YDP/FP Physical Development Coach

Location Romford
Discipline: Medical
Job type: Part Time
Salary: £Competitive / Sessional Fee
Job ref: 003462
Published: about 2 months ago
Expiry date: 19 Aug 2022 23:59

Contract: Fixed Term


Salary: Competitive / Sessional Fee 


Hours: Part-time/sessional, up to 20 hours per week, exact hours to be discussed at interview stage. Evening and weekend work essential


Location:                              WHU Academy, Chadwell Heath/Little Heath/Rush Green, Essex


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.


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 an enthusiastic, hardworking, forward-thinking practitioner to become an important member of West Ham United Academy’s Football Science & Medicine Department and join an experienced multi-disciplinary team for the 2022/23 season.


The Role:


*         Be a key member of multiple age group MDT’s and collaborate with relevant staff upon the delivery of Physical Development (on & off pitch) to U9-U14 age groups on a whole squad and individual player basis

*         Work in partnership with the relevant Phase Lead to ensure a collaborative approach to session design and delivery which achieves both technical/tactical and physical outcomes.

*         Work closely with other YDP physical development staff to ensure that YDP players are transitioning into the next phase with the appropriate level of physical capabilities to thrive within that programme.

*         Support in the planning and lead in the delivery/reporting of physical profiling to relevant age groups (U9-14)

*         Provide matchday physical performance support to relevant age groups (U12-U14)

*         Lead & assist in delivery of relevant age group gym based physical development sessions in line with academy Physical Development pathway & curriculum (U12-U14)

*         Lead & assist in delivery of relevant age group pitch based physical development sessions in line with academy Physical Development pathway & curriculum (U2-U14)

*         In collaboration with lead YDP physical development coach implement individualised growth and maturation support in line with department methodology

*         Work in collaboration with YDP physiotherapists to effectively provide return to play strategies for injured players

*         To support in the collecting, capturing, analysis and interpretation of data to inform physical development prescription and communicate these findings within the relevant MDT

*         Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with all players, including training load markers where deemed appropriate at specific age groups

*         To undertake duties & tasks as directed by lead YDP/FP Physical Development Coach

*         Actively contribute to a department internal CPD programme

*         Continually evolve and develop the physical development pathway in line with current research, guidelines and practice




*         BSc Sports Science/Strength & Conditioning (or other relevant disciplines)

*         Experience of working with elite junior athletes as individuals and in a team setting

*         Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful relationships with MDT, players and parents

*         The ability to demonstrate good session planning and strong organisation skills

*         Willingness to work evenings & weekends and the ability to travel independently

*         Excellent IT skills




*         UKSCA Accreditation (Or currently working towards)

*         Experience working in Academy football

*         Experience using Excel, Power Point and Catapult (GPS)

*         FA Emergency First Aid In Football

*         Sound understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of young athletes

*         Experience working in a fast-paced multidisciplinary team

*         Experience collecting physical performance data


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.




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.


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 based on objective criteria.


Please apply through our careers site https://www.careers.whufc.com by midday on Friday 19th August 2022. Interviews expected to be held on Wednesday 24th August 2022.


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

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