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 Arsenal Football Academy is to centre each boy's progression as a footballer by providing a World Leading Youth Development programme. The programme promotes the development of genuinely elite training environments to consistently outperform international competition. 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 coaching programme is the core activity of the Academy, which is supported by a fully integrated programme of Athletic Development, Education and Matches.
This full-time development role based at Hale End and reporting to the Lead Academy Physiotherapist and Head of Sport Medicine & Athletic Development (SM & AD), will allow the post holder to work with a team of physiotherapists to assist in the screening, monitoring and assessment of all academy players. This predominantly junior role will also involve assessment, treatment and the rehabilitation of all injured players aged 8 years to 16 years registered to the Arsenal Academy. The post holder will be expected 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.
Liaise with the other Academy Physiotherapists, 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.
Undertake match day duties, primarily on Sundays, or any other days when Academy games are being played.
Hold and maintain up to date pitch side emergency first aid qualifications in accordance with Premier League guidelines (ATMMiF).
Attend all Academy training sessions as determined by the Lead Academy Physiotherapist / Head of SM & AD.
Ensure the Arsenal Athletic Development Pathway is implemented to the best of their abilities.
Maintain discipline as set out in the Arsenal Football Club Code of Conduct (Players, Parents and Coaches).
Contribute to the formulation and delivery of rehabilitation programmes for all injured players.
Assist with the organisation of physiotherapy cover for all academy games and training sessions, where the job holder is unable to attend personally.
Take an active part in the professional development of all medical personnel fulfilling Academy duties.
Assist in the designing, implementing, assessing and managing the Academy physical screening and injury prevention programme.
Maintain continuous professional development (CPD) through the comprehensive internal CPD programme and any other relevant external CPD courses.
Demonstrate expert level of manual handling that is safe and effective in assessing, treating and rehabilitating Academy Players.
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.
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.
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.
Organise, contribute and participate within workshops that educate and inform the players and parents on all relevant medical and sport science topics.
Attend tours / tournaments within the UK and Internationally to provide pitch side cover and physiotherapy cover throughout the duration of the tour / tournaments.
Organise, manage and replenish the resources of all medical supplies for operational purposes.
Assist in the recording, analysis and reporting of 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.
Cover training sessions / matches at London Colney on occasions where required.
Maintain a clean and professional working environment within medical and physiotherapy working facility.
Ensure appropriate discipline is maintained in all designated medical areas of the club.
Maintain and adhere to Arsenal Football Club's Child Protection, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures.
Adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Arsenal Football Club and its operation.
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.
Ideally have experience in working with elite youth athletes.
A successful and verifiable record in assessing, treating and rehabilitating injuries of youth athletes aged 8 to 16 years.
A successful and verifiable 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 and passport
Possess an expert level of manual handling and clinical reasoning when assessing and treating injured Academy players.
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.
Knowledge and understanding of all phases of the Elite Player Performance Pathway (EPPP).
Experience and knowledge on screening, monitoring, assessing, treating and rehabilitating youth athletes.
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.
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.
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 and an enhanced disclosure check. It is a requirement of the role that this applicant needs a clear criminal records check.
The successful applicant will be required to attend The FA Safeguarding Children in Football Workshop and other appropriate CPD events.