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SOCIAL INCLUSION MANAGER

Full Time, Permanent – 38 hours per week

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation (MFCF) is the Club’s independent charity set up in 1996 by Chairman Steve Gibson. We use the power of the MFC brand to engage with the community to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and adults to maximise their potential to achieve.

The Role

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a growing and passionate team based within a professional football club charity. The Social Inclusion manager will be responsible for driving the development and implementation of all Social Inclusion projects, including Premier League Kicks, disability programmes and the National Citizen Service.

Based at the Riverside Stadium, this role involves:

  • Managing a team of staff, with focus on development and continuous improvement in project delivery, through performance management
  • Developing effective/positive relationships with partner agencies and organisations
  • Building sustainable partner networks to help engage participants onto programmes
  • Driving quality assurance and co-ordinating funding budgets
  • Leading on the evaluation of projects and ensuring monitoring reports are submitted within deadline
  • Embedding diversity and inclusion strategies throughout the organisation

The Candidate must:

  • Possess exceptional communication and organisational skills, both written and verbal
  • Have experience and proven success in people management
  • Possess a strong commitment to quality of service
  • Have a sound understanding and passion for equality, diversity and inclusion and a solid understanding of practices connected to this area
  • Have experience of project management, achieving set targets, monitoring and evaluation, managing budgets and working to tight deadlines
  • Have excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Outlook and the use of databases
  • Be flexible, since the role will require working some evenings and weekends and will involve travel to a variety of locations.

This post falls within the scope of regulated activity and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975. MFCF is an equal opportunities employer and committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups.

To request an application form and job description and salary details, please email recruitment@mfcfoundation.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: 8th November 2019

MFCF is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. MFC is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups

 

ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT COACH (ACADEMY)

Middlesbrough Football Club is looking to recruit an Athletic Development Coach for our Category 1 Academy.  Reporting directly to the Head of Science, Strength and Conditioning, the main purpose of the job is to deliver athletic development to all age groups within the Foundation and Youth Development Phases. The role involves the design and delivery of individual programs aimed at improving the physicality of players within the 9-16s age groups and supporting the delivery of the Sport Sampling programme, including Bio Banding training within these phases.  You will be expected to positively influence the behavior and education of all under 9 to under 16 players in preparation for their transition into a full time programme.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the planning and delivery of Strength and Conditioning sessions for all 9-16 Academy players.
  • Deliver a competency framework for the Academy players which will ensure safety for all players working in the gym.
  • Ensure athletic development is achieved through a variety of environments e.g. sand, gym equipment, racket sports
  • Ensure that strength and conditioning programs have a focus of transition into the next phase/age group to allow players to more easily handle the demands of the next step.
  • Use subjective and objective feedback to design and implement individual development programmes for players throughout the Academy. This is to include coordination, balance, agility, speed, change of direction (non exhaustive) for targeted players and groups.
  • Assist with the department’s growth and maturation assessments and feedback.
  • Have an active involvement in physical testing, player preparation, readiness and recovery.
  • Work closely with the Lead Academy Fitness & Conditioning Coach to ensure the Academy Sport Sampling programme is delivered at agreed time points and offers variety of learning environments for the younger Academy players.
  • Have an active involvement in return to training and play for all longer term Academy players (9-16).
  • Work with the Academy Nutritionist to deliver phase specific, practical nutrition and hydration workshops for all Academy players and help support the parent and host family programme.
  • Along with others in the team, work with u18/23s on certain days of the week where necessary.
  • Provide regular updates in daily meetings regarding player & group progress.
  • Access the latest athletic development/strength and conditioning research, in order to identify areas the department can continue to improve the provision to Academy players.
  • Ensure practice is evidence based
  • Ensure players are prepared for loan/international duties and assist with individual strength and conditioning plans.
  • To ensure Sport Science Interns are upskilled through ‘on the job’ education.

 CANDIDATES MUST:

  • Have experience of working with elite athletes within an elite sporting environment, preferably within an elite academy.
  • Have experience of delivering group and individual sessions to improve physical performance and athleticism of children and adolescents.
  • Be aware of growth and maturation and how this effects children within the Foundation and Youth Development Phase.
  • Have experience of working with younger athletes in a coaching capacity.
  • Have a BSc Hons degree in Sport Science or Strength and Conditioning (or equivalent).
  •  Show commitment and a passion for developing young people.
  • Be computer literate and able to work with a variety of systems.
  • Be flexible and prepared to work to the needs of the operation.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Be able to work well under pressure.
  • Be organised and work in a methodical manner.

 It would be advantageous if candidates have previous experience of working within athletic development and/or strength and conditioning and have knowledge of the PMA and EPPP framework.  Desirable qualifications would include UKSCA (or working towards this); BASES (or working towards this); a coaching qualification; ISAK Level 1; Safeguarding and First Aid qualifications.

This post falls within the scope of ‘regulated activity’ and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).   Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975.

If you would like to be part of a committed team who value humility, respect and honesty, please contact recruitment@mfc.co.uk to request an application form, quoting Ref. ASS/MFC.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 8th November 2019

Please be advised that interviews are likely to take place in the week commencing 18th November 2019.

