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Role: Football Performance Coach/Sports Scientist

Job Title: Football Performance Coach/Sports Scientist

Reports to: First Team Manager

Hours: 37.5 hours per week with additional hours as required.

Salary: Negotiable

Jobs reporting to the job holder: Volunteers, Students

Job Purpose: The role will have overall responsibility for the strategic management and leadership of all aspects of the Sports Science plan, providing performance support to players and coaches across the Club’s football structure

Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities:
– Lead on the fitness testing of the squad to build up an accurate physiological profile.
– Lead and develop on the tailored fitness training programmes.
– Delivery of physical performance coaching and planning to the players as required.
– To make a contribution to the whole teams physical performance philosophy and content.
– Design and deliver off-field and pitch-based conditioning sessions relevant to the players stage of rehabilitation.
– Design and deliver strength and conditioning sessions relevant to the players during training and for rehabilitation working with the Head Physio.
– Lead on the monitoring and assessment training plans on a regular basis.
– Liaise with coaching staff to maximise the effects of training.
– Educate and advise the squad and and coaches on areas such as heart rate monitoring, recovery techniques, hydration strategies, overtraining and acclimatisation.
– Provide benchmark physiological information to enable long-term athletic development.
– Work in collaboration with the Head Physio, Match Analysts, Manager and Coach.
– Keep up to date with ongoing research.

Essential Knowledge/Experience/Skills:
– An undergraduate degree in Sport Science, specialising in the area of physical prepa-ration of elite athletes.
– MSc in Sports and Exercise Science or related discipline.
– Proven experience in the provision of physiological support to elite athletes and coaches.
– Experience of working within an inter-disciplinary team in the delivery of physiological support in high performance sport.
– Ability to analyse the physiological needs of youth footballers.
– Experience of modifying physiological programmes according to results of assessment data.
– Experience of laboratory and field testing of elite athletes.
– An understanding of the needs of youth athletes and coaches in high performance environments.
– Ability to scientifically validate the methodology of test protocols and other relevant scientific data.
– Utmost confidentiality at all times.

Desireable Knowledge/Experience/Skills:
– Minimum 2 years experience in football, or elite full-time sport environment
– MSc or other equivalent post-graduate qualification.
– Knowledge of S&C principles.

Application closing date: Friday 18th May, 5.00pm. Interviews will take place on Thursday 24th May and Friday 25th May

Please send applications and/or questions to natalie.atkinson@southportfc.net

“As this role involves direct access to young persons under the age of eighteen, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure, to ensure their suitability for the role”

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