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VACANCY | Head of Academy physiotherapy

10 January 2020


VACANCY | Head of Academy physiotherapy

10 January 2020

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There is an exciting opportunity to join Club Doncaster as the Head of Academy Physiotherapy.




Job Title:

Head of Academy Physiotherapy


Competitive (consummate with experience)  

Contract type:

Full time – Permanent


There are no standard hours of work for this role but the minimum contracted number would be 34.5 hours per week over the course of seven days, when deemed necessary.  The candidate will be required to have a flexible approach to working hours, including match days and such hours as necessary for the full and proper performance of the role taking into consideration the nature of the Club’s business.

Responsible to:

Academy Manager and Senior Physiotherapist


Elite Performance Centre, Cantley Park Doncaster DN4 7FP &

Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, DN4 5JW

Regular working hours:

Office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm. With this post, there will be weekend and evening work as part of the nature of the Club Doncaster Organisation.


Purpose of the post:


To deliver a high standard of physiotherapy services within Doncaster Rovers Football Clubs Academy programme through U9’s – U23’s with particular responsibility for U18s.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:


·         Respond to the requirements of the Academy Manager and Head of Sports Medicine.

·         To provide treatment, rehabilitation, screening and education programmes for all Academy teams, with a particular focus on the scholarship programme. 

·         Monitor the assessments and rehabilitation of all injuries in all academy teams.

·         Keep all documentation and medical notes up to date using Benchmark54 or PMA.

·         Carry out all administrative duties including logging all Academy player medical details using relevant forms and databases.

·         To attend evening academy training sessions as appropriate, and all U18 matches to provide on-site physiotherapy and emergency pitch-side care.

·         Work within a progressive and highly motivated interdisciplinary sports science and medicine team and provide the most effective treatment and rehabilitation for injured players.

·         Educate Doncaster Academy players in injury prevention, injury care, and post-match and training recovery strategies.

·         Assist other sports science and medicine department staff in the delivery of pre-training rehabilitation classes and rehabilitation sessions as required.

·         Attend courses for Continued Professional Development.

·         Partake in in-service training.

·         To liaise with The Head of Sports Medicine, Academy Manger and Professional Development Coaches on all U18 player medical concerns daily.

·         To act at all times in a manner appropriate to a representative of Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

·         To ensure that all players in your charge, also act in an appropriate fashion and in accordance with Doncaster Rovers Football Clubs Academy Codes of Conduct.

·         To mentor and provide clinical support, guidance and steering, in the first instance to part time medical personnel.

·         Ensure safeguarding standards are met and maintained

·         Keep own knowledge and skills up-to-date

·         Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the safeguarding policy and procedures

·         Ensure all policies and procedures are adhered to.

·         Active participation in continuing professional development.

·         Promote the brand identity and increase Club Doncaster fan base through positive service delivery.

·         Support the whole of Club Doncaster group to promote the events and the business as a whole, including additional support at Club Doncaster events such as the Big Bang and Festival of Sport weekend.

·         Act at all times with utmost good faith to the Club(s) and the Company.

·         Devote full attention and ability to fulfilment of the duties required by the role.

·         To work closely with, maintain good relationships, and collaborative working practices

·         To work with colleagues throughout Club Doncaster to extend knowledge and skills in order to identify and develop best practice.

·         To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job.

·         To maintain the quality of service provision, regularly evaluating work and seeking to make improvements

·         Present a professional image when dealing with both internal and external contacts and partners, acting in a professional manner at all times.

·         To cover as and when required at other departments within the Club Doncaster Group

·         To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job.




