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VACANCY: Head of Academy Player Care

An opportunity to join the Academy team

10 August 2023


VACANCY: Head of Academy Player Care

An opportunity to join the Academy team

10 August 2023

The Oxford United Academy are currently recruiting for a Head of Academy Player Care.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead, develop and deliver a comprehensive player care package in support of our U9-U21s players.

The successful applicant will be part of the Academy Leadership Team and contribute to the strategic development of the overall Youth Development Programme. They will act as the lead point of contact for all welfare, wellbeing, and player care issues across the Youth Development Programme and instill and develop the Academy values across our all our phase players & staff.

Core Responsibilities include

-Onboarding and transition process for players and their families.
-Mentoring young professionals whilst on loan.
-Delivering Player Personal Development to all Academy
-Supporting coaches with their understanding of player care
-Ongoing supervision and support to players, families and accommodation providers
-Contributing to the Academy Leadership Team in a Head of Department role
-To take lead responsibility for ensuring the core KPI’s of EPPP are effectively measured, assessed and achieved in line with the Audit process.
-Monthly department reporting
-To support the holistic development of players and effectively use the PMA/MyConcern software to record all data in respect of player development and care
-To promote and develop the Academy values across to all players & staff
-Any other duties as required by the football club within the reasonable demands of the role.

We are looking for
-A pastoral expert with experience working with young people
-Committed, enthusiastic and passionate about the development of young people.
-Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
-High emotional intelligence and communication skills suitable for players aged 9-21, families and staff
-Strong IT and organisational skills and an ability to coordinate and lead projects.
-Able to adapt to the demands of the job and needs of the players and other staff.
-Dedicated to self-improvement and continuous professional development.
-Committed to working to and promoting the values & philosophy of Oxford United.
-Ability to work evenings and workings

Qualification/Experience Requirements


  • Experience in a pastoral role working with young people
  • DBS clearance and understanding of the crucial nature of safeguarding standards in Youth Development
  • Ability to obtain relevant safeguarding and 1st aid qualifications
  • Full UK driving license


  • Working in elite level sport
  • Experience of working in an Academy
  • Based geographically close to Oxford
  • Mental Health 1st Aid certificate
  • UEFA C coaching

Oxford United Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment. This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by a CRC should be declared. Relevant information and / or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process.

Equal Opportunities Declaration
Oxford United Football Club is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment; selection; training; development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity commitments.


Oxford United Application Form.pdf

Applications by email to Bo Barisic on with CV and attached covering letter.

Closing date for application Friday 18th August 2023 with interviews the following week

OUFC reserves the right to close the application window early if sufficient number of applicants meeting the essential requirements for the role are received.

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