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Academy Coach

At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition. Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far? Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme:

The CIDS will provide a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development 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.

Manchester United in partnership with the Premier League, aim to identify a high potential coach so that after the scheme, they remain highly employable within the professional game. Simultaneously, the Premier League want to be able to recognise and support clubs involved in the scheme as Inclusion and Diversity role models.

The Background:

Professional football must better reflect modern Britain. Manchester United in partnership with the Premier League, are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative of society and the playing population. As part of our commitment to improving diversity, we are proud to be able to support the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme, Season 2023/2024, by providing a high-quality fixed-term employment opportunity that supports under-represented groups within the football industry. The scheme is open to coaches who are currently under-represented within English Professional Football – these identified groups being individuals from Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage backgrounds, including Women from all backgrounds.

We believe that having greater diversity helps the whole Club to perform better both on and off the pitch. We are therefore actively encouraging coaches from under-represented groups to embrace the opportunity to aspire to coach in the professional game, so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves.

The Role:

  • Candidates with an enthusiasm for and understanding of young people

  • Candidates with high potential to be world-class football coaches and visible role models

  • 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 with excellent IT skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

  • Excellent organizational skills and task management skills.

  • The Scheme is interested in candidates who have an aspiration to work within the Foundation Phase age group.

The Person:


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

  • This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing under-represented groups in football coaching. Applications will only be accepted from individuals from those backgrounds

  • 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)

  • To be eligible for this role, applicants must not have held a full-time coaching role in a Premier League or EFL Club academy or first team employment.

  • UEFA B Licence

  • Current FA Safeguarding Certificate

  • Enhanced DBS Clearance

  • Emergency First Aid Certificate


  • Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis through training & match days.

  • Experience of holistic youth development activities.

  • UEFA A Licence

If you would you like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 11th June 2023. Manchester United endeavour to respond to all job application, however, please consider that we receive a high volume of applications and this may not always possible.