Coach Inclusion Diversity Scheme

  • Leeds United FC
  • Leeds, UK
  • 12 May, 2024
Full time Coaching Premier League Soccer Coach

Job Description

Contract Type: 23 – month fixed-term employment 

Salary: £30,000 per annum

Premier League Coach Development Programme:  The successful candidate will divide their time between their Leeds United employment and their individual development plan which includes enrolment to the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme 

Location: Thorp Arch Training Ground, Wetherby


Professional football must better reflect modern Britain. Leeds United in partnership with the Premier League, are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population.  As part of our commitment to improving diversity, we are proud to be able to support the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme, Season 2024/2025, by providing a high-quality fixed-term employment opportunity to develop under-represented groups within the football industry. The scheme is open to coaches who are currently under-represented within English Professional Football – coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, and Women coaches from all backgrounds. We believe that having greater diversity helps the whole club to perform better both on and off the pitch. 

What is the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme?

CIDS provides 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 to broaden their learning experience.

The fixed-term employment opportunity will include coaching and observation across the Academy, and collaboration with 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 Professional Football Coaching. The development programme includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects, and need-led access to FA/UEFA coaching qualifications. 

Objectives of the Scheme

·      To increase the number of coaches who are from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including women from all backgrounds in full-time coaching positions in English professional football

·      To provide coaches on the scheme with a fixed-term employment contract and development opportunities within a Premier League or EFL Clubs

·      To substantially improve long-term employment prospects for coaches who complete the scheme

·      To provide each of the coaches with their own development programme to ensure that they are appropriately supported to become successful coaches and visible role models

·      To assist in diversifying the workforce at Premier League or EFL Clubs, promoting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion 

The Role & Development Opportunity

·      The successful candidate will actively be involved in coaching and talent identification across the Leeds United Foundation Phase (U7-U12) in collaboration with our multi-disciplinary teams.

·      You will have a passion to make a positive difference in children and young people’s lives, you will love football, and learning environments that help develop more creative footballers. 

·      You can demonstrate high-level interpersonal skills which will enable you to connect and make lasting relationships with players and families. 

·      You can demonstrate a high motivation, and track record for personal development, underpinned with excellent self-awareness.

·      You will have high potential to be world-class football coach and visible role model. 

Main Duties

·      Planning, delivery and critical review of coaching and player development activities for the Under 7 to Under 12 age groups in conjunction with Lead Coaches and Head Coach (U9-U14)

·      Embedding the Leeds United Academy Playing and Coaching Philosophy in the phase

·      Effective communication of phase activities with internal and external stakeholders

·      Supporting agreed decision making, handover and transition processes for registered players and trialists

·      Being an active member of the Coaching Department by helping to ensure strategic and operational objectives are delivered.

·      Being an active member of the Foundation and Youth Development Phase multidisciplinary teams and Academy working groups to help drive player development & continuous improvement of process

·      Championing all club and Academy policy through modelling best practice in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity, and inclusion

·      Living the values of the club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy Performance Plan and the vision of the Academy and the Club


The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.


This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing some currently under-represented groups within the English professional game. CIDS is a development opportunity for coaches from Black, South-Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, and Women coaches from all backgrounds. Applications will only be accepted from individuals from those backgrounds 



•       Coaches must not have previous experience of holding a full-time coaching role in a Premier League or EFL Club

•       Experience of delivering effective and engaging coaching and player development support to children and young people (e.g. in education, grassroots, community coaching, or part-time development centre or Academy setting).

•       Strong connections with the local community, supporting young people in and across the region of Yorkshire. 


•       Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis

•       Experience of holistic youth development activities within, or beyond sport.

•       Experience of effective relationship building to establish trust and rapport with children and young people within inner city areas.

Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by young people living in inner city environments. 



•       UEFA B Licence

•       Current FA Safeguarding Certificate (Prior to commencing role)

•       Enhanced DBS Clearance (Prior to commencing role)

•       Emergency First Aid Certificate (Prior to commencing role)


•       Teaching assistant qualification or teaching degree

•       Sport coaching or sports science degree

UEFA A Licence 

Person Specification:

•       Drive to become a football coach in English professional football and to help individual players, and teams, to successfully develop and perform.

•       Passion to create developmentally appropriate learning environments for players.

•       Commitment to fulfilling duty of care for children, young people, and adults in healthy, high performing environment.

•       Exceptional interpersonal skills, and relationship building expertise.

•       Resilience for the everyday rigours of high-performance football environments.

High potential to be a world-class football coach and visible role model.