A football club is in hot water after posting a job advert banning applicants from applying if they “have to pick up the kids from school twice a week at 3.30.”
Lancashire-based AFC Fylde posted the advert for a General Manager of Football last week, but warned any interested parties that they shouldn’t bother if they were “looking for a work-life balance”.
It also requires the successful applicant to live close to the club, which plays out of Mill Farm in Wesham, LancsLive reports.
In the now deleted advert, the club, who play out of Mill Farm in Wesham, states: “We work hard at Fylde so again, don’t apply if you are looking for a work-life balance or have to pick up the kids from school twice a week at 3.30.”
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The football club has now been accused of “discrimination” by some social media users.
One Twitter user posted: “Once recruited, the first job on the agenda should be how to write a job advert that doesn’t discriminate against parents of school children or someone who loves spending time with their family.”
Another said: “Are @AFCFylde aware it’s the 21st Century & how unprofessional, inept & discriminatory this advert is?”
Described by one potential applicant, who wanted to stay anonymous, as “the most passive aggressive job description you’ll ever see”, the non-league club’s ad said:
“We are seeking a general manager to work directly alongside the director of football.
“These roles currently report directly into the chairman and will do for the foreseeable future. While focused on the general day-to-day running of the non-football side of the club the main focus will be on the commercial aspect of the role and developing the Fylde brand.
“The successful candidate must, therefore, be able to demonstrate a successful track record in a similar role within the sporting and entertainment industry. Football experience, although an asset, is not a requirement, but a fanatical eye for detail and the ability to write and implement a detailed strategic plan is!
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“This is a hands-on role and requires hands-on leadership from the front so delegators and office dwellers please don’t apply. If not already apparent, we are not a Premiership club and therefore every penny and every fan has to be fought for and respected.
“You will need to be proactive in your approach to everything. We work hard at Fylde so again, don’t apply if you are looking for a work-life balance or have to pick up the kids from school twice a week at 3.30.
“You will need to live close to the club and immerse yourself in the local community at all levels.”
The Mirror has contacted AFC Fylde for comment.
Alice Thompson, who worked as sales manager for London-based agency Manors, asked her boss to work for four days a week and finish at 5pm rather than six o’clock when her childcare finished.
However, company director Paul Sellar rejected her request claiming the business could not afford for her to go part-time.
After resigning, Mrs Thompson took Manors to an employment tribunal claiming sex discrimination in a bid to ensure her daughter does not have “the same experience” when she is older.