Following the success of last season, we will again be deploying a team of Community Champions to support the Grassroots Game in 23/24. These roles will be aligned to ensure we have a skilled and empathetic workforce to support the growth of recreational football for all communities who are currently disproportionately represented across the game.
To identify, recruit and support new coaches/volunteers from under-represented communities across grassroots football.
To do this we will use a diverse workforce of people and integral allies from the communities in which we wish to extend the provision of football in a way that is right for them and their needs.
As part of our Community Champion offer, we have some principles of support that allow us to give structure to the roles. The roles will be:
- BESPOKE - Made for a particular need in a certain area or community to encourage and support new people into roles as deliverer, volunteer, and coach.
- CONNECTED - Work and are familiar within the community they wish to help, creating greater confidence for community members to ‘step over the side-lines' and become involved with their local clubs.
- PERSONAL - Built on relationships and trust.
- CREATIVE – Being curious in finding new and appropriate ways of empowering, engaging, and inspiring others to feel they belong.
The W&G Community Champion will identify, recruit and support new female volunteers to get into coaching.
- Delivery of ‘Stepping over the Side-lines' workshops to recruit new female coaches to the grassroots game (inclusive of Weetabix Wildcats, Squad Girls Football, and affiliated football clubs).
- Support female coaches to build their confidence and be ready to ‘step onto the pitch' by providing practical, on-pitch support as well as signposting coaches to further opportunities to aid their development.
- Identify coaches/volunteers who can continue to support the new coaching workforce once the Community Champion support package finishes.
- Build relationships and collaborate with the local football community, as well as the FA Coach Development Team, County FA's, Coach Mentors, Community Champions and wider members of the grassroots delivery team to ensure a joined-up and collaborative approach to coach development.
- Attend quarterly meetings aimed at providing clarity on work programmes, development opportunities and good practice sharing.
- Maintain records of the coaches and clubs/providers being supported.
What we are looking for?
- FA EE Playmaker.
- Ability to build trust and develop effective working relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Ability to deliver practical sessions aligned to the holistic development of players, across a variety of age groups.
- A role model for women and girls with an understanding of the challenges and barriers to coaching they can face.
- Flexible in approach with willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as travel across the County.
- Experience volunteering in grassroots football.
- Experience in delivering activities to groups.
- Introduction to Coaching Football.
- Knowledge of FA strategy and the women & girls game.
- Experience in volunteering in the local community.
- Experience in facilitating and engaging with players, volunteers, and parents.
What we can offer you?
- An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
- Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.
As part of your application, you will be asked some pre-questions, as well as uploading a CV and covering letter for the role. Below, You will also need to type which region you are interested in covering, in which you will input Derbyshire.
The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.