Vacancy: Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach

Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach

Full Time (40 hours)


Sunderland AFC are looking to recruit an exceptional Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach to help us deliver a world-class performance programme to our players at every level of the performance pathway. Reporting to the Head of Performance and Medicine, the successful candidate will work as a key part of our Performance team, working closely with the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Performance Coaches at the Foundation, Youth Development and Professional Development Phases, and with the wider Performance and Medical team to deliver a leading S&C programme at our world-class training facility. 




  • BSc in a Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning related discipline
  • UKSCA Accreditation or currently working towards completion
  • BASES Accreditation or currently on the Supervised Experience pathway
  • Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)
  • Experience in the preparation of team sport athletes
  • Enhanced DBS



  • MSc in a Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning related discipline
  • Experience of the PGAAC Audit process


Job requirements:


  • UKAD Introduction to Clean Sport 
  • Continually work towards the Club’s corporate strategic goals.
  • Communicate and promote the Club culture to enhance an elite high-performance environment.
  • Communicate and engage with internal and external personnel with professional integrity. 
  • Recognise potential complaint situations and make effective steps to avoid and/or resolve these situations.
  • Attend all professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a personal development plan and integrated appraisal process. 
  • Monitor well-being of others liaising with the Safeguarding and Inclusion Manager where appropriate.
  • Ensure the Club’s Safeguarding Children rules and regulations are adhered to at all times.
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation.
  • Ensure compliance with all the policies and procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying regard to the Equal Opportunity, Dignity at Work and Health & Safety and security policies.

The position is full time (40 hours per week), the availability to work flexible is essential to suit business needs.



To apply please complete an application using the following link:


If your application is successful, you will be contacted for an interview which will take place at Sunderland Football Club on a date to be confirmed. Please note the position for which you are recruited is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Check. All applicants must be able to verify that they are eligible for work in the UK.

Equal Opportunities:

Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.


Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults:

Sunderland AFC recognises that the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC will ensure that safety and protection is given to all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities through adherence to the Safeguarding guidelines adopted by the Club.

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