Academy Professional Development Phase Coach

  • Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, SE7 
  • 17 Mar, 2023
Full time Academy Coaching EFL Soccer Coach Youth

Job Description

Position: Academy Professional Development Phase Coach

Location: Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, SE7 

Salary Dependent on experience and qualifications

Hours: FTE Mon-Fri + Match days

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 assist the Professional Development Phase Lead Coach at U18 level in the technical and tactical development of Academy players.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the management of the U18 team on matchday.
  • Have a main role to deliver in the Coaching Programme for the Under 18 squad, but also to coach in other aspects of the PDP programme as necessary
  • Assist the Professional Development Phase Lead Coach at Under 18 level with learning objectives and individual development plans.
  •  Liaise closely with the Under 18 Lead Coach and Academy Director on identifying and transitioning players that are in the scholarship programme through to the Under 23 
  • ​programme and involved in training / game experience with the Under 23 team and possibly First Team
  • To play an active role in the player review process at Under 18 level
  • Responsibility for recording session plans and player evaluation across the Professional Development Phase programme
  • Attendance at all PDP multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • A commitment to be fully involved in the Self-Assessment and ongoing coach observations of the Coach Competency Framework, as directed by the Head of Coaching. Consequently to follow a Individual Coach Development Plan as agreed with the HOC.
  • Attendance as required at Academy CPD events. To include as appropriate, actively leading on presentations in relation to Coaching / Playing Philosophy and Player Development.


  • UEFA A Licence
  • ​FA Youth Modules 1, 2 and 3 ( or working towards )
  • FA Advanced Youth Award or working towards.


  • Proven experience of coaching in the Academy Development Programme
  • Experience of working within the EPPP framework.
  •  Excellent communication and personal skills
  • Self-motivated, confident, with a work ethic that indicates the ‘ above and beyond attitude ‘
  • A personable individual who relates to players and staff and seen as approachable and helpful.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment whilst being able to prioritise and manage own workload.

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, color, 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.