Club Doncaster Staff competencies:


Our Values

·         We are professional in all we do

·         We manage our business with respect and integrity

·         Pride, passion and performance

·         Open, honest brave

·         Consistent innovation in all we do

·         Energy, enthusiasm, humility

·         Win-win relationships


Putting our clients first


·         Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the services across Club Doncaster and how these relate to and are affected by the needs and objectives of the organisation

·         Knows who the clients are, understands our clients’ needs and works hard to ensure that these are met

·         Develops positive relationships with clients, handling dissatisfied or awkward clients effectively

·         View the resolution of clients’ problems as an opportunity to retain and secure future business

·         Ensures all clients are dealt with in a proficient and friendly manner, with respect and integrity at all times


Getting things done


·         Performs  all assigned tasks and procedures efficiently and in a timely manner

·         Takes personal responsibility for own actions and decisions and displays a sense of energy and commitment to achieve results that stimulate others to succeed

·         Works hard to reach or exceed personal targets and section goals and can take responsibility for several different tasks at a time

·         Accepts responsibility for problems that occur and retains ownership until they are resolved, either personally or by someone else

·         Manages own time and resource effectively, with appropriate planning and prioritising in advance to improve efficiency

·         Uses initiative to act without constantly referring to others and perseveres with repetitive and mundane tasks




·         Accepts doing things differently to improve efficiency and reacts positively to changing objectives, priorities and workloads

·         Willingly takes on extra responsibility and, where necessary, will work additional or irregular hours to meet the needs of the organisation

·         Put forward suggestions and ideas about new and better ways of doing things

·         Learns rapidly, adjusting to new situations as they occur

·         Demonstrates a commitment to deliver a high quality service at all times


Communication skills


·         Communicates effectively and confidently in individual and group situations, contributing and asking questions where appropriate

·         Listen  to and respects other people’s views and opinions

·         Any written work required by the role is clear, accurate and to the point

·         Presents facts and ideas in a concise and persuasive manner

·         Ensures all written correspondence is fluent and structured, using appropriate style and language

·         Uses the correct communication technique to suit the situation



Managing Self /Relationships


·         Develops open and effective relationships with all colleagues

·         Awareness of impact of own behaviour on others and is able to modify approach or style to achieve results

·         Can discuss differences openly and without recrimination

·         Share information and keeps all relevant parties informed

·         Works to improve self by being pro-active in job function and in assessing training and development needs

·         Keep difficulties in perspective and maintain performance and effectiveness in the face of conflicts, tight deadlines, excess workloads and unreasonable client/customer

·         Aware of the goals and targets of Club Doncaster ensuring actions contribute towards achieving them


Important information


The above mentioned duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive as the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grading of the post, without changing the general character of the post.


Applicants must hold a full driving licence with access to a suitable vehicle and have in date MOT, Road tax and relevant insurance if they are intending to do business mileage for Club Doncaster. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure up to date documentation is provided to Club Doncaster.


Club Doncaster is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and employees to share this commitment. This role involves work with young people and is may be subject to Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. Clearance through The FA CRB system is required. As such this post is exempt for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the applicant must disclose all previous convictions including spent convictions.


Personal Specifications






A Chartered Physiotherapy degree




MSc in Sports Physiotherapy or equivalent




Membership with CSP and HCPC




FA Trauma Medical Management in Football Course (ATMMiF or ITMMiF)




FA Safeguarding Children



Skills, Knowledge and Experience


Experience in the provision of therapy support to athletes and coaches which should include work with elite teams or squads




Experience in the support and preparation of developing athletes, with specific expertise in sports injury prevention/rehabilitation




Experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of sports injury prevention/rehabilitation programmes for athletes




Research experience in sports physiotherapy, and injury prevention and rehabilitation




Experience in the preparation and delivery of presentations




Experience of working with young athletes



Attitude and Behaviour


A “can do” attitude




Presents solutions rather than problems




A genuine team player



Personal Qualities


Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (team, coach and player interaction)




Proactive attitude within the role




Excellent written skills




Takes responsibility for ensuring a high quality of work




Highly organised and able to manage multiple tasks




Demonstrates enthusiasm and is personally committed to achieving objectives set




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




A high level of confidentiality




High attention to detail




Flexibility and willingness to learn




Ability to work calmly under pressure




Ability to work unsupervised




Applicants should apply via CV and covering letter, clearly relating their experience in line with the attached job description. This should be addressed to Kirsty Cavanagh, head of people and culture via email at by no later than 17:00 on Friday January 30 2019.

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