Head of Academy

Job Title: Head of Academy
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Surrey
Salary: Competitive Salary
Job Published: September 24, 2020 16:08

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated, skillful and enthusiastic individual to lead our Academy psychology department. You will support players and staff to fulfil their potential through performance psychology expertise and delivery, whilst facilitating mental health awareness and understanding via education and referral across the Academy.

Duties will include but not limited to;

  • Implementing a performance psychology programme which is integrated into the broader player development strategy, that;
    • prepares players for the demands of being an elite footballer, both on and off the field;
    • supports the transition of players into the professional game;
    • supports players aged 12-16 navigate the broader factors they may face during this stage of development, including scholarship decisions, entry and departure from the programme, school demands and GCSE’s, variety of training programmes (full-time, part-time, hybrid), broader socio-emotional dynamics.
    • can adapt to the needs of players and staff to support individual development;
    • embeds the Academy Behaviours, especially at entry into the Academy through the Foundation Phase;
    • incorporates parent education to facilitate aligned and holistic support for players.
  • Work with the Academy leadership and Medical Department to ensure suitable mental health identification, provision and referral pathways are appropriate.
  • Develop a department plan that outlines the objectives and strategy that will support the above. 
  • Undertake continued professional development to support your own practice and understand of football, youth development and psychology. 
  • Maintain the highest standards and awareness of safeguarding at all times. 

Previous experience of working with and supporting the development of children/young adolescents is essential, as are excellent communication and organisational skills. Candidates must have a clear understanding of individualised development and have experience of successfully deploying strategies to support this process. 

Candidates as a minimum are required to have a Masters degree in Psychology, Sport Psychology or within an equivalent discipline and be on the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register of Health and Care Professionals or one of the approved training routes/ pathways towards HCPC registration. 

Candidates must also hold the FA safeguarding qualifications prior to commencing the role. A more detailed understanding of safeguarding children plus risk assessing is also preferred for this role.

As part of the application for this position candidates will be subject to undertaking an enhanced DBS check. 

If you think you can add value to our Team please email your CV and Cover Letter to 

Closing date for applications: 9 October 2020