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Psychologist (Elite Sport) - Professional Development Phase (PDP)

Newcastle United Football Club
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Closing date
2 Aug 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time, Permanent

Psychologist (Professional Development Phase)

Location – Newcastle Upon Tyne


Competitive Salary

We are the heartbeat of the city. Come and be a part of a long and proud history where we strive to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch. Bringing the people and communities together, join the Newcastle United Family, as we embark on the next steps of our exciting journey.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Psychologist to develop and deliver an inspiring, purpose-led strategy that will impact positively on the performance and wellbeing of our staff and players.

At Newcastle United, we are empowering wholeness by building a progressive environment where the focus is about thriving individuals. A place where we foster robust personal qualities and capabilities, well-resourced environments, shared understanding, and where successful teams are built on a foundation of unshakeable well-being. This role will ensure the embedding of psychologically informed practice across the academy system and collaboration with the men’s senior team, subsequently enhancing a good psychology culture.

Working specifically with players in our Professional Development Phase (PDP) to create, oversee and deliver the (age specific) academy psychology curriculum that covers PDP to YPD (Youth Development Phase). Develop skills and capabilities of PDP players enabling them to deal with the demands and challenges of daily life, both in and outside of football.

Your impact

You will hold an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in psychology, sports psychology, or a related field of study and hold HCPC registration with substantial experience in leading and delivering psychology programmes in elite/professional programme players/athletes and staff.

With an advanced understanding of psychology, wellbeing and player development you will also have substantial experience in the translation of evidence-based research into context specific resources for elite/professional programme players/athletes and staff.

You will have a passion for, and proven tracker record of, the development of psychological assessment in elite/professional programme players/athletes.

About the team

We are not just another psychology team. Our approach is holistic where we cultivate resilience, emotional agility and nurture a culture of growth, where individuals not only perform at their peak, but also navigate the mental demands that accompany elite football.

Join us and be part of a team that empowers individuals to reach their full potential. This is your chance to work in a team where psychology and well-being is not just valued but celebrated.

Why choose us?

We’ve got a range of great benefits and rewards, from flexible ways of working, participation in our non-contractual employee bonus scheme, NUFC life assurance, free parking, discount at Shearers Bar and the Club Shop, Helping Hand – where you can access free GP appointments, Wellbeing Resources, Legal and Financial Support, pension contribution, free lunch and the best part, free tea and coffee. In addition, we run a salary sacrifice scheme which includes, tech, car, cycle to work and many more.

United As One

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe in equal opportunities for all. We recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. We work together to reflect the communities we serve and to maintain an inclusive environment in which everyone can be their authentic self and is enabled to achieve their full potential.


We’re committed to being a place where everyone is safe, heard, valued and able to thrive so we place high value on the safeguarding and welfare of everyone we engage with.


Recruitment Agencies – please note that we do not accept unsolicited / speculative candidate details or applications. Any candidates supplied, unless formally requested, will be taken as a direct / free candidate.  


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