FA Girls Talent Pathway Education and Welfare Officer (Consultants) Ref: FAGTPEWO19

Role location
Regionally Based
Type of contract
Contract / Freelance

FA Girls Talent Pathway Education and Welfare Officer

Closing Date: Friday 21st June 2019

Roles are Regionally Based and are on a casual/consultancy basis

The Role:

To support the Education and Learning environment for all U16 players when attending National Development Programmes (NDPs) and National Training Camps (NTCs). The Education and Welfare Officer will ensure all players are developing excellent holistic skills and qualities that are necessary in order to perform in the England Talent Pathway Programme.

To enhance and influence the development of young English female elite footballers contributing to the overall strategy to build winning teams. To deliver the Blueprint for Success for the women’s talent development pathway including National Development Programme and National Talent Camp.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Create an outstanding learning environment for all players attending NDPs and NTCs through stringent planning, outstanding teaching/learning delivery and excellent recording.
  • Manage the delivery of player learning plans when players are attending NDPs and NTCs
  • Be available to dial into any Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) calls prior to event. Ensure that all player workshop reports are completed on relevant forms post event.
  • Provide verbal and written feedback to the Education and Wellbeing Lead when requested.
  • Ensure that all players’ welfare and safety is paramount and Child Protection and Welfare guidelines and protocols are followed whilst on the event.
  • Lead, deliver and organise structured informal activities when required eg, life skills, problem solving, quizzes which will engage and promote team cohesion.
  • Deliver Education Workshops with an innovative and modern approach to teaching and learning that runs parallel to the philosophy and culture of England and the England DNA.
  • Provide a key point of contact for parents throughout the time players are on NDPs and NTCs.
  • Facilitate the smooth running of the NDPs and NTCs signing in and out processes, helping players familiarise themselves with their surroundings and check in their rooms if appropriate.
  • If appropriate complete a safety checklist of the hotel living accommodation prior to the arrival of players.
  • Provide an emergency exit plan to include key roles and responsibilities eg checking all rooms, registering staff and players
  • Lead on the delivery of staff and player checklists which will include emergency procedures, safety in rooms and knowledge of staff rooming details.


Essential Skills:

  • Possesses a progressive approach towards learning with a proven track record of high quality delivery.
  • Knowledge of current issues that impact upon the development of elite young athletes/players (in FA 4 corner model)
  • Committed to own personal development and training
  • A clear understanding of child safeguarding and experience of dealing with issues in an education/football or residential environment. Also knowledge of FA policies with regards to child safeguarding and welfare.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, delivery and IT skills
  • A ‘team’ player adding to the synergy of the group whilst maintaining an individual style and personality
  • Willingness to work flexible hours when required which could be primarily weekends  and on occasions at short notice
  • Be an advocate and ambassador for St George’s Park working with the players  ensuring optimum environments for Talent Pathway players
  • A commitment to equal opportunities.


Desirable Skills:

  • Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Experience or working within a school, RTC , Academy or club environment
  • Any “child specific” qualification
  • Proven track record in the design/implementation and evaluation of education and life skills programmes in the professional game or wider sporting arena
  • Experience in Player Educational Development in Professional football or Elite Sport


You will also be required to hold a full clean driving licence and a FA Child Protection Qualification (from within the last three years).


Please email GirlsTalent@thefa.com with any queries about the above roles. 


To apply please send your CV with two references and a covering letter to GirlsTalent@thefa.com.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 21st June 2019.

In your covering letter please confirm which region you would like to be considered for based on geography, and if you also want to be considered for additional North / South / National events.  National Development Programme events are run in the North East, North West, Midlands, East, South West, South East and London/West regions of the country. Dates can be shared with you at the interview stage but would take place on Sundays through the year for a total of 4 events.

Details of induction events will be provided if successful at interview.

Interviews will be held between the 24th June and the 5th July 2019.

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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