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28 July 2017

Applicants invited before 5pm on Monday 31 July 2017

- HTAFC’s Academy is recruiting a Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach
- Applicants invited before Monday 31 July 2017
- Full job specification below

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

The role of Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach is fundamental to the long-term vision of Huddersfield Town, in helping to identify and develop elite goalkeepers within our programme.

The successful candidate will be expected to work on specific weekday, weekday evenings and at weekends covering both training and the Academy games programme.

Applicants to apply by email with covering letter and completed Application Form (click HERE to download as a PDF) to

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 31 July 2017.

Full information on the job is below.


The Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach will be responsible for all elements of the Goalkeeper development programme within the Academy.

The role also includes overseeing the Goalkeeping Curriculum within the Academy from U9 to U23.


The Academy Goalkeeping Coach shall:
- Work closely with the Academy Manager and Coaching staff to ensure the continuous development of all Academy goalkeepers registered with the Club.
- Supervise and assist in the delivery of coaching sessions to players throughout the Academy and be present at their coaching sessions this may include evening sessions, day releases and weekends
- Report via the Elite player meeting, to the Head of Football Operations, Academy Manager and Head of Goalkeeping on the development and progression of all Academy goalkeepers registered with the Club.
- Ensure that the Academy goalkeepers are fully prepared for games and go through a robust review procedure working in conjunction with the analysis department but led by the Academy Goalkeeping Coach,
- To ensure that where appropriate, and in line with our One Club approach, academy processes are aligned to professional processes in terms of the education and development programmes for all Schoolboy goalkeepers.
- Be trustworthy and adhere to clubs code of conduct and ethics
- Be flexible with hours of work
- To co-operate with all other personnel in the Company in the fulfilment of their own duties as reasonably requested by the Chief Executive and Board of Directors.
- Liaise closely with the Lead Coaches to ensure the continous development work and pathway throughout the ages.
- Contribute to parents evenings and maintain a relationship with the player and parent in the PDP
- Undertake other duties as directed by the Academy Manager or the Technical Board

- This is a Management & Coaching position, overseeing the Goalkeeping operations of the Academy U9 – U23.
- Work with the other coaches in the Senior Coaches Meeting to develop the APP and in particular the coaching philosophy
- Manage and work with the Goalkeeper coaches 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 & Terriers Philosophy.
- 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 Goalkeeper coaches, plan, deliver and evaluate every coaching session using methodology specified within the Academy Coaching Philosophy.
- Along with the Goalkeeper coaches, 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.

- Manage Goalkeeping coaches 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 goalkeepers including contracted and Trialist players.
- Ensure the evaluation of the player’s performance against the player’s individual learning plans.
- Make sure that Academy Goalkeeping staff emphasis is on individual and team learning objectives during pre-match, half time, post-match team talks ensuring player interaction.
- Ensure a warm up and cool down is conducted on each Match Day according to the Academy Coaching Programme.
- Manage Goalkeeping 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 for all goalkeepers and updated daily for each player on the PMA, reflecting all training information.
- Exhibit touchline behaviour according to the Coach Competency Framework.
- Liaise with the Academy age group coaches to report the performance and progress of each goalkeeper.

Performance Reviews:
- Along with the Phase Coaches, prepare and conduct Player Performance Reviews for each Goalkeeper, 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 goalkeepers and footballers, which can play in the First Team at Huddersfield Town.
- Oversee the recruitment of Goalkeepers within the Academy age ranges, working in line with the Club strategy on talent identification.
- Continually evaluate the succession plan, working with coaches with the Phase lead coaches.

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
- Help lead the management and coaching of players throughout the Academy in conjunction with the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching.
- Contribute to Parents’ Evenings, Phase Meetings and maintain a relationship with players and parents in the Academy goalkeeping department.
- Display high standards of behaviour 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.

Key relationships

All Academy staff together with Club staff, in particular the Academy Manager, the First Team Goalkeeping Coach, Operations Manager, the Senior Professional Development Coaches and the Head of Phases in the Foundation and Youth Development.

Regulatory Bodies (FA Premier League, Football League, Football Association, Goalkeeping Coaches at other Professional Football Clubs

Desirable/Essential Skills

Coaching Skills and Knowledge Essential Desirable
Educated to UEFA GK A Licence   Yes
Educated to UEFA B Licence Yes  
Educated to Level Two Coaching Yes  
Advance Youth Award GK Yes  
Advanced Youth Award (12-16) Yes  
FA Youth Award - Module 3 Yes  
FA Youth Award - Module 2 Yes  
FA Youth Award - Module 1 Yes  
Up to date BFAS Qualification Yes  
At least 1 Years experience in a similar role   Yes
Knowledge of the FA and Premier League Rules and Regulations with regard to Academies   Yes
Enhanced FA CRB Check Yes  
Clean Driving Licence   Yes
Member of FA Licensed Coaches Club Yes  
Availability for flexible working hours Yes  
Degree in relevant discipline   Yes
Excellent people management skills Yes  
Strong IT and presentation skills Yes  
Dedicated to self improvement and personal development Yes  
Willing to follow and promote the Club philosophy Yes  
Focused on individual player development within a team process Yes  

Closing date for applications: Monday 31 July 2017

Huddersfield Town is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If this role involves the supervision of and work with children and young people or vulnerable adults you will require an Enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and clearance for work in football by The FA.

As such, this post is exempt for the rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the applicant must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions.

As Huddersfield Town is a diverse club that respects differences in race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, background or personal circumstance, the Club welcomes all applications. The Club wants everyone to feel valued and included within the Club in order to achieve their full potential. Huddersfield Town is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

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