/12 week basis
  • Devise a contact strategy to ensure that each player’s school receives email correspondence or a face to face visit
  • Co-ordinate and manage the Hybrid Training model (U15/16) including initial induction and school, parent agreements and ongoing tracking of player’s progress and attainment
  • Feedback to Hybrid player’s school half termly and consider appropriateness of player to continue based on this progress and attainment
  • Adapt the programme according to player development / academic attainment needs
  • Liaise closely with lead phase coaches and U16 coach day to day and maintain up to date registers of attendance and training
  • Assist with the Champions Lifeskills education programme with other HoDs for all players that covers social media, rest, recovery, nutrition, mental skills etc

Additional welfare responsibilities

  • Support the Academy SSG in the creation of the ‘safeguarding in action’ culture
  • Support the SSG with any Welfare Issues and conduct school visits where necessary


  • Educated to degree level (essential)
  • QTS (essential)
  • Up to date knowledge of Safeguarding policies and practice (essential)

Specific Experience:

  • Teaching at secondary level education
  • An understanding of the ‘elite’ environment
  • Knowledge / experience of dealing with external agencies with regard to the Welfare of Young People with support from the SSG


  • An excellent communicator with both young children and other professionals
  • Organisational skills
  • A healthy interest in sport / football
  • Work well as part of a team

Additional Information:

  • This a full time role that includes work on weekends and evenings (negotiable);
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK;
  • Charlton Athletic FC is committed to following relevant health & safety regulations and all members of staff are expected to be fully aware and adhere to, at all times, the Club’s H&S and fire safety procedures;
  • Charlton Athletic Football Club are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment;
  • CAFC 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.


Charlton Athletic Football Club are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The successful candidate may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining a post, as all cases are mediated individually according to the nature of the role and the information provided.

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

To Apply: Please send a copy of your CV as well as a covering letter explaining why you want to apply for this placement to: ​​