Vacancy | Physiotherapist

Greenock Morton Football Club have an immediate vacancy for a CSP-registered physiotherapist to join our team as a full-time head of academy sport science and medicine.

JOB TITLE: Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine.


The head of sport science & medicine will lead and operate within the framework of Project Brave and demonstrate the ability to develop, implement and evaluate supplementary programmes for elite young footballers whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times.

The post-holder will possess excellent communication skills to ensure medical staff and coaches are fully informed of the players’ progress.

Additionally, the post-holder must be proactive and have the ability to work calmly under pressure whilst unsupervised.


The head of sport science & medicine will report directly to the director for youth, liaising closely and supporting the head of development squad on a regular basis.

The post holder will be managing a number of staff and players.


  • Creation of a youth development philosophy document to support all aspects of player development away from coaching
  • Daily management of all academy players, including management of injured players and also necessary training medical cover.
  • Produce progressive injury rehabilitation programmes for all players.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with the Scottish Football Association regarding sports science programmes for all academy and development squad players.
  • Based upon the movement assessment findings, be responsible for the smooth running of the injury prevention programme on a day-to-day basis.
  • Lead development matchday cover and assist with coordinating academy cover for games as required.
  • Work with the lead physiotherapist within the youth academy to produce an injury audit on a monthly basis and feedback to provide accountability for the department and actively seek to follow best practice.
  • Lead the education of all youth development players in terms of injury prevention, injury care, post-match recovery, diet and drug awareness.
  • Using club system, ensure all medical notes are up to date within 24 hours of injury.
  • Lead departmental in-service training programs and manage the development and education of students/volunteers whilst on placement.
  • Responsible for the production of medical procedure documents (including emergency action plans) and ensure all medical equipment is maintained.
  • Lead departmental meetings, attend CPD, as required, and contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • If necessary, provide support to the first-team management and coaching staff.



  • CSP registered physiotherapist.
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.
  • Extensive manual therapy skills.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation using movement dysfunction analysis and re-training principles.

Desirable qualifications (non essential):

  • Masters qualified
  • Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid certificate.
  • Previous experience working within a professional sport setting.
  • Previous experience working with young athletes / children.
  • Knowledge and experience of strength and conditioning requirements of the elite footballer.


The post holder must at all times …

  • Conduct themselves with the highest levels of integrity and discretion.
  • Ensure that their communication, both written and verbal, is of the highest standard.
  • Be aware of – and maintain – the high standards required of this key position at the football club.


  • The SFA undertake a number of audits and requests for information during the season. These are mandatory and will be a priority for this role. Positive outcomes from these audits are a priority task.
  • A lead role in a team environment – we are a small group of employees and therefore need to assist each other in all matters. The creation of a positive work environment is a priority.
  • The creation of a clear and concise player-support programme for all to understand.
  • Development of individual plans for all players.
  • Positive working environment with the director for youth and all key staff.

All staff are reminded that they are representing Greenock Morton Football Club at all times, not just during working hours, and their behavior should be appropriate at all times.

Greenock Morton Football Club is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults. The role involves work with young people and is therefore subject to the appropriate checks.

Salary: Dependent upon experience.                                  

Hours: Full Time

Start Date: ASAP / negotiable.

Apply: Please provide a CV and covering letter via email to

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018.