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Wasps Academy Lead Physiotherapist

About us

Wasps is a professional rugby union team which competes in the Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Champions Cup and LV=Cup.

Wasps acquired the Ricoh Arena in October 2014 and have been playing all of their home games in Coventry since December 2014. Following the move to the Ricoh Arena the team have recently relocated their training ground from their base in London to a temporary training ground in Coventry which is located at Broadstreet Rugby Ground.

The Academy also have a further training location in Aylesbury.

Wasps now wish to recruit a full-time Wasps Academy Lead Physiotherapist to work with the Academy Team working across multiple Academy delivery sites. This role is offered on a two year fixed term contract.

About the role

To assist the Performance Manager in delivering the Athletic Performance Pathway of the Wasps England Rugby Academy. To implement and deliver the Medical Standards of Performance for the Wasps England Rugby Academy.  Including medical standards, rehabilitation, injury prevention, education (player/coach/parent) and specialised duties as required.

Key tasks and responsibilities will include;

· Assist the Performance Manager in the management of Wasps England Rugby Academy and support all players within the process.

· To lead on the delivery of the Wasps England Rugby Academy Medical Standards of Performance and ensuring that it is followed throughout the various delivery streams in the academy.

· To lead & manage the physiotherapy provision on the Senior Academy & Junior Academy programme.

· To manage and oversee the physiotherapy provision on the Developing Player Programme (DPP) and support the development of the medical staff within this.

· To monitor and record any injuries sustained from training and playing in accordance with the Wasps Academy Medical Standards of Performance.  This includes the type, frequency, mechanism and severity of injury and time lost from playing and training.

· Keep documentation on all aspects of injury management in line with the Wasps Academy Medical Standards of Performance and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) guidelines.

· Perform musculoskeletal screenings, treatment, pre-habilitation and rehabilitation programming as required across the programme.

· In conjunction with the Performance Manager ensure all player tracking information is entered onto the RFU player tracking database, and all player details are maintained on internal databases.

· Work as part of a multi-disciplined team to ensure the highest level of support to all players within the Academy.

· To provide pitch-side first aid cover to RFU standards at both Academy matches and training sessions.

· Help to maintain programme player and staff discipline on and off the field to the highest standards and to administer the approved disciplinary procedures for programme members.

· Take an active role in the in-service professional development courses to enhance skills and knowledge to keep abreast of new trends and developments within the industry/profession. 

· Undertake an appropriate programme of out-service courses to enhance skills and knowledge to keep abreast of new trends and developments within the industry.

Qualification and Experience

· A BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent with a minimum of 4 years post graduate experience with at least 3 years working within a high performance environment.

· A postgraduate qualification is desirable but not essential.

· CSP and HCPC registration.

· Proven experience of delivering to adolescent athletes, in managing and assisting their return and prevention of injury.

· A full driving license is essential for the role and candidates must have proof of right to work in the UK.

The successful candidate will be:

· A fantastic builder of relationships across a wide spectrum of people.

· A positive and effective communicator, both written and verbal to inspire confidence in those they engage with.

· Demonstrate engaging presentation skills as there will be a  need to regularly present to the Academy players, their parents, Wasps staff and other key stakeholders involved with the Academy (eg RFU, County staff etc).

· Always relentlessly positive, enthusiastic and dynamic in all their actions, willing to go the extra mile.

· Possess high levels of resilience as the role will involve unsociable hours and lots of face to face contact with Academy members, potential members etc.

· Be a champion for the Academy at all times and regularly promote the Academy to a variety of stakeholders.

· Be prepared, ready and open to challenging the status quo to consistently improve the Academy and question the why and the how.

Hours of work

This is a fulltime two year fixed term contract.

What’s on offer?

An annual salary of between £26,000 and £30,000 dependant on experience

How to apply

Please email your CV and a short covering letter to  samantha.davis@wasps.co.uk

Closing date 10th March at 10.00 a.m.

Wasps Academy Assistant Physiotherapist

About us

Wasps is a professional rugby union team which competes in the Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Champions Cup and LV=Cup.

Wasps acquired the Ricoh Arena in October 2014 and have been playing all of their home games in Coventry since December 2014. Following the move to the Ricoh Arena the team have recently relocated their training ground from their base in London to a temporary training ground in Coventry which is located at Broadstreet Rugby Ground.

The Academy also have a further training location in Aylesbury.

Wasps now wish to recruit a full-time Wasps Academy Assistant Physiotherapist to work with the Academy Team working across multiple Academy delivery sites. This is a new role and is offered on a two year fixed term contract.

