Strength & Conditioning Coach – Chelsea FC

DEPARTMENT: CFC Women’s Team
JOB FUNCTION: To provide and implement strength and conditioning provisions that maximise the athletic ability of each senior Club Player in all aspects, to maximise the quality of team performance and reduce injury risk.

Salary: Up to £36500 per annum

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To assist in the co-ordination of the provision of sports science across the women’s 1st team.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of long-term load monitoring & athletic development – ensuring injury risk management & performance enhancement.
  • To liaise closely with the Head of Performance in developing and delivering individualised periodised strength and conditioning plans for the squad.
  • To collaborate with MDT/technical staff to design and implement periodised on field conditioning, concurrently complimenting the manager’s current philosophy.
  • Deliver match day warm-ups and training for subs/non-starters in and around matches.
  • Maintain and pack all relevant kit for daily training and match days including appropriate nutritional and hydration products.
  • Act to reduce the risk of injury occurrence throughout the women’s 1st team by implementing appropriate screening and injury prevention strategies.
  • Assist in the design and/or enhancement of existing evidence-based protocols for return to train and return to play processes with Head of Performance/medical team.
  • Support MDT with regards to the delivery of S&C provisions for long-term injured players, including assisting in the development of planning/implementing RTT/RTP.
  • To create relationships with MDT staff, coaches, players and the wider business staff to facilitate strong operational delivery and deliver the strategic aims for CFC Women.
  • To engage with CFC men’s team staff as required.
  • To collaborate in knowledge sharing processes between CFC Women and other CFC teams and departments.
  • To liaise closely with Head of Performance regarding all relevant data/information for national team camps.
  • To ensure the latest clinical, scientific and technical innovations for applied practice are implemented while maintaining the highest level of care.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Knowledge:
Essential:

  • An extensive understanding of the various sports science/S&C disciplines and their impact on the training and performance of elite athletes.
  • A strong knowledge of fitness & medical screening/injury profiling in the elite sporting population.
  • An extensive knowledge of planning and periodising S&C provisions for a team.
  • Knowledge of football operations and of CFC Women/Women’s football.
  • Clear understanding of relevant regulatory bodies in the industry.

Desirable:

  • Understanding of associated topic areas (Coaching/Female Athletes/Sport Medicine/Sport Psychology/Nutrition).

Technical/work-based skills:
Essential:

  • Extensive experience in the provision of strength and conditioning coaching within high performance sport.
  • Extensive experience in delivering individualised S&C programs in a team environment.
  • Experience delivering team based injury prevention plans and sessions.
  • Proficient in the use of a PC, Tablets & MS Windows based computer applications, including use of MS Office (Excel/Word/Outlook).

General skills and attributes:
Essential:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to be flexible.
  • Pro-active and engaging style.
  • Strong ‘can do’ approach.
  • Remain calm under pressure.
  • Rigorous attention to detail.
  • Willing to self-evaluate and work towards continuous improvement.
  • Good understanding of the wider business context.
  • Good understanding of the flow and process of the football department.
  • Strong organisational and leadership skills.
  • Process driven.
  • Able to create good relationships across numerous departments.
  • Ability to be flexible in working hours / days.
  • Managing change and embedding new ways of working.
  • A great ability to reflect on current working practice & implement change where required.
  • Ability to demonstrate passion & enthusiasm for your work but maintain a high degree of humility in its delivery & when dealing with others.
  • Demonstrate a continual desire for improvement.

Desirable:

  • Passion for football and sports.
  • Language Skills (European).
  • Understanding of women’s sport in the UK.

Experience:
Essential:

  • Educated to degree level (BSc) within Sports Science/Strength & Conditioning.
  • Professional accreditation in field of training or ability to achieve within six months (e.g. UKSCA/NSCA or equivalent).

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with female athletes.

Qualifications:
Essential:

  • Educated to degree level (BSc) within Sports Science/Strength & Conditioning.
  • Professional accreditation in field of training or ability to achieve within six months (e.g. UKSCA/NSCA or equivalent).

Desirable:

  • Postgraduate qualifications (e.g. MSc/MPhil/MRes).
  • Further study in the field (such as PhD).

The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Chelsea FC policies and procedures in particular Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and with regard to the Data Protection Act. The Employee must act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are in their care or attending the Company’s premises. The Employee must report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the Safeguarding Lead.
Chelsea Football Club and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) that are in our care or attending our premises. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The Employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relations amongst Employees and customers.
The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.

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