Academy Performance Nutritionist

West Ham United London United Kingdom Academy
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Company Description

At the heart and soul of London since 1895 West Ham United is a dynamic, fan-focused football Club constantly moving forward but always with an eye on the past.

Our home at the London Stadium has a capacity of 62,500 making it one of the biggest club Stadia in the country however our tickets are the lowest priced for London based clubs in the Premier League, echoing objectives to create Affordable Family Football.

In 2018, our Women's team gained a professional status for the very first time, jumping 2 divisions and competed in the Women's Super League (WSL), the premier division of women's football in England. After finishing a respectable 7th, the team enjoyed particular success in the FA Cup reaching the final of the competition, eventually being beaten by 2017 winners Manchester City.

In April 2019, we opened our brand-new Academy facility based at Chadwell Heath which will help to bring through some of the very best talents in the area, the recent emergence of First Team Players Declan Rice and Ben Johnson are a testament to the work already being done at the Academy.

On the business side, we are continuing to create a Stadium our supporters can call home, with the renaming of the Billy Bonds Stand and Claret and Blue pitch surrounding amongst the latest developments. Additionally, the Club has achieved the Disability Confident Leader status.

The Club employees a constantly growing workforce of approximately 300 core staff and 500 Foundation and events staff, and is a truly unique place to work. We welcome talented individuals who will thrive in our ambitious organisation.

In October 2023, West Ham United was awarded the Advanced level of the Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standard, recognising the Club’s ongoing dedication and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). It is the second time West Ham United has received the award, which is the top accolade that can be achieved by Premier League clubs, having first been presented with the Advanced level in 2020.


Academy Performance Nutritionist

Take the lead on the ongoing planning, development and implementation of a system of performance nutrition support to the Academy, in line with principles of the Physical Development and Football Programmes.

Key Responsibilities:

· Lead on the ongoing development of nutritional programme philosophy, framework and good practice support to Academy players.

· Design and deliver a library of nutritional educational resources to improve the overall understanding and practice related to performance nutrition of players, parents, and staff.

· Lead on the monitoring of nutritional factors linked to performance support (body composition, nutritional knowledge, anti-doping awareness, hydration etc).

· Lead the Individual and Squad-based Nutrition Support to the U16 to U21 academy players

· Develop a programme of support for U9 to U16 schoolboy programme players, parents and staff to support nutritional goals linked to phase-relevant context.

· Develop, implement and evolve a database, profiling and feedback system for nutritional monitoring of body composition (body composition, nutritional knowledge, anti-doping awareness, hydration etc).

· Provide individual bespoke nutritional support to injured PDP players in alignment with MDT goals.

· Manage positive working relationships with First Team staff to ensure consistent alignment and sharing of good practice between the first team and academy.

Key Performance Indicators

· U12 to U21 Players to improve on their Movements that Matter

· U12 to U21 Players to improve on their Underpinning Physical Qualities

· To minimize time-loss non-contact injuries

· Deliver a program of education to players, parents and staff inline with the department nutrition philosophy and the cooking curriculum.

· To provide PDP Players with individual nutrition plans which make a meaningful positive change towards or maintain the elite body composition and account for the phase of season or injury.



  • To engage in the necessary CPD and professional qualifications to further your expertise (ensuring all Premier League and FA stipulations are adhered to).
  • BSc in Sports Science or Nutrition Related Degree
  • MSc in Nutrition Related Degree
  • SENR Graduate Accreditation
  • UKAD advisor certificate / completed the Introduction to Clean Sport course
  • Experience in an Elite Sport setting
  • ISAK Level 1


  • Depth of knowledge of Performance Nutrition
  • Depth of knowledge of living a Performance Lifestyle
  • Knowledge of the requirement of Academy Footballers
  • Knowledge of the requirement of EPPP
  • Knowledge of Growth and Maturation
  • Knowledge of Power BI

Skills and abilities

  • Perform duties with due regard to club policies and procedures and legislative requirements at all times
  • Ensure working practices are compliant with relevant legislation and data protection legislation and/or general data protection regulations (GDPR) requirements;
  • Ensure, where relevant, that all performance data is captured in a timely manner onto the Performance Management Application (PMA).
  • Skilled in collecting, analysing and reporting data

Other information


1. Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.

2. It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk. After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise.

Equal Opportunities:

1. To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and age.

2. To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.