Sport Scientist

The Football Association (FA)
Location Staffordshire, UK
Posted 26/07/2017
Closes 27/08/2017
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Medicine & Science
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

Our goal:

Win the World Cup’s in 2022 & 2023 and sustain success thereafter.

To deliver against this inspiring goal we are changing how we work and investing heavily to create a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

Overview of the role:

  • To support the delivery of a world leading physical performance service to England development teams which supports the coaching process & provides performance advantages through optimal physical preparation of players and teams.
  • To make a contribution to the whole of the FA’s physical performance philosophy and content. The postholder’s work will be expected to influence all teams, Men’s and Women’s.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Underpin the delivery of an excellent physical performance service to England Women’s & Men’s development teams through sport science support.
  • Lead the development & delivery of Sport Science service for England Women’s & Men’s teams.
  • Assist in the development of an overall strategy for physical performance & nutrition which encompasses best practice in all aspects of planning, preparation, recovery, travel and load management for international football.
  • Delivery of physical performance coaching and planning to England Women’s & Men’s development teams as required
  • Close working relationships with national coaches and support staff to ensure a cohesive multi-disciplinary approach at all times 
  • Close working relationships with peers in professional clubs to enable knowledge of and management of international players
  • Assist in the leadership and delivery of key internal and external research projects which underpin future service development
  • Develop and maintain an extensive network of organisations and individuals outside football with whom to share and develop best practice
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities

What we are looking for:

  • A qualification at degree level (or equivalent) in sports science.
  • Desired expertise with varied athlete tracking/monitoring technology, Excel and Google Suite.
  • Extensive experience in delivering sport science support and impacting elite sporting environments
  • Excellent academic and applied knowledge of contemporary practice in sport science.
  • Track record of successfully integrating into established and developing coaching teams
  • Proven delivery of operational planning 

What we can offer:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate. 

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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