Player Education Wellbeing Officer - 12 month Secondment/Fixed Term Contract

The Football Association (FA)
Location Burton upon Trent, UK
Posted 16/05/2018
Closes 21/05/2018
Sector Elite Performance & Coaching
Function Coaching & Sports Development
Contract Type Fixed Term
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Player Education Wellbeing Officer
2 x roles (1 x Men’s game, 1 x Women’s game)

12-month Secondment/Fixed term contract

Based at St George’s Park, near Burton upon Trent. 


The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and has the responsibility to promote and develop the game at all levels from grassroots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International team.

One of The FA seven strategic objectives is to be ‘A world-leading education programme for a diverse football workforce’. So, The FA has put coaching and the development of quality coaches and staff at all levels, front and centre of its agenda and is taking some positive action to widen the diversity of the education talent pool.

The FA is committed to developing greater equality of opportunities ensuring that more BAME coaches are gaining essential experience to challenge for elite coaching and technical roles in football in the future. 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups continue to be significantly under-represented at the top levels of the game and The England Commission report highlights a need for long-term investment to redress this imbalance.

The Role

This hire will be an integral member of the Player Education Team who will be accessible to players and the Multidiscipline staff when they are with their teams in St George’s Park on both domestic and international events.  This role will offer support, guidance and welfare advice to all players with a particular focus on issues facing BAME players within the national squads.

Key Accountabilities 

  • Create and develop a clear wellbeing player policy which includes the particular needs of BAME players, to sit in with Player Education department SOP’s
  • Pre-event – Identify players who may need wellbeing support – provide a support plan for the MDT pre-event in collaboration with club/education provider/family home visit.
  • Attend a range of Development squad events where selected players require additional support.
  • Support and attend all education sessions on the event and liaise with the multi-discipline team (People and development, medical and education) on the event to monitor support and be available for all players.
  • Monitor identified players and review support plan post-event and communicate to key stakeholders.
  • If required by the Player, act as a conduit for raising concerns or issues to England Team Management or Senior FA Staff.
  • In partnership with the  Player Education officer and the safeguarding Manager ensure all  player wellbeing issues are managed according to policies,
  • Help to establish a safe and secure environment for BAME players to raise any issues or concerns while at St George’s Park, on Camps or any fixtures linked to their squads and age group.
  • Develop and maintain a system for recording and escalating any issues that are raised or discussed with all players that are presently not covered by FA policies.
  • Build positive relationships with Key club welfare staff.
  • To liaise with safeguarding Manager to identify training needs of team staff in particular to those related to BAME players.
  • Attend any player care events with outside stakeholders and feedback to the wellbeing team

The Candidate
You will have extensive experience of an elite sporting environment along with knowledge of the current issues that impact upon the development of elite young players, particularly those from a BAME background.

With an understanding of current safeguarding and education practice, you’ll have experience of engaging with and supporting young men and women from a range of backgrounds, cultures and educational ability.

Excellent communication skills and a team player work ethic are essential along with a willingness to work flexible hours i.e. weekends and evenings on occasion at short notice.

To Apply

If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference to England Team success, please get in touch.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 21st May 2018. Please note that interviews will be held at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent on 25th/26th June 2018.

The Football Association Group promotes Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all parts of the community. 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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