Consultant Posts: Physiotherapists (FA Girls' England Talent Pathway) Ref: CP-18

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The Football Association

Consultant Posts: Physiotherapists (FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway)

Roles are Regionally Based


To establish a world leading, sustainable female player development programme supported by an elite workforce, to create world class players and teams to compete and win on the global stage.

The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway has been put in place to support the identification and development of those with elite potential, and to ensure that appropriate playing opportunities are in place to enable players to fulfil their developmental needs and reach our ultimate goal in producing elite English female players to compete on the world stage.


Physiotherapists (for the FA Girls’ Regional Development Programmes or National Performance Camps)

Overview of the role:

The primary objective of the role is to lead the Physiotherapy and Medical provision of the Regional Development Programmes or National Performance Camps as required, delivering a world class service to the junior athletes. These roles will assist in international playing success in the longer term by supporting the optimum availability and development of players.

The FA Talent Pathway consists of a National Performance Programme and a Regional Development Programme, both working with elite female footballers aged Under-14 to Under-17. The Regional Development Programme includes two three-day camps in the north and south of England (December and February) as well as regional Hub Days – single day events held across nine different regions in England (four Hub days per region, per season – see dates below). Physiotherapists will be appointed to each region to lead on hub day delivery. The National Performance Programme consists of three-day camps based in the Midlands region and will take place eight times over the 2018-19 season.

Key responsibilities:

  • Excellent physiotherapy delivery on Regional Development Programmes (RDPs) and/or National Performance Camps (NPCs)
  • To assess, treat and manage all injuries to players sustained on RDPs or NPCs
  • To determine players’ fitness to train and play, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary Team (MDT), and inform coaching staff of any modifications
  • In line with the Long Term Player Development strategy, assist the MDT in improving the physical and physiological development of players attending the RDPs or NPCs
  • Work in conjunction with MDT consultants, as required, in implementing policies and procedures and following all relevant Standard Operating Procedures
  • Complete accurate and timely medical records
  • Ensure medical information regarding players is up to date and inform relevant members of the MDT
  • Ensure timely and appropriate communication with the physiotherapy lead regarding players - pre and post camps and hubs
  • Ensure accurate emergency contact details are collated for all players attending RDPs or NPCs
  • Attend CPD and staff training events where appropriate
  • To be involved in the review, development and co-ordination of the RDPs or NPCs to ensure the continued success and sustainability of all future events
  • Provide support to National Talent Lead Physiotherapist on scoping for future vision and planning

Essential attributes:

  • Chartered Physiotherapist with HCPC Registration and AREA/ATMMiF first aid
  • More than 2 years’ experience as a Physiotherapist
  • Excellent academic and applied knowledge of best practice in physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Excellent communication, presentation and IT skills
  • A clear understanding of child safeguarding with practical experience. Passed relevant checks related to this.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours when required
  • Very good written and oral communication
  • Very good relationship builder


Desirable attributes:

  • Postgraduate qualification in sports physiotherapy
  • Evidence of CPD in Sports Physiotherapy
  • Experience working within the FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway
  • Knowledge of current issues that impact upon the development of elite young athletes/players
  • Proven ability or experience working with younger adolescent age groups


Please email with any queries about the above roles. 


To apply please send your CV (no more that two pages) with two references and a covering letter of no more that one page stating why you are applying for this role and how your skills meet the job requirements to

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 30th July.

Please note interviews will take place initially by a telephone interview w/c Monday 6th August.

In your covering letter please confirm which Regional Development Programme you would like to be considered for based on geography, and if you also want to be considered for the North/South Regional Development Camps or National Performance Camps. The role requires you to be available for all four dates of one or more of the following regions. If you cannot attend all dates for a region then please do not apply.

Regional Development Programme Dates and Locations:

  1. North West - Manchester: 18th November; 20th January; 17th March; 12th May:
  2. North East - Newcastle: 25th November; 27th January; 24th March; 12th May
  3. Midlands - Birmingham: 25th November; 20th January; 24th March; 19th May
  4. Midlands - Nottingham: 18th November; 20th January; 17th March; 19th May
  5. East - Bury St Edmonds: 25th November; 27th January; 24th March; 19th May
  6. London - Surrey: 18th November; 27th January; 24th March; 19th May
  7. London - Bisham: 25th November; 20th January; 17th March; 12th May:
  8. South West - Bristol: 25th November; 27th January; 17th March; 19th May
  9. South West - Huish Episcopi: 18th November; 20th January; 24th March; 12th May

If successful in being offered one of the regional posts, as well as being available for the above dates you will be required to attend an induction day in September/October.

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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