Rangers Football Club is looking to recruit an Academy Physiotherapist. The successful candidate must be motivated and enthusiastic and looking to build a career in Football. The successful individual will be tasked with supporting our Sports Science and Medical department and will be responsible for delivering assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries within the schoolboy age groups of 11 – 16s with some involvement at 18s level as well as leading our Boclair schoolboy programme.
Reporting into the Lead Academy Physiotherapist, this exciting opportunity involves working 37.5 hours, 5 days out of 7, with responsibilities at evenings and weekends during competitive fixtures and training as well as tours and tournaments.
Your responsibilities will include the following:
• To deliver the sports medicine support strategy for all age groups in the Academy (focusing on the U11-18s squads) providing high quality medical provision to the players at Rangers Football club.
• As part of a multi-disciplinary team, regularly contribute to the departmental strategy to ensure best practice and continuous improvement.
• Assist in ensuring the department attains criteria in line with the Club’s Performance Strategy and football governing bodies.
• Liaise daily with other Academy Physiotherapists, Sport Scientists and Coaches to ensure effective communication between departments.
• Attend weekly performance meetings with Academy Performance staff.
• Ensure that the management of injuries meets elite standards and the Club’s commitment to players through best practice in recognition/diagnosis, documentation, evaluation and treatment of injures.
• Ensure appropriate injury mitigation and player care strategies are adopted, including but not limited to: screening, testing, player and squad interventions, player and coach education, and maturation-based interventions.
• Based on screening, injury history, and performance testing, develop and implement both individual and squad based interventions with a view to maximising player performance and reducing injuries.
• Database management regarding player records, injury history, statistics and progress including regular injury auditing. This should utilise the Club’s on-line platform.
• Working with the Performance team to implement the appropriate rehabilitation and re-conditioning of injured players to allow safe and effective return to play as soon as possible.
• Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement of the departmental strategy relating to individual player and squad needs including in-service training.
• Provide regular feedback to coaches, players and parents on player development.
• Support players in achieving a ‘Performance lifestyle’ through player education strategies.
• Support coaches in maximising player development through coach education strategies.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the physical development requirements of young footballers including an understanding of growth and maturation in relation to performance and injury.
• Undertake personal CPD to meet the demands of the role.
• Ensure medical equipment is at the required level and standard, up to date and in line with the Club’s and governing bodies’ requirements.
• Ensure the safe use of gym equipment for any player under your supervision.
• To provide medical cover at, home and away fixtures, where required.
• To attend tournaments abroad as and when required.
• To support the Academy’s culture, core principals, aims and values.
• To support a performance culture and maximise player potential and ensure that a common and united message is delivered to all players at all times.
The candidate attributes include:
• Previous Physiotherapy experience
• Graduate calibre or equivalent proven experience working within a similar role
• Sound knowledge of Physiotherapy techniques
• Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
• Experience of working in full time football or other sport is essential
• Understanding of the physical development requirements of young athletes
• Understanding of growth and maturation in relation to performance and injury
• IT skills to a high level of competence: Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
• Engaging personality and able influencer with the ability to adapt to fresh challenges.
• Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
• An ability to manage time effectively to achieve the expectations of the role.
• Good team player.
• A flexible approach to working hours is must due to the nature of the job and the scheduling of fixtures.
You must be eligible 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.
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. Successful candidates will undertake a PVG check.
How to apply
If you can add value to our team please email your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org