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15 November 2023

Club News


15 November 2023

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at Oakwell as Lead Academy Physiotherapist.

Barnsley Football Club encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and suitably qualified Physiotherapist to join our medical department, working closely with medical staff, coaches and players.

The successful candidate will be the Lead PDP Academy Physiotherapist, providing medical provision for academy players, including clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injured players for both training and match days. This role is providing care for U18s players, whilst also supporting the U9-16s care when needed by the Full Time U9-16s Sports Therapist. There is also the opportunity to work closely with the First Team and learn from First Team Physiotherapists/Sports Scientists.


  • To lead the medical care of the Barnsley FC U18s in line with the Club’s strategic objectives and the EPPP
  • Manage and oversee the treatment and rehabilitation of injured U18 Academy players
  • Support cover for U9-16s age groups if requested
  • Engage in and deliver regular in-service training for part-time physiotherapists
  • Maintain medical notes in conjunction with CSP/HCPC standards
  • Regulation and management of PMA/Catapult during rehabilitation
  • Participate and contribute to all Academy Team Meetings
  • To undertake regular independent CPD
  • To provide support for the Head Academy physiotherapist when required for training/match days


  • Pitch side emergency first aid for U18sgames/training
  • Daily management of the U18 injured players
  • Provide high quality evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all injured players using a range of equipment and facilities (gym and pitch based)
  • Monitor and manage injured players training loads in conjunction with sport science
  • Complete appropriate objective measures before passing player fit to train/referring on to sport science
  • Liaise with the appropriate coaches and sport science with regards to the U9-18s squads daily
  • Liaise with the club Doctor about matters regarding ill/injured players and ensure approval is gained prior to arranging further investigations
  • Liaise with the medical services at national level regarding on-going assessment, treatment and medical status of our players
  • Inform the FA doping department of U18s weekly schedule, informing them in advance if players will not be present for on-site drugs testing
  • Assist and help coordinate in the event of a FA doping test
  • Maintain an injury audit and present monthly findings to Head Academy Physiotherapist/ Academy Manager/coaches
  • Provide an annual medical screen to all players and create injury prevention plans based on these findings
  • Provide appropriate injury prevention exercises to those with previous injuries or medical screening issues
  • Ensure all medical equipment is inworking order/in-date
  • Provide an holistic approach to the management of injuries, referring to sport psychology/variety of MDT when appropriate
  • To support the arrangement of cardiac screenings on an annual basis for U21/19s players, first year scholars and U15s players
  • Arrange, perform, and assist with medicals in conjunction with the needs of the U18s/21s
  • Liaise with consultants, arrange scans/appointments and escort players to appointments where necessary
  • Support the Head Academy Physiotherapist in the financial management of the academy physiotherapy department when ordering medical supplies, arranging scans and appointments


Candidates must be a HCPC registered Physiotherapist with a desirable postgraduate experience of working in an elite sporting environment.

This role requires a passion for working in sport, flexibility, and willingness to work unsocial hours in accordance with the needs of the Club. The successful candidate must have excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to build professional relationships.


  • BSc or MSc pre-registration in Physiotherapy
  • Must have full and in-date registration with the Chartered Physiotherapist (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • In date First Aid in Sport qualification
  • Experience of working with young athletes
  • FA safeguarding qualification
  • Clear, enhanced DBS check
  • Must hold a full valid driver’s license


  • FA Advanced/Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football qualification
  • MSc or studying towards one
  • Competent in the use of IT software such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience of working within a leadership role
  • Experience of working within professional football/previous academy physiotherapist
  • Knowledge of EPPP
  • Competent in the use of PMA/ Catapult systems


  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and is committed to achieving agreed objectives
  • Effective at preparing, planning and implementing workloads and schedules
  • A dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual
  • Proactive decision maker with excellent communication skills
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work and maintaining standards
  • Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement
  • Displays a high level of confidentiality
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn
  • Understands Health & Safety principles and practices


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