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23 January 2022

Club News


23 January 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen join the team as Head of Sports Science & Medicine in the Academy here at Oakwell.

Please see below details of the role and how to apply.

Reporting to: First Team Head of Sports Science / Academy Manager

Academy Head of Sports Science & Medicine

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the Academy Sports Science and Medicine department at Barnsley Football Club as the Head of Sports Science & Medicine. Using the football club’s philosophies, you will have the opportunity to lead and deliver Sports Science approaches and activities in helping develop professional footballers. You will work close within the multidisciplinary team to deliver current and up to date strategies to; enhance an athlete’s ability to perform, prevent injuries and meet the football club’s ambitions to improve. The right candidate should be enthusiastic to want to improve themselves and others around them. Overall, bringing a positive mindset to a challenging, athletic environment. All applicants must meet the essential criteria on the job specification.

Closing date: 21st February 2022 (We will interview within the advertising period and will appoint if a suitable candidate is found.)

Barnsley Football Club is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. Due to the nature of the position applicants, will be in contact with children and we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If interested, please send the below listed documents to BFC Academy at the following address: with reference to position: AHSSM

1. Covering Letter (can be found on the vacancies page of the Barnsley FC website)

2. C.V.

Hours: Full time in accordance with Academy training and fixture schedule. Due to the nature of the post, evening and weekend work will be required.

Salary: Competitive

Essential & Desirable qualifications/pre-requisites


Must be a holder of a BSc/BA in Sports Science and MSc/MRes/MPhil in Sports Science (or other relevant discipline) from a recognised university. Basic First Aid for Sport (BFAS) or equivalent/higher qualification. Relevant experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team. Use current and evidenced based methods to fulfil sports science delivery and duties. Clear enhanced DBS check. Experience of using GPS data to influence training and periodisation cycles. 5+ years working in a team sporting environment and the understanding of sport performance and injury prevention. Excellent IT skills and competent in the use of IT software such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint/Keynote. Must hold a valid driver’s license.


Registration, or working towards accreditation with BASES or an equivalent
Governing Body. Have attended the following workshops run by the UKSCA:
(i) Foundation Workshop & Certification; (ii) Weightlifting; (iii) Plyometric Agility & Speed; and (iv) Planning Effective Programmes. Relevant professional qualifications (UKSCA, NSCA, NASM etc.). Relevant experience of working within professional football. Managed or taken a lead role in a Sports Science department

Key responsibilities:

Main tasks include the delivery and management of Strength & Conditioning programmes throughout youth and professional squads, including both gym and pitch-based strategies. Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Liaise daily with the Head coach and relevant staff regarding the status and physical preparation required to maintain high performance and development of professional footballers (i.e. monitoring and intervention). Liaise daily with medical staff on player status, wellness and rehabilitation. Delivery and development of appropriate nutrition strategies. Updating and managing the auditing system. Liaise with first team Sports Science & Medicine department in relation to the transition of players into the first team. To undertake your own or organised CPD by the Club to maintain your professional standards. Oversee that the appropriate strength and conditioning programmes are being carried out by the Academy Sports Science team.

Specific tasks:
Lead the Physical Performance support for BFC Academy, including working close with MDT to develop players in accordance with the club’s philosophies. This includes the following:

- On-field duties including warm-ups and session implementation (alongside coaches). - Match-day duties, including warm-ups and coach/player support.

- Provide periodised strength-based work within the gym. - Delivery of individualised training programmes.

- Recovery protocols.
- Nutrition strategies.
- Monitoring of daily wellness and training workloads.
- Data interpretation, e.g. workload, GPS and HR monitoring.
- Perform a battery of physical and anthropometric testing on a 6-weekly cycle.

Perform end-stage rehabilitation (on-field) on players returning to fitness. Management of Strength & Conditioning principles. Management of Student Intern Programme. Implementation of effective testing and monitoring in the following areas:

- Squad appropriate medical and physical screening. - Physiological/fitness testing.
- Movement and posture/functioning screening.



Job Applicant Privacy Notice (compliant with GDPR)

As part of any recruitment process, Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants.

The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations under The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018.

What information do we collect?

Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd collects a range of information about you. This includes:

(a)  your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;

(b)  details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;

(c)  information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;

(d)  whether or not you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process; and

(e) information about your entitlement to work in the UK.

Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd may collect this information in a variety of ways, for example, data might be contained in:

(i) application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected;

(ii)  through interviews or other forms of assessment;

(iii)  we may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers;

(iv) we will only seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that we are doing so.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email). Your personal data (data subject) will be entered into a data flow detailing the process and whom controls the data so that data is stored and controlled securely.

Why does Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd process personal data?

We need to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. We may also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you. In some cases, we need to process data to ensure that we are complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is mandatory to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.

Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows us to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. Separately, Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd has a number of departments whereby further checks are needed that are specific to the Football Authorities such as the Football Association and English Football League i.e. Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Criminal Record Checks (CRC).

We may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd may process special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion or belief, to monitor recruitment statistics. We may also collect information about whether or not applicants are disabled to make reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability.

Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd process such information to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment and employment law obligations. If your application is unsuccessful, Barnsley Football Club 2002 Ltd may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited, although you can request that the personal data be deleted following an unsuccessful application. We will ask for your consent before we retain your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time, however, data will be deleted after a 12-month period.

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