Website Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
– Salary: “Dependent Upon Experience”
– Closing Date: 23/08/2019
– Job Role: Academy Sport Scientist U11-U12’s PhD Bursary (studying towards PhD)
Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the placement e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc
• Knowledge of the FA and Premier League rules and regulations with regard to Academies and Doping control.
• Excellent anatomical knowledge and an ability to apply this specifically when communicating with coaches and hysiotherapists.
• Ability to modify coaching style when delivering practical sessions to different populations.
• Good practical knowledge of nutrition support appropriate to the needs of high performance athletes in training and competition.
• The ability to apply complex data and terminology to simple terms appropriate to different age groups and audiences.
• Knowledge of monitoring performance using various physiological and psychological methods.
• Demonstrate an advanced understanding of relevant equipment and technology, including its operation and maintenance.
• Ability to evidence the applicant can work effectively on the delivery of an agreed strategy of support.
• A comprehensive understanding of the principles of eriodisation in an elite environment.
• A basic understanding of the Governing body (the FA) their doping policy, and basic pathological requirements and how this relates to nutrition support modification.
General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc
• A personality that brings a positive impact to our elite environment.
• Ability to work using own initiative.
• Be proactive networking with other Strength and Conditioning coaches and fellow sports science practitioners sharing information and ideas of how to improve practice.
• Calm under pressure and able to adapt to changing situations.
• Show ability to negotiate effectively through competing and conflicting priorities, agendas and aims during the various stages of the season.
• Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences.
• Excellent presentation and communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance.
• Be able to contribute to the medical and sports science teams overall strategic goals.
• The ability to establish professional relationships across the various disciplines within the medical and exercise science department at the football club.
• Operate within the rules of professional confidentiality to liaise with athletes, medical staff, sports sciences staff, coaches and other support staff as appropriate.
• Personal commitment to continued professional development.
• An understanding of clinical and professional issues related to working with athletes under 16 years.
• An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with Health and Safety policies.
• Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants.
• Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club.
Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in an environment supporting athletes in a Strength and Conditioning Capacity.
• Experience delivering warm-up, cool-down, flexibility, core strength and stability, speed, agility, quickness training and coaching Olympic weightlifting to a high professional standard.
• Experience of how to modify and develop conditioning programmes according to the results of specific needs analysis including athlete assessment, musculo-skeletal, dynamic profiling and injury history, in conjunction with the technical coaches and other support staff.
• A verifiable record of working within an inter-disciplinary team in the delivery of Strength and Conditioning to high performance sport.
• Evidence of a proven track record in designing multi-facet periodised training programmes specific to elite football.
• Experience of actively engaging with players and technical coaches to create a culture which enhances attitudes towards Strength and Conditioning practices.
• Experience of analysing the Strength and Conditioning needs of youth football players using a range of screening tools.
• Experience of conducting laboratory and field testing and relaying information in an appropriate way for coaches and athletes to understand.
• Working with children and/or vulnerable adults.
Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required
• An undergraduate degree in sport science specialising in physical preparation of elite athletes.
• Masters Degree in a sports science related field.
• Acceptance on to the PhD Sports Science course at the University of Wolverhampton.
• Post-holder must hold or obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant safeguarding training (i.e. FA Safeguarding Children Workshop).
• Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Safeguarding Manager.
• UKSCA or NSCA CSCS Accreditation or ability to obtain with 6 months of being in post.
• A current first aid or basic support qualifications from a recognised organisation.
• BASES accredited physiologist or equivalent including Inter-Disciplinary accreditation.
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