Women's Player Insights Lead YDP

The Football Association (FA)
Location Home Based
Posted 09/11/2018
Closes 23/11/2018
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Coaching & Sports Development
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.

The Role:

This role will involve being the key source of all information on players in the women’s youth development phase through the development and maintenance of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, benchmarked player profiles which enable the optimal selection & development of female players in this phase. The role plays a key part in  supporting the development of industry leading practices in female player insight by supporting and delivering key projects as part of the Women’s Talent ID Strategy.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the aggregation, analysis, presentation & maintenance of comprehensive player profiles for the women’s youth development phase using information from all departments and external sources
  • Support the process of defining the core characteristics and benchmarks of Winning England female players at all levels
  • Support the creation of robust and comprehensive rating systems, depth charts and other visualisations to provide up-to-date and insightful analysis of player status and key areas of emphasis for the YDP
  • Lead the efficient and purposeful coordination of video and live observations of players by Talent Reporters, Talent Technical coaches and national coaches in alignment with the depth chart and key positions of emphasis for the Youth Development Phase
  • Be the key source of comprehensive player information in the YDP phase for coaches and provide the appropriate levels of challenge and support to ensure an excellent selection and ongoing development process
  • Support the development and maintenance of appropriate technical skills in Talent Reporters, Talent Technical Coaches and National Coaches to ensure the consistent, valid production of player reports and data from live and video observations.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of on-camp assessment processes to enable valid, consistent assessment of all female player characteristics
  • Liaise with peers in clubs and the Regional Development Programme (RDP) to ensure a consistent exchange of key information on prospective and current players
  • Support the definition, evolution and operational delivery of regular cross phase player reviews in order to select and benchmark current female talent
  • Support delivery of key internal projects and external research associations which support the further development of female Player Insight services
  • Support the development of appropriate technology projects to support female Player Insight
  • Develop close and trusted working relationships with women’s national coaches, talent technical coaches and support staff to ensure a cohesive multidisciplinary approach at all times

What we are looking for:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field of study or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience in delivering talent related programmes in elite sport or demonstrate capability to deliver in elite sport from related experiences
  • Significant experience in the development and delivery of comprehensive player profiles in elite sport or related fields
  • Highly credible academic and applied knowledge contemporary practice in talent identification or related fields
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Excellent relationship builder
  • Excellent operational planning skills
  • Good basic IT skills in order to use online platforms and basic video analysis
  • Masters or doctorate in a related field of work or equivalent experience
  • Experience delivering contemporary, multi-disciplinary talent or player identification programmes in women’s  or professional football
  • Knowledge of women’s football & the demands of the modern game
  • Technical video analysis and data presentation skills

What we can offer you:

  • 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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