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Vacancy: Academy Lead PDP Coach

28 July 2023

We are seeking a professional and hardworking individual to join Cheltenham Town FC as Academy Lead Professional Development Phase Coach (U17 / U18s).

Here at the CTFC Academy, we are committed to having a modern and inclusive environment and encourage equal opportunities, continuously seeking to improve diversity to have more representation within the professional game.

If you meet the qualification criteria and feel you have the relevant experience and evidence to meet the job description and person specification, please apply by email to with a club application form and monitoring form.

We will not accept CV's or covering letters.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all our staff to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Download the standard application form and diversity monitoring form by clicking here.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 10th August, 5pm

Job Title

Academy Professional Development Phase Lead Coach

Responsible to

Academy Head of Coaching & Academy Manager

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Academy Manager, Director of Football, First Team Manager, Senior Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, Lead Phase Coaches, Coaches (Part Time), Heads of department, First Team staff, Academy Player Care Manager and Players.



Premier League clubs & Football League clubs, FA, Universities/colleges, FAYCD, and PFA.


Competitive and based on knowledge and experience

Job Description


Cheltenham Town FC Training Ground, Cheltenham, GL51 9RX

Working Pattern and Work base

Full time (40 hours per week)

  • Flexible working arrangements/hours
  • Required to work outside of normal office hours, at evenings and weekends, on bank holidays and public holidays.

Required to work across different bases


Regular travel to fixtures, meetings and other events in conjunction with the performance of the duties detailed below.

Overall purpose of the job

To enhance the technical and tactical advancement (individual and team) of the Under-17s to Under-18s and prepare players for first team football.


To enhance the football and holistic development of the players in the Under 17s to Under 18s age groups. Manage the technical and tactical advancement (individual and team) of the players in conjunction with other coaches.


Responsible for the detailed holistic planning and implementation of individual learning plans in line with club coaching and playing philosophy.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities



Personal Development

Undertake self-development to ensure knowledge in relation to all aspect of your role is up-to-date and forward thinking:

  • Assist with U21’s ILP training sessions
  • Provide occasional cover for absent coaches


Coaching Curriculum, Playing and Coaching Philosophy

Ensure the academy’s coaching curriculum is consistently delivered in line with the academy’s playing philosophy and coaching philosophy:

  • Complete matchday/individual objectives
  • Adhere to matchday protocol
  • Manage the training programme for those on loan.


Games Programme

  • Deliver pre match meetings and presentations
  • Organise and manage U17 & U18 fixtures
  • Manage the games programme for players on loan


Psychological programme

  • Attend, meet and communicate with lead psychologist to help with CPD in this area.


Sports Science & Medicine

  • Communicate with academy senior physiotherapist on a daily basis on player’s physical progress.
  • Communicate with the Lead Sport Scientist for updates on player’s conditioning programme.
  • Ensure all training is planned following the physical development guidance.


Performance Analysis

  • Carry out performance analysis sessions based on previous match(s) or current curriculum theme
  • Carry out weekly pre and post match analysis meetings based around the game model and individual learning plans
  • Upload best practice
  • Provide individual clips meeting each week linking to games, training and best practice.
  • Record training monthly to review coaching and training methods
  • Help players compile ‘Me at my best’ player highlight reels



  • Complete players’ training, match minutes, targets and feedback
  • Upload session plan and complete evaluation on a weekly basis
  • Attend player feedback meeting
  • Attend MDT review meetings
  • Complete feedback for academy graduates in the first team



  • Monitor and update player contact and emergency details
  • Plan an appropriate training and games programme
  • Lead morning PDP staff meeting and weekly operations meeting



Talent ID

  • Complete trialist and player signing inductions
  • Complete players’ training, match minutes and feedback on PMA
  • Attend LFE exit trials and showcase games.


Pathway Programme

  • Provide opportunities for players to play & train across from YDP into PDP to help aid the decision of future scholars and to assist in the development of schoolboys.
  • Report into the Talent ID Manager/Academy Manager the PDP player matrix
  • Attend Technical board meetings
  • Attend games of players who are on work experience / loan
  • Ensure all documentation for loan players are up to date and the correct procedures and communications have been adhere too.
  • Aim to have one academy player training with the first team every session
  • Provide evidence (video, statistical and character) to document a players journey and development.



  • Adhere to all match day and training protocols



  • Attend and input into the Technical Board 6 weekly meetings
  • Attend and input into weekly AMT meetings
  • Attend and chair MDT 6 weekly meetings (PDP)
  • Organise and chair PDP departmental meeting (daily) and PDP departmental 6 weekly meeting (collect minutes)
  • Attend and input into parents and player’s 6 weekly review meetings.
  • Meet/Communicate with first team staff every morning/end of day to discuss training & games plans for individual players.



  • Contribute to the deliver of the SEP apprenticeship programme



Such other duties as may be appropriate to achieve the objectives of the post and to assist the Academy Manager.

Person Specifications (Essential)


  • UEFA A Coaching Licence
  • FA Advanced Youth Award
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAIF)

Required Experience

Minimum 3 years experience in one or more of the following roles :

  • PDP Coach
  • Academy Head of Coaching
  • Lead Phase


Knowledge and/or experience of at least 3 of the following:

  • The process of learning in young people (pedagogy)
  • Running and designing development programmes
  • Football coaching
  • Leading a team
  • Professional playing experience
  • Sports Psychology


ICT experience of PMA, excel, word and any other software as required to carry out the duties required for the job.

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Have a flexible attitude to work
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Have a polite and courteous manner
  • Be organised and have good time management skills
  • The ability to meet stringent deadlines
  • Be able to adapt to different and changing situations
  • Have the drive and enthusiasm to set high standards and achieve company objectives
  • Have a personable approach

Other Requirements

  • Have a full clean driving licence
  • DBS clearance


  • To have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to follow the child protection procedures adopted by the FA and the club.

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