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. It has an unrivaled record of producing many young International players of all ages
The aim of the Arsenal Women FC's Academy is to develop excellent young female players from within its youth programme (FA Tier 1 RTC) that have potential to play for our Women's 1st team
By placing players at the heart of the programme the aim is to develop and grow future 1st team players in an environment which is challenging, developing and inspirational.
Arsenal Women FC is looking for an experienced coach to lead on the development of their Youth Development phase and form part of a forward thinking multi-disciplinary Academy support team.
The purpose of the AWFC Academy Youth Development Phase Lead Coach is to lead on an effective coaching programme for players aged 13 to 16 years old in the Girls Youth Academy, delivering and developing performance pathways and plans, while creating an optimum environment for youth players to develop and grow.
The successful candidate will be responsible for leading on the development of the Youth Development phase through support of the age group coaches with their planning, delivery and management of training sessions and match days, as well as supporting all players and their development through this phase.
The post holder will play a pivotal role in the development of youth players aged 13 to 16 years old, ultimately creating the female 1st team players and international players of the future.
The role reports to the Academy Manager on a part-time consultancy basis (12 hours per week throughout the football season August- May). The role will include evening attendance at all training sessions, occasional daytime meetings, weekend fixtures, potential trips/tours as well as some flexible administration/co-ordination support.
- Responsible for overseeing the planning, delivering and reviewing of the coaching programmeacross the Youth Development Phase age groups.
- Responsible for the line management of all the Youth Development Phase age group coaches to ensure high standards of coach delivery to support the holistic development of all players within the U14s to U16s age groups.
- Manage all day to day issues related to the Youth Development age groups including players, parents and coaching teams.
- To work closely with age group coaches to ensure the delivery of age appropriate Individual Development plans (IDPs) for all players.
- Work closely with the Academy Manager and Academy Operations Officer to ensure a suitable but challenging fixture programme is delivered for all age groups.
- To liaise closely with the multi disciplinary support team (e.g. Medical, Physical Performance, Education, Safeguarding, Psychology) when planning and delivering coaching sessions and matches.
- Ensure all Youth Development age group coaching sessions and games are fully covered with suitably qualified coaches at all times and provide cover for sessions as and when needed.
- To provide coach support to evaluate both player and coach performance and provide suitable feedback and development support when needed.
- To ensure that all age group coaches update player/session data is up to date on the clubs PMA online system.
- To ensure all performance reviews are conducted by age group coaches, in line with the club requirements, Ensuring appropriate feedback is delivered to players and parents both formally in meetings, and informally as required over the season.
- To provide the Academy Manager with reports on all players following the performance review meetings to support the retain/release decisions on all players.
- Educate all coaches, players and parents in regards to what is required to play at the highest level.
- Be familiar with the standards of players across the talent pathway in the Women's game.
- Assist in ongoing talent identification and the annual trials process through analyzing the skills and capabilities of individual players.
- Help instill the correct club ethos and culture within the Academy.
- 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.
- Work closely with the Academy Manager and Academy Operations Officer on all relevant issues.
- Must be flexible in regards to working hours.
- Must be aware of the core values upon which Arsenal FC operates.
- Attend staff meetings and club CPD as required.
- Be aware of current trends and best practice in Youth Development and the Women's game.
- Actively seek out ways to improve the coaching programme and assist with the implementation and operation of these ideas.
- Work with the Academy Manager to implement a programme of continuous professional development for all the Academy coaching team.
- Undertake ad hoc additional coaching duties as and when required.
- Sport related degree or equivalent experience
- UEFA B / FA Level 3 and working towards UEFA A Licence (A Licence is desirable)
- FA Youth Award (Advanced Youth Award desirable)
- Current FA Licensed Coaches Club Member
- Up to date FA Emergency Aid Qualification - FA Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (BFAS) or FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)
- 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)
- Any education or teaching experience would also be desirable
- Experience of coaching young players in the Youth Development Phase at an elite level
- Experience of mentoring and developing other coaches as a mentor or coach educator
- Experience of managing individuals and teams
- Previous experience of devising long/medium/short term plans and developing individual player development programmes
- It is preferable to have experience working with female elite players
- Knowledge of the standard of players required at Arsenal Women FC and an understanding and knowledge of the overall Women's Talent Pathway in England.
- An understanding and implications of Long Term Player Development and how to develop young players.
- Able to work as part of a coaching team and the ability to motivate others.
- Able to build a strong rapport with the players in the age range.
- Ability to set realistic goals for the coaches and players within the age groups.
- Excellent organisational and time management skills.
- Motivated and driven individual.
- Commitment and passion for the game.
- A dynamic, confident communicator (verbal, written) whilst able to adapt style and approach as and when required.
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: 31/05/2018