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26 June 2023

Club News


26 June 2023

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We are welcoming applications for Bradford City AFC’s academy manager role.

Reporting to the club’s chief executive officer, the successful candidate will oversee City’s academy operations, providing leadership to all areas through operational management, budget management and strategic planning while demonstrating our core values.

The academy manager will provide individual development action plans for all full-time staff and is committed to staff and player welfare, and equality, diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate must ensure academy operations align with the club’s overall strategy and vision, while leading on academy matters during technical board meetings.

Bradford City operates one of the leading category-three academies in English football and is proud of its role in developing a host of future footballing stars who have subsequently moved to Premier League and Championship clubs in recent years. It is advantageous for prospective candidates to boast experience in academy player movement and an understanding of the market and compensation agreements.

The successful candidate will work to build and maintain strong relationships internally and externally, across the academy footballing landscape, while effectively supporting staff to deliver the academy performance plan.

Other key responsibilities include collaborating with club’s education partners and analysis, wellbeing and sports science departments, ensuring all stakeholders understand our methodology and its implementation into the overall strategy and daily decision-making. The successful candidate will maintain positive relationships with both academy and first-team staff, as well as players and parents within the academy’s structures and age groups.

Full DBS clearance, safeguarding and protecting children, an up-to-date FA Youth Award and UEFA B License are essential, with the FA Advanced Youth Award being highly advantageous and UEFA A License and Elite Academy Managers Qualification desirable. You must be able to provide two satisfactory references prior to employment, complete an enhanced disclosure and appropriate barred list check prior to employment and have a full, clean UK driving license.

Bradford City AFC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people - and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Bradford City AFC promotes inclusion and confronts and eliminates discrimination - whether by reason of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, nationality, ethnicity (race), religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity and encourage equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified persons.

The EFL has introduced positive action measures aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (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 License.

If you consider your ethnicity to fall within one of the following definitions - Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (i.e. from any other ethnic group that is not ‘White British’) - please inform us with your application.

To view the full job description, please CLICK HERE

To apply for the position of academy manager, please send your CV - along with completed copies of our application form and diversity monitoring form - to, with the subject line 'Academy Manager Application'.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for all applications is 6.00pm on Friday June 30.

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