Access Sport - Community Coordinator (Part Time)

LocationHome based. The role requires frequent travel to various locations in Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich, as well as visits to the Access Sport London Office (E2 6QF)
Hours of Work19 hours per week, 0.5 FTE
Salary & Benefits£22 – 25k pro rata (dependent on previous experience)
Closing Date09 Apr

Job Description

ABOUT ACCESS SPORT

Access Sport is a sport inclusion charity that is dedicated to enhancing the life prospects of disadvantaged young people and those from marginalised groups by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport. We do this by building thriving community sports clubs, led by inspirational volunteers, in the most disadvantaged urban areas. These clubs provide life-changing opportunities for local disadvantaged and disabled young people, whilst creating a lasting, locally-owned community resource. Access Sport has won multiple awards including the national BT Sports Industry Award for Community Programme of the Year 2015, the Sports Business Awards Best Sports Charity, Community and CSR 2017 and the Sport and Recreation Alliance Creative Partnership Award 2020.

Access Sport's ambassadors and supporters include a number of leading sport stars like Olympic gold medallists Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE and Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE, Paralympic medallists Olivia Breen and Ali Jawad, Britain's most successful Olympic athlete Sir Chris Hoy, and 10 times Grand Slam wheelchair tennis champion Jordanne Whiley MBE.
 

WHY WORK FOR ACCESS SPORT

Access Sport is an exciting and dynamic place to work. No two days are the same. There are opportunities for team members to get involved in all aspects of the charity, from the delivery of our programmes on the ground, to fundraising, events and advocacy. We are committed to being a supportive and enjoyable place to work. As a member of staff at Access Sport you will benefit from:

  • 25 days holiday in addition to the usual public holidays and time off between Christmas and New Year (after two years of continuous service this increases to 26 days and after five years to 28 days holiday)
  • A healthy living & well-being employer
  • Employee Assistance Programme – access to a 24/7 confidential helpline and online information, plus counselling sessions (LifeWorks)
  • The cycle to work scheme, saving up to 39% on a new bike and accessories
  • Government opt-in workplace pension scheme
  • Free eye tests and life insurance
  • For 6 weeks in the summer Access Sport operate a summer working hours policy
  • Monthly 'Wellbeing Wednesday' team activities and other social events
  • Personal training allowance and development support
  • Team and personal development away days throughout the year

 

COMMUNITY COORDINATOR ROLE

Access Sport is looking for a Community Coordinator to support our Disability Inclusion Programme. The Community Coordinator will work closely with the London Project Leader to support the delivery of inclusive physical activity and sport in Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark. The Community Coordinator will support our vision to make disability inclusion the norm in sport, rather than the exception.

The objectives of the project are to;

  • Support volunteer-led community clubs and organisations in Lewisham, Greenwich, and Southwark to engage disabled people and non-disabled people into sport and physical activity
  • Assist local community clubs to build local partnerships, for example local special schools, disability organisations, and other local partners
  • Develop and upskill local volunteers that is inclusive and representative of the local community; supported by the delivery of our Disability Inclusion training (online or face-to-face workshop)
  • Work in partnership with London Sport, Local Authorities, Disability People's Organisation, Schools, and other key stakeholders in London
  • Evaluate the impact of our inclusive clubs through implementation of our monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Using the success and key learnings from Phase 1 and 2 of the Disability Inclusion Programme to develop London as a “Beacon City” for inclusive sport and physical activity

The role will also include supporting the wider Disability Inclusion Programme team, in their work, developing community sports clubs and organisations. This includes supporting the development of our two sport specific initiatives: Flyerz hockey and Wingz cycling.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Based with Access Sport's team in London, the Community Coordinator will be responsible for;

  • Delivery of multisport and physical activity to disabled and non-disabled people in schools (mainstream, specialist SEND schools and alternative provisions)
  • Supporting local coaches and volunteers to deliver their own inclusive activity at existing community organisations in the field and online
  • Delivery of Access Sport's YMCA endorsed Disability Inclusion Training in person and online; upskilling volunteers to adapt and deliver inclusive sport and physical activity to disabled and non-disabled people
  • COVID19 response and resumption of activity: develop and deliver innovative solutions to help disabled young people and families stay active and connected within their homes and local communities
  • Manage the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of inclusive sport and physical activity delivery within schools; responsible for collecting demographic and attendance data
  • Working alongside the Project Leader supporting the planning, delivery and administration of the project
  • Organising and coordinating events to bring together engaged schools and communities to celebrate inclusive sport and physical activity
  • Developing best practice and resources to share knowledge as to how to deliver inclusive physical activity
  • Supporting the development of new and existing inclusive community organisations in Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark
  • Be an advocate and spokesperson for disability equality both within the charity and across the sector
     

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

ESSENTIAL

  • Experience of working in the sport and/or disability sector
  • Experience in coaching multisport and physical activity to children and young people
  • Understanding of the importance of safeguarding and child protection
  • A passion for empowering and inspiring disabled people to reach their full potential through sport
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage your workload efficiently
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse audience
     

DESIRABLE

  • Appropriate or relevant sports or coaching qualification (Level 2). Exceptions will be made for candidates demonstrating a high level of experience and we can support you to obtain required qualifications.
  • Experience or knowledge of working with local community sports clubs and schools
  • Experience of working with young disabled people, in particular those from disadvantaged areas
  • A willingness to be proactive in undertaking continuous personal development
  • Experience of volunteering at a charity, community group or sports organisation
     

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Enthusiasm, energy and willingness to meet challenging demands and work to deadlines
  • Self-motivated, able to use initiative and a highly flexible approach to work
  • A personal commitment to Access Sport's vision and values
  • A strong team player with good inter-personal skills
     

FLEXIBILITY

In order to work effectively in a changing environment, flexibility is required from the post-holder. Any other tasks that may be requested will be at the same level of responsibility and terms and conditions of employment. The role will require frequent travelling across Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark, as well as regular visits to the Access Sport office in Tower Hamlets. The post-holder should be flexible to working some evening and weekend work in accordance with the demands of clubs and events.
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Access Sport is committed to becoming disability confident and an employer of choice irrespective of disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. We are actively seeking to diversify and to create a workplace that is welcoming for all, ensuring that our workforce is representative of wider society and the communities we support.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which includes a criminal record check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and two references.

Salary: £22 – 25k pro rata (dependent on previous experience)
Location: Home based. The role requires frequent travel to various locations in Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich, as well as visits to the Access Sport London Office (E2 6QF)
Contract type: Fixed term until April 2022, with the potential to be extended subject to funding
Hours: 19 hours per week, 0.5 FTE
 

TO APPLY

To apply for the role, please email careers@accesssport.org.uk and attach:

  • An up to date CV
  • A covering letter that explains why you would like the role and demonstrates that you have the required skills, experience and personal attributes (no longer than 2 pages of A4)
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, which you can download from our website here.
     

CLOSING DATE: 5pm, Friday 9th April 2021

Proposed interview dates (TBC):
Round 1, Zoom interviews: Wednesday 14th or Thursday 15th April 2021
Round 2, interviews at our London office (subject to Government guidelines): Wednesday 21st or Thursday 22nd April 2021

Closing Date5pm 09 Apr 2021
ContactSue Wheeler
EmailSue.Wheeler@accesssport.co.uk