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Football Outreach Sports Coach (2 positions) - Open to current University of Worcester students only

The business of sport at University of Worcester goes from strength to strength, the prime purpose being to contribute to the quality of the student experience via support for academic and extracurricular programmes in a range of sport and exercise related courses, placements, employment and volunteering opportunities.

The current role is to support with the delivery of activity for clients of externally funded community sport outreach programmes, which has come about as part of our FA football development plan and BUCS Hubs programme in line with objectives to engage children and young people on an outreach basis within local schools to then feed back in to University facilities and local partner community clubs or existing player pathways within UoW, creating prospects for current student cohort engagement and potential recruitment opportunities in the future.

In doing so you must meet the necessary statutory health & safety legislation and internal quality standards. In addition you will, on occasion, be expected to support the Sport Facilities Management team to ensure the smooth running of the other University of Worcester (UW) sport and recreation services where appropriate.

All coaches will be expected to sign and adhere to the coaches code of conduct as part of the post.

This post will provide good practical coaching and industry based knowledge as an asset for your CV.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.


Closing date: Monday 15 Jan 2018

Reference number: STU1801 - 3504

Job details

Job details

£8.80 per hour (plus holiday pay)
2 to 4 hours per week 16hrs per month
January 2017
6 month contract
Responsible to
Outdoor Sport and Activity Manager and Football Development Officer
Responsible for
Interview date

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

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"Our aim is to attract ambitious students who will be challenged as sports academics and practitioners to be the best that they can be."
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute



The Institute of Sports and Exercise Science currently has a full time academic staff of 50. In addition 15 staff from partner institutions participate in course delivery through ‘partnership agreements’ on HND/FD courses. The Institute is responsible for the work of the Sports Centre which currently employs 7 staff and the Motion and Performance Centre which employs a further 5 staff. The Institute is supported by a team of administrative staff and two sports and exercise science technicians. There are currently 4 full-time externally funded post graduate MPhil/PhD students.
The Institute has an impressive portfolio of courses including HNDs in Sports Studies, Sport Coaching and, Sports Performance and Coaching in partnership with Worcester College of Technology, Stourbridge College and Telford College of Art and Technology. The undergraduate programme includes: BSc Sports Studies, BSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sports Coaching Science, BSc Coaching Science and Disability Sport, BSc Physical Education (non-QTS), BSc Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology; BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy. There is further course provision at the post graduate level including PGCE in secondary Physical Education, MSc in Sports Coaching Science and MSc Sports Business Management, MSc European Basketball Coaching Science and MSc Applied Sports Science.

There is a clear and distinct emphasis on the student experience and the Institute is proud of its reputation for high quality teaching and learning. The Institute has a creative culture and is constantly seeking to strengthen its portfolio of courses particularly, the development of a taught Masters Degree involving international partners.

There has been a strategic commitment by the University of Worcester over the past ten years to create unique, innovative ‘Learning Through Sport’ initiatives that have inspired, included and enthused thousands of children and young adults nationally and internationally.

The sports facilities include: the newly constructed University of Worcester Arena, 6 court sports centre, fitness centre, McClelland Wellbeing Centre, 3G astro turf, sand filled astro turf, gymnasia and significant off campus grass playing fields. Indoor academic facilities include exercise physiology laboratories (BASES accredited), two performance analysis laboratory, sports psychology and biomechanics laboratory. The world-class Motion and Performance Centre is an integral part of the University and supports teaching and learning, research and consultancy work.

The refurbished Riverside building that opened in September 2011 offers two large teaching spaces with multi-purpose sprung floors for indoor mini – games and dance, further smaller teaching rooms and a sports analysis teaching room with views to the two larger teaching spaces. A social learning internet café space is also available within this attractive venue.

The University has recently opened a major, 2000 seating capacity, 3 basketball court sports arena. The design of this facility includes purpose designed facilities for wheelchair athletes and mobility impaired athletes more generally
The Institute has extensive international links in Europe, New Zealand, China and USA and opportunities exist for international staff exchanges and research. Staff are supported in individual and group research projects, particularly where research informs teaching. There is a clear research and consultancy strategy over the next five years linked to its strategic aims and staff are organised into research interest groups.

The Institute hosts a range of national and regional facilities including: the County Sports Partnership and the Association for Physical Education (afPE). There is extensive collaboration with the Specialist Sports Colleges, local clubs and elite level sport such as Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester Hockey Club, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club through its sports scholarship programme.


Main duties

Main duties

1. To coach and support clients involved with sport outreach programmes in to the local community.

2. To co-ordinate with the Football Development Officer (FDO) in the organisation, planning and delivery of coaching and football based provision and opportunities to specified groups and University students where directed.

3. To work within all outreach programmes occurring under guidance of the Outdoor Sport and Activity Manager.

4. To contribute and engage within the FAs Respect Programme.

5. To undertake the duties of the post in ways that ensures and enhances the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff and to promote inclusion and diversity for all sections of the community. To work within and help to enhance the University’s commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

6. To undertake any other duties as required by the FDO or Outdoor Activity and Sport Manager to commensurate with the scale of the post.


Main Aims

1. Growth & Retention. Increase & maintain participation in football (the number of affiliated teams), with a focus on mixed, youth, adult, small sided and disability.

2. Raising Standards. Support club and league development, particularly through the School-Club Links programme and the FA Charter Standard Scheme.

3. Better Players. Ensure programmes are provided to improve the standard of players and coaches across the county.

4. Running the Game. Work with local football partners, contributing towards administration and strategic planning.

5. Workforce Development. Increase and support the local football workforce via in-service training events.

6. Marketing & Promotion. Positively promote football programmes at the University of Worcester via various media methods. (as directed) 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.


Person specification

Person specification

Essential Criteria

1. Level 2 Coaching Certificate in given sport or equivalent, or evidence of working towards completion of Level 2 Coaching Certificate. Valid first Aid qualification and DBS. Including registration with NGB for insurance purposes.

2. Applied experience and a proven track record as a coaching practitioner working with children, young people and adults in given sport and evidence of providing a positive role model for the participants you have worked with.

3. An understanding of student sport in schools and universities. (Including BUCS)

4. High quality organisation skills and able to work under own initiative.

5. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people both orally and in writing.

6. Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team and individually.

7. Possess a high level of computer literacy, with the ability to use a variety of, predominantly Microsoft packages and software to a good standard.

8. Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy and sensitivity. 


Desirable Criteria

1. An understanding of football structures and pathways is required

2. Passionate about and committed to the development of grass roots football in Worcestershire

3. Knowledge and understanding of the National Game Strategy

4. Knowledge and experience of officiating football programmes

Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.


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