MFC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. MFC is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups

 

ACADEMY SPORT SCIENTIST

Middlesbrough Football Club is looking to recruit a Sport Scientist for our Category 1 Academy.  Reporting directly to the Head of Science, Strength and Conditioning, the main purpose of the job is to deliver the sport science provision at the Academy, working directly with the U15 to U18 age groups, ensuring the sport science provision is consistent throughout the Academy and in line with the department’s vision.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the planning, periodisation and on field conditioning of the U18 & U15/16 players at the Academy.
  • Maintain and progress links with Teesside University and actively promote research and development.
  • Develop programs to support the under 12 to 14 age groups, working closely with the Sport Science interns.
  • Identify player support needs through performance tests, screens or subjective feedback.
  • Work with the Athletic Development Coach to ensure work with 9-16 age group is progressed towards the demands of the 16-18 age groups and to allow consistency with the delivery and set up of these sessions.
  • Combine the use of subjective and objective monitoring tools to ensure maximal training response whilst reducing the likelihood of injury through training modification where necessary.
  • Ensure all under 15 to under 18 training load monitoring databases are up to date daily, and appropriate reports disseminated in a timely fashion. This also includes fitness testing database, growth and maturation data and follow-up reports.
  • Work with the Athletic Development Coach to ensure strength and conditioning sessions complement daily and weekly themes.
  • Ensure player wellbeing is continually monitored through pre-training Questionnaires on the PMA
  • Provide regular updates in daily meetings regarding player progress within individual and group settings.
  • Ensure the Sport Science provision exceeds the minimum requirements of a Category 1 Academy within the EPPP framework.
  • Work with the academy nutritionist to deliver phase specific, practical nutrition and hydration workshops for all Academy players and help support the parent and host family programme.
  • Ensure sport science interns are upskilled through on the job education

CANDIDATES MUST:

  • Have experience of working with elite athletes within an elite sporting environment
  • Have experience of delivering a sport science programme within an Academy (or equivalent).
  • Have a BSc Hons degree in sport science or similar
  • Have the ability to communicate positively and with multiple members of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Have worked closely with a University (or equivalent institute).
  • Have a vested interest in research participation to inform Academy and Club practices
  • Have experience of designing and maintaining databases
  • Have previously worked with athlete monitoring systems
  • Have the ability to affect decision making
  • Show commitment and a passion for developing young people
  • Be computer literate and able to work with a variety of systems, preferably having worked with software packages such as OptaJump, AMAT, STATSPORTS
  • Be flexible and prepared to work to the needs of the operation
  • Be able to work well under pressure
  • Be organised and work in a methodical manner
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

It would be advantageous if candidates have previous experience of working within an Elite Academy and have knowledge of the PMA and EPPP framework.  Desirable qualifications would include BASES (or working towards this); a coaching qualification; ISAK Level 1; Safeguarding and First Aid qualifications.

This post falls within the scope of ‘regulated activity’ and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).   Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975.

If you would like to be part of a committed team who value humility, respect and honesty, please contact recruitment@mfc.co.uk to request an application form, quoting Ref. ASS/MFC.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 8th November 2019

Please be advised that interviews are likely to take place in the week commencing 18th November 2019.

 MFC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. MFC is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups


TRAINEESHIPS CO-ORDINATOR

(Full time, 1 year fixed term contract)

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation (MFCF) is the Club’s independent charity set up in 1996 by Chairman Steve Gibson. We use the power of the MFC brand to engage with the community to provide opportunities and raise aspirations of disadvantaged young people and adults, to maximise their potential to achieve.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate MFC Foundation’s employability programmes, MFC Foundation Traineeships and Building Better Opportunities.

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about supporting and developing young people and adults who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to support them in moving closer to the jobs market, or progress into further education, employment or training.

This exciting role, based at MFCF’s Herlingshaw Centre, South Bank, involves coordinating the delivery of a high-quality education programme aimed at developing participant’s functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Employability.  A key part of the role will be networking with local employers and partners to recruit participants onto the programme along with identifying valuable work placement and progression opportunities.  The successful candidate will manage a team of three staff and work with partner organisations including The English Football League Trust, Job Centre Plus and a range of training organisations to ensure programme targets are achieved and budgets are met.

Candidates should:

  • Have relevant experience in a similar role, with proven experience in project management, specifically working with and supporting young people and adults
  • Have a knowledge of delivering accredited education programmes and quality assurance, together with a good level of understanding of social inclusion and the issues facing young people from disadvantaged communities
  • Possess a dynamic personality, excellent organisation, IT and communication skills and with the ability to work with key stakeholders to achieve successful relationships
  • Preferably have a background in teaching, sport and project management
  • Be flexible, since evening and weekend working will be required as part of the role. Travel to a variety of locations will also be necessary
  • Be respectful and committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities

This post falls within the scope of regulated activity and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975.

To request an application form, job description and salary details, please email recruitment@mfcfoundation.co.uk.

Closing date for applications:  21 November 2019

MFCF is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. MFCF is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups