Salary                  Competitive

Contract             Permanent contract, full time hours

Location             PUFC training Ground

Closing Date      Monday 13th November 2023

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 Closing date for applications is midday Friday 17th November 2023.

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Peterborough United are looking to appoint a full-time Senior Professional Development Phase Lead to support the growth of the programme following being granted Category 2 status.

Applicants must possess an A Licence qualification and the Advanced Youth Award.

Experience and success coaching and leading in the Professional Development Phase and/or a professional first team is essential.

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Job Overview:

To play a significant role in helping lead the development of footballers within the Academy programme. Helping the academy achieve its vision of becoming ‘a leading Category 2 Academy developing a minimum of 3 academy graduates per season’.

To work closely with the Academy Manager, and coaches within the Professional Development Phase in creating an effective environment for U18 & U21 players. To oversee u18 and u21 coaching sessions, matchdays and off-pitch work in alignment with our academy methodology. To drive the players individual development plans and ensure the players reach their potential.

Main Responsibilities include:

  • To oversee the planning, delivery and review coaching sessions and matchdays within the PDP in alignment with our academy methodology.
  • To ensure all players within the phase have effective Individual Development Plans in place, which get supported, communicated, and reviewed regularly.
  • To support and manage the process for the pro phase players who are on loan/work experience and their pathway at the loan club alongside other senior Academy staff
  • To liaise with the Analysis department to produce and deliver content to the players.
  • To attend, lead and contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings to identify individual player needs and put actions in place to develop these.
  • To work closely with the 1st team staff to ensure a smooth transition for young players moving from PDP-1st Team.
  • To assist in the delivery and development of players within other phases, such as Youth Development Phase at times, when required.
  • To attend and contribute to the academy’s CPD programme.
  • To ensure the Performance Management Application is up to date – including all training sessions, fixtures and player reviews.
  • Take part in all available CPD opportunities to gain further knowledge and increase the high standards of delivery.
  • Ensure health and safety procedures are implemented and recorded as required.
  • Attend any relevant training requirements e.g. first aid, safeguarding children.
  • Assist with parent / agent communication.
  • Assist in the arrangement of additional fixtures when necessary
  • Work closely with the Academy Manager regarding the vision and progression of the Academy.


  • Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.
  • It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person, or adult at risk. As such, we adhere to Safer Recruitment processes and for some roles a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service may be required prior to starting in a role at the Club.

Equality Statement:

  • Peterborough United Football Club celebrates the diversity of its Club and embrace equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, sex and religion or belief.
  • Employees will be recruited and selected, based on objective criteria.