Company Name:
Queens Park Rangers
Location:
London
Vacancy Type:
Permanent
Department:
Academy
24 May 2024
About The Role

As part of the Club’s Performance Department’s support strategy, the role will work collaboratively with Performance/Football staff and players to effectively design, deliver, and review Individual Performance Plans (IPPs) for each individual Development Squad player and to contribute to the physical development and progress of each player to transition them into 1st team football.

Specifically, this role will: lead the design of development players IPPs both on and off pitch, increasing capacity/robustness within all players based on individual needs; lead on the periodisation strategy for the Development Squad along with the coaches (aligning with 1st team); act as the performance lead working collaboratively with the medical team within all RTP for Development Squad injuries.

The role is also responsible for the operational running of the Academy Performance Department (Academy PPC’s, Sport Science Interns, Nutritionists and Psychologists), and will provide guidance and leadership alongside the Head of Integrated Performance to these staff, to ensure high standards of practice are met across the Academy.
 
Key Responsibilities
 

A.           Physical Performance Support

A1          In conjunction with staff across the Performance and Football department work collaboratively to develop a systematic, objective, and impactful individual performance plan (IPP) process for each of the players in the Development Squad. This includes both on and off pitch IPP components.

A2          As part of the IPP process, collaboratively create bespoke physical performance programs and strategies which clearly underpin their football performance, physical development, and robustness.

(Assess – Plan – Delivery – Review).

A3          Lead the development and delivery of physical profiling/monitoring that provides clear and objective feedback to the Performance and Football Departments about each individual player and the Development Squad. Align this process with 1st team and all Academy age groups.

B.           Return to Performance Support

B1          As part of a multidisciplinary team be a key member in delivering high level return to performance support to optimise each player’s rehab journey and effectively return first team players to full fitness.

B2          Work collaboratively with Medical and the Lead / Development Squad Physiotherapist to develop bespoke RTP plans for each injured development team player with an emphasis on leading their ongoing physical development while injured.

C.           On Pitch Performance Support

C1          Lead the overall on pitch training plan design to ensure effective management of players physical program and readiness to train and compete in every game.

C2          Lead all on-pitch warm-ups / physical development components that are fully integrated within football sessions, effective collaboration with football coaches and all MDT responsible for on-pitch delivery

C3          Alongside the PDP intern, lead the monitoring of external training load, ensuring individual loadings are reviewed and planned based on training/match data.

D.           Overall Environment Duties

D1         Attend all appropriate review/planning meetings (Team, MDT, Performance etc) in order to proactively contribute to the overall management of the environment, players, AOB and general day to day scheduling.

D2         Have a clear periodised plan at team and individual level that considers the training/fixture schedule and provides appropriate proactively planned strategies to manage the groups physical development, robustness and readiness across the whole calendar year.

E.           Projects and Leadership

E1          Work closely with members of the Performance & Football Departments to Identify and develop projects that drive impact to the individual players as well as the club and department as a whole.

IPP Project (Physical Profiling)

LTAD Project

RTP Criteria Project

Pitch Transfer

E2          Provide support and lead the operations of the Academy performance department (PPC, nutrition, psychology), with effective areas of; development, scheduling, timesheets etc.. Liaise with the Head of Integrated Performance (HOIP) and 1st team staff re processes and full alignment of all services across the club.

F.            Safeguarding

F1          To have or develop an impeccable knowledge of safeguarding best practice to include a deep understanding of safeguarding children’s regulations, including legislation & governing body rules.

F2          To ensure that any safeguarding or welfare concerns are reporting efficiently.

F3          To comply with all company policies/procedures and adhere to all company regulations regarding policies, procedures, health, safety, and security.

About The Candidate
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
Previous experience in the provision of physical performance support to elite environments (football desirable, not essential)
Passionate about working with young elite athletes and creating/managing programmes to facilitate their long-term physical, psychological and social development.
Experience of working with Coaches and other members of the MDT
Experience as a leader, and staff development 
IT skills to include a high level of competence using Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills 
Creative and engaging presentation skills.
Excellent overall level of numeracy and literacy.
 
Attitude/Behaviours
A professional and committed attitude with strong organisational and administrative skills
A desire to seek solutions
A genuine team player
Empathy with young people and their challenges
 
Personal Qualities
A dynamic and hardworking individual
Excellent communication skills 
Proactive decision maker 
Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work
Demonstrates enthusiasm and is personally committed to achieving agreed objectives 
Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement     
Displays a high level of confidentiality
Meticulous attention to detail
Flexibility and willingness to learn
Must hold a valid driving licence 

About The Club

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