Head of Coaching U13 - U16

  • Crystal Palace FC
  • Crystal Palace, London, UK
  • 02 May, 2024
Full time Coaching Leadership & Management Premier League Soccer Coach Youth

Job Description

Job Location   Academy Training Ground, BR3 1NZ

Contract Type Full-time

Salary/ ROP    Competitive

Who we are:

We are Crystal Palace Football Club, a Premier League Football Club with more than 160 years of proud history. Spread across three different sites – our London office, Selhurst Park stadium and our Training Ground/Academy, we offer the best atmosphere and culture for our fans and our employees.

We strive for excellence in the workplace with a philosophy of high standards, professionalism, and a strong work ethic from our employees. We are constantly trying to grow, diversify and build with not only our team on the pitch, but also our team in the offices and on the ground.

About this role:

Reporting into the Academy Director, the U13 – U16 Head of Coaching will be responsible the professional development of the full-time and part-time coaches within the Youth Development Phase.


Responsible For:

  • Head of Team Development Coaches 13 – 16
  • Head of Individual Development Coaches 13 – 16
  • Goalkeeping Coaches U13 – U16

Job duties:

  • Oversee, monitor and update the CCF to ensure a highly effective development programme is applied for all coaching staff within the YDP
  • Ensure the Academy Coaching & Playing Philosophy is consistently delivered across the phase and all teams are trying to ‘out pass and out press the opposition’
  • Ensuring YDP Staff’s coaching behaviors are aligned to the clubs profile for a YDP Head of Team Development Coach
  • Ensure all Head of Individual Development Coaches are supported and monitored in their delivery of this aspect of the programme to the Academy Players
  • Create and maintain an outstanding day release model for all Hybrid Players
  • Attend and commit to the Premier League’s Elite Head of Coaching (EHOC) Development Programme (if applicable)
  • Create a ‘best practice’ document for Coaches on matchdays
  • Ensure the Leadership team are aware of both internal and external coaching talent in respect of succession planning
  • Recruit, induct and embed outstanding coaching staff
  • Ensure each coach also has a personalised Development Action Plan (DAP), which is tailored to meet their needs and that the coach embraces the document.
  • Design and develop an effective coach evaluation process
  • Run an internal and external CPD programme along with the U8 – U12 Head of Coaching that focuses on developing elite staff
  • Work with the Lead Phase Coach to ensure Multi-disciplinary communication between staff, players and parents
  • Provide and arrange cover at Academy coaching sessions and matches for absent coaches.
  • Identify and develop the elite Players within the Youth Development Phase
  • Working with the Head of Recruitment create Crystal Palace specific Player Profiles
  • Create and maintain a Crystal Palace specific coaching library
  • Develop relationships with the Parents of the elite Players to ensure their commitment to staying at CPFC
  • Ensure all coaching staff from U9 – U21 have the correct coaching, safeguarding and 1st Aid qualifications
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required by line manager.
  • Upholding and promoting the Club’s policies and procedures, including Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities policies and procedures.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

  • UEFA A-Licence
  • FA Advanced Youth Award
  • Experience of developing elite Players in the Youth Development Phase
  • Experience of managing staff
  • An deep knowledge of the EPPP
  • Strong work ethic
  • A commitment to work outside of the designated hours at various points of the season around the demands of the role


  • Complimentary match day ticket
  • Reward and Discount Scheme through our Tech Scheme and Simple Health app
  • Health and Wellbeing benefit scheme
  • 20% Discount in our Retail Stores
  • Volunteering Day - 1 Workday off to support a charity of your choice.
  • Travel Season Ticket loan
  • Holiday allowance that increases every year of service

Our commitment to Equality

At Crystal Palace Football Club, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is spirited and continues to grow due to the working environment, which makes all staff feel appreciated and welcomed. Crystal Palace Football Club do this by encouraging good relations and practices towards different groups and are committed to promoting employment opportunities that celebrate diversity.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting, and retaining the most talented candidates and the club intends to ensure that everyone who wishes to engage with the club, whether as matchday fans, staff, players, board members, participants in Foundation programmes and any other person engaged with the club's activities, has a real and equal opportunity to do so.

Reasonable Adjustment

If you require disability-related adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact DLO@cpfc.co.uk (DLO inbox is for disability-related queries only, if you wish to gain further information regarding this vacancy, please contact recruitment@cpfc.co.uk). We are here to help you through the whole recruitment process including trying to apply for a vacancy, getting in touch with us through the process, and/or helping with access in case you are required to come in for an interview.


Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare and protection of children and vulnerable people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, the post holder will be required to undergo any relevant security checks, including a comprehensive background check, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure the safety and protection of children and vulnerable individuals.