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Position Description - Physical Preparation Coach

This position description provides an indicative outline of the purpose and accountabilities of the role.  Specific performance objectives, measurements and expectations will be included in your agreed annual Performance and Development Plan.

Position Title - Physical Preparation Coach – Speed and Fitness

Department - Football

Reports To - Head of Performance

Direct Reports - Performance Interns (as required)

Position Type - Full time

Location - Melbourne

Date - August 2019 

Introduction to Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm is an Australian professional rugby league club playing in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. It is the only NRL team based in Victoria.

Our Vision is "to be the best and most respected professional sports organisation in Australia" and we are proud to employ people who share the Club’s vision for performance excellence, both on and off the field. 

Our Club Values –Accountability, Hard Work, Respect, Family, and Passion - underpin all that we do, and how we do it.

We aim to create a working environment that provides challenges and rewards that bring out the best in people and fosters the “purple pride” within, as we achieve our Club Purpose – “to experience the thrill of competing and winning together.”

Position Purpose

The Physical Preparation Coach – Speed & Fitness is responsible for planning and executing the pre-season and in season speed and fitness programs for the NRL playing squad to ensure the players are prepared in the best physical condition to perform at the elite level, with the ultimate goal of winning the NRL Premiership.

Key Responsibilities

§  Designing and implementing a specific speed development program that ties in with the philosophy of the Physical Performance team and the football coaches, and requires general technical, as well as individual and position specific qualities of development.

§  Designing and implementing a conditioning program for the NRL Squad which ties in with the training philosophy of the Melbourne Storm.

§  Working closely with all members of the Performance team to develop a Total Football Preparation Program that ensures Melbourne Storm players are best equipped to cope with the demands of the NRL.

§  Assist and implement specific rehabilitation and return to play running programs

§  Assist in the implementation and supervision of all areas of physical and football preparation of the playing group as required.

§  Assist in the implementation of recovery sessions for the NRL playing squad

§  Attending and assisting home game match days when required, as well as assisting with post game recovery.

§  Work closely with football coaching staff to develop speed, agility and power within the playing squad

§  Implement alternate conditioning programs where required, including modified training programs for injured players

§  Coordinate and oversee the use of sessional specialist training service providers, used on a casual basis, to ensure optimal delivery of physical performance programs

§  Develop, implement and coordinate aspects of away game travel, recovery sessions and pre-game preparation for Q-Cup players as required

§  Maintain regular communication with coaches and other relevant staff

Key Relationships


§  Head of Performance

§  Physical Performance Unit

§  Physiotherapy and Medical Staff

§  Head Coach and coaching staff

§  Football Director

§  Players

§  Football Operations Manager

§  Finance and Administration Department

§  Other Melbourne Storm departments


§  Facility Manager


§  Co-tenants

§  Sports Service providers

Key Skills & Attributes

§  Advanced understanding of running mechanics and the implementation of speed development principles as applied to Rugby League

§  Strong ability to apply ‘best practice’ current strength and conditioning practices

§  Ability to work within a team environment and contribute in a positive and impactful manner

§  Ability to learn and adapt new skills and techniques

§  Excellent relationship building and influencing skills

§  Strong desire to drive change and make continuous improvement

§  High degree of professional ethics and integrity

§  Excellent organisation and time management skills

§  Intermediate Microsoft Office skills

§  Effective use of PC and football operations technology

§  Consistent demonstration of Club values

§  Ability to inspire others to work towards achievement to team KPIs and Club Vision and Purpose

Club Values

All employees are responsible for behaving in accordance with, and proudly promoting Melbourne Storm’s Club values – Family, Respect, Accountability, Hard Work and Passion.

§  Accountability: Know your role - do your role. Take ownership to get the job done together

§  Hard Work: Demonstrate focus, courage, determination and resilience to achieve each and every time

§  Family: We are a family club, built on care, support, inclusion and unity

§  Respect: We are all in this together.  Treat everyone as an equal, be humble, be gracious and fair.

§  Passion: Get the most out of your time – bring the right energy and emotion, embrace the “purple pride”.

Financial Delegation

Please refer to the current approved Purchasing Policy delegated authority limits as published on Melbourne Storm’s intranet.

Qualifications, Experience and Licences Required

§  Tertiary Qualifications in Sports Science, Human Movements, or similar qualifications

§  ASCA Level 2 qualifications, or the desire to gain these upon employment

§  Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in elite sports, with preferably some experience in football

Please note that all Melbourne Storm staff will need to meet NRL accreditation/registration requirements, which includes National Police Record clearance, before they are appointed to their role.

Health and Safety

All employees are responsible for:

§  Compliance with the company policy, safety systems and applicable health and safety legislation and regulations.

§  Reporting any and all conditions or unsafe practices that may affect the health of employees or others to management promptly.

§  Recommending improvements to health and safety practices.

§  Adopting safe work practices that comply with health and safety requirements and must not wilfully place at risk the health and safety of any other person in the workplace.

§  Assisting in timely completion of any corrective action items and reporting / investigation procedures.

§  Participating in relevant health and safety induction, training and other relevant activities.

§  Use and maintain all safety equipment provided.

Managers are also responsible for:

§  Ensuring all appropriate actions are taken to implement health and safety policies and procedures and legislative requirements.

§  Accepting operational responsibility for health and safety performance within the work areas under their control.

§  Effectively communicating health and safety policies, procedures and workplace issues with senior management and employees.

§  Supporting the Health and Safety Officer and First Aid Officer in fulfilling their responsibilities.