Professional Game Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach
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’.
• Be an advocate and guardian of the Women’s and Girl’s game.
• PGA players experience a physical performance programme that supports the club blueprint and delivers high quality athletes who are balanced, autonomous and adaptable
• Players experience a safe, secure, and supportive environment.
Outputs: Physical Performance Development
• Contribute to the PGA blueprint / curriculum ensuring there is S&C provision which complements the football programme.
• Deliver – or oversee the delivery of – the PGA’s physical development programme, including:
• Design and deliver individualised athletic development programmes as well as group training sessions
• Provide injury rehabilitation training of players as directed by the physiotherapist/sports therapist, in preparation for return to training
• Design and deliver a fitness testing programme.Use the results to drive group and individual training programmes
• Work with Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist to develop and support an activation / prehab programme
• Manage facilities and equipment within the PGA so that it is well maintained and safe to use
• Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches.Keep records which meet the standard required by The FA and the appropriate professional bodies
• Communicate with parents in the event of S&C related queries, generally and specifically to their children. Educate and support parents with regard to their role in supporting physical development, injury prevention, injury care, recovery, diet and other factors relating to lifestyle away from the PGA
Outputs: Multi-disciplinary Working & Being Part of the PGA Culture
• Advise and direct other staff on the needs of players. Attend case management meetings and provide professional opinion /input • Educate coaches on the S&C provision and embedding physical outcomes within technical sessions
• Work with the PGA’s Safeguarding Manager to ensure that the wellbeing and welfare of all players and staff is always an operational priority
Outputs: Self Development
• Seek feedback from others, and reflect on personal behaviour and performance to identify areas for improvement
• Keep abreast of current research and evidence-based practice in the S&C field. Practitioners should undertake CPD in line with their professional body guidelines
• Keep professional qualification up to date and active by completing the relevant number of CPD points as stipulated by their awarding body
• Create and maintain a personalised Development Action Plan (DAP), taking input and feedback from a variety of sources
• Participate in internal and external professional development activities and demonstrate a commitment to undertake on-going formal education programmes
• Review personal competencies against job specification and identify areas for improvement
• Attend CPD events and undertake CPD activities in line with identified development themes
• Work with an advisor or mentor from outside the PGA
• BSc in Sports Science or a Sport Science related discipline.
• Hold UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or ASCC accreditation. If accreditation has not been obtained, evidence must be provided to demonstrate an ability to working towards obtaining it, including, but not exclusive to, the attendance of workshops.
• FA DBS
• FA Safeguarding Children
• FA Level 2 Introduction to First Aid in Football (EFAiF) or FA Emergency First Aid.
• Be a UKAD Clean Sport advisor.
• Working towards or completed MSc Strength and Conditioning or related post graduate qualification
• Additional recognised S&C related qualifications (e.g., NSCA/BWLA/FA Level 3)
• BASES Accredited Sports Scientist
• Engages in professional development, for example:
• Physical Development of Youth Female Players (growth and maturation, female athlete physiology & menstrual cycle)
• Talent Identification & Talent Development across all sports (RAE, Unconscious Bias, Performance vs Potential)
• Football Coaching Qualification (Eg., Introduction to coaching Football/UEFA C)
• Player support (eg – Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)
• Coaching & mentoring qualification (e.g., EMCC)
• Has developed an understanding of the application of strength & conditioning in an applied team setting. May have some experience in Womens and girls football, and has some knowledge of how key S&C concepts pertain to Womens and girls football
• Experiences which have brought understanding of internal and external load monitoring, including GPS and heart rate monitoring
• Experience of developing & delivering individual and group physical preparation and recovery strategies for children and adolescent females
• This a full time role that includes work on weekends and evenings (negotiable);
• Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK;
• Charlton Athletic FC is committed to following relevant health & safety regulations and all members of staff are expected to be fully aware and adhere to, at all times, the Club’s H&S and fire safety procedures;
• 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;
• 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. Note: Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we regret that we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.