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AWFC First Team Assistant / Academy Lead Physiotherapist (Consultant)
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Arsenal Women Football Club is one of the most successful female football clubs in the history of the women's game. It prides itself on maintaining high standards and delivering excellence. Arsenal Women FC's philosophy includes the production of excellent young players from within its youth team structure. It has an unrivaled record of producing many young international players of all ages who understand the core values and levels of discipline required in order to progress through the Club. Arsenal Women FC is looking for a highly motivated medical professional to provide a continuous link between the first team and age groups to help develop young athletes.

The purpose of the Arsenal Women's First Team Assistant / Academy Lead Physiotherapist is to support the Lead Physiotherapist in developing and delivering elite medical care to the first team squad. This will include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/rehabilitation of injured players on a frequent consultancy basis. A key component of the role will be to assist with the monitoring and subsequent injury prevention for first team players.

The role will also oversee the medical set up for the Clubs' Academy Team (U21s) and youth teams to ensure first team philosophies and standards are consistent across the club. The role will include attendance at all U21s training sessions and games as well as overseeing the co-ordination and cover of medical provision for all the girls youth academy teams from U9-U16s.

In addition, the role holder will contribute to and attend the existing internal CPD programme which is scheduled at suitable times throughout the season. There will be an opportunity to work closely with the highly respected Research & Development arm of Arsenal Football Club, hopefully contributing a season long study.

The role reports to Lead Physiotherapist and Academy Manager for its respective areas on a consultancy basis and requires a minimum commitment of three training days with the first team, three evenings with the Academy Team and match day cover as required.

The clinical aspect of this post involves significant periods of direct provision of Physiotherapy indoors and outdoors, pitch-side and on-pitch work in front of large crowds, on television and in overseas, hotel, stadia, and other related environments.

This position is part funded by the FA/TASS Academy programme in conjunction with University of Hertfordshire.


  • To assess, diagnose and treat injured players.
  • Collect and analyse data to identify variable contributions to injury.
  • Work closely with strength and conditioning coaches to monitor fatigue and performance of play.
  • Contribute to strategies for the reduction of injury and if relevant, work alongside the Head Coach & Strength and Conditioning Coach to contribute to the player's individual strength and fitness regimes.
  • To provide physiotherapy input to non-injured players and minimise their time lost due to injury.
  • Devise and manage rehabilitation/treatment plans.
  • Produce and maintain concise, legible and accurate physiotherapy notes as per the standards set out by the CSP.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of rehabilitation/treatment programme using clinically reasoned outcome measures.
  • To work with other members of the Medical and Performance team to provide a holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of injury.
  • To contribute to the team's internal continuous professional development.
  • Liaise with international teams with regards to injury status of players.
  • To contribute to the medical input into players on specified matches and all training sessions.
  • Ensure Emergency Action Plans are in place and followed at training and match day events.
  • Liaise with opponents medical staff on match days

Further responsibilities:

  • To ensure that all relevant information is recorded fully on "The PMA" online notes database.
  • To help to instil the correct club ethos and culture within Arsenal Women FC.
  • Be familiar with Safeguarding requirements as outlined in the Safeguarding Policy and comply with its requirements to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
  • To work closely with the Academy Manager on all relevant issues relating to player development, taking into account a biopsychosocial approach.
  • Working to maintain stock within established budget parameters.
  • The candidate should be flexible in regards to working hours and changes at short notice.
  • To be aware of the core values upon which Arsenal Women FC operates.
  • To attend games, tours and international trips for the club as required.
  • To be aware of current trends and best practice in the treatment and management of injuries.



  • BSc in Physiotherapy.
  • Current membership of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • Minimum of a bronze certificate with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM).
  • Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (Essential but can be undertaken if successful in the role) FA AREA Qualification (Desirable).
  • Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues including holding a current FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate
  • An accepted FA Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure (previously known as an FA CRB Disclosure).

Specific Experience:

  • Experience of treating musculoskeletal/sporting injuries.
  • Experience of working in a team sport environment.
  • Experience and understanding of child development.
  • Willingness to work weekends.
  • Ability to travel independently.
  • Ability to work on one's own initiative and as part of a team.


  • The clinical aspect of this role requires standing pitch-side in attendance of training, running into the field of play or training as quickly as possible, the manual stabilisation and evacuation (lifting) of players from the field of training/play when required.This also requires the application on a daily basis of Physical Massage, Mobilisation and Manipulation techniques to parts of the human body, which can entail maximal effort in supporting/applying such treatments, and the actual demonstration of exercise technique involved in rehabilitation programmes.
  • Ability to assess injury.
  • Ability to design and deliver individual rehabilitation programmes.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both written and orally, in a clear and logical manner with the ability to adapt style and approach as required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively to achieve best player care.
  • Excellent use of excel to monitor, track and analyse data.
  • Ability to educate, advise and motivate individuals.
  • Able to take a holistic approach to the treatment of injury.
  • Knowledge and awareness of available conventional and alternative treatments.
  • Knowledge of the FA's Women's Talent Pathway (Desirable).
  • To use knowledge and expertise to promote the health and wellbeing of individual players.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organization skills.
  • Full understanding of successful practice and operations of Arsenal Women FC.

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.

Closing Date: 24/05/2018

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