Academy Scouts

Exciting opportunities have arisen at Stoke City Football Club of the English Football League for experienced Academy Scouts to support its Academy Recruitment team at its Category 1 recognised Academy.

Ideal candidates will have experience and a thorough understanding of Academy and Grassroots Football and will be able to identify and assess potential players for the Academy Teams U6-U16.

Main Responsibilities

  • Identifying and reporting on the most talented young players in their designated geographical area.
  • Developing a network of and relationships within youth football and across grassroots clubs in your region.
  • Keeping accurate and detailed records of all matches attended and players observed.
  • Ensuring the necessary forms have been completed and information collated on all potential player recruits.
  • Acting as point of contact between the Youth Academy and players’ parents/guardians and their respective clubs.
  • Giving feedback to players and parents/guardians at the end of a period of training and assessment.
  • Attending scouting meetings with the Head of Academy Recruitment and preparing in advance of those meetings updates of all scouting activity and targeted players.
  • Having a detailed understanding of our Academy Player philosophy and the Academy Player requirements, attending Stoke City Academy training and matches periodically to facilitate this.
  • Projecting a professional image and maintaining an ambassadorial role for the Club and Youth Academy at all times whilst adhering to the Club’s policies and protocols specifically in relation to the recruitment of young players.
  • Attending Child Protection training as required by the Club and adhering to all guidelines contained within the Club’s Child, Protected Adult and Coach Protection Policy.

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience in and a thorough understanding of Academy and/or Grassroots Football in either development phase (U6-U12 or U13-U16).
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT Skills.
  • Proactive in their approach.
  • Trustworthy, adhering to codes of conduct, ethics and confidentiality.
  • FA Talent Identification Level 1.
  • FA Talent Identification Level 2 (Desirable).

The role requires a high degree of flexibility to cover evening and weekend work as required. The positon will be offered on a casual basis with remuneration given accordingly.

The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risks and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Background checks and DBS checks at the appropriate level will be obtained prior to employment commencing.

To apply, please complete and return the application form which can be obtained via our website https://www.stokecityfc.com/category/job-vacancies along with your CV and covering letter to Human Resources, SCFC Jobs, PO Box 3573, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 9LL or email to [email protected] quoting AS1120KICK in the subject line. Alternatively, telephone the Human Resources Department on 01782 684937 for an application form.

Closing date for applications is Friday 4th December 2020.

Stoke City Football Club endorses the principle of Equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the Club will be treated fairly and with respect, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

By applying to us you are agreeing to share your Personal Data in accordance with our Recruitment Privacy Policy which can be found at www.stokecityfc.com/recruitment-privacy-policy/

The Club is committed to providing access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in without threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse. Any person associated with the Club can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected and in particular, that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the Club.