Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • Employer Oxford United FC
  • Town / City Oxford
  • Job Type Part-time
  • Salary Competitive
  • Closing Date 21/08/2020
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Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach

Department: Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department
Location: OUFC Training Complex, Roman Way, Oxford, OX33 1RT
Type of Role: Part-time
Accountable to: Head of Academy Sports Science and Medical Services
Reports to: Head of Academy Sports Science and Medical Services

Oxford United Boys Academy are looking to add to their already excellent team of sports science support staff with the addition of a part-time strength and conditioning coach to work within our U7-U16 programme.

Oxford United Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all parts of society. As a club we are committed to equality of opportunity within our own organisation and encourage a similar commitment to inclusion from every organisation we have contact with.

BAME Declaration

The EFL and Premier League have introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the underrepresentation of coaches, managers and staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds within professional football. Here at Oxford United we are committed to exceeding these new requirements and, as a result, will shortlist at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all full-time roles within our Academy.

All candidates will be required to provide proof of all relevant certificates and qualifications and this post will also be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Main purpose of role

To carry out midweek evening training and weekend matchday strength and conditioning provision for all OUFC academy home games, as designated by the department and in line with the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

Key responsibilities

Mid-week evening training

  • With support from the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine, be responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the U7s-U16s Academy Strength and Conditioning syllabus.
  • With support from the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine, ensure all physical testing and anthropometric data for relevant age group is conducted, uploaded onto PMA and reported back to relevant age group coaches.
  • Liaising with Academy Medical team and age group coaches ensuring that players returning from injury are following the return to train protocol. The candidates will also assist with the injury audit process and retrospective reporting protocols.
  • Conduct internal (and where appropriate) external research regarding current practices within the club that have crossover or relevance to current field of study.
  • To follow club policies and procedures to ensure safeguarding of all players within the academy, at all times.
  • To fulfil any other relevant duties as directed by staff in regards to sports science and strength and conditioning provision.

Weekend match cover

  • Arrive at least 60 minutes before kick-off.
  • Plan and deliver, inline with OUFC Academy Strength and Conditioning syllabus, athletic development sessions to the Academy U7-U16 squads making sure all content is age and maturation appropriate.
  • To follow club policies and procedures to ensure safeguarding of all players within the academy, at all times.
  • To fulfil any other relevant duties as directed by staff in regards to sports science and strength and conditioning provision.

Key requirements

  • Minimum of BSc Sport Science or BSc Strength and Conditioning.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in a professional sport preferably within football
  • Excellent understanding of LTAD model.
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • To follow club policies and procedures to ensure safeguarding of all players within the academy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good understanding of Excel and PMA

Desirables

  • MSc Strength and Conditioning or related discipline (or currently working towards completion).
  • UKSCA accreditation (or ability to pursue this within next 12 months)
  • Excellent understanding of youth physical development model and EPPP.
  • FA Level 2 coaching qualification in football
  • Excellent understanding of Excel and PMA

OUFC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. It is therefore mandatory the post holder has valid and appropriate DBS clearance, at all times.

How to apply

Applications should be made by email to the Head of Academy Sport Science and Medical Services, Andrew Caton on acaton@oufc.co.uk before 17:00 on Friday 21st August 2020 and should include: – An up-to-date CV including details of all relevant qualifications and experience. – Details of two references.

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