Coach Wanted – AFC Rushden & Diamonds Academy Under 11s

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic coach to join our brand new Academy set-up with teams playing in the Junior Premier League in the 2012/13 season. 

The JPL is an FA Respect league and promotes a high standard of junior football and contains a number of high-profile clubs including Arsenal, West Brom, Reading, Walsall, Burton Albion, Cheltenham Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Hereford United, Forest Green Rovers and more. For more information see

The Academy is overseen by AFC R&D First Team Manager and UEFA A qualified coach Mark Starmer and has three teams in the JPL this season with First Team Assistant Manager Andy Peaks and former Rushden & Diamonds CoE coach Nick Cook managing the Under 15s and Under 14s respectively.

Due to external work commitments the current Under 11s manager has recently been forced to step down and therefore this exciting opportunity has opened up to become part of our coaching team.

The Under 11s team consist of the former Rushden & Diamonds CoE 2010/11 U9s team who were recently very successful in the Pilgrim Cup – see – who are joined by several other local players who were successful in this summer’s academy trials taking the current squad size to 15 players.

The competition is 9v9 at U11 level and four 20 minute quarters are played in each game. In AFC R&D’s league there are currently 3 teams representing Arsenal Soccer Schools as well as South Gloucs, Cheltenham Town, Yate Town and Baines Football Development with more sides due to join the league after Christmas. Some of these teams hail from the South West of the country and hence matches against them are played at a central venue.

Training is on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6pm at Tower Sports Ground, Finedon (with astro sessions at Raunds Manor School during the winter months) and games are played on Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Coaches receive set fees for taking training and matches.

The successful candidate should be a coach who likes their team to play a passing brand of football with the focus being on developing the players’ skills in a match environment. They should ideally be FA Level 3 (UEFA B) qualified but Level 2 qualified coaches will be considered. Applicants should also be interested in taking further coaching courses during their time at the club in order to improve their skill-set.

To discuss the role further or for more information please contact the club secretary via email in the first instance at providing contact details.

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