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Sport Psychologist

7 months ago

The FA

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Job Description

The Football Association is seeking to recruit an experienced, passionate, and driven sports psychologist to work as part of a collaborative sport psychology team supporting England Women's age-group teams.

The role will suit a psychologist who has experience working collaboratively in high-performance teams to positively impact performance and facilitate positive mental health. The number of delivery days per season might vary but will be circa 45-80 days per annum depending upon team requirements.

The role is camp-based (taking place during the Women's FIFA international windows) and will involve National and International travel to support England Teams in preparing for and playing international fixtures and tournaments.

About The Team

Our Women's Technical team support all aspects of Women's elite performance – managing everything from identifying talent to the development and coaching of multi-disciplinary teams throughout the age groups, up to our Senior England teams. To deliver on our goal we have invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at our National Football Centre, St. George's Park.

What You'll Do?

  • Proactively lead and enable the delivery of a clearly defined and aligned performance-driven psychology strategy to a specified age-group team. You will work with key stakeholders to improve performance through the development, effective implementation, and robust evaluation of sport psychology support. You will report to the head of psychology and deliver comprehensive support aligned with the wider sport psychology strategy.

  • Facilitate the development of a sustainable high-performance culture across English teams that promotes positive mental health and drives extraordinary human performance:

  • Quality assures the delivery of a performance focussed psychology service in line with the training and match/tournament objectives of England players.

  • Develop a robust process for ensuring performance impact is measurable and visible to all stakeholders.

  • Identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops, to inform and educate players, coaches, and key stakeholders on the effective use of psychological support.

  • Where appropriate, provide targeted psychology support directly to a select number of players and coaches.

  • Assist the mental health governance group to support positive mental health and well-being throughout the women's programme.

  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group's changing priorities.

  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What You'll Need?

Essential for the role:

  • BSc and MSc in psychology/sport psychology (or relevant equivalent)

  • British Psychological Society Chartered Status or BASES Support Accredited (or equivalent)

  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Extensive experience working within a multi-disciplinary team, providing psychological support to team sports.

  • Experience in providing support that targets the optimisation of team dynamics/behaviour.

  • Have travelled with a team to major international competition at senior or junior level (e.g. Olympic or Paralympic Games, World or European Championships, Commonwealth Games or professional equivalent)

  • Experience working closely with and directly advising senior stakeholders within a National Governing Body (i.e. programme managers, head coach, Technical Director, General Manager etc)

  • Verbal and written knowledge of the English language.

  • Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders.

Beneficial to have:

  • PhD in psychology/sport psychology or relevant equivalent.

  • Experience in coaching.

  • Experience working in football.

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Job TypePart time
QualificationsCollege Qualification