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Vacancy | Lead Coach

14 September 2023

Club News

Vacancy | Lead Coach

14 September 2023

Applications are invited for a Lead Coach at Port Vale Foundation.

Port Vale Foundation use the power of Port Vale Football Club to create opportunities to engage, motivate and inspire people to improve their lives and their communities.

An exciting opportunity has become available to join our passionate and energetic coaching team, to support the delivery of our sports coaching activity in schools and the community. The role will work across various locations and in different settings across our varied and vibrant programme.

This role will suit a motivated person who wants a challenging and diverse role with a passion for delivering high quality sessions in a fast moving environment.



Passionate – We are passionate about supporting the people of Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to improve their lives and their communities

Collaborative – We foster and develop innovative partnership with wide ranging organisations to maximise our impact and outcomes

Integrity – We use a robust evidence base and proven practice to inform decisions, measure impact and sustain our activity

Inclusive – We create opportunities for everyone from every background to take part in our programmes and have positive experiences, which lead them to fulfil their potential

Excellence – We provide high quality experiences and support for participants, partners, professionals and staff

Proud – We celebrate success and are visible to everyone, meaning we are valued by our club, our partners and our community.

In order to fulfil our mission, we are actively looking to contribute to local, regional and national priorities, using the Port Vale Football Club Foundation brand to positively impact on a range of agendas such as increasing sport and physical activity, improving health, increasing education standards and improving community cohesion.



· Sport & Physical Activity

· Health & Well-being

· Education & Employability

· Community Engagement

Under each of our areas, we also identify a number of priorities for Port Vale FC Foundation Trust that are aligned to various local, regional and national plans and strategies – ensuring that our work contributes to the wider strategic context for Sport, Health, Education and Inclusion.


Role Profile | Lead Coach

Role Reports to Operations Manager and Department Managers
Hours 37.5 hours (fixed term)
Pay Scale

Starting at £20,319 with opportunity for progression dependent on experience & qualifications

Role | Lead Coach

To support the strategic growth of Port Vale FC Foundation, we are looking to appoint a highly motivated, skilled and passionate individual to become one of our Lead Coaches.

Our coaching activity is diverse and spans across schools based, community based and football specific delivery of coaching.

We believe the added accountability in the role is a perfect next step for coaches who are looking to expand their skills beyond delivery, taking responsibility for the development of activities, supporting school and community relationships and mentoring apprentice coaches.

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities

To lead and supervise all participants in the coaching and delivery sessions ensuring compliance with standards of the National Governing Body and in line with Port Vale Foundation values.

To deliver on the Premier League Primary Stars program as part of the schools tam and have the ability to write case studies based on participants that they may developed throughout the delivery plan.

To assist department lead staff and project staff in the planning, delivery & reviewing of Port Vale Foundation community projects across all themes of delivery, which include Schools programs, Football development, health and wellbeing, education & employability, and community engagement.

To assist department lead staff and project staff in the maintenance of high-quality relationships with stakeholders and parents.

Delivery of a high quality extra-curricular programme, linking participants wider PVFC Foundation opportunities, including football player pathway and age appropriate opportunities.

Deliver high quality physical education lessons across the national curriculum and governing bodies.

To assist with high quality football development coaching sessions across all community football activities.

To be confident and qualified to give first aid treatment where necessary.

To deliver high quality coaching sessions during half term holiday camps.

Lead by example by creating exceptional session delivery plans and always delivering to the highest standards.

To ensure the correct procedures are adopted in the event of an emergency as well as filling in the correct documents prior to delivery such as RAF & data capture forms.

To keep registers of all participants stored safely and support the department lead with recording, monitoring and evaluation.

Key Skills & Experience

Experience in supporting the planning, delivery sports coaching programs.

Experience in working with children and people of the community.

Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with key partners, schools and community based organisations.

The ability to work under own initiative and demonstrate Port Vale Foundation values every day.

Flexible to work evenings and weekends around the needs of the Foundation.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office package and excellent IT skills.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Strong time and task management skills.


Demonstrate the values of Port Vale Foundation at all times and adhere to all policies and procedures in the employee handbook.

Ensure maintenance of a professional appearance to include dress, presentation, hygiene, attitude and conduct.

To be aware of and comply with current Health and Safety Regulations and the Foundations Health and Safety policy and procedures as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the post.

To undertake any appropriate training as required.

To maintain awareness of risks and feed these into the formal risk management process and also to control the risks inherent in your job and report any risk concerns to your manager.

To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably allocated to the post holder commensurate with the grading and responsibilities of the post.

To be aware of our Company Policies and Procedures which may be updated from time to time; to ensure that your actions and behaviour are consistent with and champion the requirements of those policies and procedures at all times.


Person Personification | Lead Coach

Relevant Experience


Previous experience delivering/leading curriculum time lessons.

Experience in delivering high quality EYFS, KS1, KS2 PE lessons.

Previous experience of running coaching courses to governing body standards.

Previous experience of delivery in community coaching sessions.

Experience of the Premier League Charitable Funded programs.



Delivering larger (whole school) learning activities.

Evaluating impact of sessions.

Assessed Via Interview/Application
Formal Academic Qualifications


GCSE Maths and English C+.



AFPE level 3, level 3 TA and/or level 4 higher level TA.

Further dducation around sports coaching and development.

Degree in a sport/educational related subject.

Assessed Via Application
Vocational Qualifications and Training


National coaching qualification endorsed by the sport’s governing body.

First aid & safeguarding certificates.

Enhanced DBS check.



FA licensed coach member.

Health & safety at work.

Assessed Via Certificates/Interview
Specialist Knowledge


Level 2 certificate in a sporting NGB award/s.

Good knowledge of current PE school curriculum and OFSTED guidelines.



Other level 2 NGB awards.

Multi skills level 2.

Assessed Via Certificates/Interview
Job Related Skills and Abilities


Be able to communicate effectively with participants, customers, visitors and staff.

Good IT Skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Ability to deliver KPIs against project plans on time and within budget.

Ability to work under own initiative and be pro-active in driving the organisation forward.

Assessed Via



Physical Requirements and Personal Attributes


To represent Port Vale Foundation in a professional manner at all times; to include dress, presentation, hygiene, attitude, conduct and professionalism.

Enthusiasm for the job.



A positive attitude towards professional development and their own learning.

Creative in problem solving situations together with a willingness to take on or try new approaches and ideas.



Assessed Via Interview/References


Assessed Via Interview



Assessed Via Interview



Assessed Via Interview

Special Working Conditions


Have a clean enhanced DBS check.

Hold a valid full, clean UK Driving licence.

Required to work evenings and weekends and occasional match days when requested.

Reliable approach to working hours'



Assessed Via Interview


Assessed Via Interview


Assessed Via Interview


Assessed Via Interview/References


If you would like to apply for this role please complete an application form.

Email the completed application form to or you can send it by post to:

Job Vacancies

Port Vale Foundation

Vale Park

Hamil Road, Burslem

Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW


A full induction and training package will be offered to successful candidates.

Closing Date is 22nd September 2023

Interviews w/c 25th September 2023

If you require any more information, please call us on 01782 757066.


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