Professional Player to Coach Scheme

  • Middlesbrough FC
  • Middlesbrough, UK
  • 24 May, 2023
Full time Coaching EFL Soccer Coach

Job Description

(FIXED TERM CONTRACT FOR 23 MONTHS - £30,000 per annum)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of the Professional Player to Coach scheme at Middlesbrough Football Club. The Professional Player to Coach Scheme will provide a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development programme for the successful candidate. The Club will act as the ‘base’ of employment and the individual will work across a variety of football functions within the Club in order to broaden their learning experience.

Middlesbrough Football Club, based in Middlesbrough in North-East England, are currently competing in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. The Club’s Training Ground, a £7m complex is based in Hurworth, nr Darlington, Co Durham. The Academy is a Category One Academy in the structure introduced in Summer 2012 as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan and ensure that the Club’s production line of young players continues to be one of the most successful in the game.

Professional football must reflect modern Britain. The Premier League, Professional Footballers’
Association (PFA) and English Football League (EFL) are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches
in the professional game to make this area more representative. As part of their 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.

Middlesbrough Football Club in partnership with the Premier League, PFA and EFL aim to identify a high potential coach so that after the Scheme, they remain highly employable within the professional game. Simultaneously, the Premier League, PFA and EFL want to be able to recognise and support Clubs involved in the Scheme as Inclusion and Diversity role models.

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 role will primarily involve assisting in the development of individual players across the academy programme. The main responsibilities are:
• Supporting with the development and delivery of sessions in line with the Academy’s playing and coaching philosophies, ensuring they are phase specific, cater for individual needs and take into account modern trends within the game.
• Participating in coaching and observation across all phases and across all departments (Sports Science, Education, Analysis, Psychology etc).
• Helping to develop/support the day release program.
• Assisting the planning, preparation, organisation and delivery of the coaching and development programme for all players
• Collaborating with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to understand and implement a comprehensive curriculum for physical, psychological and social components of player development at all ages.
• Supporting with the development of players’ individual multidisciplinary development plans, gaining a strong understanding of how they are devised, managed, and reviewed and leading on meetings with assigned players.
• Assisting with twelve-weekly player review meetings
• Supporting player development through use of the analysis department.