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Job listing closed on 9 Feb 2024
2 Feb 2024

Lead YDP/FP Physiotherapist

🇬🇧 London, UK
Full Time
3+ years exp.
£30,000 – £35,000 per year
Location Greater London
Discipline: Coaching
Job type: New Position
Salary: ££30,000-35,000
Job ref: 006082
Published: 8 days ago
Expiry date: 07 Feb 2024 23:59

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Chartered Physiotherapist to become an important member of West Ham United Academy’s Football Medicine team, and Lead our Youth Development & Foundation Phase provision.

Main Responsibilities:

* Ovesee the assessment, treatment & rehabilitation of injured players between U9-U16, aligning to a department strategy - with a particular focus on provision to U9-14s.

* Provide training, matchday & tournament medical cover for U9-14s, supporting U15/16s and other age groups when necessary.

* Take a supervisory role on Academy Schoolboy Matchdays – this may mean covering pitchside yourself and co-ordinating EAP & cover across other fixtures on site.

* Lead & manage a strong team of part-time Therapists – this may include organising rotas, delivering appraisals and providing a comprehensive internal CPD programme.

* Work closely with the YDP/FP Physiotherapist to organise and conduct Youth Development Phase & Foundation Phase msk/medical screening, as part of the department strategy to identify and mitigate against risk of injury.

* Attend MDT & departmental meetings, and disseminate information accordingly.

* Provide weekly updates, reporting into Academy Management Team members, as requested.

* Continually evolve and develop department policies in line with current research, guidelines & practice.

* Integrate within, and drive a culture of Elitism; with Individual development at the forefront.


1. Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.

2. It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk. After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise.

Equal Opportunities:

1. To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and age.

2. To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.

Person Specification


  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • ATMMIF qualification
  • Previous experience of working with elite young athletes
  • Good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes
  • Experience of planning and delivering treatment & rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • Experience managing staff
  • Effective and appropriate communication skills
  • Good time management and prioritization skills


  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant field
  • Experience working within a Football Academy
  • Experience using PMA or Kitman Labs/Football Intelligence Platform
  • Good understanding of the expectations of a Category 1 Academy according to the EPPP

We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with the being Disability Confident Leader. We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities. Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.

West Ham United FC is committed to equality and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Positions that involve working with such groups are subject to safer recruitment protocols, including DBS Disclosure at enhanced level.

We believe that a diverse workforce strengthens our creativity and delivers the best commercial performance. We are, therefore seeking applications from high quality people, whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our company.

As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of our staff.