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Job vacancy: Junior Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach

Bristol Bears has a job vacancy for a Junior Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach to join their team.

The successful applicant will work within the Strength & Conditioning department of Bristol Bears (a Premiership Rugby club and Academy) and will report to the Head of Performance, Head of Academy Strength & Conditioning and Academy Manager.

Working in a dynamic and innovative environment, the successful candidate will take a lead role in planning, delivering and reporting on all aspects of the strength & conditioning programme of the junior Academy players (aged 13-18 years).

The Role:

  • Lead S&C provision for the junior academy (13-18) for the Player Development Group and Developing Player Programme
  • Plan, deliver and monitor the S&C programmes for players in the U18’s Academy squad.
  • Undertake regular testing of the PDG players to confirm the effectiveness of the programmes that have been implemented
  • Manage all part time staff and interns within the junior academy – allocating work programmes and assessing their effectiveness.
  • Monitor playing loads of junior academy players to ensure physical development goals are met across the season
  • Assist in S&C provision for the senior non-integrated academy group as and when required.
  • Develop & maintain S&C links between colleges & schools; delivering CPD to staff and assisting in delivery to players
  • Liaise with medical staff on returning injured players to performance from the age group squads
  • Liaise with England age group performance staff on all Bristol Bears players involved in international programmes
  • Ensure that players progressing from the U18’s into the full time Academy are prepared physically for the demands of professional rugby
  • Provide education sessions to players on aspects of their wider lifestyle (sleep, recovery, social life etc), which will effect their physical development and progress within a professional rugby environment
  • Attend Academy games & festivals. Leading the physical preparation for the game to include – warm up, hydration, pre/post game nutrition and post-game recovery strategies.
  • Manage and quality assure the level of S&C support to the DPP groups. Undertaking regular CPD for DPP staff and keeping them in line with the clubs overall S&C philosophy
  • Undertake other administrative duties relating to the Bristol Bears Rugby Academy as required.

The Person:

- Degree level qualification in Strength & Conditioning, Sport Science or a related discipline
- UKSCA accreditation or equivalent
- Minimum of 12 months experience of working within a Strength & Conditioning department 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 alike
- High level of IT skills, with the ability to analyse and present data to coaching & other performance services staff

Closing Date/Time – Mon 15th Oct; 17.00 (GMT)
Interviews – Wed 24th Oct (all day)
Location – Bristol Bears Training Centre, c/o Clifton RFC, Bristol, BS10 7TT
Contract – Permanent with salary to be discussed at interview.

How to Apply – Please provide a CV and covering letter (combined in 1 document) outlining why you should be considered for the role, to the Head of Academy Strength & Conditioning - gvanklaveren@bristolbearsrugby.com . Please include your current salary or salary expectation and a potential earliest start date if appointed.

Download the full job description here.