Lead Academy Sport Scientist

  • Employer Middlesbrough Football Club
  • Town / City Middlesbrough
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary Competitive
  • Closing Date 26/10/2021
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A rare opportunity has arisen at Middlesbrough Football Club for a full time Lead Academy Sport Scientist for our CATEGORY 1 ACADEMY.  Based at the Club’s Training Ground at Hurworth near Darlington, the main purpose of this role will be to contribute towards the long-term athletic development of all Academy players through monitoring, planning and delivery. Also working closely with members of the multi-discipline team to deliver an elite service adopting a holistic approach to improving the performance of players across the full Academy programme.

The Role:

  • Lead the planning, periodization and on-field conditioning of the U18 & U15/16 Academy players. This extends to planning with coaching staff, squad warms ups, cool downs, individual player conditioning sessions and end stage rehab sessions.
  • Support the Academy Sport Scientist at least one evening per week with the U9-U16s Academy player’s programme and to aid consistency in programme, delivery and transition for players progressing from the part time to full time model.
  • Access the latest research in the field to identify areas where the department can continue to improve the provision to Academy players.
  • Ensure practice is evidence based, whilst also looking to contribute to new research in strength and conditioning based on current practice and ideas.
  • Ensure all sessions are recorded on PMA in line with EPPP regulations.
  • Lead physical testing and screening of all Academy players to extend to databasing, feedback and reporting, highlighting individual players who need additional support.
  • Ensure all U15-U18 training load monitoring databases are up to date and appropriate reports disseminated. This also includes fitness testing, database, growth and maturation data and follow up reports.
  • Work closely with Head of Fitness/1st Team Fitness Coach to align practices where possible to give a one club ethos to sort science processes to aid player transition between age groups.
  • Assist the Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach in delivery of group and individual S&C sessions to all U18 and U23 players and ensure S&C sessions complement daily and weekly themes.
  • Work closely with PDP coaches to support the on-field work of the U18-U23 players to include active involvement with the 18s age group under the direction of the Head of Academy Sport Science & Medicine.
  • Maintain and progress links with Teesside University, promoting research and development.
  • Actively ensure Sport Science Interns are upskilled through ‘on the job’ education
  • Have an active involvement in internal CPD programmes throughout the year.

Candidates should:

  • Have extensive Sport Science knowledge with a focus on youth/adolescent athletes and experience in leading a Sport Science Support programme within an Academy setting, or equivalent. Previous experience of working within an Elite Academy and knowledge of the PMA and EPPP framework would be advantageous.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to keep feedback and support clear and simple to ensure all members of the multi- disciplinary team can utilise data/information and make a difference/change.
  • Have experience in practical delivery to varied age groups and environments as well as working within a wider multi- disciplinary team.
  • Possess a BSc (hons) degree in Sport & Exercise Science or other related degree
  • BASES Accredited (or working towards), UKSCA and Level 2, or above, qualified Coach desirable.
  • Understand the interaction between other departments/functions and the impact on player development and be adaptable with working practices.
  • Have excellent IT and presentation skills and be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Be able to work well under pressure and be flexible to work to the needs of the operation.
  • Be organised, diligent and work in a methodical manner.
  • Value working as part of a team and on own initiative and be dedicated to self-improvement and personal development.
  • Be respectful and committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate good safeguarding practices.
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

A competitive salary is offered and this role also falls within the scope of ‘regulated activity’ and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).   Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975.

If you would like to be part of a committed team who value humility, respect and honesty, please contact recruitment@mfc.co.uk to request an application form  


Owing to the high volume of applications expected, if we have not contacted you within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted for interview.

MFC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.   

MFC is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups

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