Goalkeeper Coach

  • Charlton Athletic Football Club
  • Charlton Athletic F.C. Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, London, UK
  • 17 Jul, 2024
Part time Coaching

Job Description

Position: PGA Goalkeeper Coach

Location: Training Ground

Salary TBC

Hours: Part time - 14 hours per week

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’.


  • Support and develop all goalkeepers within the group to attain the highest levels of performance possible in a safe, secure and supportive environment
  • Drive and nurture a positive culture within the training group.Be a coach who makes the PGA a place where goalkeepers learn, have fun and develop a love for the game
  • Deliver football coaching sessions in line with the PGA curriculum / blueprint
  • Ensure the age group’s coaching programme adheres to and exceeds all club standards and FA PGA licence requirements
  • Be an advocate and guardian of the women’s game.


Coaching programme

  • Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate goalkeeping coaching sessions, following a training programme typically devised by the Academy Manager
  • Provide input to the development and ongoing improvement / adaptation of the coaching curriculum
  • Coach in a way that ensures players:
    • are encouraged to ask questions and seek feedback for improvement and clarity
    • are encouraged to have input to footballing decisions and their own learning process.
    • are communicated the why’ as well as ‘what’ of decisions
    • know and understand the purpose and ‘why’ of training sessions
  • Provide learning and development opportunities to the volunteer coach, through – for example:
    • Giving them stretching responsibility
    • Providing developmental feedback on their coaching
    • Seeking their input and views on players and sessions
  • Input into selection decisions
  • Work with goalkeepers across all PGA age groups
  • Support outfield players utilised as emergency Goalkeepers

Player development

  • Work with individual goalkeepers to set appropriated development targets with a plan to work towards
  • Input information into the PGA’s monitoring system to allow for analysis
  • Provide feedback to players (using technology where appropriate)
  • Monitor and evaluate player development and provide feedback to players and parents on a regular basis.
  • Liaise with and work closely with coaches, medics and performance staff regarding player development, and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
  • Ensure all PGA games are well managed with a development philosophy clear to players and parents
  • Encourage / support the holistic development of players to support them as people and players
  • Be available to goalkeepers to offer advice, guidance and support on football and personal matters.E.g., ensure they are managed well through things like injury and other challenges that could affect their performance and wellbeing.
  • Ensure player behaviour in the group reflects what is required in the PGA
  • Work with the PGA’s Safeguarding Manager to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is always an operational priority

Management & Admin

  • In conjunction with the Academy Manager:
    • Record participation and attendance at PGA activities for the designated group.
    • Ensure communication to players and parents concerning the age group is consistent and aligned to PGA communications
    • Educate parents on the programme and how they can support their child’s football and personal development while in the PGA.
    • Store and maintain kit and equipment

Self Development

  • Seek feedback from others, and reflect on personal behaviour and performance to identify areas for improvement
  • Create and maintain a personalised Development Action Plan (DAP), taking input and feedback from a variety of sources
  • Review personal competencies against job specification and identify areas for improvement
  • Attend CPD events and undertake CPD activities in line with identified development themes
  • Be aware of current research and insight to support programme and coaching development
  • Work with an advisor or mentor from outside the PGA




  • Level 2 or above coaching qualification in Goalkeeping and UEFA C outfield qualification or above.
  • FA DBS
  • FA Safeguarding Children
  • FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)
  • They should complete the Effective Coaching in the Female Game Course (ECFG) within 18 months of appointment.


  • Engages in professional development other than technical football coaching development, for example:
    • Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
    • Talent Identification & Talent Development across all sports (RAE, Unconscious Bias, Performance vs Potential)
    • Player support qualifications (e.g., Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)
    • Coaching & mentoring qualification

Specific Experience:

  • Experience of working with young athletes
  • Experience of working in a football environment.
  • Understanding of the needs of the modern young player in terms of their physical and psychological development.
  • An up to date understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures
  • Roles which have brought understanding of how children learn and develop (e.g., teaching)

Additional Information:

  • 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.

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