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Job Vacancy: Academy Manager

21 March 2017

Club News

Job Vacancy: Academy Manager

21 March 2017

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Academy Manager


Salary: Relevant to Experience


Reports to: Technical Director 


Responsible for: All Academy Staff 


Role Summary 


Fleetwood Town is a dynamic football club underpinned by a clear strategic focus and unity with a forward thinking culture of innovation along with a highly competitive approach. The club is looking for a an individual who espouses these very same values to lead the Academy.

The role will be responsible for the management and direction of the club’s youth development program. 


Main areas of responsibility 


  • To work closely with the Technical Director and the Board of Directors on all matters appertaining to the control and direction of the Academy, with the objective of developing talented young player into the clubs first team. 
  • Formulation, implementation and management of the Clubs Academy Performance Plan. 
  • Manage the Academy program and oversee the day to day running of the Academy. 
  • Attend Technical Board meetings to represent the Academy. 
  • Manage the EPPP audit process and ensure all criteria are met and implemented during each three-year cycle. 
  • Ensure all staff within the Academy have a comprehensive understanding of the Premier League PMA system and all entries are kept up-to-date. 


Job Description 

  • Manage all Academy staff including ensuring appropriate CPD and bi-annual appraisals are undertaken. 
  • Organise, in conjunction with other Academy staff, appropriate in-house training for all Full and Part Time staff. 
  • Have overall responsibility for the recruitment of Academy staff in consultation with the relevant department heads. 
  • Maintain staff record files and act as line manager to Academy staff. 
  • In conjunction with the Head of Academy Coaching, oversee the Academy coaching programme from U9 to U18. 
  • Attend Academy games at all age groups, ensuring good communications with staff, parents and players. 
  • In conjunction with the Head of Academy Coaching, design, implement and manage the Academy’s coaching curriculum. Ensuring the Academy is continually achieving the standards required to retain its category status within the EPPP guidelines. 

  • Work with the Head of Education to ensure educational standards are met and meet with the club’s player development model. 

  • Work closely with all key stakeholders including parents, staff and players. In conjunction with the Designated Safeguarding Officer, ensuring all policies, practices and procedures relating to the safeguarding of young people are implemented and updated annually. 
  • Participate in media activities covering the Academy. 
  • Work with appropriate staff to ensure player reviews are completed in accordance with EPPP rules and that these reviews are communicated to both players and parents. 

  • Support Academy recruitment by overseeing the introduction and assessment of players attending the club for trials at all age levels. 

  • Observe and be subject to the rules, regulations, articles and by-laws of the English Football Association and the EFL and any other relevant footballing authority. 


Person Specification 






  • UEFA A Licence
• FA Youth Award (all three modules) 
  • FA Safe guarding qualification
• FA First Aid qualification

  • Enhanced DBS clearance

  • Clean Driving Licence 

  • Desirable 
  • FA Advanced Youth Award

  • FA Coach Education Qualification 


Knowledge, skills and experience Essential 


  • Strong Leadership and Management skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Experience with the Premier League PMA system 
  • A working knowledge and understanding of coaching and coach development 
  • Experience in talent identification and recruitment of players 
  • An understanding of sports science and medicine 
  • Competence in all MSOffice packages with experience of recording and reporting information 
  • Experience of dealing with minors and an excellent understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures including the relevant clearances for individuals. 
  • An understanding of the EFL Youth Development rules and regulations 
  • Previous Experience of Management within an Elite Sports Environment 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) 


Safeguarding Statement 


The EFL is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment. 

This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared. 

Relevant information and / or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process. 

General Information 

The employee must at all times carry out their duties with due regard to the Fleetwood Town Football Club policies and procedures. 

The employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders. 




Closing date: Friday 14th April 2017

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