Football Coach U16-U19

  • Employer Soccer Assist
  • Town / City Milton Keynes
  • Job Type Part-time
  • Salary £10 - £15 per hour
  • Position Type 1 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 31/03/2022
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Soccer Assist Academy

Due to continued growth and expansion of our football and education programme, we are looking for A-players who want the opportunity to grow, develop their skills, help students unlock their full potential and be an integral part of a fastest growing football academy in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas!

It’s our vision to produce young men and women with strength, self-belief and integrity, prepared to face demands and challenges both on and off the pitch.

Our Mission is to create an elite environment that attracts, retains and develops top quality players. We provide an ongoing supply of academy graduates to Scholarships in the US and into first team and non-league football. We ensure that those individuals who fall short of this standard leave with the necessary skills, qualities and education to enable them to achieve success either through higher education or in a vocational career.

The role primarily involves leading delivery on our football programme and supporting the development of the academy and its players. Working closely with the Academy Manager and other coaches to ensure departmental performance targets are maintained and achieved. The successful applicant will work with the coaches to plan and deliver coaching sessions in accordance with our philosophy.

We’re looking for someone who possesses a hardworking and enthusiastic attitude as well as being personable with an ability to build individual relationships with young players. Within this role, you would need to be committed and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. These are all the desired personal qualities! Oh, and of course, to be able to coach and gain respect from all players! 

That being said, the role is not all sunshine and roses – there is some good news and some bad news. 

Let’s start with the bad news: 

  • This role requires hours of session planning which may need to be altered last minute
  • Sorting out kit and equipment on a weekly basis
  • Ensuring students are present in class, up to date with assignments, and punctual 
  • You will need to be comfortable taking ownership, using your own initiative and managing your time effectively. Your success in the role will be measured based on clear metrics that you will be made aware of if you join us. 

Now for the good stuff: 

  • No two days are the same! 
  • Being able to express your personality on our programme 
  • Develop long lasting relationships with students and staff
  • Flexibility with the role and being able to see your ideas come to fruition
  • To be able to coach different abilities
  • Opportunities for travel throughout the UK and abroad on our tours
  • As an organisation, we like our people to take ownership and as you progress in your role you will be given more flexibility and autonomy over your work schedule
  • You won’t be alone in this role. You will be joining a team of experienced professionals who will help and support you throughout your time to ensure you grow and achieve your potential.
  • As our programme grows we want our people to grow too, so there will be opportunities to progress in your career within the company.
  • We work hard on the pitch and enjoy ourselves off the pitch! As a team we regularly organise meals, activities and get togethers to create those lasting memories.

 

Role Responsibilities & Key Duties

Coaching

  • Work with the coaches and academy manager to plan and deliver every coaching session in accordance with the Academy philosophy and coaching programme
  • Ensure that the training programme is clearly planned and executed in accordance with the academy vision, pillars, and values 
  • Ensure learning objectives are attained across the programme
  • Maintain an open, multi-disciplinary approach to your daily tasks and liaise frequently with all staff members
  • Ensure the coaching vocabulary and coaching methods are maintained throughout sessions
  • Communicate professionally with parents, players and staff on a regular basis
  • Develop and maintain a positive learning environment to maximise each player’s  learning potential
  • Produce session plans that meet the aims and ethos of the academy

Match Days

  • Attend required match day venues and ensure match day planning is maintained
  • Make sure staff emphasise learning objectives during their interventions using existing vocabulary and match day processes
  • Arrange additional games as deemed necessary to maintain performance targets within the academy
  • Demonstrate a high level of touchline behaviour and take a lead on ensuring the same from players and staff

Reviews

  • Organise and conduct the player reviews every 6 weeks
  • Link player performance reviews to the learning outcomes of the Academy coaching programme
  • Record and upload matches
  • Deliver analysis sessions
  • Present player/parent review meetings every year

General Duties

  • Identify talented local footballers who can be a part of the academy whenever possible 
  • Attend all Academy meetings where required and ensure you work towards your own Development Action Plan assigned to you by the Head Coach/Academy Manager
  • To be flexible and to undertake other duties as directed by the Academy Manager
  • Contribute to parents evenings and other Academy events where required
  • Display high standards of performance as outlined in accompanying code of conduct
  • Contribute towards a positive working environment
  • Provide genuine care for players within the Academy and offer a safe environment where players can succeed
  • Assist with the education phase of the academy; ensuring students are up to date with work and to liaise with our education provider.
  • Ensure all kits and equipment are put away in the designated areas after training and games

 

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential 

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the role and the position
  • Experience working with students and academy players 
  • IT skills to include the ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Minimum 3 years coaching experience
  • Minimum 2 years working with elite players

Desirable

  • Experience working with 16-19 year olds
  • Experience working in Academy football 
  • Experience of scouting & talent identification processes and procedures

 

Qualifications 

Essential 

  • FA Level 2
  • Basic First Aid for Sport 
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection 

Desirable

  • UEFA B licence 
  • PTLLS or Teaching Qualification (PGCE, MSc) 
  • Sports Coaching/Science/Therapy or Sports Management Degree 
  • Playing experience at Step 4 or above
  • Minibus driving licence

 

The Package: 

  • Remuneration: £10-£15 per hour
  • Hours: 12-15 hours per week (additional hours may be required)
  • Monthly team activities and training 
  • Opportunity to progress within the company

Location: 

  • Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion, The Pavilion, Holborn Cres, Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes, MK4 3EQ
  • Newport Pagnell Town Football & Social Club, The Pavilion, Willen Rd, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0DF

Application Process

  • Initial exploratory phone call and video call with the Academy Manager & Director (To be completed by end of March 2022)
  • Visit to the Academy and coaching session(s) (To be completed by end of May 2022)
  • Decision, final questions and reference checks (July 2022)
  • Start Date: August 2022

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