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Vacancy | Professional Player to Coach Scheme

The Football Club is offering the opportunity for a motivated individual to join our work placement programme.

19 June 2023

The club is currently welcoming applications from coaches to join our work placement programme.

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme will provide a 23-month fixed-term employment opportunity and development programme for the successful candidate. The Club will act as the ‘base’ of employment and the individual will work across a variety of football functions within the Club in order to broaden their learning experience.

Gillingham FC in partnership with the Premier League, PFA and EFL aim to identify a high potential coach so that after the Scheme, they remain highly employable within the professional game. Simultaneously, the Premier League, PFA and EFL want to be able to recognise and support Clubs involved in the Scheme as Inclusion and Diversity role models.


Gillingham FC are offering the opportunity for a motivated individual to join our work placement programme.


We welcome applicants from coaches who are currently underrepresented within the English Football Industry. We are seeking applicants who are Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage men or women and are PFA members.

The successful candidate will join Gillingham FC and work alongside our strong and passionate coaching team which includes a variety of current and ex professional players.

Professional football must reflect modern Britain. The Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and English Football League (EFL) are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative.

As part of their commitment to improving diversity, they have jointly launched the Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) to encourage, build and support the transition of under-represented Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage Men and Women who are PFA members into football coaching in the professional game so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves.


Here at Gillingham FC, we are committed to having a modern and inclusive environment and encourage equal opportunities and continuously seeking to improve diversity to have more representation within the professional game

GFC adopts a Safer Recruitment Policy. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people vulnerable adults. This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Roles and Responsibilities: The role will primarily entail assisting in the development of individual players throughout the academy programme. Some of the key responsibilities will be:

  • Supporting with the development and delivery of sessions in line with the Academy’s playing and coaching philosophies, ensuring they are phase specific, and cater for individual needs
  • Participating in coaching and observation across all phases
  • Assisting the planning, preparation, organisation and delivery of the coaching and development programme for all players
  • Collaborating with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to aid player development (psychology, sports science, analysis)
  • Assisting with player review meetings

Key relationships: Gillingham FC, Premier League, The PFA and the EFL


Location: Priestfield Stadium, Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, ME7 2PE (plus training venues around the county)


For job description and details on what you need to apply for the role, please take a look at this document.




Please complete and return attached equality monitoring form here to    


The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 June.


Interviews will be held on 29th June.


Please email your application and any queries to


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