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Age Group Coach/Player Insights Specialist – Coach Inclusion & Diversity Scheme (CIDS)

Recruitment Process:

Assessment times/dates:

  • Online interviews – week commencing 19th June

  • Panel interview & Practical interview – across 27th & 28th June


Chelsea FC in partnership with the Premier League is committed to improving the diversity of coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population.

What is the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme?

The CIDS will provide a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and programme for the successful candidate. The Club will act as the ‘base’ of employment and the individual will work across a variety of football functions within the Club in order to broaden their learning experience.

The opportunity will include coaching and observation across the Academy, including multi-disciplinary teams. Successful applicants will enter the Premier League’s Coach Development Programme which is accredited by Leeds Beckett University. Upon successful completion, coaches will receive a Diploma in Professional Football Coaching. This includes mentoring, workshops, peer learning, projects and FA/UEFA qualifications dependent on need.

Person Specification


  • Coaches who are currently under-represented within the English professional game – individuals from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including women from all backgrounds




  • UEFA B License

  • Clean and valid driving license

  • Enhanced DBS check

Experience: Essential:

  • No previous experience of full-time coaching in a Premier League or EFL Club

  • Experience of delivering effective and engaging coaching and player development support to children and young people (e.g. in education, grassroots, community coaching, or part-time development centre or academy setting)

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate high-level interpersonal skills, where they can communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of individuals and groups of people

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate the resilience required to be able to succeed in high-performance football environments

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high motivation to become a football coach in English Professional Football and to help other footballers and teams to successfully develop and perform

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to effectively analyse football matches, applying an analysis framework bespoke to the club, doing so across a range of ages

How to Apply:

please complete the online application following these guidelines. All attachments must be in word or a PDF format.

Chelsea football club will only consider applications from Coaches who are from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including women from all backgrounds.

  1. Please confirm that you match each of the criteria for the application using a brief application letter and CV.

  2. Include a reference(s) from a coach developer(s) and/or coach(es) describing your football coaching potential.

Further Details:

Please email if you require any assistance in applying. We would support applications in other formats (for example by video or audio) if required. [email protected]

By submitting your application, you are agreeing to Chelsea football club and the Premier League processing your personal details for the purpose of administering and evaluating the Scheme in accordance with Chelsea football club and the Premier League’s privacy notices.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

Chelsea FC and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.