Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach – Men’s First Team

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The Role


We are looking for a Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach to join our Sports Science and Performance team to be responsible for the fitness and physical development of our Men’s First Team players in the gym.

In this vital role, you will design and implement individual and team pre-training activation and post-training gym loading programmes in line with the on-pitch periodisation of the team, ensuring they are complimented. Progression of players’ physical attributes related to the gym loading will need to be reported to and analysed for key colleagues, highlighting where individuals can make crucial improvements.

You’ll use your considerable expertise to apply scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sporting performance, incorporating areas such as physiology, psychology, motor control and biomechanics and including nutrition and diet, sports technology, anthropometry, functional screening and performance analysis.


Who we are


We are one of the most famous clubs in world football, with a rich heritage and history of success – read more about our history, here.

Beyond that, we are passionate about our local community and, behind the scenes, we have a wide variety of opportunities and career paths for all. We have a very defined purpose: to act for a winning team, culture and community. We achieve this by ensuring we are courageous in the pursuit of progress, we champion our community and each other, and that we do the right thing (even when no one is looking).

Your day-to-day


  • Lead the planning and structure of activation programmes – you’ll be empowered to drive our Men’s First Team activation programmes pre-training; managed as a team overview, with individual focuses based on specific player profiling
  • Devise and manage individual gym programmes – you will partner with our Lead Performance Coach to lead individual gym loading programmes that are focused on improving and maintaining the physical profiles of our Men’s First Team players
  • Measure and report on player performance – you’ll ensure we’re providing reports with objective information to highlight how players are performing in the gym; storing all gym programmes, weight lifted and reps in a format that allows us to pull useful data and insight
  • Design and implement visual assets – you will help to create and utilise visuals on our data interface to help colleagues gain a clear understanding of gym attendance and progressions
  • Assist with the creation of injury prevention programme – you’ll collaborate with our Lead Performance Coach to produce injury prevention programmes for players with specific injuries
  • Deliver rehabilitation programmes for injured players – you will work with colleagues to deliver the gym cardiovascular and strength programme for our injured players
  • Support with player screenings – you’ll assist in the reporting and delivery of screening players and you’ll develop strength programmes based on the information gained from screening and talking to individual players
  • Champion an interdisciplinary approach – you’ll proactively encourage an interdisciplinary approach of working within the department that includes close links to all areas of our club
  • Build impactful relationships – you will take pride in creating and maintaining effective and lasting relationships with our players and coaches to support the overall health and physical development needs of the players
  • Uphold high standards across the department – you’ll oversee the development and management of our facilities and equipment and you will assist in the creation and implementation of systems and methodologies to evaluate the success of the department
  • Act as a trusted ambassador for our club – you will ensure that you adhere to a strict code of confidentiality and you’ll approach your role with integrity and the utmost discretion


What we are looking for


  • Qualified and credible expert – you come equipped with a BSc or MSc in Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning or a related discipline and you hold UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation (UKSCA) or NSCA, CSCS Certification or equivalent
  • Proven background in sport – you’ve got significant experience working with elite level athletes in a strength and conditioning based role – ideally in football or a team sport environment
  • Excellent experience in supporting elite athletes – you possess a demonstrable track record of providing rehabilitation and strength and conditioning services to athletes in elite level sports to enhance athletic development, improve performance, prevent injuries and ensure timely recoveries
  • Thorough understanding of sports science – your knowledge of various sports science and medicine disciplines and their impact on the training and performance of elite athletes is second-to-none and you have a very good understanding of scientific methods of trialling and validating assessment, monitoring and evaluation equipment and protocols
  • Experience operating within a multi-disciplinary team – you’ve previously worked collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Passionate role model for our club – you conduct yourself with energy and enthusiasm and you’re highly self motivated with the ability to motivate and inspire others around you
  • Flexible and adaptable – you easily remain calm under pressure and you’re able to adapt to ever changing priorities and shift your focus as needed
  • Best-in-class organisational skills – you’re able to produce timely and accurate verbal and written reports and you’ve got solid administrative and prioritisation skills to call on
  • Proud ambassador for our club – you strive to maintain the highest standards of professional and personal conduct, especially confidentiality and you proactively champion a culture of high performance and success


Why choose us


At Arsenal, we want everyone to feel a sense of trust and belonging, so we are proud of both our club values and also what we offer to our employees. As one of our Gunners, you will receive:

  • An exciting reward and recognition scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service
  • Great internal learning and development programmes
  • A flexible hybrid working model
  • Priority access to apply for match tickets
  • A competitive health and wellbeing benefits package
  • A leading Employee Assistance Programme
  • Great discounts with some of our Partners

Arsenal for Everyone


Arsenal for Everyone is our commitment to promoting and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion, so that everyone connected to the club feels like they belong to the same Arsenal family. We believe that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch.

Disability Confident Leader


We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If you need disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.

If you are likely to meet the definition of being a ‘disabled person’ according to the Equality Act 2010, we will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a role. Please choose the option of a guaranteed interview on your application form. The information you share with us about your health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.

Application Closing Date – Tuesday 18th June 2024


Please note: we reserve the right to close the position early if application volumes are particularly high. We encourage you to get your application in sooner rather than later.

Good luck!

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