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Job Vacancy: Academy Manager

27 January 2022

An exciting opportunity to join the club as our Academy Manager...

Job Title: Academy Manager
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: The Banks’s Stadium, Walsall FC, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA
Reporting to: Technical Director
Responsible for: Strategic Direction of the Academy
Contractual Status: Permanent
Hours of Work: Standard working week of a minimum of 40 hours, excluding meal breaks of half an hour daily. In addition, you may be required to work outside of normal office hours, at evenings, weekends and on bank holidays and on public holidays for match days and other business events. Not suitable for job share.

Walsall Football Club are looking to recruit a highly skilled, qualified and experienced Academy Manager who will be responsible for the management of the club’s EPPP Academy designed to support and develop talented players into the first team and to co-ordinate and manage the Academy Programme - the role will also support with coaching the U18 Scholars.

Duties and responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Academy Manager shall include but are not limited to (unless otherwise approved by the Board):

  • ensuring implementation of the Club’s Playing Philosophy, Coaching Philosophy and Coaching Curriculum;
  • drawing up the Academy Performance Plan as set out in, and subject to the provisions of, EFL Rule 25;
  • implementing the Academy Performance Plan;
  • advising the Club Board on:
    • whether the Academy has met the performance targets set out in the Academy Performance Plan; and
    • the action to be taken by the Club if the Academy has not met those performance targets;
  • ensuring the effective use by all appropriate Academy Staff of the Performance Management Application, Performance Clocks, and the Audit Tool, including ensuring that all relevant data is recorded thereon;
  • the implementation and management of the Academy’s Coaching Curriculum;
  • providing all necessary assistance to the League in connection with its on-going monitoring and annual evaluations of the Academy and to the ISO in connection with the ISO Audits;
  • ensuring that all Academy Staff undertake the Continued Professional Development required of them by this section of the Rules;
  • being the line manager of the Head of Education, Head of Coaching, and Head of Recruitment;
  • Management and Maintenance of the Club’s relationship with the Walsall FC Community Programme, in terms of Astroturf usage and the Community’s Talented and Gifted programme; and
  • Any other activities deemed to fall under the remit of the Academy Manger from time to time as defined by both the Employer and the EFL.


The Academy Manager must hold:

  • an up to date UEFA A Licence; and
  • an FA Youth Award; and
  • an FA Advanced Youth Award; and
  • Any other such qualification as deemed necessary from time to time by the EFL.


The Academy Manager must also undertake Continued Professional Development organised by the Club.  In addition, where the Academy Manager holds a qualification set out in EFL Rule 57, he must attend such training provided by The Football Association as is necessary to maintain the validity of that qualification and at least five hours of in-service training to be provided by the League every year and hold a current Basic First Aid for Sport Qualification, current EFAiF or an equivalent or higher qualification approved by the EFL Board.

BAME Declaration
The EFL has introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds.  New regulations require clubs to shortlist at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all roles in Academy football that require a UEFA ‘A’ or UEFA ‘B’ Licence.

Do you consider your ethnicity to fall within one of the following definitions?

  • Black
    • Asian
    • Other Minority Ethnic (i.e. from any other ethnic group that is not ‘White British’)

 * YES / NO (please indicate on your application)

To apply, please complete the attached application form and send to: with the subject header ‘Academy Manager Job’.

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