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Vacancy: Academy Lead Sport Therapist

7 June 2023


Vacancy: Academy Lead Sport Therapist

7 June 2023

We are seeking an Academy Lead Sports Therapist who can work as part of a team and be responsible for our schoolboy age groups and the U19 development programme.

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

CTFC adopts a Safer Recruitment Policy. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people vulnerable adults. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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. 

Download standard application form and diversity monitoring form here.

Closing date for applications: 26th June, 5pm

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

See the job descriptions and person specification below.

Job Title

Lead Sports Therapist

Responsible to

Academy Senior Physiotherapist

Build Relationships with



Academy Manager, U19 Development Manager, lead Phase Coaches, Coaches (Part Time), Heads of department, First Team staff and Players.


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


£20 000


Job Description


Cheltenham Town FC Training Ground, Cheltenham, GL51 9RX

Working Pattern and Work base

Full time 35 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 connection with performance of the duties detailed below.

Overall purpose of the job



Provide medical support to the Youth Development, Foundation Phases and Development Centre Teams creating individual rehabilitation programmes, injury prevention programmes, data collection and reviewing the outcomes.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities



Personal growth:

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

●       Build relationships throughout the Academy and broader

●       Attendance at the relevant CPD & in-service training programme as specified throughout the season.

Sports Science & Medicine

●       Provide medical cover for match days as required (FP, YDP, U19 fixtures)

●       Coordinate and manage sports therapist part time staff, medical students and interns for all FP, YDP & U19 development centre training and matches

●       Schedule, manage and coordinate weekly injury/rehab clinics

●       Follow emergency action plan as required

●       Completion of the PMA injury reports

●       Manage the completion of the PMA weekly injury log, input rehabilitation (9-16s) and notes

●       In collaboration with the Senior Physiotherapist organise CPD to take place every 6 weeks with the SS&M department

●       Provide updates on player assessment, rehab plans and return to play

●       Manage medical screening for 9-16s / U19s

●       Manage the prehab planning and delivery for 9-16s


●       Attend and input into AMT meetings.

●       Attend and departmental multidisciplinary meetings

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



Person Specifications (Essential)


●       Pitch side first aid for sport

●       BSC in Sports Therapy (or Equivalent)

●       Safeguarding and Protecting Children

●       Intermediate First Aid for Sport (ITMMIF)

Required Experience

Experience of working in at least 1 of the following roles:

●       A pitch side sports therapist at a football club

●       A pitch side sports therapist at a sports club

Knowledge and/or experience of at least 1 of the following:

●       Providing physiotherapy for young athletes within the framework of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

●       Providing physiotherapy for young athletes within the NHS

●       Providing physiotherapy for young athletes within sports clubs

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, 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.

N.B. This Job Description indicates only the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list. The Club reserves the right to amend this Job Description from time to time, according to business needs. Any changes will be confirmed in writing. Please note that you share with us the responsibility for making suggestions to alter the scope of your duties and improve the effectiveness of your post.

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