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Academy Physiotherapist (Maternity Cover)
Youth Academy


Arsenal Football Academy has an elite football development programme based at London Colney and Hale End, offering full time academics and football training for elite youth players.

The aim of The Academy is to centre each boy's progression as a footballer by providing a World Leading Youth Development programme. By placing players at the heart of the programme the aim is to develop and grow future Premier League players in an environment which is challenging, developmental and inspirational.

The Medical team are a key part of The Academy and is supported by a fully integrated team of medical personnel including doctors, physiotherapists, sports science and strength & conditioning staff.

The role is to cover for a fixed time period for a current staff member's maternity leave. Based at Hale End and reporting to the Lead Academy Physiotherapist and Head of Sport Medicine & Athletic Development (SM & AD) the Academy Physiotherapist (Hale End) will be responsible for the screening, monitoring and assessment of all academy players combined with an expert level of assessment, treatment and the rehabilitation of all injured players aged 8 years to 16 years registered to the Arsenal Academy. To function and contribute to a world class level of Multidiscipline Team working to ensure the best level of care and treatment of all Academy players.

Key Responsibilities:

To liaise with the Lead Academy Physiotherapist and Head of SM & AD, Academy coaches and any other relevant Academy personnel and report on injuries and rehabilitation progress of all Academy players aged 8 to 16 years

To undertake match day duties, primarily Saturdays and Sundays, or any other days when Academy games are being played

To hold and maintain up to date pitch side emergency first aid qualifications in accordance with Premier League guidelines (FA Intermediate or AREA)

To be in attendance at all Academy training sessions as determined by the Lead Academy Physiotherapist / Head of SM & AD

To ensure the Arsenal Athletic Development Pathway is implemented to the best of their abilities

To maintain discipline as set out in the Arsenal Football Club Code of Conduct (Players, Parents and Coaches)

To implement an expert level rehabilitation programmes for all injured players

To organise and manage physiotherapy cover for all academy games and training sessions, where the job holder is unable to attend personally

To oversee and take an active part in the professional development of all medical personnel fulfilling Academy duties

To attend weekly clinics held by the Academy doctor on designated days/evenings

To assist in the designing, implementing, assessing and managing the Academy physical screening and injury prevention programme

To maintain continuous professional development (CPD) through the comprehensive internal CPD programme and any other relevant external CPD courses

To demonstrate expert level of manual handling that is safe and effective in assessing, treating and rehabilitating Academy Players

To maintain comprehensive medical records on the Academy computerised medical database in accordance with Premier League, CSP and HCPC requirements

Demonstrate and produce detailed and expert level of clinical notes for all fit and injured players at the Academy

Demonstrate and maintain expert level of communication skills with all key stake holders that are involved in the care of all the Academy players

To attend external clinics, consultant appointments, surgery and any other appointments that are deemed relevant to ensure an expert level of care and rehabilitation of the Academy player

To maintain close relationships and team working with the Academy Physiotherapists at London Colney and the Lead Strength & Conditioning coach at Hale End, so that a comprehensive approach can be taken to the development and rehabilitation of players both fit and injured

To organise, contribute and participate within workshops that educate and inform the players and parents on all relevant medical and sport science topics

To attend tours / tournaments within the UK and Internationally to provide pitch side cover and physiotherapy cover throughout the duration of the tour / tournaments

To organise, manage and replenish the resources of all medical supplies for operational purposes

To record, analyse and report a comprehensive audit on all medical aspects of the job including half year and full year reports for the Lead Academy Physiotherapist / Head of SS & AD and all relevant staff as required

Under guidance from the Lead Academy Physiotherapist / Head of SS & AD, ensure that the medical functioning of Hale End complies with current EPPP guidelines

Covering training sessions / matches at London Colney on occasions where required

To maintain a clean and professional working environment within medical and physiotherapy working facility

To ensure appropriate discipline is maintained in all designated medical areas of the club

To maintain and adhere to Arsenal Football Club's Child Protection, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures

To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Arsenal Football Club and its operation

To undertake any other duties commensurate to the post as seen appropriate by the Lead Academy Physiotherapist / Head of SM & AD

Main Job Requirements and Person Specification


A BSc or MSc degree level qualification in Physiotherapy

A post-graduate degree qualification in the relevant field of sports medicine and performance field desirable

MCSP and HCPC Registered

Specific Experience:

Ideally have full time experience of working with elite level youth athletes

A successful and verifiable record in assessing, treating and rehabilitating injuries of youth athletes aged 8 to 16 years

A successful record of enhancing the physical development of young players aged 8 to 16 years

An extensive and up to date CPD portfolio

A valid driving licence

A valid passport


Possess an expert level of manual handling and clinical reasoning when assessing and treating injured Academy players

In-depth knowledge of typical pathologies that can present with the injured adolescent athlete and the application in managing this to ensure a safe and effective return to full competition

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of all phases of the Elite Player Performance Pathway (EPPP)

Experience and in-depth knowledge on screening, monitoring, assessing, treating and rehabilitating youth athletes

In-depth knowledge of Long Term Athletic Development

Ability to time manage and enhance the professionalism of the part time physiotherapists working at Hale End

Ability to communicate (verbal and written) with the multidiscipline team and key stake holders involved in the care of the Academy player

To be proactive and versatile in their approach in achieving successful outcomes

The ability to manage resources and information particularly medical records

A willingness to work flexibly and show a proactive approach within agreed boundaries

Understanding of Health and Safety and its application to a sporting environment

Energy and enthusiasm, with the ability to enthuse and inspire youth athletes

Excellent role model for players

Evidence of sound administrative, organisational and prioritisation skills

To be responsible for own continuous professional development

Experience of working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team

The successful applicant will be required to complete a self-declaration form and an enhanced disclosure check. It is a requirement of the role that this applicant needs a clear criminal record check.

The successful applicant will also be required to attend the FA Safeguarding Children in Football workshop and other appropriate CPD events.

Hours of Work

This role requires individuals to work at such times (including on public holidays, evening, day time and weekend) and for such periods as the efficient and conscientious discharge of the duties require.

Arsenal 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.

Please note, you have until 23:59pm on 23 March 2018 to apply for this vacancy.

Interviews will be held on 11 and 12 April 2018.

Closing Date: 23/03/2018

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