Head of Performance Services - Women's Talent Pathway & Women's Super League (3 year contract) Ref: PS17

Role location
Home based
Type of contract
Contract / Freelance

The Football Association
Head of Performance Services – Women’s Talent Pathway & Women’s Super League (WSL)
Home based


Win the World Cup in 2023 and sustain success thereafter

To deliver against this inspiring goal we are changing how we work, reallocating resources and investing heavily to create a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

This is a unique and exciting time to join The FA in an integral role to the organisation achieving its goals.


The post-holder will provide strategic and operational leadership of all performance services for the Women’s talent pathway and WSL (performance medicine, analysis & insight (PA), physical preparation, physiotherapy, performance lifestyle, psychology) to support the creation of competitive advantages for England player development. They will lead the strategic and operational planning for talent pathway and WSL services and will ensure best practice processes are developed and implemented across all areas of the women’s pathway and WSL teams to support ongoing player development align with England team success. Working with the Head of Women’s performance and Head of Talent & Player Development, the post-holder will provide strategic direction, leadership and support to all aspects of Performance Support.



  • The strategic and operational leadership of all support services across all disciplines to underpin the development of pathway players and WSL academies
  • Development of a support services plan including detailed operational processes and procedures and collaboration with external agencies (Sports Aid/TASS) and sports to deliver consistent world leading practice across the women’s pathway and WSL academies
  • Oversee all sports science provision resourced by The FA through Sports Aid/TASS or consultants being delivered to players and WSL academies
  • Lead a support team capable of delivering and developing support services to impact positively upon performance.
  • Ensure that performance support services achieve maximum impact and are fully aligned to all activity across the Women’s performance programme and national teams through helping to “define and align” What it Takes to Win (WITTW) and playing a lead role in the performance planning process
  • Conduct technical planning meetings with coaches and practitioners to develop prioritised, fully integrated performance support plans for the WCP. Including ensuring clarity in the objectives and outcomes of this support plan and how SSM support will positively impact upon performance.
  • Ensure that all SSM practitioners are accountable, responsive and have detailed work programmes to ensure that they have a positive performance impact.
  • Provide a real time feedback loop to the leadership, coaching and performance teams on operational delivery and how it is helping support player and club academy plans.
  • Annual audit of WSL clubs, WSL academies and women’s pathway of all sports science provision and specifically governance, emergency planning, record keeping and professional standards in medical care.
  • In collaboration with the England teams heads of sports science services, develop a comprehensive alignment delivery plan.
  • Establish a close working relationship with the Technical and National coaching teams to ensure all activities are aligned and to contribute to projects within the England teams and talent team scope of activity to ensure alignment of philosophy and delivery
  • Lead the coordination, development and implementation of a technology roadmap with the IT department to scope, design and implement key technology projects such as medical records for the women’s talent pathway and WSL
  • Contribute to the development of an overall strategy for England women’s performance.
  • To contribute to the strategic direction of women’s performance, as agreed with the Head of Women’s performance, supporting the delivery of strategic milestones and goals
  • Owns and manages the business case and budget for Women’s Pathway an WSL Performance services
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities


  • Extensive experience in delivering innovative but practical solutions in elite sporting environments
  • Broad knowledge of Sports Medicine & Sports Science support services, and High Performance programme delivery with elite athletes
  • Recent track record in elite sport as Performance Director/Head or equivalent with specialism in one or more disciplines or recent pro club or Olympic/Paralympic experience
  • Experience in monitoring and assessing effectiveness of a multidisciplinary support programme
  • Experience of effective leadership and management of medical and sports science practitioners
  • Experience of seeking out world best practice in sport/football and successfully translating into a specific environment
  • Understanding of diversity and equality challenges in football



If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference to England Team success, please follow the instructions below.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 3rd December 2017. The assessment day will be held at St. George’s Park on 18th December 2017.

The Football Association Group promotes Equal Opportunities in employment, and welcomes applications from all parts of the community. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter. 



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