For a lot of us, the idea of a career in football is one many dream of but very few manage to achieve. Making the rise from a young academy player, captaining your home club, to moving into coaching and management role is one of the most rewarding job paths in the country.
A career in football starts from your early years; breaking plant pots into the garden and ruining your parent’s backseats after a Sunday league game. Somewhere from those to your working years, unless you were an exceptional talent, most people’s career aspirations start to change, and it seems that if you don’t start young in professional football, the harder it will be to make a career of it – you’ll never see a job ad online looking for a ‘football masseuse’ or ‘first team coach’ that you will be able to apply for.
That was until this week, when Welsh Conference Premier side, Wrexham FC, posted on their official site inviting open applications for the club’s vacant First Team Manager position.
The job description reads:
“Established in 1864, Wrexham Football Club is the third oldest professional football club in existence and has brought the Welsh town to national and international acclaim. As the only fully professional football club in North Wales, Wrexham Football Club has a large, passionate fan base.
“In its 150th anniversary year, an exciting opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to be an integral part of the future growth of Wrexham Football Club as first team manager.
“This role will provide a fantastic opportunity to work within a vibrant club with excellent facilities both at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium and Colliers Park training ground.
“Please provide a CV along with covering letter to support your application.”
The job advert asks for no pre-requisite experience or qualifications.
With the deadline date for job applications to be delivered on the 3rd March, it is easy to imagine the club’s PO Box crammed full with CVs by the time it comes to reviewing applications
Some food for thought: What if the next vacancy advertised in your business was open to absolutely anyone that wanted to apply for it? In a world where a single hiring decision can ruin a club (and the business attached to it), Wrexham are prepared to take the risk, so why can’t other businesses do the same?
Maybe your next greatest employee will come from a place you’d have never considered!