Academy Children and Youth Coaching Opportunities: St Johnstone FC Football Academy

Opportunities have arisen within St Johnstone FC football academy. The football club is seeking highly motivated, skillful, and enthusiastic individuals to join our Youth Academy Coaching structure, appointments are part time collaborating with young players aged U13 – U16.

Operating at our academy facility based at McDiarmid Park, Perth, you will play a key role in the coaching programme including the planning, and delivery, of coaching sessions in line with the Club’s coaching philosophy and player development frameworks.

The individual must be able to provide an excellent service to young people and parents and show the necessary desire and commitment to develop her/himself professionally and continuously within the role.

Previous experience of working within an academy structure is preferable and candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills. Furthermore, applicants should possess the ability to set up, manage and develop the learning environment that allow young people to feel safe and confident.

Candidates as a minimum must hold the SFA Club Academy Scotland (CAS) minimum qualifications for these roles as highlighted in the defined job description i.e., UEFA A or B Licence.

As part of the application for these position candidates will be subject to undertaking a Disclosure Scotland check.

Due to the high level of interest, this post may close early so early application is advised, otherwise the closing date for these roles is Friday 31st May 2024. If you think you can add value to our Team, please apply by email along with your CV to the addresses indicated on the appropriate job description forms.

Job description

Job Title: Part Time Youth Academy Age Level Coach
Line Manager:  Alistair Stevenson
Line Manager for: Youth Academy Staff
Hours / Salary: Dependent on experience and qualifications, negotiable

Overall Purpose of Job: 

The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting and implementing the academy coaching curriculum established by the Head of Youth Programme and Head of Academy. Delivering effective and innovative session plans in line with the football club philosophy. The role will have a primary Academy focus to provide a pathway for the learning and development of young players thus affording the opportunity for quality players to sign for St Johnstone Football Club.

Main Responsibilities/Description of Duties: 

  •  To provide the appropriate age level coaching at a high standard for a group or groups under his/her tutelage.
  •  To produce a bimonthly report (be it verbal or written) for the Head of Youth Programme, covering all aspects of the youth players’ development. 
  •  Support and input to the evaluation of the players based on their role, objectives identified in assessment compared with actual performance.
  •  Produce weekly match report for centralised collation.
  •  Detail young player attendance at coaching sessions along with coaching content and match day game time. This input is to be delivered to the named person for centralised input to database on a weekly basis.
  •  Consult with academy staff building robust relationships.
  •  Liaise and develop a positive relationship with parents or guardians of our youngsters within the development program.
  •  Develop and teach the young players to understand the benefits to be gained in a healthy lifestyle, diet, drug awareness, education and codes of conduct, this list is not exhaustive.
  •  Discuss and select the team during CAS (Club Academy Scotland) games programme.
  •  To attend all SJFC Academy in-service days as required (conducted at convenient times). 
  •  Attending coaching courses as directed by the Head of Academy.
  •  Ensure a safe environment for training and coaching is provided.
  •  Maintain up to date CPD for the appropriate licence qualification.
  •  To abide by all club policies including (but not exclusive to) Safeguarding, Equality and Health & Safety.
  •  To perform any other duties that are required by management and within the applicant’s capabilities.



  •  Relevant qualification UEFA A Licence or B Licence. 
  •  Coaching Experience 
  •  Disclosure Scotland Clearance    


  •  SFA Child Wellbeing Course Certification
  •  Previous academy football experience
  •  SFA online Mental Health Course.

Closing Date: 31st May 2024
Apply by forwarding a copy of your CV to



Date published: 24 April 2024
Date updated: 24 April 2024


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