Academy Head of Player Development

Leicester City

Vacancy summary

  • Salary:
  • Location:
    Leicester City Training Ground
  • Category:
  • Closing date:
    July 9th
  • More info & apply:
    See below

About The Role

Based at the brand-new Leicester City Training Ground the Club have split what is usually called the Head of Coaching position into two roles, Head of Coach Development and Head of Academy Player Development. The Head of Academy Player Development is a pivotal and influential position within the academy. Working closely with the Academy Manager, Head of Coach Development and Lead Phase Coaches the role has overall responsibility for the football development of players in the academy from U9 to U18, the role will ensure that players transitioning into the U23 squad and First Team have the required technical ability and tactical knowledge to make an impact and continue their football pathway.

Who We’re Looking For

The successful candidate will be a leader who has extensive experience, an in-depth knowledge of young player development and proven track record in developing young players in professional football.

  • To take overall responsibility to the technical development of players within the academy U9 – U18.
  • To ensure that the football programme develops young people with the technical ability and tactical knowledge to progress through the academy and fulfil their potential.
  • To ensure that the academy football programme inspires our young people and staff.
  • To co-ordinate and oversee the release and retain recommendation process.

Academy Values

The successful candidate must adhere and communicate the Academy values to stakeholders whenever the opportunity arises.

  • Integrity: Able to act in an ethical manner at all times, treat individuals with respect and demonstrate trustworthiness and honesty at all times.
  • Innovation: Able to be forward thinking and strive to continuously improve our work.
  • Inclusive: Be welcoming to all and create an environment of openness.
  • Professionalism: The ability to maintain professionalism and a calm demeanour at all times.
  • Pride: Take pride in your actions and decisions and exhibit enthusiasm and excellence.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.


  • Hold minimum UEFA A and Advanced Youth Award.
  • Must pass an FA DBS check.
  • Extensive experience and proven track record in developing young players in an academy environment.
  • Experience in leading and managing a team of staff.


  • Completed or completing a development programme such as LMA Diploma in Football, Premier League ECAS or EHOC.
  • Coaching experience in a Category 1 Academy.
  • A full clean driving license.
  • Completed Basic First Aid for Sport.
  • Completed FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for.

Formed in 1884, the Club has been in the Premier League since 2014 when the Foxes were promoted as Championship winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history, and the Foxes went on to reach the quarter finals of the competition.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays. Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the recent opening of a new state-of-the-art Training Ground in north Leicestershire.

Ultimately, the Club’s vision is as exciting as it is simple: we believe that together, it’s possible. We value and respect individual difference and recognise that the diversity of our staff contributes to our success off the pitch. Our inclusive culture and approach is supported by our Stonewall Diversity Champions partnership, our Time to Change pledge and our status as a Disability Confident employer.

Benefits Package

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

How to Apply

If you feel you have the qualities and experience we are looking for please apply by sending an application form, Application Form along with a covering letter, by email to with the subject line 'TGG - Head of Player Development'.

To progress your application, candidates must also complete an Equality Monitoring Form. This will be treated in confidence to your application and will aid LCFC in our obligations and commitments to support diversity and inclusion.

A detailed job description can be found HERE.

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be compiled shortly after the closing date and successful candidates will be contacted about the interview process.

Leicester City Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Leicester City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, you may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service and prior to taking up any role.

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