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Fitness Coach (Soccer) & Wellbeing Internship - Ascent Soccer/equitysport

Date Posted: Mar 05, 2021

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Fitness Coach (Soccer) and Wellbeing Internship

Stipend: TBC + meals whilst working

Duration: 11-months

Job Type: Internship

Location: Ascent Soccer, Lilongwe, Malawi

Hours: Full-time


NOTE: This position is open to Malawi nationals ONLY. 


Ascent Soccer are looking for an aspiring football fitness coach to enthusiastically assist with the development of physical training provisions at the football academy for an initial 11 months as part of a fully-mentored, full-time internship in partnership with equitysport.


The internship is designed to provide the successful candidate with a bridge from study to applied practice and would suit someone truly passionate about embarking on a career in performance coaching within football, with a particular focus on the physical development of youth athletes. Successful interns in the programme have previously gone on to secure employed positions with the Academy and with other sports organisations, including with national governing bodies in the region.


Whilst a hugely worthwhile and rewarding endeavour, an internship can at times, be confronting and challenging - the intensive 11-month process is designed to provide aspiring practitioners the opportunities and required support to develop and enhance the professional and personal skills required to forge a high-level career in sport. 


Throughout the internship, the successful candidate will be encouraged to set their sights and personal standards high; our staff often start early, work long hours and make considerable personal sacrifices to help our young scholars realise their potential. The successful candidate will be mentored by a group of coaches and practitioners from across the sporting world both in-person and remotely, all of whom have worked at the very highest levels of international sport. 


Whilst we are proud of our supportive, balanced and loyal working environment, we are aware that our internships demand a high level of personal commitment in order to be successful - it is not a role for everyone. 


The successful candidate will contribute to the vision and mission of Ascent Soccer by:

  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering performance support services to football scholars and coaches;
  • Assisting with the development, delivery and monitoring of performance support services and systems in the fields of sport science, athletic development, sports nutrition and sports medicine.
  • Ensuring that the services delivered to Ascent Soccer are locally-driven, sustainable and relevant to the environment.
  • Acting as a representative of both Ascent Soccer and equitysport by promoting and embodying the key values and guiding principles of the two organisations. 



Assist with service delivery across all performance support disciplines for the Ascent Soccer football programmes, under the remote supervision of the equitysport mentoring team.

  • Assist with the development, delivery and monitoring of performance support interventions in collaboration with Ascent Soccer, in accordance with the project’s pre-defined key priorities.
  • Maintain and update monitoring and reporting systems, databases and processes.
  • Assist local Ascent Soccer staff in the use of monitoring and reporting systems, databases, and other related tools to optimise the health and wellbeing of scholars at the Academy.
  • Maintain communication lines and liaise with Ascent Soccer staff and the equitysport team regarding the delivery of interventions, maintaining the feedback loop.
  • Contribute to research projects as and when required.
  • Gain applied skills in physiology, athletic development, sports nutrition and sports medicine.
  • Complete a fundamental core competency programme of development, as supervised by an equitysport mentor.
  • Participate in equitysport and Ascent Soccer team meetings.




When shortlisting candidates for the next stage of the recruitment process, we will be flexible and empathic to what formal qualifications we require. Above all else, we are looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who aspire to build a career in sport and help support the development of young people in the region. 

We are most interested in hearing from applicants who are fiercely committed to personal and professional development, ready to make the most of the opportunity to work in one of the most advanced and forward-thinking football academies in the region and prepared to fully leverage the opportunities presented throughout the internship.

As a guide, we would prefer for candidates to have completed the following formal qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline OR equivalent coaching experience.
  • First aid certification or related training course. 
  • Demonstrable commitment to informal learning in the field. 


Additional person specification:

  • Hard-working, loyal and diligent individual. 
  • Enthusiastic about advancing the mission and vision of Ascent Soccer.
  • Deep commitment to continued learning and personal development. 
  • Polite, conscientious and kind. 
  • Well organised individual with developed time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both in written and verbal English.




To apply for this position, please submit the following to
- cover letter
- curriculum vitae
- academic transcript
- short video introducing yourself and why you think you'd be a great fit for the role on WhatsApp to 

Applications that do not include an introductory video will likely be discarded. Successful candidates in our recruitment process are often the applicants that can communicate their understanding of the specific role on offer, cite examples of how their background and experience fit the role and demonstrate their drive to achieve in the field - whilst expressing a deep and genuine love of football.




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