About the role

To assist the Lead Academy Physiotherapist in implementing and delivering the Medical Standards of Performance for the Wasps England Rugby Academy.  Including medical standards, rehabilitation, injury prevention, education (player/coach/parent) and specialised duties as required.

Key tasks and responsibilities will include;

· To liaise with the Academy Physiotherapist regarding progress of all injured players to ensure accurate and up to date injury information for all coaching staff.

· Be available to support the Academy Physiotherapists on match day cover to all academy fixtures including pitch side emergency care.

· Support & deliver the physiotherapy provision on the Junior Academy programme in line with the Wasps Academy Medical Standards of Performance.

· In conjunction with the Performance Manager and Academy Physiotherapist deliver the education programme for all members of the Junior Academy, Henley College Rugby and DPP programmes.

· Monitor and record any injuries both training and playing in accordance with the Wasps Academy Medical Standards of Performance. This includes the type, frequency, mechanism and severity of injury and time lost from playing and training.

· Keep documentation on all aspects of injury management in line with the Wasps Academy Medical Standards of Performance and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) guidelines.

· Perform musculoskeletal screenings, treatment, pre-habilitation and rehabilitation programming as required by the Academy Physiotherapist.

· Liaise and report on a weekly basis to the Academy Physiotherapist in line with Medical Standards of Performance any assessment findings and treatment progressions.

· Liaise with coaches, parents, schools and players, keeping all parties updated on the player’s current injury status, rehabilitation and estimated time frame to return to play

· Assist the Academy Management to maintain player and staff discipline on and off the field to the highest standards. 

· Take an active role in the in-service professional development courses to enhance skills and knowledge to keep abreast of new trends and developments within the industry/profession.

· Undertake an appropriate programme of out-service courses to enhance skills and knowledge to keep abreast of new trends and developments within the industry.

Qualification and Experience

· A BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent with a minimum of 2 years post graduate experience with at least 1 year working within a high performance environment.

· A postgraduate qualification is desirable but not essential.

· CSP and HCPC registration.

· Proven experience of delivering to adolescent athletes, in managing and assisting their return and prevention of injury.

· A full driving license is essential for the role and candidates must have proof of right to work in the UK

The successful candidate will

· Be a fantastic builder of relationships across a wide spectrum of people as well as being a positive and effective communicator, both written and verbal to inspire confidence in those they engage with.

· Demonstrate engaging presentation skills as there will be a need to regularly present to the Academy players, their parents, Wasps staff and other key stakeholders involved with the Academy (eg RFU, County staff etc)

· Always relentlessly positive, enthusiastic and dynamic in all their actions, willing to go the extra mile with high levels of resilience as the role will involve unsociable hours and lots of face to face contact with Academy members, potential members etc.

· Be a champion for the Academy at all times and regularly promote the Academy to a variety of stakeholders

· Will be prepared, ready and open to challenging the status quo to consistently improve the Academy and question the why and the how.

Hours of work

This is a fulltime two year fixed term contract. 

What’s on offer?

An annual salary of between £20,000 and £22,000 dependant on experience

How to apply

Please email your CV and a short covering letter to samantha.davis@wasps.co.uk

Closing date 10th March at 10.00 a.m.


Wasps Developing Player Programme (DPP)

“Providing high quality player development experiences, encouraging lifelong participation in the game and enabling those with potential to be clearly identified and supported.”

The Wasps Academy has responsibility for developing potential elite players in a geographical region that covers Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, with a DPP Centre in each of the regions. The DPP’s are a step on the player development pathway, with successful players progressing into the Wasps Junior Academy.

With the continued development and expansion of the Wasps DPP we are looking to recruit for a number of roles across all of our regions.

Some of the roles will receive a small payment towards expenses, with other roles being on a volunteer basis. All successful applicants will receive Wasps kit as well as free access to CPD events run by Wasps.

The majority of the sessions will run weekly during the rugby season on Monday evenings. There will be approximately 20 sessions throughout the season.

To apply please send a CV and Cover Letter to matt.williams@wasps.co.uk specifying which region you are applying for. 

Wasps Matchday Stewards

We are recruiting Rugby Match Day Stewards to join our friendly, approachable security team. Successful candidates will be responsible for stewarding public areas of the stadium including the main hospitality areas ensuring that our guests receive excellent customer service through providing of clear and accurate information as well as ensuring the safety of our guests.

Please note that all applicants have to be over 18 years old.

For more information and to apply, please email: stewards@ricoharena.com