As a member of the Chelsea team you will become part of a long and proud history in the heart of iconic west London, which dates back to the club’s founding in 1905. Since that time the club has won every major domestic and international trophy, being crowned English, European and world champions in the process.
Chelsea are a club which proudly strives to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch, as shown by the further success of our Women’s and Academy sides, as well as the excellent work in the community undertaken by the Chelsea Foundation, while engaging with our many supporters from a wide range of backgrounds at home in the UK and around the world.
If you’re motivated and want to help us win more trophies, you’ve got a place here at Chelsea!
What We’re Looking For:
Chelsea FC are looking for a Head of Women’s Academy to be responsible for the management of all technical aspects of players development at youth level & the pathway to senior football. To oversee all departments within the academy, ensuring that all aspects are being delivered to the highest standards.
Brief description and duties:
- To provide a clear strategy along with all relevant stakeholders at the club, to help shape the Women’s Academy department for the foreseeable future.
- To continuously develop the Women’s Academy DNA, together with the Head of Performance and ??? to ensure the clubs identity is sustained.
- To lead a weekly meeting with the Head of Performance and Team and Player operations staff, related with all related to all development and organisational processes in the academy.
- To report weekly to LMT about all development and organisational processes in the academy.
- To coordinate together with the Head of Performance all consultancy support in the academy.
- To head-up, manage and run all technical aspects related to player development at youth level (U12 – U18), including management of staff, players and parents. As well as partnership clubs, institutions and organisations providing the club with a strong and positive reputation.
- To lead and provide direction on the player development pathways of players from youth to senior football, including welfare, homestay, safeguarding, all educational provisions, loans and overseas placements (U16-U18).
- To provide exit routes to WSL and WPL football for young players, with economic benefit to CFCW, managing communication with players, parents and clubs.
- To oversee and be in direct control of the CFCW Academy budget each year, as well as providing regular updates to the General Manager regarding any financial commitments / requests. Remaining financially responsible at all times.
- To liaise with the FA youth national team staff regarding the development of players across our talent pathway.
- To be aware of developing trends in the game, including best-practice at senior and youth level, as well as an understanding of requirements of players competing in WSL and UWCL football, particularly at CFCW.
- To create a development plan for all academy staff, to organise staff development sessions and to follow up the process together with the Head of Performance.
- To ensure that we as a club are compliant with all PGA criteria and rules, outlined as part of being a Category 1 licence Professional Game Academy (PGA).
Must Haves/qualified by demonstrable experience to the level required:
- Experience working with Female athletes.
- Experience working in Youth development.
- Experience in Programme Periodisation
- UEFA A Licence (Essential) or Other L4 Qualification
- MSc or other equivalent post-graduate qualification in coaching, or something similar
- FA Youth Award
- FA Safeguarding
- FA First Aid
Skills and Behaviours:
- Attention to Detail
- Management / Leadership of a team
- Creative and open-minded
- Proactive and driven to succeed
- ICT Skills
- Presentation Skills