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An exciting vacancy has arisen in the Northampton Town Academy

31 July 2019

An exciting new opportunity has arisen at Northampton Town Football Club for an experienced coach to become the club’s Lead Foundation Phase Coach. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who will form an integral part of our coaching team and will report to the Head of Coaching/Academy Manager.

Job Role:
Working closely with the Academy Manager, the Head of Coaching, and all other key contacts, the post-holder will manage the logistical and operational delivery of the Foundation Development Phase in line with the club’s Academy Philosophy and the Academy Performance Plan, and take lead responsibility for ensuring the core KPIs of the phase and EPPP are effectively delivered, measured, assessed, and achieved.

In addition, the role requires the candidate to regularly coach the players and teams within the phase as well as achieving key recruitment targets.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience. This will be discussed at interview.




UEFA ‘B’ Licence


FA Youth Award (assessed)


Basic First Aid in Football (BFAS) OR Emergency First Aid


Up to date FA DBS and Safeguarding Certificate


Fully Licensed FA Coach


UEFA ‘A’ Licence (or currently working towards)


FA Advanced Youth Award (or currently working towards and specific to that phase)



Educated to degree level in a related subject


Emergency First Aid in Football Level 2 (EFAIF)


FA Talent ID Qualification


Skills, Knowledge & Experience



A minimum of 2 years working with elite players or within professional football (preferably in the youth development phase)


Able to demonstrate a high level of coaching ability working with individuals, units and teams.


Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of FA and Premier League EPPP rules regarding Academies


Experience of using the PMA system


Experience of planning a coaching syllabus and ILP’s to meet the needs of players in an academy or other elite football environment


IT literacy and proficiency in creating presentations, writing reports and emails


Show a track record of communicating and working with, motivating, and inspiring a multi disciplinary team of staff



Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate to all stakeholders on a variety of levels


Strong organisational skills demonstrating experience of managing large and varied workloads and tasks whilst maintaining attention to detail



Can show an excellent understanding of child protection, and exemplify the standards of behaviour and codes of conduct required within the Academy



Experience of working full time in an academy environment


Experience in talent identification and recruitment of players


Experience of the academy audit process


Personal Qualities



Committed to working to and promoting the philosophy of the football club and to promoting and displaying high standards of excellence in maintaining a positive learning environment


Show a clear ‘Growth Mindset’ and capability and comfortability of being able to challenge and be challenged to deliver an elite programme in a high pressured environment with high levels of accountability


Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and ambitious in the development of a positive and progressive elite learning environment


Is receptive to feedback about own behaviour, strengths and areas for improvement


Good attendance record in current/previous employment, (not including anyabsences resulting from disability)


Must hold a valid driver’s licence and be able to travel extensively, as required


Ability and willingness to work outside normal hours, including evenings and weekends, often with short notice


A full job description can be downloaded here.

Diversity and Safeguarding
The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Northampton Town FC is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants for employment will be regarded equally and will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

Northampton Town FC is committed to the Safeguarding and Welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm and requires all staff, volunteers and others associated with the Club to share and endorse this commitment.

This post may require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant may be required to submit a CRC application if they do not hold an FA CRC Certificate.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.

BAME Statement
The EFL has introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds. New regulations require clubs to shortlist at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all roles in Academy football that require a UEFA A or UEFA B Licence.

If you consider your ethnicity to fall within one of the following definitions – Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (i.e. from any other ethnic group that is not ‘White British’) - please inform us within your application.

All Applications
In order to apply for the role please email Head of Coaching with a completed application form and a covering letter and a CV. Please state your salary expectations when applying and complete the application form.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS check in accordance with the club’s Child Protection procedures.

Unfortunately, your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the club.

Closing Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Interviews: Week commencing 19 August 2019

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