Academy Sports Psychologist

Academy Sports Psychologist

Website Scunthorpe United Football Club

– Salary: “Dependent Upon Experience”
– Closing Date: 10/05/2019
– Job Role : Academy Sports Psychologist

Department: Academy – Sports Science & Medicine
Reporting to: Academy Manager, Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine
Key Contacts: Academy Manager, Head of Sports Science & Medicine, Head of Academy Coaching, Phase Lead Coaches, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Scientist, Age Group Coaches.
Location: Glanford Park, The St Lawrence Academy , other as directed
Hours: Confirmed in contract of employment
Basic Pay: Confirmed in contract of employment
Holiday Pay: The Business will make an additional payment equivalent to 12.02% of your hourly fee, for each hour you work, as payment for the annual leave you have accrued and to fully satisfy your holiday entitlement. This additional payment will be separately detailed on your Pay Notification for clarity.
Period of Employment: Seasonal – Confirmed in contract of employment
Term of employment: The employee should consult the staff handbook for full terms of employment. The handbook can be found in the main Club office at Glanford Park and also in the Academy office at the St Lawrence Academy.
EPPP Qualifications Required:
HPC Accreditation, MSc Sports Psychology, Accredited Sports Psychologist or GMC Sports Psychiatrist
Management Responsibilities :
Write and forward a formal report for all end of month Academy Management Team Meetings Job Purpose Design, develop, and implement appropriate psychology practices as part of the Academy’s Sports
Science and Medicine Programme for the Club’s Academy Players. Contribute to the maintenance and development of an elite performance environment at the Academy.
Continual Professional Development :
Must undertake all CPD to maintain professional bodies accreditations
Attend SUFC internal CPD as directed
Maintain Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certification
Must maintain a valid Safeguarding Children certificate.
Code of Conduct: To adhere to the Football Club and The Academy Staff, Code of Conduct at all times.
To ensure that all players and parents/guardians of players in all phases adhere to the Academy Code of Conduct.
To always implement professional behaviour and best practise
Safeguarding: To adhere to the Club/Academy Safeguarding Policy ad to ensure safeguarding certification is up to date
The Person: 1. Must possess a ‘can do’, proactive and innovative attitude.
2. Must possess excellent organisational skills of both self and others.
3. The ability to plan, prepare and evaluate a ‘holistic’ and multi-disciplinary coaching and development programme.
4. The ability to manage pressure and conflicting demands, and prioritise tasks.
5. Excellent verbal, written and feedback communication skills.
6. Excellent teamwork skills.
7. Reliable and honest.
8. Understands the need for a reporting procedure and line management.
Academy Sports Psychologist
Job Specification / Role & Responsibilities
1 Responsible for the management, delivery and constant monitoring and updating of the sports psychology programme
within the Academy across each development phase.
2 Plan and deliver a personalised programme to the players, parents and staff that identifies players strengths and
weaknesses in terms of the psychological demands required for the game such as motivation, self-confidence,
concentration, anxiety, dealing with stress and failure, dealing with making mistakes, self-control and self-regulation,
professional attitude, team work skills in line with the meso cycle.
3 Twice each season implement a psychological profiling process with each Academy player in each of the three development phases (August & January)
4 Provide 1:1 psychology support and help to all Academy players and be available at the Academy on a weekly basis at a suitable time.
6 Deliver a programme of psychological support to the Foundation Phase players (U9-U11) by way of workshops and tasks to complete in the player diaries on-line (PMA)
7 Deliver a programme of psychological support to the Youth Development Phase players (U12-U16) by way of interactive
workshops that also include the completion of homework tasks on the PMA player diaries.
8 Deliver a programme of psychological support to the Professional Development Phase players (U17-U18) by way of interactive workshops that also include the completion of homework tasks on the PMA player diaries.
9 On a weekly basis be available to provide 1:1 psychology support and help to all Professional Development Phase players
10 Deliver a programme of quarterly events that develops the skills, knowledge and understanding of parents in each development phase so that they are better equipped to support their son from a psychological perspective
11 Deliver a programme of quarterly events that develops the skills, knowledge and understanding of the coaching staff in each development phase so that they are better equipped to support the players from a psychological perspective and link this in with the coaches competency framework delivered by the Head of Academy Coaching
12 Provide and deliver an effective psychological support programme for all injured players
13 Produce self-set psychology programme targets and work to achieve them throughout the season.
14 Assist in the achievement of the Academy’s annual performance targets
15 Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and develop productive intra-/inter-departmental relationships
16 Assist the Academy in producing player profiles for trialist players to assist in the signing of players
17 Produce a short written report for each Academy Management Team meeting based on the psychology programme
18 Produce a short written bi-annual report for as part of the half year Academy report based on the psychology programme
19 Develop and maintain links with Universities so that cutting edge research in sport psychology is utilised at Scunthorpe United FC Academy
20 Any other reasonable requests or tasks as required by the Academy Manager

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