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18 March 2022

Club News


18 March 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team here at Oakwell.

Professional Development Phase Coach

Reporting to: Senior and or Lead Professional Development Coach (16-18 years)

Essential & Desirable qualifications/pre-requisites


  • UEFA ‘B’ Licence (up to date)

  • FA Youth Award

  • FA Advanced Youth Award

  • Current DBS certification (Enhanced)

  • BFAS certification

  • FA Licence Club Member


  • Academy Managers Licence

  • UEFA ‘Pro’ Licence

  • Degree in Sport, Sport Science or equivalent

  • UEFA ‘A’


Key responsibilities

Main tasks

  • Support the delivery with the academy’s PDP coaching curriculum including adapting activities aligned with Club’s coaching and playing philosophies

  • Work within the coaches’ competency framework and contribute to CPD training programmes

  • Support with and liaise with and feed into the U21 coaching and Games programme supporting transition and pathways into the higher PDP

  • Support the implementation of the policies and practices highlighted in the Academy Performance Plan (APP) to ensure that the PDP meets with desired outcomes

  • Support and comply with the Football League rules in delivering training models and Games Programme in line with rules and regulations

  • Support multi-disciplinary planning integrating other disciplines within the planning stages

  • Support the Lead Phase coach with meeting all EPPP requirements in relation to planning, reporting and uploading data into the PMA either periodically and/or creating annual reporting

Specific tasks

  • Support with the management of all 16-18s football activities, including:

  1. Supporting Lead Phase coach with regard to periodisation of coaching blocks; game planning and preparation; coaching and game evaluation including post-match analysis (all evidenced within the PMA)
  1. Help deliver individual reviews ensuring that Individual Learning Plans form the basis for reviewing performance in addition to consultation with Science and Education departments in providing holistic individual reviews and plans

  2. Support with the Implementation of the ‘coaching working week’ with regard to ensuring the relevant number of coaching hours are delivered, acknowledging intensities and frequencies, and the management of rest and recovery (plans should demonstrate that multi-disciplinary involvement is included)

  3. Ensure that 5-hours of CPD is achieved annually in keeping with the maintenance of the UEFA B qualification or above

  4. Support the creation of an annual departmental action plan

  5. Support early and late developers and include this aspect within squad management

  6. Support the Lead Phase coach in identifying squad, age and player development by reviewing periodic reports and performance clock data; this process should support and identify potential players moving into professional contract stage

  7. Work within the player competency framework to determine that players are staying on track with the performance philosophies embedded into the club’s objectives

  8. Communicate the Club’s safeguarding framework (inc. welfare) in ensuring compliance with safeguarding policies, supporting inductions, lifestyle management courses and exit and release strategies

  9. Support with EPPP activities and requirements that are aligned to and with Category 2 responsibilities in providing accurate and detailed data on all occasions

Person specification

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and is committed to achieving agreed objectives within Elite Performance Player Planning and Academy activities

  • Effective at preparing, planning and implementing all aspects of academy administration that are aligned with whole-club objectives for coaching young talented football players

  • A dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual that is able to relate to all staff members and participants engaged in academy and coaching activities

  • Proactive decision maker with excellent verbal and written communication skills that is effective in communicating 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 coaching objectives and philosophies

  • Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement that identifies improvement strategies relating to academy coaching activities

  • Displays a high level of confidentiality and transparency and is able to contribute to AMT and TB meetings in a professional manner

  • Displays a deep knowledge and experience of the academy’s coaching curriculum 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 the delivery of academy coaching and match activities


Hours: 37-hour working week (as required)

Probationary Period: 6 months (as detailed in contract)

Contract: Permanent

Application Process:

i) All online via email by responding and sending to named contact (see below) Abbie Stenton, Academy Secretary Email:


ii) 1 x one-page cover letter & 1 x one-page CV (as one Pdf doc. and emailed to named contact – see above)

iii) Please include Reference: PDP001 within your cover letter

Closing Date: 10th April 2022. If a suitable candidate is found, we will look to appoint within this timeframe.

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