Academy Sports Psychologist

  • Celtic Park, Glasgow
  • 31st May 2019

Employer: Celtic Football Club
Reference: N/A
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000
Contract: Full time


Celtic Football Club is recruiting for an Academy Sports Psychologist within the Youth Academy. The role will be responsible for providing support throughout Celtic FC’s Youth Academy (9s – 23s). The role will focus on the design and delivery of the psychological programme, embedding and normalising psychological support within the talent development process. 

Key Responsibilities
  • To create a player-centred environment & to influence at a cultural, training, team and individual level
  • To lead the psychological support across the Academy, including delivery of various sessions
  • To build psychological support into the daily practices of the development football environment
  • To promote the welfare and well-being of the players within the development pathway
  • To build an approach to enhance performance, focusing on building athletes mental skills
  • To build a lifestyle approach primarily focused on general youth development
  • To maintain a comprehensive and thorough database of work conducted with all Academy players
  • To educate players, parents and staff on the role of psychology within the developmental pathway
  • To assist with the development of the Academy Sports Science philosophy
  • To contribute to monthly departmental CPD and to the department’s research strategy
  • To follow Club policies and procedures to ensure safeguarding of all players within the Academy

Skills and Experience required

  • MSc Degree in Psychology or Sports Psychology (or equivalent)
  • BPS Chartered or BASES Accredited
  • HCPC registered or working towards HCPC registration as a Psychologist/Sports Psychologist
  • Experience in the provision of psychological and personal development support
  • Knowledge of latest psychology research in elite youth environments and Project Brave
  • Previous experience working with youth athletes within an elite environment/professional sport
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team and within a busy/pressured environment
  • An appreciation of clinical psychology and formulation driven practice
  • Able to apply scientific knowledge in a variety of contexts to players of different ages and development
  • Organised with a passion for talent development and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, presentation and team working skills
  • Positive attitude to an ever-changing, fast and dynamic environment

A full UK driving license and flexible approach to working hours, including evening and weekend work, is essential.

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BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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