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VACANCY: Head of Fitness & Sports Science Coach

Oldham Athletic are looking to appoint a new full-time Head of Fitness & Sports Science Coach.

Working with the First Team and reporting directly to the Head Coach, the role will be focused on facilitating the strength and conditioning training of the players.

Assisting with the development of exercise routines and nutritional intake, exercise supervision, tracking athlete progress and adjusting exercise plans accordingly, the role includes designing and implementing full-scale fitness programs.

Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • To lead the day-to-day running of the sports science/strength and conditioning department.

  • To assist with the day-to-day running and administration of medical department monitoring.

  • To provide player readiness to train and individual player load management data.

  • To assist with medical staff to monitor recovery processes and return to play criteria.

  • To assist in the design, delivery and continued review of first team’s injury prevention protocols.

  • To organise and be responsible for performance testing on an individual and team basis.

  • To maintain a database of gym-based performance training completed with first team players.

  • To assist in producing athlete profiling and assessment protocols during screening and medical signings.

  • To assist the medical department with gym-based pre-training injury prevention sessions.

Knowledge/Experience/Technical Skills

Essential Desirable

Undergraduate degree in Sports Science, or related area.

Car and full driving licence.

Valid and accepted enhanced FA DBS CRC (Criminal Background Check) or be willing to undertake this check if successful.

A Strength and Conditioning recognised qualification (preferably UKSCA).

An extensive knowledge of sports science/strength and conditioning interventions.

Valid FA Safeguarding Workshop Certificate.

Experience using different performance monitoring systems.

UEFA Football Coaching Qualification or relevant football experience.

Experience of planning and implementing individual player and team performance testing assessments.

Postgraduate degree in Sports Science, or related area.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Pro-active and engaging style.


Remain calm under pressure.


Rigorous attention to detail.


Strong ‘can do’ approach.


Is solution focused rather than focusing on problems.


Highly organised and able to manage multiple tasks.


Enthusiastic and personally committed to achieving high standards.


A high-level of confidentiality.


Flexibility and willingness to learn.


An ability to work irregular and unsociable hours as required and have an understanding that work may be subject to change.


The closing date for applications is Friday 25 October with CVs being sent to The salary given is based on experience.


Chaddy the Owl Mascot

Oldham Athletic are looking for someone to become the next Chaddy the Owl.

Following on from Wayne Hurst’s excellent work as the mascot over a number of years, he has now decided to hang up his wings, and as a result the club are seeking someone else to take the mantle and become the focal point of a home matchday, interacting with fans of all ages.

Being a matchday mascot consists of many important parts, but for some none are more important than actually meeting Chaddy the Owl.

The person that takes the role needs to be passionate about making a difference and be willing to go the extra mile in terms of helping create lasting memories for thousands of Latics supporters.

The role is a voluntary position with the following requirements:

  • An ability to be present at all Oldham Athletic home games for the 2019/20 season and beyond if successful.
  • Be physically fit and able to keep up with the demands of the role.
  • Have a height of around 5’9” to 6’1” to fit into the suit comfortably.
  • Have a UK driving licence to be available for Community Trust visits when possible.

To be considered for the role, email stating why you would be the ideal person in no more than 300 words.

There is no closing date, with applications being accepted as soon as possible.


Part-Time Academy Physiotherapist

Oldham Athletic are looking to recruit a part-time Academy Therapist to join our existing medical team and work within our Category 3 Licensed Academy programme.

The successful candidate will be willing to work hours that include a maximum of three evenings per week and at weekends on a rota basis, as mutually arranged.

General Information:
The successful candidate must have the following skills and competencies:

  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of the PMA online tool.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Dedicated to self-improvement and personal development.
  • Willing to follow and promote the Club football philosophy.
  • A valid UK driving licence.
  • Please this position requires a successful DBS check.


  • Completed BSc Physiotherapy or BSc Sports Therapy or BSc Sports Rehabilitation.
  • SST or CSP/HCPC Registered.
  • In-date First Aid Qualification at Level 2 Emergency Aid in Football - EFAIF.
  • Interest in paediatrics/sporting clinical environment.


  • ITMMiF First Aid Qualification.
  • Advanced pitch-side trauma training (IFAS/AREA).
  • Previous pitch-side or Paediatric/Academy setting experience.
  • Experience of working in a sporting interdisciplinary team.
  • FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.

For more information, and to download a job description, click here.

To ensure compliance with the company’s safeguarding policy the successful candidate will require an Enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply
This vacancy is available to start immediately. To apply please provide your CV (including a minimum of two references) plus a covering letter including why you would be the ideal candidate for the role, your previous experience and salary expectations to

Closing date for applications is Thursday 24 October. Due to the role being available for immediate start we may conduct interviews before the closing date. All interviews will be at the earliest available opportunity.


Part-Time Project Lead

Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) are seeking a part-time project lead to establish and develop a brand new national health project, of which details will be announced in due course.

The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the brand new project forward, working with partners to ensure a legacy of positive health change across Oldham.

Contract: A part-time contract, of 8 hours, which includes project co-ordination and delivery across one evening per week.

Salary: Dependant on experience and qualifications.

Essential Requirements:

  • Own transport with full UK driving licence, or ability to travel.
  • Enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate.
  • First Aid Qualification.
  • Safeguarding Certificate.
  • A passion for fitness and assisting others.

Desirable Requirements:                                      

  • NGB coaching qualifications.
  • Experience of delivering health related projects.
  • An understanding of the anatomy & physiology.
  • An understanding of lifestyle habits, both positive and negative.
  • Degree (or working towards) in Sports Coaching or any other sport related degree.

To apply, please send a covering letter and up-to-date CV to Please note that a salary expectation is expected to be included within the application.

The role is due to commence in January, however in circumstances the successful candidate could start earlier.

The application process is a rolling process, as such OACT have the right to withdraw the advert at anytime.

The successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a CRC/DBS Check. This role will mainly involve adults but you may come into contact with young people under the age of eighteen, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities. Once checks are completed you will undergo in house training which will cover children and adults at risk.

Oldham Athletic Community Trust are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Oldham Athletic Community Trust equality statement is available on request.


Matchday Stewards

The club require a number of stewards to help out on a matchday.

All stewards will be subject to DBS checks and will be required to have a Level 2 NVQ qualification in spectator safety.

SIA registration is desirable but not a necessity, all other applicants will be considered.

To apply, please fill in the following application form and return to or drop it into the club.

Download the application form here.


Matchday Roles Available

There are a number of opportunities available for matchday roles at the club during the 2019/20 campaign.

These include turnstile operator, car park attendant, programme seller and Golden Goal seller.

For more information and to express your interest in any of the roles, please email Robin Highfield:

Closing date: Rolling