LEAD COACH - GRASSROOTS PHASE (U4 - U8) Part-Time Role Available

We have an exciting paid position available at Christchurch United Football Club

Part-Time Role

Please read the attached job description below, if you would like to apply please send your CV and covering letter to

Job Description:
Christchurch United Football Club
Lead Coach – Grassroots (Under 4 to Under 8)

Position Summary: We are seeking a passionate and experienced Lead Coach to oversee our Grassroots program, focusing on players aged Under 4 to Under 8. As the Lead Coach, you will be responsible for providing high-quality coaching sessions, fostering a positive and engaging learning environment, and supporting the development of young players. This is a part-time position requiring 8 hours per week dedicated to coaching and an additional 2 hours per week for administrative tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Coaching: Conduct age-appropriate training sessions for players between the ages of Under 4 to Under 8, focusing on fundamental football skills, coordination, and introducing basic game formats such as FUNino.
  2. Player Development: Assess individual players' strengths and areas for improvement, and support their skill development and overall progress.
  3. Team Management: Organise and manage small-sided games, ensuring fair play and providing constructive feedback to players to encourage their growth.
  4. Mentoring and Motivation: Create a positive and inclusive environment that motivates young players, fosters their love for the game, and promotes good sportsmanship and teamwork.
  5. Communication: Maintain regular communication with parents/guardians, providing updates on players' progress, upcoming sessions, and addressing any concerns or questions.
  6. Administration: Dedicate 2 hours per week to administrative tasks, including session planning, equipment maintenance, record-keeping, and coordinating with the Head of Academy, Methodology.


  • Previous coaching experience with young children, particularly in the Under 4 to Under 8 age group.
  • Strong knowledge of age-appropriate methods, techniques, and training drills.
  • A deep understanding of child development principles and the ability to adapt coaching strategies accordingly.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with players, parents, and program staff.
  • Enthusiasm for football and a genuine passion for nurturing the growth and development of young athletes.
  • Valid coaching certifications or willingness to obtain relevant coaching qualifications.
  • Ability to work Monday – Friday 4.00pm – 5.15pm and Saturday 9.00am – 11.15am, plus 2 hours during the week for administration tasks.

Join our team and make a positive impact on the early football experience of our young players, fostering a lifelong love for the game while developing their skills and character.