Vacancy: Professional Development Phase (U18s) Head Coach – News


Cambridge United Academy are hiring a Professional Development Phase (U18s) Head Coach…

An exciting opportunity has opened up for a coach to lead and develop the Club’s U18s group.

The successful applicant will be required to create a challenging and supportive coaching environment that gives players the best to opportunity to succeed both on-and-off the pitch and fulfil their maximum potential.

Key Job Outcomes:

  • To ensure the coaching and playing philosophy is implemented and embedded daily on the training pitch.
  • To co-ordinate the daily operations of the PDP and manage the Under 18s monthly programme working closely with the MDT team.
  • To ensure the Football Intelligence Platform is up to date – including all training sessions, fixtures and player reviews.
  • To regularly update the Senior PDP lead & Pathways Manager on player development in the Under 18’s squad.
  • To liaise with the Analysis department to produce and deliver content to the players.
  • To review the progress of the scholar’s development and conduct 6 weekly face to face meetings in accordance with the academy review process.
  • To work closely with the MDT performance team and conduct meetings prior to the delivery of player reviews ensuring there is an integrated approach.
  • To attend CPD where required by the Head of coaching or Academy Manager
  • To communicate effectively with the Youth Development Phase Lead to help manage the Under 16s day release logistics and monitor the transition of players into the Under 18s squad.
  • To lead a daily planning meeting after each training session to discuss players and operations as part of an MDT team to ensure effective planning of the Under 18s weekly schedule and physical requirements.
  • To plan, do and review coaching sessions in the PDP.
  • To plan and deliver training sessions in line with EPPP criteria, club methodology and which fulfils the criteria set out in the Academy coaching and playing philosophy.
  • To undertake personal CPD as appropriate to meet the demands of the role.
  • To work towards your own coach development action plan (DAP) agreed between you and the Head of Coaching in line with the Coach Competency Framework. 
  • To assist and support the delivery of Under 16s training sessions once a week to help monitor player progress and promote alignment through the age groups.
  • To attend phase specific coaching meetings and carry out any other duties as required by the Academy Manager or Head of Coaching.
  • To take an energetic and measurable approach to player development.
  • To continually challenge and look to enhance the academy environment through new ideas.
  • To support the culture and always represent the club in the best possible light.
  • Always adhere to the club code of conduct and understand and adhere to the clubs safeguarding procedures.

A UEFA ‘A’ Coaching Licence is required with a Pro License seen as ‘desirable’.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14 October 2023.

  • For a full job description, please click here. For further information or to apply for the role, please click here.

Cambridge United FC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religious or political belief or affiliation, trade union membership, gender, gender reassignment, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic background or any other inappropriate distinction or characteristic covered by the Equality Act 2010.


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