Women’s First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Charlton Athletic Football Club

About Us:

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’.

Role Description:

The purpose of this role is to be responsible for the sports science and strength and conditioning work with Charlton Athletic Women first team players. You will also have the responsibility for all sports science and strength and conditioning provisions across the Women’s club, including liaising with any girls academy and U21/PGA Strength and Conditioning Coach(s) to oversee and ensure the same standards and levels of coaching are applied as appropriate

Key Responsibilities:

  • The development and delivery of a Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning support program to the Charlton Athletic Women’s FC.
  • The delivery of individual and group strength and conditioning services to our women’s players, the design and delivery of individualised strength and conditioning support to all squad players, inclusive of rehabilitating and acute return-to-play management in both gym and pitch-based environments.
  • To provide appropriate match day support, inclusive of; pitch based physical preparation, assuring all equipment is available and proper (inclusive of nutritional strategies); post match conditioning when/where relevant aligned to individuals loading status.
  • To work effectively with the football coaches to develop practices that incorporate physical, tactical, technical and mental components so that time spent training maximises the parameters as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  •  Attend (and lead where necessary) staff meetings to contribute to the planning and execution of team training – ensuring that all appropriate physical information is relayed to the technical staff.
  • The assessment, monitoring, analysis and reporting on team and individual player physical and physiological information using relevant and available technologies and interventions.
  • Fully utilising The PMA and SharePoint systems – analyse, store and monitor all relevant data, providing feedback to players and staff as relevant.
  • Maintain our database for all players and staff. Including the collection, analysis, and visual representation of appropriate data, as well as ensuring the schedule is updated and communicated effectively to all relevant parties (kit person labs).
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with international contact points to ensure the safe transition of players from club to international duty and vice versa, building and maintaining high quality and effective relationships to best support relevant players
  • Ensure the maintenance of relevant equipment, including; GPS equipment; water bottles, carriers, and coolers; foam rollers and floor mats.
  • Log and monitor the status of all utilised gym equipment through the clubs monthly reporting system.
  • Implement and manage effective recovery strategies when deemed necessary and relevant – utilising available equipment and resources. Build and maintain effective working relationships, encouraging collaboration where relevant, with wider club Physical Performance Staff, including across Men’s First Team and Academy.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with players and coaches; to include monitoring of heart rate, training loads and intensities, hydration status, session content, session attendance per week/month where appropriate.
  • To lead data-collection, analysis and feedback of player monitoring; daily wellness, readiness to train, conditioning, readiness to return (where applicable), training and match loads for players.
  • Continued education of the players and when necessary their parents/guardians through planned structured sessions on a variety of relevant topics.
  • Perform physical testing at regular times throughout the season, monitor and assess activities to construct player profiles and build appropriate, athlete centred development plans.
  • Work with (where applicable) a nutrition consultant to develop nutritional strategies to promote performance nutrition.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties for the Manager, Sports Science/Conditioning Department, Physiotherapy Department or other club staff members as may be requested.
  • Attend any FA workshop, calls or meetings where required.

Requirements and Person Specification

  • Extremely motivated and passionate about high performance sport.
  • Degree in sports science or related area specialising in the area of physical preparation of elite athletes.
  • UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation (UKSCA) or equivalent.
  • Experience in providing S&C support to female athletes and coaches to improve performance.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strength and conditioning programmes.
  • Knowledge of and ability to construct strength, power and endurance-based training programmes, both gym and field based.
  • Knowledge of and ability to coach and integrate football skills and techniques into strength and conditioning sessions where deemed appropriate.
  • Ability to implement innovative ideas, problem solve, make decisions and be comfortable working under pressure within strict time-frames.
  • An understanding of I.T. and ability to use computer-based programmes to fulfil the role of the job.
  • Commitment to continued professional development, both personally and departmentally.
  • Enhanced DBS clear (criminal records check).

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK;
  • Charlton Athletic FC and Charlton Athletic Women FC are 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 FC and Charlton Athletic Women FC are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment;
  • Charlton Athletic FC and Charlton Athletic Women FC 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.  
  • Any personal data that you provide to Charlton Athletic Football Club Ltd (data controller) will be processed in line with applicable data protection laws and will be used only for the purpose of recruitment.
  • We will keep your personal information for 6 months after which we will erase it.  You can always choose to have your data erased earlier by emailing us at dpo@cafc.co.uk
  • This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is an outline of activity, roles and responsibilities and is open to change.
  • This a full time role that includes work on weekends and evenings.

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: 

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