Head of Sports Science
This position will be based at St. George’s Park when the site opens Summer 2012
Competitive salary plus benefits
St George’s Park (SGP) will be The FA Group’s headquarters for The FA Football Development team and home of FA Learning, training home of the 24 England representative teams. Situated 4 miles away from Burton upon Trent, SGP is due for completion in late Summer 2012. The vision for SGP is:
To become a training destination of choice for coaches, players, administrators and officials from all backgrounds and communities within football and beyond;
To become the home of English football development, bringing to life and embodying the ‘whole-game’ coaching and playing philosophy outlined in The FA’s Technical Guide, The Future Game;
To become a one-stop coaching and support environment which enhances personal development, leadership qualities, rehabilitation and fitness;
To offer all its facilities and services beyond sport and facilitate cross-learning between the sporting and business sectors.
As St Georges Park will be the permanent training and educational home of English Football there is a need to perform cutting edge sports science research and education from this centre, as well as defining a sports science strategy for our international teams, continue to develop a sports science educational pathway and to provide support for the game of football. The development of a strategy for youth athletic development will form an integral part of the overall FA Medical and Performance strategies. A key aspect of this role is to lead on all Sports Science matters and offer advice and education to colleagues in the professional game as well as disseminating best practice into the grassroots game.
The Head of Sports Science must have a PhD in sports science or related area and have very close links or the ability to develop links with a university that is well versed in applied sports science research and education. Ideally they will have been a practitioner in elite football in this country, and have an understanding of how academic sports science can be delivered practically to clubs and players. They must have the ability to form a strategy to ensure delivery to our end users and understand the importance of integrating this into the wider Medical and Technical strategies at The FA.
The Head of Sports Science will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, which will include FA medical and science staff, and similarly high level staff employed by our health partners at SGP, Spire Health and IPRS. Working as part of The FA’s Football Development Division, they will also be an important member of The FA Performance team and be required to develop close working relationships with The FA's Coaching team.
To apply for this role please use the apply button below and complete the application form. In your covering letter, please explain why you are suitable for this role. The closing date for this opportunity is 6 th July 2012 with interviews taking place mid July.
The Football Association - 11 months ago