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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team as Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the Academy here in Oakwell.

Please see below for role details and how to apply.

Under the responsibility of: Head of the first team of sports sciences / Head of the academy

Head of the Academy of Sports Medicine and Science

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the Department of Sports Science and Medicine at Barnsley Football Club Academy as Head of Sports Science and Medicine. Using club football philosophies, you will have the opportunity to lead and deliver sports science approaches and activities to help develop professional footballers. You will work closely within the multidisciplinary team to provide current and up-to-date strategies to; improve an athlete’s ability to perform, prevent injury and meet the football club’s improvement ambitions. The right candidate must be enthusiastic about improving themselves and others around them. All in all, bringing a positive mindset to a stimulating sporting environment. All candidates must meet the essential criteria of the job description.

Closing Date: February 21, 2022 (We will interview during the advertising period and appoint if a suitable candidate is found.)

Barnsley Football Club is committed to equal opportunity for all staff and individual applications are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and motherhood, race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnerships. Due to the nature of the position candidates will be in contact with children and we are fully committed to protecting and promoting the well-being of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you are interested, please send the documents listed below to BFC Academy at: [email protected] quoting the position: AHSSM

1. Cover letter (can be found on the vacancies page of the Barnsley FC website)

2. Resume

Hours: Full time in accordance with the Academy’s training and meeting schedule. Due to the nature of the position, evening and weekend work will be required.

Salary: Competitive

Essential and Desirable Qualifications/Prerequisites


Must have a BSc/BA in Sports Science and a Masters/MRes/MPhil in Sports Science (or other relevant discipline) from a recognized university. Basic Sports First Aid (BFAS) or equivalent/higher qualification. Relevant work experience within a multidisciplinary team. Use current and evidence-based methods to fulfill the delivery and functions of sports science. Clear Enhanced DBS Verification. Experience using GPS data to influence training and periodization cycles. 5+ years working in a team sport environment and an understanding of sports performance and injury prevention. Excellent computer skills and proficiency in the use of computer software such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint/Keynote. Must hold a valid driver’s license.

Registration or procedure for accreditation with BASES or equivalent
Board of Directors. Have participated in the following workshops organized by the UKSCA:
(i) Basic workshop and certification; (ii) Weightlifting; (iii) Plyometric Agility and Speed; and (iv) plan effective programs. Relevant professional qualifications (UKSCA, NSCA, NASM, etc.). Relevant work experience in professional football. Manage or play a leadership role in a sports science department

Main responsibilities:

Primary duties include the delivery and management of strength and conditioning programs in youth and professional teams, including gym and field based strategies. Work within a multidisciplinary team. Liaise on a daily basis with the Head Coach and relevant staff regarding status and physical preparation necessary to maintain high performance and development of professional footballers (i.e. monitoring and intervention). Liaise daily with medical staff on player status, welfare and rehabilitation. Delivery and development of appropriate nutritional strategies. Update and management of the audit system. Liaise with the first team sports science and medicine department regarding the transition of players to the first team. To undertake your own CPD or organized by the Club to maintain your professional standards. Ensure that appropriate strength and conditioning programs are implemented by the Academy Sports Science team.

Specific tasks:
Lead physical performance support for the BFC Academy, including working closely with MDT to develop players in line with club philosophies. This includes the following:

– Field duties including warm-ups and implementation of sessions (alongside the coaches). – Match day duties including warm-ups and coaching/player support.

– Provide periodic strength-based work in the gym. – Implementation of individualized training programs.

– Recovery protocols.
– Nutritional strategies.
– Track daily wellness and workout loads.
– Interpretation of data, e.g. workload, GPS tracking and HR.
– Perform a battery of physical and anthropometric tests over a 6-week cycle.

Perform final (on-field) rehabilitation on players who regain fitness. Principles of strength and conditioning management. Management of the student intern program. Implementing effective testing and monitoring in the following areas:

– Appropriate medical and physical examination of the team. – Physiological/physical condition tests.
– Screening for movement and posture/function.


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