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Job vacancy: Junior Academy Sports Rehabilitator

Bristol Bears would like to open applications for the position of Junior Academy Physio/Sports Rehabilitator/Sports Therapist.

We are looking for an experienced, highly skilled and motivated individual to join our Academy and medical departments, assisting the club in delivering its vision of developing home grown Bears first team players and England internationals.

The successful applicant will work within the medical department of Bristol Bears (a Premiership Rugby Club and Academy) and will report to both the Head of Medical and Academy Manager.

Working in a dynamic and innovative environment, the successful candidate will require excellent clinical knowledge, the ability to work within a multidisciplinary support team of an elite sports environment and suitable clinical skills. The role will support the medical needs across the length of the junior Academy player pathway (aged 13-18 years).

The position is full time and the successful candidate will be required to be flexible in working commitments, as this will include evenings, weekends and match days.


  • Deliver an excellent level of professional and personal service to all those injured players under their care.
  • Lead all medical provision for the junior academy (13-18 year olds) to cover the player development groups (PDG), developing player programme (DPP) and all age group Academy fixtures.
  • Fulfil all requirements of contemporaneous record keeping through the “Rugby Squad” medical notation system in line with RFU requirements.
  • Regularly liaise with age group coaching staff updating them on player availability for training and games.
  • Plan and implement a medical screening process (and follow up interventions) to ensure optimal physical development within the PDG environment.
  • Liaise with S&C staff on returning injured players from the age group squads, leading on return to performance case conference meetings.
  • Attend all Academy games and festivals. Leading the immediate pitch side trauma care for the games.
  • Ensure that players progressing from the U18’s into the full time Academy are prepared physically for the demands of professional rugby.
  • Manage the provision and quality assure the level of medical support to the DPP groups. Undertaking regular CPD for DPP staff and keeping them in line with the clubs overall medical and rehabilitation philosophies.
  • Develop & maintain medical links between the academy, clubs, colleges & schools regarding all Bristol Bears PDG players. Regular communication to update them on player availability & training status.
  • Liaise with England age group medical staff on all Bristol Bears Junior Academy players involved in international programmes.
  • Manage all part time and sessional staff within the junior academy – allocating work programmes and assessing their effectiveness.
  • Develop relevant knowledge and update professional skills in-line with current professional guideline – CPD provision and opportunities to be discussed with line managers.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties relating to the Bristol Bears Rugby Academy as required by the Academy Manager.

Applicant Specification: 

Applicants must, at the closing date for applications, be able to display and provide evidence of the following qualifications/training, experience, specialist knowledge, skills/abilities and behaviours outlined below in this person specification. Bristol Bears Rugby reserves the right to enhance criteria to facilitate short-listing.

Essential Criteria:

  • BSc Degree in Physiotherapy/BSc Sports Therapy/BSc Sports Rehabilitation.
  • Training in Pitch Side Emergency Care to ICIS level 3, or a willingness to complete this training at the next available opportunity.
  • Minimum 2 years full-time post graduate (or equivalent part-time) clinical experience as a therapist and 1 of these years must be full-time (or equivalent part-time) working as a therapist in elite level sport.
    Good understanding of elite level rugby union and knowledge of developing young athletes.
  • Organised, efficient and self-driven in all aspects of work.
  • Capable of developing effective relationships with other staff members and players and parents alike.
  • High level of IT skills, with the ability to analyse and present data to coaching & other performance services staff.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks will be carried out for the successful candidate.

How to Apply – Please provide a CV and covering letter, (combined into one PDF document with your name as the file name), outlining why you are suitable for this role, to Lucy Peters (

Please include your current remuneration (or salary expectation) and a potential earliest start date if appointed to the role. Short-listed candidates will be informed by Fri 2nd Aug. Those applicants who are unsuccessful will not be contacted and due to the anticipated number of applications providing feedback on an individual basis will not be possible.