U9-14s Therapist

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Wolverhampton, UK
  • 10 Jul, 2024
Full time Academy

Job Description

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

 

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward 70 years and Wolves are back amongst football’s elite. In the past six years we have celebrated promotion to the Premier League, back-to-back 7th placed finishes and a Europa League quarter-final campaign. Now, we will be competing in the Premier League for a sixth successive season.

But this post is not about what we have done, but what we will achieve next.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Job purpose

To lead, coordinate and supervise all medical provision for Academy players from Pre-Academy – U14’s.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the provision of therapy services to all pre-academy – U14 schoolboy players.
  • Working mainly evening’s in order to provide injury assessment and treatment clinics and to ensure the smooth running of physiotherapy cover at the schoolboy training sessions.  This will be assisted by all other academy physiotherapists.
  • Working weekends is required to meet the needs of the Schoolboy programme of games and meet Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) requirements. 
  • To ensure all medical equipment and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained at the training ground and all Academy venues.
  • Ensure the management of injuries effectively meets its commitments to the players, coaches and senior management through clinical audit and accurate documentation.
  • To accompany players to medical consultations and short notice either in this country or abroad.  Ensuring best practice is followed at all times and the player is receiving the optimal advice at all times.
  • To strive to create a medical department that is viewed as a centre of excellence in the management of injury.
  • A clear understanding of the Club Culture, Philosophy, Club Operations Document, Academy Performance Plan and requirements of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

General responsibilities

  • Compliance with Club policies
  • Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
  • Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
  • To promote the Club’s values
  • To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
  • To maintain professional conduct at all times
  • Be an ambassador of the W.O.L.V.E.S culture and philosophy.

 

Safeguarding

  • This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people. 
  • Ensure the well-being of Academy players at all times liaising with the Club’s Head of Safeguarding on all safeguarding related matters.

Key relationships

  • Reports to the Head of Academy Performance Services
  • Supported by Senior U15/16s Physiotherapist, Senior U18s Physiotherapist and Lead U21s Physiotherapist.
  • Assist the Senior U15-U16 Physiotherapist (Academy), Senior U18’s Physiotherapist (Academy) and the Head of Academy Performance Services with their respective squads and tasks as and when required.
  • Member of the MDT (Foundation and Youth Phase) and attend all meetings.
  • Liaise with the Academy coaching staff on a daily basis in order to effectively inform them regarding availability of players for the Academy match and training programmes.
  • Work alongside the Academy Sport Science team in order to deliver effective injury prevention strategies across the age groups.

Person Specification

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc

Essential

  • Experience in the provision of physiotherapy to young elite athletes
  • Experience of clinically assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating a wide range of neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions in young elite athletes
  • Evidence of developing, implementing and evaluating physiotherapy programmes for young elite footballers
  • Experience of implementing profiling and screening methods for young elite athletes
Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc
 

Essential

  • Ability to communicate fluently (in English), demonstrating advanced communication skills in order to meet the requirements of an individual
  • A positive attitude to information technology
  • Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice

Desirable

  • Experience of using the KitmanLabs system to input medical notes / pre habilitation sessions

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc

Essential

  • Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants.
  • Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in a professional sporting environment
  • Highly motivated individual that demonstrates a proactive attitude towards service development and demonstrates a passion for working as part of a MDT in professional sport
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills whilst working in a pressurised situations
  • Excellent time keeping and organisational skills
  • Personal integrity and the ability to invoke trust and respect from others
  • Open minded individual with a view of adopting new practices
  • Flexibility to travel in the UK and abroad is essential to meet requirements of the club.

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.

Essential

  • An understanding of working in the football environment with previous experience of working (PT / FT) as a physiotherapist in an academy setting
  • Experience of utilising injury prevention strategies in a professional sporting environment
  • An understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan including the audit process and categorisation of football academies
  • Experience of modifying training and rehabilitation programmes in order to address an individual’s needs, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Advanced personal commitment to continuous professional development

Desirable

  • Working with children and/or vulnerable adults

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required

Essential

  • BSc Physiotherapy or BSc Sports Therapy or equivalent
  • FA ATMMIF qualification
  • Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Head of Safeguarding
  • Minimum of 1 year post grad experience
  • Full UK driving license and car

Desirable

  • Minimum of 1 year membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or BASRAT.