Sale Sharks are recruiting an experienced and enthusiastic strength and conditioning coach to lead the physical development of the Sharks academy on a full-time basis.
Title: Head of Academy Strength and Conditioning.
Reports to: Academy manager.
Remuneration: Dependant on experience.
Purpose of role:
To plan, deliver and review all aspects of physical development within the academy, with a focus on individual player development. The successful candidate will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to create a world class training environment.
- Lead and manage all physical development components of the academy in line with club directives, working in conjunction with other members of staff and taking a lead role in the development of England Academy Players (EAP).
- Attend all academy training sessions, providing warm-ups to all field-based sessions and matches in conjunction with other staff.
- Update the Sharks MDT on individual player progress.
- Liaise with key stake holders, I.e., international age group and university staff.
- Oversee the junior academy programme and support delivery to ensure that the physical development pathway is robust and in line with Sharks LTAD curriculum.
- Ensure that all RFU/PRL audit requirements are completed on time and that all PGB minimum standards are met across the board.
- Liaise with the lead academy physiotherapist to devise and deliver injured players’ rehabilitation programmes each week.
- Manage and maintain up-to-date records of all academy players and junior academy EAPs; including screening, training loads, playing times and measuring player progress over time through comparable testing protocols.
- Management and work supervision of other strength and conditioning service providers, including setting robust and challenging objectives and the regular monitoring of performance.
The successful candidate must have:
- At least two years of experience working within a high-performance environment and a very good understanding of elite sports pathways, youth development and physiology.
- Extensive experience of analysing the demands of sport in relation to the performance outcomes and identify the strength and conditioning requirements.
- Excellent knowledge and ability to construct strength, speed / change of direction and energy system-based training schedules, with appropriate diagnostics and monitoring included.
- Appropriate professional qualifications including a degree in the relevant field and UKSCA accreditation (or equivalent).
- Flexibility to work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Good organisational skills as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Initiative, adaptability and efficiency in finding ways to challenge and stimulate players in their pursuit of excellence.
- Enhanced DBS clearance and a full driving licence with access to a car / transport.
Key performance indicators:
- Effectiveness of coaching interventions provided to academy players.
- Evidence of progress made by all players towards fulfilling their physical potential.
- Development of sustainable practices across the academy.
- Adherence to all RFU / PRL regulations to maintain the academy licence.
- Feedback from players and stakeholders on the quality of service provided.
Sale Sharks are highly motivated in the development and care of their staff. This is why the successful candidate will receive extensive CPD, both within the club and from external sources to allow them to progress their methods.
To apply, please send an up-to-date CV showing your experience and qualifications, and a one-page cover letter explaining what your coaching philosophy and why you are a suitable candidate for the role.
All applications should be emailed to: email@example.com
The closing date for applications is the 7th of May.
Interviews will take place the week beginning the 17th of May.