Plymouth Argyle announces vacancy for key role in setting up its youth academy

Plymouth Argyle is looking to appoint a new full-time academy hiring manager to “enhance the talent pool” at the club.

The position was previously held part-time by John James, then Chris Harrison.

A salary of around £ 24,000-25,000 is offered to someone who has ‘experience with a professional football club’.

Applications should be sent to Argyle Academy Director Phil Stokes by noon on Friday, September 27.

Advancing academy graduates into the Pilgrims’ first team has been a problem for the club in recent years.

However, the trio of Mike Cooper, Adam Randell and Klaidi Lolos have all featured on the senior squad this season.

An advertisement for the position of Head of Recruitment of the Readings Academy has been published.

It reads: “Our forward-thinking and proactive football academy is looking for a full-time academy recruiting manager to help the academy director (Kevin Hodges) recruit young players aged 5-16. .

“This is a key role in the development of the academy and has evolved from work undertaken previously but now performed by one role.

“It is essential that the successful candidate understands the rules of the FA, EFL and the Premier League, as well as developing the academy’s recruiting plan in accordance with the club’s vision and strategy during the course. over the next three to five years.

“The successful candidate will live locally and already have strong networks with youth leagues and local schools, in order to maintain relationships to enhance the talent pool.

“This exciting role in identifying our future football talent requires a high level of organizational skills, an eye for detail and a passion for identifying talent and managing a team of scouts.

“There are tough rules for talent management, and the successful person will be aware of limitations and able to communicate effectively and empathetically with players and their families.

“The PAFC has strong values ​​and any successful candidate will demonstrate these values ​​through their behavior and ensure that their team and players also understand and adhere to these values.

“The position requires a DBS check and verification of qualifications and experience as well as successful references.

“Applicants should have a strong work ethic, the ability to work flexibly and independently, and have knowledge of local Devon and Cornwall youth leagues and schools.

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“High backup awareness, having attended the AM Backup Workshop and being ready to work towards the Level 3 FA Talent Identification qualification is essential.

“We are also looking for experience within a professional football club and in a busy and fast-paced environment, as well as experience in identifying talent and an ability to lead a team.

“If you think this position is right for you, please contact Phil Stokes at PAFC ([email protected]) to have a copy of the job description before submitting a CV and cover letter which explains how you meet the criteria we are looking for and why you would be a good candidate.