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Vacancy: Academy Lead Sport Scientist

25 May 2023


Vacancy: Academy Lead Sport Scientist

25 May 2023

We are seeking a Lead Sport Scientist who can provide an evidence based approach to planning and can deliver a physical development programme.

The successful candidate will join Cheltenham Town FC Academy and work alongside our strong and passionate multi disciplinary team.

See below the full job and persons description. 

Job Title

Academy Lead Sport Scientist

Responsible to

Academy Manager / Others TBC

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Academy Manager, lead physiotherapist, nutritionist, lead sports therapist, lead Phase Coaches, Coaches (Part Time), Heads of department, First Team staff, Player Care Manager and Players.


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




Job Description


Cheltenham Town FC Training Ground, Cheltenham, GL51 9RX

Working Pattern and Work base

Full Time (35 hours)

  • 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



Enhance an athlete’s ability to perform and meet the physical demands of a professional footballer through injury prevention, rehabilitation and strength and condition programmes.

Line manage and work with the other Academy strength and conditioning coach & Studentships/Internships to develop and deliver the appropriate level of S&C support at all levels in the academy.

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

Sports Scientist

  • Working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, in particular with the lead physiotherapist & lead sports therapist on injury prevention using GPS vest to provide analytical data to the sports science team.
  • Working with the lead sports scientist to develop a competency-based athletic development programme and identify age and position specific expectations.
  • Work with the club medical staff to promote & implement the fitness programme, nutrition, prehab and recovery programmes among all players.
  • Work with education providers to provide studentship / internships within the Academy
  • Provide assistance in planning of football sessions (in line with periodisation frameworks: microcyle, mesocycle, macrocycle)
  • Completion and reporting of anthropometric assessment and physiological fitness testing across the season for U18s and U9-U16s.

Strength and Conditioning

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate physical development sessions for the PDP & YDP players, designed to enhance the athletic abilities of the young players. This will include the management of data collection, analysis, reporting and providing effective feedback to coaches, parents and players.
  • Monitoring and assessment of youth development phase player’s physical development through your use of a gym passport and physical ILP.
  • Organise and report on gym based testing.
  • Completion of the PMA
  • Assessment and reporting of strength markers against benchmarks as part of athlete profiling, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure health and safety is to the highest standard and that players are advised on the effective and safe use of all equipment. Take responsibility for the maintenance, repair and security of fitness equipment.


  • Attend and input into MDT meetings.
  • Attend monthly SS&M meeting
  • Lead academy sports science department meetings.
  • Organise 6 weekly Sport Science Department CPD for Sport Science staff
  • Attendance at the relevant CPD & in-service training programme as specified throughout the season.

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



Person Specifications (Essential)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Sports Performance / Science discipline
  • Post Graduate degree in Sports Performance / Science (Desirable)
  • Hold or be working towards accreditation by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (or equivalent workshops run by equivalent body)
  • Hold a current Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification (current EFAiF)

Required Experience

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

  • A football club
  • A sports club
  • University

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

  • Applicants should have relevant undergraduate degree in strength and conditioning or related discipline.
  • Previous experience of attending strength and conditioning CPD programmes
  • Applicants should have experience of working in a professional football club youth development.

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.

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 CV and a covering letter.

Closing date for applications: Friday 16th June, 5pm

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