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Job listing closed on 13 Jun 2024
29 May 2024

Academy Coach (Full-Time)

🇬🇧 Brentford, UK
Full Time
3+ years exp.

Job Title: Academy Coach (Full-Time)

Department: Academy

Reporting: Head of Academy Football Development

Location: Training Ground – Jersey Road

Salary: Competitive

Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.

Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.

We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.

We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.

We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.

Come join us.

Inclusion Statement

Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities. Should you require any workplace accommodations (also known as ‘reasonable adjustments’), you will have the opportunity to let us know at appropriate points in the hiring process.

Safeguarding Statement

Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team. We remind those barred from regulated activity that it is an offence to apply for such positions.

Please note that where appropriate for the role, you may be required to complete additional background checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and this will include any time living or working outside of the UK in the last 10 years. You can find out more about this at

Please also note that a CV application will not be sufficient. Applications will not be considered where the application form has not been completed in full.

If the role you are applying for involves regulated activity and you have been shortlisted for a first stage interview, you will be asked to fill out a Declaration of Offences Form.

The Role of Academy Coach

To coach as part of the Academy Coaching Department in a full-time capacity. To enable the team to achieve maximum development both individually and collectively. The Academy Coach is also required to work effectively with parents/guardians of the players in order to create strong working relationships and togetherness. The Academy Coach may also be required to work with other Academy age groups as and when required.

Main Accountabilities

  • To ensure that any concerns you observe, or are raised with you in your role, are shared with the Safeguarding Team through appropriate channels.
  • To motivate and develop the individual players to enable them to win games whilst working within the Club’s coaching philosophy and style of play framework.
  • Form positive relationships with players and motivate them towards achieving their potential, ensuring their well-being and holistic development.
  • To have the ability to identify individual strengths and unacceptable weaknesses with the ability to apply appropriate coaching, and tactical development tailored to the individual player.
  • To implement individual development plans for your designated age group squad, whilst having an age-specific understanding of technical, tactical, physical and psychological development, and identifying age-appropriate teaching.
  • Provide feedback to players formally through the Performance Management Application (PMA), individual meetings, IDP reviews, whilst also fully integrating key stakeholders into the process.
  • To understand and produce key programmes to enable individual players to successfully transition from age group to age group in line with the Club’s footballing philosophy.
  • To engage or lead the retain & release process within the IDT or part of the phase.
  • Ensure cohesion, conflict resolution and management of individual players is upheld to high quality professional standards and a positive team ethic is always maintained.
  • To work cooperatively with all Academy staff and to maintain relationships with the players and their key stakeholders.
  • To liaise with the Scouting and Recruitment Department for the selection of players.
  • To work in line with the strategy of EPPP as agreed by the Club.
  • To work as part of the inter-disciplinary team (IDT) to provide a holistic development plan for individual players.
  • To complete all Club administrative duties in line with EPPP audit requirements.
  • Attend all relevant coaching CPD events both internally and externally at the request of the Head of Academy Football Development.
  • Help to ensure the Academy is continually achieving the standards required to retain its category status within the EPPP guidelines.
  • Any other relevant tasks and duties as directed by senior Academy or Football Department management.

General Club Accountabilities

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant Club policies, including health and safety policies and with specific reference to the data regulations.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical, and social requirements.
  • To ensure compliance with the Club’s Safeguarding Policy and processes.
  • To ensure compliance with the Club’s Code of Conduct.
  • To promote equity, diversity and inclusion at the Club, in line with our EDI strategy
  • To build and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, maintaining a professional image at all times when representing Brentford FC
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times, which may include attending Club functions and media obligations from time to time.
  • Any other relevant tasks and duties as directed by your line manager.

Key Internal Relationships

  • Head of Academy Football Development
  • Academy Management Team
  • Recruitment Staff
  • Academy Coaching Staff
  • Medical and Performance Staff
  • Player Welfare and Safeguarding Staff

Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics

  • UEFA ‘B’ License Coaching Certificate
  • FA Learning Safeguarding Children Certificate
  • FA Emergency Aid In Football Certificate
  • FA Youth award
  • FA Safeguarding certificate
  • EFAiF certificate
  • Basic level of IT skills

Person Specification - Desirable Characteristics

  • UEFA A / Pro License
  • Previous experience of working with young players
  • Previous experience of leading FP/YDP age groups within a professional Academy

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12 June 2024