Access Sport - Development Manager (Oxford)

LocationWork from home. Hot-desk space available with partners at Active Oxfordshire (Marlborough House, Kidlington, OX5 2DN)
Hours of WorkPart-time – equivalent of 3 days per week. Flexibility on use of 22.5 hours across the week. Some evening & weekend work may be required.
Salary & Benefits£30,000 pro rata
Closing Date12 Mar

Job Description

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 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

You will be responsible for the day to day delivery and project management of the High Sheriff Programme in Oxford, working in partnership with colleagues in Oxford City Council, Active Oxfordshire and The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire to achieve our objectives.

You will be working to support Access Sport's network of community clubs and organisations to achieve their development goals and run sustainably, embedded in their local communities, for many years to come.

You will play a vital role in helping these community clubs & groups recover and reinvent
following the impact of COVID-19, finding innovative solutions to continue delivering community activities within restrictions, ensuring access to safe equipment, increasing capacity, recovering from financial hardship and helping them to support others in efforts to improve physical health and mental health.

You will also begin to investigate and develop new partnerships with community clubs,
organisations and volunteers that share our values and wish to engage more inactive and
disadvantaged young people in sport, training and volunteering.

Planning, administration, management, fundraising and delivery of the High Sheriff Social
Inclusion Programme – Oxford including:

  • Provide hands on support to existing partner clubs so that they continue to effectively offer participation opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Support clubs to access additional funding through grants research and application writing.
  • Ensure that the programme delivers upon a defined set of KPIs and targets, (both internally and externally).
  • Maintain and manage existing strategic relationships and local partnerships and develop new ones to drive the programme forward into Phase 4.
  • Support the fundraising for Phase 4 of the programme.
  • Coordinate and manage a series of annual fundraising and participation events including: Oxford Influencer dinner, corporate challenge and the multisport Have a Go Festival.
  • Coordinate and chair the Steering Group with the aim to provide advice and oversight on the project and ensure that the next phase develops and evolves according to local and national priorities.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation framework, reporting internally to Access Sport and externally to stakeholders and supporters.
  • Recruit and coordinate casual coaches to deliver outreach in schools and the community.
  • Lead the promotion and marketing of the programme and support partner clubs to do the same with their own sessions.
  • Support wider charity strategy by embedding national programmes into the Oxford offer. Including but not limited to; Flyerz inclusive hockey, Wingz cycling and cycling for Women & Girls.
  • Feed into charity wide strategy meetings, internal reviews and planning discussions.


  • A passion for empowering and inspiring people to reach their full potential through sport.  
  • Experience in successful project delivery and management.
  • Experience or knowledge of the sport sector (UK)
  • A good understanding of the local landscape and networks in Oxford
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, to communicate effectively with all sectors
  • Pro-active worker who can take ownership of tasks and show initiative to get things done
  • Experience writing funding applications and grants
  • Understanding of the political, cultural and social environments affecting equality and sport
  • Experience of budget management
  • Experience using Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks
  • Excellent computer software skills to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets.
  • Valid UK driving license and access to a vehicle
  • Experience of youth and community work in disadvantaged areas
  • Experience volunteering at a charity, community group or sports club
  • A willingness to be proactive in undertaking continuous personal development


  • Enthusiasm, energy and willingness to meet challenging demands and work to
  • deadlines and budgets
  • Self-motivated, able to use initiative and a highly flexible approach to work
  • A personal commitment to improving the lives of young people through sport
  • Self-disciplined, with excellent attention to detail
  • A strong team player with good inter-personal skills

In order to work effectively in a changing environment, flexibility is required from the postholder. Any other tasks that may be requested will be at the same level of responsibility and terms and conditions of employment. The post-holder must be prepared to travel throughout Oxford and the UK when needed, and work varying hours in accordance with the demands of clubs and events, this will include evenings and weekends.

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.

To apply for the role, please email and attach:

  • A copy of your CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) that explains why you would like the role and demonstrates that you have the required skills, experience and personal attributes.
  • Equal opportunities form (optional)

Location: Work from home. Hot-desk space available with partners at Active Oxfordshire
(Marlborough House, Kidlington, OX5 2DN)
Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Reports to: Delivery Director
Contract: 9 months fixed term (April to December 2021) - Maternity Cover
Hours: Part-time – equivalent of 3 days per week. Flexibility on use of 22.5 hours across the
week. Some evening & weekend work may be required.
Closing Date: March 12th, 2021