Wellington Phoenix seek strength and conditioning specialist for academy

Professional A-League club Wellington Phoenix are seeking to appoint a strength and conditioning specialist for their academy.

In their description of the role, the club says its head of academy strength and conditioning “plays a crucial role in enhancing the physical performance and overall fitness of football players within the academy.

“This position requires a deep understanding of football-specific strength and conditioning principles, as well as the ability to design and implement comprehensive programmes that align with the developmental needs of young athletes.

“As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the head of academy strength and conditioning will take the lead overseeing and implementing the academy performance programme (U-3-U21 male and female).”

Key responsibilities

  • Lead in the delivery of all academy S&C/sports science support across all teams, in line with the club’s physical performance philosophy. Ensuring athletic development sessions for all age groups are specific and individualised where possible.
  • S&C: Design and implement periodised strength and prehabilitation programmes.
  • Sport science: Record and analyse all scientific data collated from the athletes within the programme.
  • Collaboration with coaching staff.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Research and innovation.
  • Leadership and mentorship.
  • Communication.

Qualifications (required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, or a related field.
  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA Level 2, Associate).
  • First Aid certificate.
  • Full driver’s licence.
  • Ability to work Monday to Sunday (subject to the requirement of the business).
  • Extensive experience (minimum 3+ years) in designing and implementing strength and conditioning programmes for football players, preferably at the academy or professional level.

How to apply

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the subject line: WPFA Head of Academy Strength & Conditioning Application.

The advertisement for this role was first published in mid-January 2024.

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