Junior Academy Physiotherapist
Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Charlton, south-east London. The club was founded on June 9th, 1905 and has a very storied history from rising to the top-flight of English Football in the 1930s (First Division) and again in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to winning the FA Cup in 1947 and to leaving their Valley home in the mid-1980s only to make an impassioned return in 1992. Historically, the women’s team played under Charlton Athletic from 2000 to 2007 but were released to become an independently run team in 2007 following the men’s team’s relegation from the Premier League.
The women’s team were originally formed as a non-professional team in 1991 and were highly successful in the early 2000s winning The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Charity Shield, as well as coming runners-up in the top division in multiple seasons. In February 2021, the club acquired the Charlton Athletic Women’s team, turning the team full-time professional, and integrating them to become one club again.
Currently, our men’s first team competes in League One, the third tier of English football, and our women’s team competes in the Women’s Championship, the second highest division of women’s football in England. At Charlton, we are ‘one club’ and can be truly described as a ‘family club’.
As an Academy Physiotherapist, you will assist our Lead Academy Physiotherapist with the academy medical provision of our U9s – U16s. The successful applicant must demonstrate good understanding of musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation and evidence informed clinical reasoning, appropriate to the specific athlete population. As part of our department philosophy, we strive to create an elite environment for our athletes through achieving excellent clinical standards in our practice, candidates must demonstrate evidence of their ability to critically appraise relevant literature in sports and exercise medicine. The role also involves the co-ordination of clinic, training and match day cover and regular communication with parents and other key stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be expected to design, implement, and critically evaluate prehabilitation and injury management provisions based on current literature. As part of the multidisciplinary team, appreciation of key links between different departments and effective communication to all stakeholders are key elements of the daily running of the programme.
This opportunity is ideal for junior physiotherapists, that are passionate in developing a successful career in an elite football environment. We would like to highlight our dedicated mentorship programme within our department which emphasises an evidence-based approach, clinical support, and career development.
We would also welcome applications from Sports Therapists who have experience working in football.
- BSc degree in Physiotherapy (E)
- Registration with appropriate governing body (HCPC/CSP) (E)
- FA Level 5 First Aid or equivalent (ITMMiF) (E)
- UKSCA/CSCS (D)
- Experience working in elite sport (D)
All employees are expected to comply with statutory requirements and the club’s employment policies while carrying out their work. This post is one of continual development and the post holder will be encouraged to develop skills and capabilities, including participation in projects and training events. Accordingly, the range of duties and responsibilities outlined above may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the club.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are core to our values as a club. CAFC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment. The post- holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the Clubs Equal Opportunities Policy.
Overall performance will be formally assessed and reviewed regularly, with additional informal assessment taking place as necessary
Health & Safety
All employees are subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act. The postholder is required to pro-actively comply with their duties as described by the club and objectives for health and safety
Charlton Athletic Football Club are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff to share this commitment;
All employees are required to work in a confidential manner in all aspects of their work.
Note: Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we regret that we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.
To Apply: Please send a copy of your CV as well as a covering letter explaining why you want to apply for this placement to: