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Academy Chief Operations Officer

Barnsley Football Club are currently looking for an experienced Chief Operations Officer for the Academy.

The position will work closely with the Academy Manager and will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

Requirement for the role:

· Must be educated to Bachelor’s degree level from a recognised university or have
five years experience managing complex personalities within an elite sporting environment.
· Demonstrated experience of ethical leadership
· Ability to make business projections based upon market research.
· Outstanding verbal and written skills.
· Experience of working with staff at all levels.
· Display high levels of time management or organisational skills.
· Good knowledge of Safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures.

Competitive salary.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please email your CV and covering letter to:

Closing date for all applicants is: Friday 25th October 2019

A copy of the full job description is available on request.



 Barnsley FC Street Team

The Reds are introducing a new ‘Street Team’, who will be present at each Oakwell home game to enhance the experience of both home and visiting supporters, as well as helping with community-orientated events and entertainment.

This opportunity is perfectly suited for students currently in education at either college or university searching for work experience within a professional sports organisation.

Members of the ‘Street Team’ will ideally be confident and outgoing, not shying away from interacting with the Barnsley FC community. An understanding of Barnsley FC and football isn’t necessarily required, but would be advantageous. The successful candidates will also be enthusiastic, motivated individuals with good communication skills.

 What would you be doing?

 Due to the nature of this role, the expectations and tasks may vary depending on the event. However, on the whole the individual will be expected to.

  • To assist with the planning and implementation of match-day activations in the Family Stand and in other areas of Oakwell.
  • To execute all half-time entertainment at Oakwell.
  • To be ‘the face’ of Barnsley FC. Answering questions, directing to local amenities and ensuring all fans have a positive experience.
  • To be proactive, adaptable and assist on the wider strategy of long-term marketing plans.
  • To conduct market research as and when required.

Volunteers will be given their own Barnsley FC uniform along with match tickets to watch the game following the completion of their duties.

All applications must be made by way of a cover letter and CV sent either by email to or post c/o Andrew Clark, Marketing, Barnsley Football Club, Oakwell Stadium, Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1ET.



Academy Goalkeeper Coach 

Reporting to

• Senior PDP; Academy Manager; Head of Academy Coaching; 1st-team Goalkeeper Coach

Essential & Desirable qualifications/pre-requisites


• Up to date UEFA B Licence
• Up to date FA Goalkeeping Coaching B Licence.
• FA Youth Awards (Modules 1, 2 and 3)
• Current DBS certification (Enhanced)
• Current Basic First Aid in Sport (BFAS)
• F A Safeguarding Children Certification
• Member of FA Licence Club (current and up to date including CPD hours)
• Experience of working in the PDP, YDP and FP phases


• *Working toward FA Advanced Youth Award and achieved by the end of the current season (evidence needed of enrolment on course)
• Competent in the use of the Performance Management Application toolkit
• Experience of welfare provision around safeguarding young people
particularly those that making the transition between development phases
• Is fully knowledgeable on The Football League Child Protection Statements

Key responsibilities

• reporting to the Senior PDP; Head of Academy Coaching and 1st team GK coach on all aspects relating to individual and squad development with regard to Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)
• liaising with the Senior PDP and the first-team Head Coach and contributing to The Technical Board and the Academy Management Team in identifying appropriate and club pathways into the first team environment
• liaising with the Head of Academy Coaching and creating and implementing on a day-to-day basis the GK Coaching Curriculum for the FP, YDP and PDP
• manage the transition of Academy Goalkeepers between age groups and development phases and on and into to the Club’s senior squad in accordance with the Club’s coaching and playing philosophies
• contribute to the Multi-disciplinary reviews of Academy Goalkeepers in the
FP, YDP and PDP including the application of Sport Science methods and Individual Learning Plans
• attend the Games Programme and work and guide Goalkeepers in pre and post-match preparation and analysis

Specific tasks

• Deliver the Academy Goalkeeper Coaching curriculum across all development phases including:
- Align the Goalkeeping coaching, game and playing philosophies with first-team activities ensuring smooth transitions via player pathways
- Implement a transitional model that creates, monitors and tracks
Goalkeepers that move through the player pathway
- Contribute to Goalkeeper profiling that identifies player traits and
characteristics applicable to development outcomes
- Develop Goalkeeper competencies within technical, tactical,
psychological, physiological and social aspects of learning through
individualised learning plans
- Create, develop and implement Goalkeeping strategies that align with
the whole-club approach for both development and competitive fixtures
- Use and adapt the club’s Goalkeeper’s coaching curriculum and implement the club’s coaches’ ‘working week’ relevant to the Goalkeeper to deliver high quality and structured provision leading to the Games
- Upload detailed Goalkeeper information into the PMA’s Performance
Clock in line with Premier and Football League benchmark requirements
- Generate individualised learning plans, objectives and outcomes within
a multi-disciplinary approach
- Divide, segment and create learning blocks and periodisation that relate
to macro, meso and micro delivery cycles that support player learning
- Ensure effective match preparation and attention to detail is planned in
advance with measureable objectives forming part of the planning
- Buildperformanceanalysiswithinevaluativeandreflectivepracticesthat supports improvement planning and feedback processes for both
training models and games
- Effectively manage the ‘working week’ with regard to training models,
the integration of sport science, Goalkeeper specific sessions and transition between age-groups and phases

Club Tasks

• Contribute to the Club’s coaches’ competency framework in supporting and developing coaches through internally-led CPD programmes which in turn may include leading activities
• Support and influence the recruitment of Goalkeepers in determining player profiles, characteristics and individualisms needed at respective levels
• Manage the loan process for both receiving and sending Goalkeepers to other clubs ensuring that a tracking system is in place to monitor progress
• Undertake Talent ID events and activities that supports the club’s recruitment policies
• Oversee other Goalkeeper coaching positions in their absence, as and when necessary
• Carry out any other specific tasks relevant to the ‘whole-club’ ethos that supports the development of the club across all pathways and departments

Person specification

• Demonstrates enthusiasm and is committed to achieving agreed objectives within Elite Performance Player Planning
• Effective at preparing, planning and implementing coaching curriculums and schedules that are aligned with whole-club objectives for producing young talented football players
• A dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual that is able to relate to young people engaged in player pathways within a mentoring and supportive role
• Proactive decision maker with excellent communication skills that is able to effectively communicate across all departments within a multi-disciplinary approach.
• Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work and maintaining standards in line with the responsiveness needed for delivering against the club’s football objectives
• Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement that identifies improvement strategies to both support coaching, game understanding and player development
• Displays a high level of confidentiality and is able to contribute to senior management activities and meetings in a professional manner and fully participates in club activities that support the profiling of the club
• Accurate reporting and attention to detail in both written and verbal communication and able to represent the club professionally and competently at all times
• Displays a deep knowledge and experience of coaching and games and is able to transfer and communicate information in an informative and constructive manner
• Understands the importance about Health & Safety principles and practice and safeguarding in supporting young people through their football-related pathway.

SALARY: competitive
Hours: 37-hour working week (including flexible arrangements)

Probationary Period: 6 months (as detailed in contract) Contract: normal contract conditions, as per club policy
i) All online via email by responding and sending to named contact (see below)
ii) Complete the Cover Sheet form, which should then be attached to 1 x A4-size one-page cover letter & 1 x A4-size one-page CV (please provide all completed documents in one Pdf document and email to named contact – see below)
iii) Please include Reference.: AGK005 within your cover letter and email correspondence
iv) Please ensure that two named referees are within your application (one being your current/most recent employer)

Named Contact to send application: Dawn Ranshaw, Academy Secretary
Email Address: Contact Number: 01226 215 123
Closing Date: Friday 1 November 2019 *Interview Dates: November 2019 Start Date: By Agreement
*Please note that interviews may take place before the closing date.