Rangers Football Club: U16 Physiotherapist & Youth Academy Head of Phase (U9 to U16)

Job title:   U16 Physiotherapist & Youth Academy Head of Phase (U9 to U16)           
Reporting line:  Head of Academy Physiotherapy
Department:  Medical Department
Locations:  Rangers Training Ground
Contract:   Permanent, Full-time   

The role

Rangers Football Club are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Physiotherapist to join the Youth Academy Medical Department based at The Rangers Training Centre.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the physiotherapy provision of the U16 boys’ team and will lead the delivery of the Academy Physiotherapy Programme to ensure a first-class player experience for players across the U9 to U16 age groups of the academy. They will report to the Head of Academy Physiotherapy.

The ideal candidate will be an organised, dependable individual who has the ability to work as part of a team, yet also make decisions and work on their own initiative. Communication skills as well as IT literacy (Office and Excel) are crucial for this role.

Essential to the role is a drive and enthusiasm to support the Academy’s culture, environment, and ultimately the ambition to be one of the best football academies in Europe.

Key responsibilities

  • Integrate the structure and organisation of the Academy Sports Medicine department.
  • Implement the Academy Physiotherapy Programme and Prevention Strategies.
  • Liaise with the Head of Academy Physiotherapy on a day-to-day basis on the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of players.
  • Design and implementation of individualised rehabilitation programmes, and return to fitness protocols for all players in the Under 16 age group.
  • Provide match day cover for U16 team, and coordinate the Foundation Phase and Youth Development Phase match cover as required.
  • Oversee the implementation of medical screening as per Academy requirements.
  • Ensure the application of the club injury surveillance system.
  • Support the management of the lead Academy Physiotherapy staff.
  • Clinical assessment/treatment of injuries and medical note-taking to HCPC standards.
  • Liaise with staff from other departments (Sports Science, coaches) on the development of each player.
  • Contribute to the Academy internal CPD programme and engage in all external CPD as required by your role and to maintain your professional licence.
  • Give immediate attention to injured players and ensure a clear communication pathway with coaching staff are made aware of all injuries sustained.
  • Communicate and liaise with the profesional phase and clinic Physiotherapists regarding the medical management of academy players.
  • Ensure that appropriate and comprehensive medical notes are completed on Sports Office within 24 hours of an injury occurring.
  • International tournaments and evening clinic cover when required.

Operational functions:

  • Working autonomously to an agreed level and in the best interests of the Academy.
  • Forging positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to benefit the Academy.
  • Being visible to all internal and external stakeholders and supporting key staff when liaising with parents at critical moments.
  • Championing all Club and Academy policy through ensuring best practice in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the coaching department.
  • Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy performance plan and ultimately the vision of the Academy and the Club.

The candidate

The candidate attributes include:

  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • CSP registration
  • Valid First Aid qualification
  • Sound clinical reasoning
  • Good communication within a multidisciplinary team
  • Evening and weekend work as required
  • Access to own transport
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Equality & inclusion:

Rangers Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

Rangers Football club also welcomes applications from suitably qualified members of the armed forces family.

General information:

The candidate must keep up to date with new methods and undertake any necessary internal or external training sessions in accordance with Company Policies and Procedures.

If you can add value to our team please email your CV and cover letter to recruitment@rangers.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 20th December 2021.

Date published: 07 December 2021
Date updated: 07 December 2021

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