Sport Practitioner

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Location: London, West Midlands and the North West

Length of role: 36 days over eight weeks

Dates: July and August 2012

Job Description

The Challenge Network, in Partnership with The FA, is looking for Sport Practitioners who will work for eight weeks during summer 2012. Practitioners will support twelve teams of young people by delivering The FA Junior Football Leaders Award as part of Team Challenge week of The Challenge summer programme. These are passionate individuals with previous experience of facilitating groups of young people and are ready for a demanding role as part of an intensive summer programme. This is a 36 day role over eight weeks from 3rd July – 28th August.

The Sport Practitioner is responsible for working with a team of twelve young over three days. This role is suitable for someone with experience of facilitating sports sessions with young people. This is a fulfilling and demanding position which involves supporting the skill development of twelve sixteen-year-olds.

About the Opportunity
The objective of the Team Challenge week is to assist the young people in gaining confidence and experience in using their skills and abilities to serve their local community. The Sports Practitioner role will require facilitating a team of 12 young people and two mentors each week as they complete their Team Challenge over three days.
Practitioners will guide these teams through a three day curriculum which will involve:
• Learning and developing Sports skills as a group through The FA Junior Football Leaders Award
• Visiting, listening to and learning from a community group.
• Designing and delivering a performance based on their community experiences.
• Presenting their weeks experiences to a larger group of young people.

The mornings of days one and two will be spent delivering the curriculum of The FA Junior Football Leaders Award. The Practitioner then takes the team on visits to local community groups in the afternoon of days one and two (including play schemes and disability groups) so that the young people can pass on their skills. On the third day the practitioner will help the team put together a presentation/performance for a showcase where they will feedback to their peers, parents and community members the experiences of the previous days. This third day will be in a venue near close to the young people’s community. Some travel will be required to get to local community venues.

Practitioners will need to be available for a half day induction prior to beginning the eight-week assignment.

The Sport Practitioner will:
• Work with a different team of young people each week in delivering the Sport curriculum.
• Motivate and encourage young people to engage with their community group.
• Work with the teams’ Senior Mentor to support and inspire young people.
• Attend one half day induction about The Challenge programme.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


• FA licenced Junior Football Leaders Award tutor.
• Previous experience of facilitation and leading sports workshops.
• Experience of working with young people.
• A belief in the potential of young people and the ability to build a rapport with young people.
• Energy and enthusiasm to enable young people to use their skills to learn from their community.
• A willingness to take responsibility for delivering a challenging and safe experience for participants.


• Experience working directly with young people either in voluntary or paid capacity.
• Experience of using sport in a community environment, i.e. schools, youth groups, community groups etc.
We also look for all employees to show The Challenge characteristics. These are:
• Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community.
• Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community.
• Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different.


There will be a half day induction covering The Challenge Network and how The FA Junior Football Leaders Award fits into this programme

Work Dates

The Sport Practitioner works for 36 days over July and August.
The work dates for this role are:
3-5, 8-10, 13-15, 18-20, 23-25, 27-28, 30 July
2-4, 7-9, 12-14, 17-19, 22-24, 26-28 August
Roles are available in the following locations: London, Luton, Canterbury & Bedford, Gillingham, Brighton, Reading, Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Manchester, and Preston.

Further Details

This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills and expertise to work with a positive and vibrant team and to be involved in an exciting programme that has tangible results. Be part of a programme that creates memorable experiences for young people that could last a lifetime.
The compensation for this contract role is £3,200 with three regional locations to choose from.
Role variations
In three locations there are reduced length roles which are paid pro-rata. Please see the attached location document for guidance.
• Role 8 – working 30 days: £2670
• Role 9 – working 27 days: £2400
• Role 15 -working 9 days: £800

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