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9 July 2016

Applicants invited before noon on Friday 15 July 2016

- HTAFC Academy recruiting a Lead Foundation Phase Coach
- Applicants invited by Friday 15 July 2016
- Full job specification below

Huddersfield Town is looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join the Football Department in the position of Academy Lead Foundation Phase Coach.

The role of Academy Lead Foundation Phase Coach is fundamental to the long term vision of Huddersfield Town in helping to identify and develop elite players within the Club's programme.

The role includes delivering the Foundation Phase Curriculum within Foundation (U5 – U11) Phase. The successful applicant will manage and oversee all operations of the Foundation Phase, work with the coaches within this Phase to plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions in accordance with the Club Philosophy, Coaching Plan and Coach Competency Framework.

The successful candidate will be required to have a good knowledge of the game through playing experience and preferably have previous experience of coaching at Academy level. All applicants under EPPP guidelines must hold the criteria stated in the Job Description. If you do not meet the criteria, please do not apply for this role.

Applicants to apply by email with covering letter and completed Application Form to Academy Secretary, Karen Jagger at

Click HERE to download the application form in PDF format.

Closing date for applications: Friday 15 July 2016

Job Title
Lead Foundation Phase Coach U5 – U11


Reporting line
Academy Manager

Number of direct reports

To be agreed dependent on experience

Purpose of role
To lead, coach and develop FDP Players and prepare them for the Youth Development Phase (YDP) by delivery of the Academy Performance Plan (APP). Be the Lead Coach and recruiter for the FDP.

Key relationships

Internal - all Academy Staff together with Club Staff in particular the Academy Manager, Academy Coaching Team (ACT), Recruitment Department and Football in The Community.

External - Regulatory Bodies (FA Premier League, Football League, Football Association. Foundation Coaches at other Professional Football Clubs       


The Lead FDP Coach shall:

•    This is a management position, overseeing all operations of the Foundation Phase.
•    Work with the other coaches in the ACT to develop the APP and in particular the coaching philosophy
•    Manage and work with the FP Staff to plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session in accordance with the Club Philosophy, Coaching Plan and Coach Competency Framework.
•    Along with relevant support staff, ensure that the training programme is clearly planned with clear objectives on a Macro, Meso and Micro level.
•    Ensure that each session plan is documented prior to delivery of the coaching session, including individual and team key coaching points and learning objectives for each player using the Performance Management Application (PMA).
•    Evaluate coaching sessions, documenting achievement of learning objectives on the PMA.
•    Ensure that all individual and team learning objectives link to the Academy Coaching Programme.
•    Ensure that each coaching session is in accordance with the individual player and team requirements of the Sports Science and Medicine Departments.
•    Working with the FP Staff, plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session using methodology specified within the Academy Coaching Philosophy.
•    Along with the FP Staff, plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session using vocabulary detailed within the Academy Coaching Philosophy.

•    Ensure that the Performance Clock is maintained and updated daily for each player on the PMA, reflecting all training information.
•    Ensure all sessions are delivered with a compliant approach to Health and Safety.
•    Develop and maintain a positive learning environment to maximize each players learning potential in line with the requirements of the Coach Competency Framework.

Match day:
•    Manage FP Staff to ensure that all teams play in line with the Academy Coaching Philosophy.
•    Document Match Day planning and evaluation using the PMA.
•    Document individual and team key coaching points in each Match Day plan that are linked to the Academy Coaching Philosophy and individual player aims on the PMA.
•    Ensure appropriate playing opportunities for all players in the FDP including contracted and Trialist players.
•    Ensure the evaluation of the player’s performance against the player’s individual aims.
•    Make sure that FP staff emphasise individual and team learning objectives during pre-match, half-time and post-match team talks and player interaction.
•    Ensure a warm up and cool down is conducted on each Match Day according to the Academy Coaching Programme.
•    Manage FP Staff to make sure that they evaluate all matches, documenting achievement of learning objectives, or action plan for next coaching session/Match Day.
•    Ensure that the Performance Clock is maintained and updated daily for each player on the PMA, reflecting all training information.
•    Arrange games in addition to the Premier League programme as deemed necessary to ensure players receive adequate match time to support development.
•    Exhibit touchline behavior according to the Coach Competency Framework.
•    Liaise with the Academy Lead Goalkeeping Coach to report the performance and progress of each goalkeeper.

Performance Reviews:
•    Along with the FP Coaches, prepare and conduct Player Performance Reviews for each player, involving all Multi-Disciplinary Departments in the process.
•    Link Player Performance Reviews to the learning outcomes of the Academy Coaching Programme
•    Working with the Performance Analysts, provide video evidence to support each Player Performance Review.
•    All the above information to be maintained on the PMA.

•    Help to identify talented young footballers, who can play in the First Team at Huddersfield Town.
•    Oversee the recruitment of players into the Foundation Phase, working in line with the Club strategy on talent identification.
•    Continually evaluate the succession plan, working with coaches within the FP and YDP.

General Duties
•    Attend Academy meetings as requested to ensure appropriate departmental communication, planning and evaluation.
•    Work with the Head of Coaching to ensure individual coach development plan is in place with the appropriate CPD programme.
•    Carry out any other reasonable duties that may arise or be assigned by the Academy Manager and/or senior management staff.
•    A minimum of 37.5 hours per week, exact hours and days to be agreed.
•    Flexibility in this role is essential, including evening and weekend work.
•    Any special events, dinners, induction seminars.
•    Annual leave is to be taken at such time as agreed by the Academy Manager.
•    To attend at least five hours of In Service Training to be provided by the Football Association each year.
•    Attend First Aid Training for Academy Coaches provided by the Football Association at least once every three years.
•    Be in possession of an up to date UEFA ‘A’ License together with an FA Youth Award.
•    undertake Continued Professional Development organised by the Club
•    Lead the management and coaching of players in the FDP in conjunction with the Academy Manager and Coach Developer.
•    Liaise closely with the YDP (12-14) to ensure the succession plan into the YDP for players in the FDP.
•    Contribute to Parents’ Evenings, YDP Meetings and maintain a relationship with players and parents in the FDP.
•    Display high standards of behavior and appearance and encourage the same from others.
•    Create a positive environment for player development.
•    Provide genuine care for each player as an individual striving to develop a rapport and relationship based on mutual trust and Club values and the Academy philosophy.
•    Provide a safe environment in which the player can learn without fear of abuse consistent with the Club’s Education and Welfare philosophies.
•    Undertake other duties as directed by the Academy Manager or the Technical Board.

Safeguarding Statement
•    Huddersfield Town 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 Huddersfield Town 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, victimization or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.

Coaching skills, qualities and knowledge:

Educated to UEFA A Licence
Educated to UEFA B Licence
Educated to Level Two Coaching
Advanced Youth Award (5-11)
FA Youth Award - Module 3
FA Youth Award - Module 2
FA Youth Award - Module 1
Up to date BFAS Qualification
Enhanced FA CRB Check
Member of FA Licensed Coaches Club
Availability for flexible working hours
Excellent people management skills
Strong IT and presentation skills
Dedicated to self improvement and personal development
Willing to follow and promote the Club philosophy
Focused on individual player development within a team process

At least 1 Years experience in a similar role
Knowledge of the FA and Premier League Rules and Regulations with regard to Academies
Clean Driving Licence
Degree in relevant discipline

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