Casual Academy Physiotherapist

Job description

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English Premier League Club, based in North London.


Led by the late great Bill Nicholson, the Club became the first in England to win the League and FA Cup Double in 1961, and the first in the UK to win a European Trophy two years later. Spurs has since been home to some of the game’s great entertainers, including Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.


In April 2019, the Club opened an iconic new stadium that sits at the heart of a £1billion sport-led regeneration of North Tottenham. The stadium is the largest football club stadium in London and is a multi-use venue with the ability to host a variety of events 365 days a year, including NFL, boxing, rugby, concerts, and other major events, plus visitor attractions including Stadium Tours and the Dare Skywalk.


The stadium development scheme has to date created more than 4,000 new jobs for local people, with circa £300m pumped into the local economy each year.



Tottenham Hotspur has:


  • A clear strategy to develop talent from within its Academy, showcased by a strong track record of Academy players graduating to the first-team squad.
  • A £100m state-of-the-art Training Centre that supports the Club’s ambition to attract, develop and retain the best talent.
  • Commercial partnerships with globally-recognised brands including AIA Group Limited (AIA), one of the world’s leading providers of life insurance services, and Nike, the world’s leading sports footwear and apparel company.
  • A commitment to minimizing its environmental impact across Club operations, being named as the greenest in the Premier League for the past three years. Tottenham Hotspur is a signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, committing to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and become net zero carbon by 2040.
  • An award-winning Foundation that is renowned for creating opportunities to help enhance the lives of people in its local community through education, employment, health and social inclusion programmes.


The main role of the successful applicants will be providing Match Day Academy cover, both home and away, weekend tournament cover and foreign tours. As part of our responsibility to excellence we offer all casual staff a comprehensive weekly continuing professional development program at the THFC academy, enabling Physiotherapists to develop their skills.


This is a casual part time paid role working weekends, plus regular travel to away games. The normal place of work is at the Academy Training Centre in Enfield.  The position will involve match-day work so candidates should be willing and able to work over weekends and/or Bank Holidays.


We are looking for pro-active individuals with experience who are up to date with current literature, who understands their scope of practice, and who seeks to develop their skills.



Job Purpose


Reporting to the Lead Academy Physiotherapist, the successful candidate will provide first class professional emergency pitch side first aid/trauma management and physiotherapy support to the playing staff of the U9-16 Academy teams on a match day (predominantly Sundays but can be midweek or Saturday fixtures).



Key Responsibilities


  • Diagnosing and treatment of injuries on the pitch side of games.
  • Looking at early rehabilitation and management programs, injury prevention strategies and first aid/trauma management.
  • A good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes is essential.
  • Effective and appropriate communication skills, along with the highest standards of professionalism are expected.
  • Awareness of the expectations of a Category 1 Academy according to the EPPP and previous experience in the use of the PMA system is advantageous.


Personal Attributes


  • Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas
  • Values & respects others, builds relationships, collaborates
  • Gets things done, delivers to highest of standards, takes responsibility
  • Generate innovative ideas and strive to deliver the highest standard of service as possible
  • Value and respect others: building relationships and working well within a team environment
  • Customer focused in all that you do, putting the supporters first
  • Thoughtful and understanding; sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Alert –attentive and observant, able to make decisions quickly and adapting to situations
  • Proactive – think ahead rather than simply reacting in the moment
  • Able to work independently, showing initiative, taking responsibility and thinking logically
  • Reliable – be able to commit to event days and to be punctual
  • Passionate: taking great pride and enthusiasm in your work.
  • Fantastic personal skills – good communicator: friendly, approachable, positive attitude.
  • Flexible – able to perform a variety of roles in different settings throughout the stadium and surrounding areas


Skills And Experience


  • Due to the operation of the Training Centre we do require the successful candidate to work a minimum of 2 in 4 weekends per month.
  • Availability for home and away fixtures throughout season
  • Minimum of 1 international tour per season
  • Minimum of 1 weekend tournament per season
  • 50% attendance to THFC in-service training sessions per season
  • BSc/MSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • CSP & HCPC registration
  • FA Safeguarding Children Course  
  • Proven post grad experience
  • Previous experience of working in elite sporting environment/Academy football
  • Hold a full UK driver’s license
  • DBS/safeguarding clearance will be required for this role. Due to the nature of the operation the successful candidate will not be able to start until the fully enhanced DBS with child barring check has been returned subject to content.


DBS Disclaimer


Safeguarding is fundamental to the success in all that we do. Successful candidates are subject to an enhanced DBS check with child’s barred list.


Tottenham Hotspur Football Club welcomes applications from anyone regardless of age, disability, race, or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.