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Vacancy for Lead Professional Development Phase Coach

8 July 2017

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Applications are invited for the role of lead professional development phase coach within the Chesterfield academy.

A fixed term 12-month contract will be given to the successful candidate, who will work 37.5 hours a week, variable, subject to the demands of the role.

A competitive salary is offered, commensurate with skills and experience.

Structure & Purpose of Role

To manage the Professional Development Phase in line with the club’s Academy Philosophy and the Academy Performance Plan, and to take lead responsibility for ensuring the core KPI’s of the EPPP are effectively measured, assessed and achieved within the Phase.

To lead on delivery of the coaching programme within the Phase, oversee the holistic development of players through technical, physical, social and psychological profiling, and effectively using the Performance Clock to record all data in respect of player development.

Core Responsibilites

To nurture the transition of individual players from the Development Phase and into the Professional Development Phase and to liaise with the Manager and Senior PDP coaching staff with the aim of achieving further progression of players within the Phase.

To work closely with the Head of Coaching to implement and deliver an appropriate coaching programme in line with the Academy Philosophy.

To report daily to the Manager and the Academy Manager with respect to the delivery of the coaching programme and player performance in training sessions and games.

To support the holistic development of every player in the Phase by profiling technical, tactical, physical, and psychological attributes and producing appropriate Action Plans and Performance Targets for every player.

To produce performance reviews in line with the requirements of the EPPP and ensure that these are recorded on the club’s Performance Management System.

To evaluate all coaching sessions and matches and ensure that the relevant information is recorded fully on the club’s Performance Management System.

Working with the Head of Coaching, ensure an active Personal Coach Development Plan is in place.

Ensure the provision of the matchday games programme within the Phase meets the requirements of best practice, safeguarding and that effective medical procedures are in place.

Continuously look to identify opportunities to improve operations and practises throughout the Phase over the short and long term.

Any other duties as required by the football club within the reasonable demands of the role.

Person Specification

Committed, enthusiastic and passionate about the development of young people and to the principles of teaching and learning, and an understanding of teaching and learning styles.
Ability to work as part of a team as well as using one’s own initiative, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate on a variety of levels.
Strong IT skills and a strong understanding of and commitment to entering data onto the club PMA to a high standard.
Able to adapt to the demands of the job and needs of the players and other staff.
Dedicated to self-improvement and continuous professional development.
Committed to working to and promoting the philosophy of the football club and to promoting and displaying standards of excellence.
Be an ambassador and positive role model for Chesterfield Football Club.


UEFA A Licence (required)
FA Advanced Youth Award (advisory)
Fully Licensed FA Coach committed to ongoing annual CPD to maintain licence
CRC and FA Safeguarding Certificate

Applying for the Role

Applications in writing with a covering letter and/or document which specifically outlines your suitability for the role, along with a CV detailing your skills and experience.

Please provide the names of two industry referees.

Send your covering document and CV to
with your email clearly titled: “APPLICATION: LEAD PDP COACH”.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, July 28, 2017.

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