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10 May 2022

Club News


10 May 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Oakwell to join our team as Senior Professional Development Phase Coach.

Please see below details on how to apply.

Reporting to: Academy Manager and/or Head of Academy Coaching

Essential & Desirable qualifications/pre-requisites


  • Up to date UEFA A Licence
  • FA Advanced Youth Award with the age specific specialist element relevant to the Professional Development Phase (PDP)
  • Current DBS certification (Enhanced)
  • Current Basic First Aid in Sport (BFAS)
  • FA Safeguarding Children Certification
  • Member of FA Licence Club (current and up to date including CPD hours)
  • Experience of working at and completing at least one season in the PDP phase
  • (Lead Phase u18 or Senior PDP 19-21 at Category 1 and 2 level)


  • UEFA Pro Licence
  • Competent in the use of the Performance Management Application toolkit
  • Familiar with and experience of Athlete Monitoring Software (i.e. Prozone)
  • Experience of welfare provision around safeguarding young people particularly those that make the transition from 16-18years and on and into the PDP
  • Is fully knowledgeable on The Football League Child Protection Statements

Key responsibilities

Main tasks

  • report to the Academy Manager on all aspects relating to individual and squad development at the PDP with regard to Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)
  • liaise with: the first-team Manager; contribute to: The Technical Board and the Academy Management Team in identifying appropriate and club pathways into the first team environment
  • liaise with the Head of Academy Coaching and oversee and implement on a day-to-day basis the Coaching Curriculum for the Under 18 to Under 21 age groups
  • manage the transition of Academy Players to the Club’s senior squad in accordance with the Club’s coaching and playing philosophies
  • contribute to the Multi-disciplinary reviews of Academy Players in the Professional Development Phase including the application of Sport Science methods and Individual Learning Plans

Specific tasks

  • Lead the Coaching and U18’s Professional Development League provision for the Professional Development Phase. These tasks include:
  • Align the coaching, game and playing philosophies with first-team activities ensuring smooth transitions via player pathways
  • Implement a transitional model that creates, monitors and tracks players that move through the player pathway
  • Contribute to player profiling that identifies player traits and characteristics applicable to first team duties
  • Develop player competencies within technical, tactical, psychological, physiological and social aspects of learning through individualised planning
  • Create, develop and implement Game and play strategies that align with the whole-club approach for both development and competitive fixtures
  • Use and adapt the club’s coaching curriculum and implement the club’s coaches’ ‘working week’ to deliver high quality and structured provision leading to the Professional Development League Games Programme
  • Upload detailed player information into the PMA’s Performance Clock in line with Premier and Football League benchmark requirements
  • Generate individualized 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
  • Build performance analysis within evaluative and reflective practices that 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, individual/team/position specific sessions and transition between age-groups and first-team

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 players in determining player profiles, characteristics and individualisms needed at first-team level
  • Manage the loan process for both receiving and sending players to other clubs ensuring that a tracking system is in place to monitor progress
  • Implement the club’s internal rating system that uses ratings as a performance indicator
  • Undertake Talent ID events and activities that supports the club’s recruitment policies
  • Oversee other senior and lower management 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: £30,000 – £35,000 per annum
Hours: 37-hour working week (including flexible arrangements)
Probationary Period: 6-months (as detailed in contract)
Contract: normal contract conditions as per club policy

Application Process:

Please note that Barnsley Football Club welcomes applications from those groups of individuals that are considered under-represented in the employment market, for example (although not limited to):

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • People with Disabilities
  • Women
  • People considered socially and economically disadvantaged


i) All online via email by responding and sending to named contact (see below)


  1. ii)  1 x A4-size one-page cover letter & 1 x A4-size one-page CV (please provide both in one Pdf document and email to named contact – see below)

  2. iii)  Please include Reference.: PDP005 within your cover letter and email correspondence

Named Contact to send application: Abbie Stenton, Academy Secretary
Email Address:

Closing Date: 19 June 2022 (23.00 hrs)


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