Vacancy: Head of Academy Medical

Vacancy: Head of Academy Medical

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An exciting job opportunity has arisen at Leeds United Football Club for a Head of Academy Medical based at our fabulous Academy located at our training ground in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

The Head of Academy Medical is responsible for overseeing, delivering, and developing the Academy Medical & Physiotherapy Programme to ensure a first-class player experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Academy Medical & Physiotherapy Programme.

  • Oversee the design and implementation of individualised rehabilitation programmes and return to

    fitness protocols for all players in the Academy

  • Provide match day physiotherapy cover for Under 21 matches and other matches as required

  • Oversee the implementation of medical screening as per EPPP requirements to include testing to

    facilitate recruitment activity

  • Produce and oversee the Academy Injury Audit

  • Manage, oversee and co-ordinate the full-time and part-time Academy Physiotherapy staff and

    Academy Doctor

  • Utilise the PMA / iP and ensure that all necessary medical records are maintained

  • Liaise with staff from other departments on the development of each player as part of the 6-12 weekly

    multidisciplinary review process

  • Manager and organise the Academy internal CPD programme and engage in all external CPD as

    required by your role and to maintain your professional licence

    Operational Responsibilities:

  • Working autonomously to an agreed level and in the best interests of the Academy

  • Forging positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to benefit the Academy

  • Being visible to all internal and external stakeholders and supporting key staff when liaising with

    parents at critical moments

  • Championing all Club and Academy policy through ensuring best practice in areas such as

    safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the coaching


  • Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy performance

    plan and ultimately the vision of the Academy and the Club

    Personal Development:

  • Championing innovative and emerging best practice through accessing internal and external sources of expertise to help contribute to ongoing personal development and the overall Academy programme

  • Engaging in the Academy staff development programme and attending all CPD events

  • Participating in all external CPD to ensure compliance with PL, EFL and NGB standards

Essential qualifications:

  • Undergraduate level education in Physiotherapy

  • Registered physiotherapist member of the HCPC and CSP

  • ATTMiF qualification or equivalent

  • Safeguarding children certificate

  • DBS check with children’s barred list check

  • UK Driving License

    Desirable qualifications:

  • Postgraduate level education in Physiotherapy

Essential experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ post graduate experience working in physiotherapy

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team to support player development

  • Experience of leading a team of physiotherapists in a sporting environment

    Desirable experience:

  • Experience of working in a football Academy

Ideal knowledge we look for in team members include:

  • Understands the current Academy system and professional football culture and landscape

  • Possesses an applied knowledge of EPPP standards and working practices

  • Understands how a long-term, holistic development programme is structured

  • Understands the function of each facet in a multi-disciplinary team in an Academy

  • Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of health and safety policy and best practice

  • Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of safeguarding policy and best practice

  • Possesses a strong awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion

    Ideal skills we look for in team members include:

  • Creates positive learning environments

  • Plans and delivers challenging, age appropriate activities

  • Identifies and responds to the needs of the players by adapting their coaching practice accordingly

  • Uses accurate and age appropriate medical content

  • Communicates using a variety of methods and using an age appropriate vocabulary

  • Able to justify and reflect on their practice and beliefs

  • Builds positive relationships with the players, staff and all stakeholders

  • Demonstrates outstanding listening, verbal and written communication skills

  • Competent with modern technologies that support the performance of their duties

  • Competent user of the performance management application (PMA)

    Ideal characteristics we look for in team members include:

  • Inspires others and is a positive role model

  • Is personable and able to connect and build relationships with others easily

  • Demands high standards and has an attention to detail

  • Shares the vision and values of the Academy and is motivated to achieve its objectives

  • Aligns with the Academy playing and coaching philosophy

  • Takes a long-term view of player development and align with the Academy approach to winning

  • Possesses a passion for talent development and are motivated to work with young players

  • Able to work in a high-profile environment with regular media coverage and public interest

  • Is responsible and acts in the best interests of the Academy

  • Is open minded, innovative, and willing to explore new ideas/concepts

  • Enjoys facing challenges and have the resilience and resourcefulness to see complex tasks through

  • Is proactive and able to identify and mitigate risks

  • Is a collaborator and relishes the opportunity to work alongside others to overcome challenges and

    achieve goals

  • Willing to share their knowledge experience as part of a community of practice

  • Able to work with players, staff and other stakeholders of varying ages, experience, backgrounds, and


  • Committed to personal development and continuous improvement

  • Possesses a strong work ethic and are motivated to be the best they can be

  • Able to promote the positive image of the Academy and the Club


    As we are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity, we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. Leeds United is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.


    Leeds United FC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expect all staff to share this commitment. All staff, whatever their role will receive safeguarding training and will be expected to champion the culture of 'safeguarding is everybody's responsibility'.

Closing Date: 31st July 2023
Salary: Competitive

How to Apply:
You can apply by completing our online application form: