Performance Nutritionist – Women’s 1st team

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Chelsea Football Club

Salary to be negotiated

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The role has the responsibility for the delivery of the performance nutrition strategy at our women’s first team squad providing high level, female-focused, evidence based nutritional support with a view to optimise performance whilst contributing to the maintenance and development of a world-class high-performance environment. The Performance Nutritionist will work closely with players, coaches, chefs and other support staff to ensure that players receive optimal nutrition support.

PLAY YOUR PART (Main Responsibilities):

• Support and contribute to the Strategic Vision for Performance Support at Chelsea FC • Deliver operational leadership of a continually evolving performance nutrition program, to underpin Chelsea Women’s 1st teams’ sustainable success.

• Contribute to and lead aspects when required to a community of practice of those who provide nutritionally across the Women’s, Men’s and Academies at Cobham promoting a group that shares, compliment’s, collaborates and fosters teamwork.

• Contributing author of the Chelsea FC Way to “Performance Nutrition”: covering areas such as Philosophy, Programming Approach, Food Provision, Supplement Policy, Monitoring and governance.

• Enable the Performance Nutrition department to operationalise a performance-based food provision, complimentary to the physical demands of training, playing and female physiology.

• Development and coordination of food provision strategy for the Women’s 1st team at the training ground and while on the road. • Provide support to the rehabilitation process, aiding recovery from both injury and illness.

• Support providing nutritional guidance to loan players and academy players.

• Contributing to development of menus with chefs and performance staff.

• Conduct body composition analysis including DEXA scans, interpret and create action plans based on the results.

• Contribute to an individual diet and nutrition programme for players, providing nutritional support for injury and rehabilitation programmes, in conjunction with an integrated Performance Support team.

• Implement strategies to support players’ training and competitive programmes, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the science that supports sports nutrition e.g., nutrition to support strength development, recovery, hydration, supplementation, use of ergogenic aids, recovery from surgery etc.

• Advise on appropriate supplementation, if necessary, and ensure that all supplements are safe, legal, and approved by relevant authorities. Stay up to date with relevant anti-doping regulations and ensure that all nutritional advice and supplements are compliant.

• Support the integrated programme of monitoring women’s health/menstrual cycle and integrate nutritional guidance where suitable.

• Have an understanding and appreciation of a variety of food preferences/intolerance/allergies/medical conditions that influence player food choices.

• Develop close working relationships and integrate with peers to ensure collaborative, complimentary, and cohesive delivery to players, with the aim of players being ‘Ready’ not just available.

• * Analysis and presentation of interventions/recommendations for individual performance development and player workload management.

• Assisting delivery of Recovery protocols and management of the ‘Other 22 Hours’ (Sleep, Nutrition and Recovery).

• Collection and interpretation key player performance and health metrics and create actionable insights to maximize player management, development, health, and performance for both healthy and return to play players.

• Support the design and delivery of Chelsea FC’s Integrated Practice & Individual Player Development Plans (IDPs).

• Educate players and support staff on how dietary strategies can enhance performance, recovery, and health, through the application of evidenced-based nutritional interventions, practically and pragmatically applied in the field.

• Promote and embrace ED&I. Accountable for leading Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) within the MPT. Align the teams’ activities to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) outcomes, and communicate your commitment to ED&I to your staff and across the Club. DO THE RIGHT THING (Our Expectations):
• To demonstrate and live by the club’s values; Here to Win, Be Brave, Do the Right Thing, Play Your Part, Many Teams, One Club and Proud to Be Chelsea.

• To adhere to the club’s policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and GDPR.

• To act as an ambassador for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and demonstrate a positive commitment by treating others fairly in line with our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy and reporting any acts of discrimination through appropriate channels.

• To create a safe environment and act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are either in your care or attending club premises, and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead.

• To report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the HR Department.

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