Spartans FC - Scottish Womens Premier League Team based in Edinburgh


Vacancy: SWPL Head Coach

Spartans FC Women are an ambitious and dedicated club who currently compete in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. Throughout the past eight years our SWPL side has competed at the very top level of Women’s football in Scotland. Achievements include SWPL League Cup Runners Up during seasons 2010/11/12/13, Scottish Cup Runners Up in 2014 and finishing second in the SWPL in season 2011.

Spartans Football Club’s Girls’ and Women’s football philosophy is based around our club motto Live Together ~ Play Together ~ Win Together. It is an ethos that is followed diligently by every single player and member of staff. Everybody is valued, and everybody makes a positive contribution. Spartans Girls’ and Women’s Section strives to promote an environment in which players, coaches, and volunteers within football are given the opportunity to participate and excel in their respective areas.

Following the recent announcement of the departure of Suzy Shepherd we are recruiting a First Team Head Coach for our SWPL team. The successful candidate will work as the on-pitch lead of Spartans Women’s First-Team and will be primarily responsible for carrying out the following duties:
• Accountable and responsible for the technical, tactical and physical development of all first-team players.
• Effectively plan and deliver high performance coaching programmes across the first-team.
• Formal monitoring, evaluation and reporting of player performance.
• To build a successful winning first-team competing in the SWPL1 and all cup competitions.
• Provide support to all Club personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the club.
• Market and promote Spartans FC through the establishment of external links.
• To develop a strong relationship with the Spartans Girls Academy Manager.
• Representing Spartans FC at relevant SWPL1, Scottish FA and SWF meetings and conferences.
In addition to the requisite skills in relation to coaching, the First Team Head Coach will possess the following skills, knowledge and experience:
• Highly developed interpersonal skills and an understanding of what motivates people to commit and perform.
• The ability to foster a positive environment for learning and development.
• Are willing to listen and have the ability to communicate effectively – a preference for listening and understanding.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Display a positive can-do approach.
• Adaptable and innovative.
• Dedicated to self-improvement and personal development.
• An ability to inspire and lead individuals.

Essential Criteria
• UEFA B Licence holder.
• Experience of managing individuals and teams.
• Proven track record of developing long term strategies to ensure the successful recruitment and development of elite football players.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Analytical ability for providing feedback to players and support staff.
• Personality, conduct and credibility, that engages, commands confidence and respect, whilst representing Spartans FC.
• Understanding of SFA Women’s & Girls player pathway.
• Ability to travel independently.
• PVG Checked.
Desirable Criteria
• UEFA A Licence holder (or working towards).
• First Aid qualification.
• Preferred experience of coaching female players.
Working Requirements
• 20 hours per week, covering three football training sessions per week, match days, video analysis sessions and all team/club operational requirements.
• As this post will involve unsocial hours, the successful candidate must have the willingness and availability to work flexibly including evenings and weekends.
• Attend development and training events as required.
• The Spartans Community Football Academy, 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh, EH5 2HF.
To apply, please send us a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for the role and why you would like to be considered along with an up to date CV. All applications should be sent via e-mail to Debbi McCulloch, Spartans FC General Manager, at by the closing date of 5pm on Friday 17th November. All offers are subject to references and CRBS clearance.
Interviews will be scheduled to take place week beginning 20th of November. If you have not been asked for interview by Tuesday 21st of November, then please assume that your application will not be taken any further.

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