Professional Player to Coach Scheme – Academy Coach

  • Derby County FC
  • Moor Farm Training Centre, Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby, UK
  • 22 May, 2023
Full time Academy Coaching

Job Description

Professional Player to Coach Scheme – Academy Coach


Derby County Football Club, established in 1884, is one of the founder members of the English Football League and has a rich and varied history, including two First Division titles in 1972 and 1975 and an FA Cup success in 1946. The club are currently playing in League One, the third tier of English Football, and is now under the management of recently appointed Head Coach Paul Warne. The club also boasts a successful and respected Category One Academy, a status which has been held since 2014. Derby County is embarking on an exciting new era following the recent change in ownership to Clowes Developments (UK) Limited. Our track record of producing talent is outstanding, and we intend to protect that proud legacy, investing in key roles within the club to build on the foundations in place for success.


In partnership with the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and English Football League (EFL), Derby County Football Club are seeking to recruit an Academy Coach as part of the Professional Player to Coach Scheme.


As part of the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and English Football League (EFL)’s  commitment to improving diversity, they have jointly launched the Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) to encourage, build and support the transition of under-represented Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage Men and Women who are PFA members into football coaching in the professional game so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves. 


The fixed-term employment opportunity will include coaching and observation across the Academy, including multi-disciplinary teams. Successful applicants will enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme which is accredited by Leeds Beckett University. Upon successful completion of the programme, coaches will receive a Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Football Coaching. The development programme includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects and FA/UEFA qualifications dependent on need.


The Professional Player to Coach Scheme placement opportunity welcomes applications from coaches who are Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage men or women and are PFA members. To find out more about the scheme please follow the link HERE.


Key Responsibilities:

·         To develop responsibility for the planning, delivery and review of coaching sessions for players across the Foundation, Youth Development and Professional Development phases.

·         To develop an understanding of performance analysis, with individual players, units and teams in order to support player development.

·         To undertake player review meetings in a Multi-Disciplinary environment.

·         To take responsibility for your own development through your Development Programme and DCFC Development Action Plan.

·         To ensure the Academy’s holistic approach to player development is adhered to at all times.

·         To highlight and celebrate good practice and challenge poor practice where identified. 

·         To attend player Succession Planning Meetings to support the recruitment team.

·         To participate in a review process including the provision of monthly reports and work programmes highlighting progress and development strategy


Personal characteristics and experience:

·         PFA Member

·         Professional playing experience in men’s or women’s football

·         No previous experience of full-time coaching in a Premier League or English Football League Club

·         First Team playing experience is desirable.

·         Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis is desirable.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills

·         Resilience and Highly Motivated

·         Confident, Resilient and Self Motivated

·         Excellent Communications skills both verbal and written


Essential Qualifications

·         UEFA B Licence or working towards

·         Current FA Safeguarding Certificate

·         Emergency Aid Certificate


Desirable Qualifications

·         UEFA A Licence or working towards


As Derby County Academy proudly holds Category One status salary for the role will be up to £30,000 per annum.


The role is full time, for a fixed term of 23 months, based at Moor Farm Training Centre, Derby.


Interviews will take place in two parts, a formal interview and practical coaching session. The first part will take place week commencing 19 June 2023 and second part week commencing 26 June 2023.


Derby County employee benefits include:


·         25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·         Two complimentary staff season tickets

·         Two complimentary staff away memberships

·         20% discount at DCFC Megastore

·         Company Pension with Aviva

·         Discounts with select Club partners and sponsors

·         Healthshield Cash Health Plan to support employee health and well-being and Perks for great deals and discounts

·         Participating in our employee forum, ‘The Herd’

·         Training and development opportunities

·         Access to programmes and volunteering opportunities with Derby County Community Trust

·         Subsidised lunchtime meals at Moor Farm



Derby County Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

As part of the Club's commitment to providing a safe environment for children and young people, applicants should be aware that this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Record Check.


Derby County Football Club is an Inclusive Club for all and is committed to Equality and Diversity.


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