Lead Foundation Phase Coach

About The Role

Leicester City Football Club are excited to be recruiting for a passionate and enthusiastic coach to lead and manage the Foundation Phase (FP) within the LCFC Academy, ensuring that young people in the U9-U12 age groups develop the fundamental technical attributes required to successfully progress into the Youth Development Phase (YDP).

The Club are constantly seeking to deliver an enjoyable experience for our Academy players, with the Lead Foundation Phase Coach responsible for coordinating the Programme and driving engagement and performance of Foundation Phase coaches to ensure our young people achieve their footballing potential. Close collaboration with the Club’s Pre-Academy and Emerging Talent teams will also be required in order to maintain a sustained flow of young talent entering the Foundation Phase.

Who We’re Looking For

Reporting into the Head of Coach Development, the ideal candidate will have demonstrable management and leadership experience, ideally within a Category 1 Academy, in addition to relevant experience of young player development in football.

A willingness to support Foundation Phase coaches is also integral to this role; whilst a well-organised and effective FP Programme is the fundamental objective for this role, it is important that the postholder encourages a collaborative approach to work, understanding that the success of our young players is, at least in part, a result of the engagement and performance of our coaches. LCFC would expect the postholder to work closely with the Head of Coach Development to strive for continuous improvement in this respect, and champion the CPD of coaches in the phase.

Additionally, an understanding of the importance of the Club’s compliance with EPPP, FA and EFL rules is significant in order for EPPP requirements are met within the phase and that the programme is fully aligned with the Academy’s Performance Plan.
Core competencies expected of applicants for the role include:
– Numerate with strong IT skills – applies logic to solve problems and has experience in the use of different software(s) to feedback actionable insights.
– Energy and enthusiasm – someone who is eager to drive the development of our young people.
– Pro-active – highly organised, can work under pressure to deal with multiple tasks, and is forthcoming with ideas and assistance.
– Interpersonal skills – exhibits respect and understanding of others to build and maintain professional relationships with staff and players.
– Innovative – have curiosity and imagination to solve performance challenges and implement impactful developmental interventions.
– Diversity and inclusion – an inclusive person who fosters a diverse and respectful workplace where team members are valued for who they are.
– Personal development – eager to develop and progress both technically and in the softer skills of being an analyst.

The role will require some evening and weekend working, therefore any candidates applying should have a flexible and robust approach to the role.

Essential experience and qualifications include:
– Hold at least UEFA A or Advanced Youth Award
– Experience of working in a Category 1 Academy
– Extensive experience of young player development in Academy football
– Experience of communicating with multiple stakeholders including young people, parents and governing bodies

Desirable experience and qualifications include:
– Hold UEFA A and Advanced Youth Award
– Completed a Premier League development course such as ECAS, EHOC or EAM

About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for. Formed in 1884, the Club has been in the Premier League since 2014 when the Foxes were promoted as Championship winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history, and the Foxes went on to reach the quarter finals of the competition. The Club continues to build on that success and celebrated lifting the prestigious FA Cup in May 2021.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays. Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the 2021 opening of a new state-of-the-art Training Ground in north Leicestershire.

Benefits Package

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

Contract Type – Permanent
Hours Per Week – 37.5

Leicester City Football Club is an equal opportunities employer, and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Leicester City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, you may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service and prior to taking up any role.