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📝 Vacancy: Academy Player Care & Support Lead

Come and join the team!

27 June 2022

We are recruiting an Academy Player Care & Support Lead on a full-time, permanent basis at our Cliff Hill Training Ground facility.

This is a new position and an exciting opportunity to join our supporter owned club which through the Exeter City Supporters' Trust has gone from strength to strength.

The successful candidate will report into our Head of Education and Player Care and will proactively take forward the ‘Next Generation Plan’ incorporating the specific needs of all age group players and their holistic development.

As Academy Player Care & Support Lead you will be responsible for the development and management of the Player Care programme and provision throughout the Academy supporting all relevant heads of department with the transition, integration and personal development of our players.

Candidates will need to be effective communicators and educator as you will ensure player welfare is always the primary consideration in all academy activities and all player care & wellbeing EPPP requirements are met and reviewed quarterly, including Safe to Operate, Compliance & Standards sections.

Safeguarding is a crucial part of this role and the successful candidate will act as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for the Academy and will liase with the Academy DSO & Club Safeguarding Lead on all academy safeguarding issues.

Other duties will include working with management to design and implement the Club’s Personal Development and Life Skills plan for all academy players, supporting the delivery when required and working with the Head of Education and Player care to maintain the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing strategy.

The ability to build effective relationships is critical as you will manage our Host Family programme and take a lead on the organisation and delivery of the Player Voice group and Parent Association group to ensure they have opportunities to voice their opinions.

We are looking for enthusiastic, professional, personable individuals with a willingness to learn, lead and support. Candidates will need to have the ability to take ownership and come up with resolutions to any issues arising and will need a resilience to deal with difficult situations. It is not essential but desirable that candidates have experience of working in a sporting environment and have experience of providing player care support. A player care qualification would also be beneficial.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this position please complete an Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form and send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to HR, Exeter City Football Club, St James Park, Stadium Way, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PX or email hr@ecfc.co.uk.

Only completed applications that are sent directly to HR will be accepted. Any applications after the closing date will not be accepted.

The closing date is: 5pm, Friday 1st July 2022

Interview date: Date to be confirmed, likely to be towards the end of week commencing 4th July 2022 or week commencing 11th July 2022.

Interview format: Panel interview, presentation and practical (details will be sent with interview invitation).

All candidates will require an Enhanced DBS Check and must be able to prove their eligibility to work within the UK.

ECFC is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and employees to share this commitment.

Suitable BAME candidates meeting the job profile & performance criteria will be included in short- listings and interviewed for the vacant position.


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