First Team Therapist

AFC Bournemouth

Vacancy summary

  • Salary:
    Competitive plus benefits
  • Location:
    Vitality Stadium (with UK Travel)
  • Category:
  • Closing date:
    June 21st
  • More info & apply:
    See below


Entering an exciting new chapter in its long and storied history, AFC Bournemouth is proud to retain its focus on family and community. Delivering that engagement with our loyal supporters is a passionate and integrated backroom staff, working closely together to provide a positive and lasting experience for all at Vitality Stadium.

Since its takeover by chairman Bill Foley, in a partnership including Hollywood actor Michael B. Jordan, the club has seen significant investment committed towards sustaining AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League, highlighted by the construction of a state-of-the-art training facility and the arrival of promising young talent from top clubs around Europe.


AFC Bournemouth is looking for an experienced Physiotherapist or Sports Therapist to join the team as we enter our next season in the Premier League. This is a demanding job role in a fast-paced environment in the professional sports industry.

  • Job Advert Reference: AFCB0027
  • Reports to: Head of Performance and Medicine
  • Contract: Permanent, full-time with matchday, evening and weekend working required.

    • Work within a Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide elite medical services to 1st Team players.
    • Liaise with Head of Performance and Medicine and other medical and performance staff regarding player availability, injury status, and rehabilitation plans.
    • Provide preventative player care services via player profiling, pre-participation screening, prophylactic interventions, and lifestyle evaluation to maximize the health and performance of players.
    • Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and neuromuscular evaluation skills to properly diagnose acute and chronic injuries.
    • Deliver manual therapy and exercise-based therapeutic interventions for both acute and chronic injury rehabilitation.
    • Monitor individual player objective markers to create bespoke recovery and performance management plans.
    • Participate as an emergency responder to initiate care and deliver emergency first aid services within scope of practice in a pre-hospital setting.
    • Defensibly document timely and accurate medical records within an electronic medical records system to memorialize medical service provision and to provide for a continuity of care.
    • Accompanying players to medical appointments as required.
    • Undertake Continuous Professional Development.
    • Carry out other reasonable tasks directed by the Head of Performance and Medicine.
    • As a member of staff to ensure in all matters, you follow and actively promote the club’s mental health policies and practices to ensure an open, non-judgmental and inclusive environment for everyone engaged with the club.
    • As a member of staff to ensure that you to adhere to the club’s safeguarding policiesand procedures and are committed to our safeguarding values, creating a safe andpositive environment for all those who interact with the club.
    • Obligation to adhere to the club’s health and safety policy and procedures.
    • As a member of staff to ensure in all matters you follow and actively promote theclub’s equality policies and practices to ensure a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for everyone engaged with the club.


    • Experience of working with elite athletes
    • More than 5 years’ experience of sports medicine Experience of working in a professional sports environment Knowledge of sound injury prevention strategies Knowledge of screening/ profiling elite athletes
    • Interest in undertaking Sports Medicine research
    • IT Skills – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Self-motivated with an excellent work ethic
    • A team player
    • Flexible approach to working hours
    • Ability to work calmly under pressure
    • Ability to work unsupervised

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    • BSc or MSc in Sports Therapy and registration with the Society of Sports Therapy or a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and registration with CSP & HCPC.
    • FA ATTMiF Qualification or equivalent.


    • MSc in Sports Medicine or equivalent.
    • FA Learning Safeguarding Children Workshop attendee (or renewal) in the last three years.


    The Club’s values are at the core of its staff behaviour and how they approach everything they do, therefore we are looking for someone who is honest, inclusive, kind, hardworking and loyal.


    In return for your hard work and commitment to us, you will receive a competitive reward package which will include, but is not limited to:

    • Free onsite parking.
    • Season ticket and allocation of complimentary/purchased tickets.
    • Subsidised lunches and complimentary healthy snacks throughout the day.
    • Discounts at the club Superstore.
    • Contribution towards eye tests and glasses.
    • Discounts and benefits from partners and local businesses.
    • Club pension & Life Assurance Scheme.
    • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) by Health Assured.
    • Paid parental leave (bank of five days per year).
    • Christmas Party, End of Season awards and other social events throughout theyear run by our club social team.
    • Paid volunteer opportunities (2 days per year).
    • Paid day’s leave on your birthday.

    The Club reserves the right to close this vacancy before the proposed deadline should it deem appropriate.


    Please send your application form to by June 21st 2024.

    AFC Bournemouth is an equal opportunities employer and ensures staff and volunteers are able to achieve their full potential.We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion and embrace the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society.

    We take our responsibility seriously, to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

    We actively encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from ethnically diverse communities.For further information on accessibility within the stadium please click here.

    AFC Bournemouth is committed to protecting all children, young persons, and adults at risk in itscare or attending its premises and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.

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