Working with some of the best footballers in the country is any fan’s dream but now that could become a reality - without having to drive far.
The Football Association is on the look-out for a sports scientist to join the team at St George’s Park, the national football centre, a 330-acre complex in Rangemore.
The successful applicant will be dealing with the best footballers in the country, such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli as they get to work with all of England’s men's and women's teams – including the senior men’s squad, which is managed by Gareth Southgate.
The role of the sports scientist is to use knowledge of how the body works to help professional athletes reach their full potential.
In the advert, the FA says it is looking for someone with a sports science degree, or equivalent qualification and the role is full-time, with a "competitive" salary.
Key responsibilities will include assisting in the development of an "overall strategy for physical performance and nutrition, which encompasses best practice in all aspects of planning, preparation, recovery, travel and load management for international football".
The successful applicant will also need to strike up "close working relationships with peers in professional clubs to enable knowledge of and management of international players".
The testing of fitness plays a major role in modern sport. By helping to develop, analyse and interpret a base of information, coaches and trainers can accurately prescribe suitable training programmes and monitor their effectiveness.
Following testing, each player receives a detailed report containing their individual results which can be used to design their conditioning and performance training programmes.
Results can also be reviewed later in the season with follow-up testing.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, September 3. Further information, including details on how to apply for the vacancy, can be found at www.jobs.thefa.com .
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