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Job Advert: Senior Professional Development Coach

9 April 2015

Great opportunity to work for Southend United Football Club.

Southend United Football Club is looking to recruit a Senior Professional Development Coach. 

The position is full time and the holder will be responsible for developing the Academy Senior Professional Development coaching programme in-line with the Academy’s Performance Plan, and monitor the progression of the individual ability of players aged 17-21 and the transition through to the First Team environment. 

The Senior Professional Development Coach will also be required to prepare reports on the progress of the Senior Professional Development Phase for the Academy and Technical Board meetings, and attend those meetings as and when required. 

The role requires a coach who has a good background in youth development and who has worked within a First Team environment so as to help the pathway of the Club’s Academy players. 

Details of the position include: 

Reporting to: 

The First Team Manager and the Academy Manager as follows: 

Manager: on the progression of the players and any senior players .
Academy Manager: on the development of all the Academy Players and the coaching programme.

Main Function: 
1. Monitor the transition of the players aged 17-21 into the First Team squad.
2. To deliver a high quality of coaching to our 17-21 year old Academy players in-line with the coaching programme that has been approved and within the coaching syllabus.
3. To monitor and produce four weekly reviews on each block for each player with one to one feedback and target setting.
4. Contribute to the selection of players.
5. To encourage excellence in performance when overseeing the games programme.
6. To liaise with the Head of Sports Science in the development of individual physical development 7. To keep all records up to date and posted on the EPPP dropbox tool.
8. To have an input in assisting the Academy in the process of gaining Category 2 Status.

Detailed Functions: 
1. Develop a training and competition programme for the continuous development of high performance players.
2. To work with the players to assist them to produce and implement their personal development plans.
3. To attend both First Team and Academy staff meetings and give feedback to all staff.
4. To attend Scholarship induction evenings.
5. To oversee and attend two player / parent review meetings within each season.
6. To attend three CPD days as run within the Academy Performance Plan
7. To undertake any training as and when required.

Communication: 
1. To liaise with all departments connected to the all-round development of the Club’s 17-21 players.
2. To liaise with the Head of Coaching and Academy Manager with regards the syllabus and areas that can be improved.
3. To communicate with the Club media department, only in connection with the 21 squad and local press.

Personal Qualities: 
1. An ability to work with others.
2. An ability to demonstrate confidentiality, empathy, and enthusiasm.
3. Effective high level ITC skills.
4. Excellent communication skills.
5. Highly motivated and results driven.
6. Honest with high standards of integrity.
7. A capacity to exercise sound judgment.

Required Qualifications: 
UEFA A Licence 
FA Youth Award 
FA Emergency Aid Enhanced DBS disclosure plus Update Service 

An attractive salary is on offer and all interested applications should send a covering letter and CV to: 

Ricky Duncan, Academy Manager, Southend United Football Club, Roots Hall, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS2 6NQ, or lis.orford@southend-united.co.uk. 

Two written references will be required. 

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2015, with the position start date being 1 July 2015. All employees of the Club must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Football League and Football Association and not knowingly do anything or omit to do anything, which will cause the Club to be in breach of the Laws of the Game, the Rules of the Football Association or the Rules and Regulations of the Football League. 

Southend United is a best practice employer and is committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and employees to share these commitments. Staff should understand the Club’s Equality and Safeguarding Policies, procedures and best practice guidelines and use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to an environment that is free of discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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