Senior Academy Physiotherapist

Location Romford
Discipline: Medical
Job type: Vacancy
Salary: £Competitive - Dependent on experience
Job ref: 003762
Published: about 1 year ago
Expiry date: 07 Oct 2022 23:59

We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with being a Disability Confident Leader.   We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities.


West Ham United FC is committed to equality and safeguarding children and ‘adults at risk’. Positions that involve working with such groups are subject to safer recruitment protocols, including DBS Disclosure at enhanced level.


West Ham United staff enjoy generous benefits, including a contributory scheme, 25 days’ leave and life assurance.  You can also take advantage of childcare vouchers, interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme and our employee wellbeing programme. 


We believe that a diverse workforce strengthens our creativity and delivers the best commercial performance. We are, therefore seeking applications from high quality people, whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our company.


As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of our staff.


Job Role:

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Chartered Physiotherapist to become an important member of West Ham United Academy’s Football Medicine Department and join an experienced multi-disciplinary team.


Main Responsibilities:

*       As a key member of the U18 MDT, take the lead on ensuring Football Science & Medical staff form an integral part of the planning and delivery of a holistic football development programme.  

*       Provide a high quality Physiotherapy service to the U18 squad – including the diagnosis of injuries, planning and delivery of treatment & rehabilitation. Liaise with Head of Football Science & Medicine regarding the need for further investigation or onward referral.  

*       Work collaboratively with Physical Development staff to develop and deliver holistic rehabilitation programmes which focus on developing the athlete, not just recovering from injury.  

*       Take initiative to identify individual risk factors and put in place interventions to mitigate against injury.  

*       Ensure that all U17/18 training sessions & matches have appropriate medical cover, in line with FA & PL guidelines, meeting ATMMIF level standards. 

*       Keep up to date medical records on PMA in line with CSP guidelines. 

*       Ensure U18s player whereabouts is consistently kept up to date in line with FA requirements. 

*       Provide personal and professional support to other members of the Academy Medical team. As part of this, take an active role in the organisation of In-house CPD events.

*       Continually evolve and develop department policies in line with current research, guidelines & practice.

*       Integrate within, and drive a culture of Elitism, with Individual development at the forefront. 


Equal Opportunities


1.    To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, sexual orientation and age.

2.   To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.




  1. Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and  adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.


  1. It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk.   After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS ) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise


Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.


Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: - Essential (E) Desirable (D)




  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (E)

  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant field (D)

  • HCPC Registration (E)

  • ATMMIF qualification (E)

  • Previous experience of working with elite young athletes (E)

  • Experience of planning and delivering treatment & rehabilitation of sports injuries (E)

  • Experience working within a Football Academy (D)

  • Experience of managing staff and/or students (D)

  • Experience using PMA (D)

  • Effective and appropriate communication skills, ability to build key relationships (E)

  • Good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes (D)

  • Good understanding of the expectations of a Category 1 Academy according to the EPPP (D) 


Please apply through our careers site

by midday on Friday 7th October 2022.

Interviews are likely to take place during the week beginning Monday 10th October 2022.

West Ham United reserve the right to close the advert early.

Due to a high number of expected applicants, only those successful will be contacted.