Job Description – Academy Sports Scientist Rotherham United Football Club

Role: Academy Sports Scientist Lead

Reporting to: Academy Manager

Location: Rotherham and surrounding training sites, (travel to away matches may be required on occasion)

Position Overview and Role Purpose:

– Assist the Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department in making sure all the department needs are met as outlined in the Academy Performance Plan (APP)

– Implement the Academy Sports Science programme that focuses on the athletic development of all Academy aged players (U9-U18), including individual athletic developments of the Youth Team (U18)

– Lead the Academy Sports Science and Medicine Department in performing testing for all Academy age groups (U9-U18)

– Assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the U18s, and assist/lead match day preparations where required.


  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • 1 year experience post-graduate working in sport
  • Evidence of working within a youth athletic development
  • Dedication to self-improvement and continuing professional development
  • Experience in testing/monitoring maturation in young athletes
  • Excellent organisational skills, and an ability to correctly manage data
  • Able to work flexibly with weekly hours as hours are subject to change at short notice
  • DBS and Safeguarding Certifications (can be provided by the Club)


  • Hold or working towards an MSc Level Qualification
  • Strength/Conditioning qualification or Sports Rehabilitation qualification
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma
  • Previous experience of APP and PMA
  • Experience or an interest in Sports Nutrition
  • Experience in using and monitoring GPS data
  • Driving licence

Job Responsibilities:

  • Report daily to the Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine and contribute to the formal departmental and interdepartmental meetings.
  • Assist with the monitoring of the wellbeing and workload of the Professional

Development Phase (U18) alongside academy manager and head of medical.

  • Take that lead in planning and the implementation of the Athletic Development programmes for all Academy aged players (U9-U16); working close with the Academy Medical Staff.
  • Monitoring the recording of anthropometric/physiological data for Academy aged players (U9-U16), and using this to forecast/monitor maturation; and complete physical testing with U9-U16s regularly across the season. Assist with the Physical Testing of the Professional Development Phase.
  • Planning and leading the implementation of individual and/or group strength and conditioning sessions for all Academy ages (U9-U18)
  • Collaborate with the Lead Professional Development Phase (U18), Lead Youth Development Phase (U13-U16) and Lead Foundation Phase (U9-U12) Coaches to organise training schedules, testing, session plans and intensity of sessions.
  • Work closely with the Head of Sports Science and Medicine, and other club physiotherapy staff to provide specific physical development training sessions for injured Academy players (U9-U16) and assist with the Youth Team (U18) where required.
  • Provide Athletic Development profiles for all Academy players (U9-U16) and Youth Team (U18) players.
  • Analyse GPS data, and report findings to monitor loading of the Professional Development Phase (U18)
  • Record data on PMA in line with APP requirements.

Equal Opportunities:

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. Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment 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.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post will 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 and 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.

Rotherham United takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

Safeguarding requirements and responsibilities will be discussed at interview stage and support given in the role for the successful candidate.

The club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.

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Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Job Types: Permanent, Full-time


  • Additional leave
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • Working in sport – post grad: 1 year (required)


  • Driving Licence (required)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (required)

Work Location: In person

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