Rangers Football Club, formed in 1872, is one of the world’s longest established and most successful clubs, having won 55 League titles, 34 Scottish Cups, 27 League Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972. This collection of titles and cups makes Rangers the most successful club in the world, and it is currently the 9th strongest football brand according to the YouGov UK Brand Index.
Playing at the 50,987 seat Ibrox Stadium and benefitting from the world-class 37-acre training facility, the club has been a dominant force in Scottish football for decades. The club benefits from a famously loyal support and the high volume of season tickets is the foundation of the top 19 best attendances in Europe. It is estimated that Rangers has a global fanbase of 4m, half of which reside in the UK.
An exciting opportunity had arisen to join Rangers Football Club as a Women’s and Girls’ Physiotherapist. The purpose of this role is to assist in the management of the sports medicine strategy and provide an elite level of medical provision for the Women’s team and Girls’ Academy. The role requires the delivery of treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries for all players across the Women’s First team while overseeing and supporting the Girls’ Academy.
- To deliver the sports medicine support strategy for all age groups in the Women’s and Girls’ programme (focusing on the Women’s team) providing high quality medical provision to the players at Rangers Football Club.
- Provide regular updates to:- The Director of Medicine and Performance, Women’s First Team Doctor and Lead Academy Physiotherapist
- As part of a multi-disciplinary team, regularly contribute to the departmental strategy to ensure best practice and continuous improvement.
- Assist in ensuring the department attains criteria in line with the club’s performance strategy and football governing bodies.
- Liaise daily with other Girls’ Academy Physiotherapists, Sport Scientists and Coaches to ensure effective communication between departments.
- Attend weekly performance meetings with Women’s and Girls’ staff.
- Attend weekly Sports Medicine meetings with Women’s and Girls’ and Academy medical staff
- Ensure that the management of injuries meets elite standards and the club’s commitment to players through best practice in recognition/diagnosis, documentation, evaluation and treatment of injures.
- Ensure appropriate injury mitigation and player care strategies are adopted, including but not limited to: screening, testing, player and squad interventions, player and coach education, and growth-maturation based interventions.
- Based on screening, injury history, and performance testing, develop and implement both individual and squad-based multidisciplinary interventions with a view to maximising player performance and reducing risk of injuries.
- Database management regarding player records, injury history, statistics and progress including regular injury auditing. This should utilise the club’s on-line platform and Club Sports Medicine established guidelines.
- Working with the Performance team to implement the appropriate rehabilitation and re-conditioning of injured players to allow safe and effective return to play as soon as possible.
- Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement of the departmental strategy relating to individual player and squad needs including in-service training.
- Ensure a steady communication channel to coaches, players, sports scientist and parents on player development.
- Support players in achieving a ‘Performance lifestyle’ through player education strategies.
- Support coaches in maximising player development through coach education strategies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physical development requirements of young footballers including an understanding of growth and maturation in relation to females, performance, and injury.
- Undertake personal CPD to meet the demands of the role, and contribute to Rangers F.C. CPD events.
- Ensure medical equipment is at the required level and standard, up to date and in line with the club’s and governing bodies’ requirements.
- Ensure the safe use of gym equipment for any player under your supervision.
- To provide medical cover at home and away fixtures, where required.
- To attend tournaments abroad as and when required.
- To support the Women’s and Girls’ culture, core principals, aims and values.
- Possess a flexible approach to working hours, evening and weekends and be willing to adapt.
- To support a performance culture and maximise player potential and ensure that a common and united message is delivered to all players at all times.
- Previous Physiotherapy experience
- Graduate calibre or equivalent proven experience working within a similar role
- Sound knowledge of Physiotherapy techniques
- Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
- Member of The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Experience of working in full time football or other sport is essential
- Understanding of the physical development requirements of young athletes
- Understanding of growth and maturation in relation to females, performance and injury
- IT skills to a high level of competence: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Engaging personality and able influencer with the ability to adapt to fresh challenges
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- An ability to manage time effectively to achieve the expectations of the role
- Good team player
- Eligible to work in the UK
A flexible approach to working hours is a must due to the nature of the job and the scheduling of fixtures.
LATEST CLOSING DATE: 16th October 2023
Please note, we may close vacancies early where we receive significant numbers of applications, so don’t delay!
EQUALITY & INCLUSION
At Rangers Football Club we are ambitious about diversity and inclusion. If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from the right candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.
Rangers Football Club also welcomes applications from suitably qualified members of the armed forces family.
The candidate must keep up to date with new methods and undertake any necessary internal or external training sessions in accordance with Club Policies and Procedures