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Newcastle Falcons - Hitz Project Officer

Salary:

£18,000 - £22,000 (dependent on experience)

Start Date

Job Description

Reports to:  Hitz Project Manager and Falcons Community Foundation Director

Closing date: June 20, 2014

Interview date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An exciting opportunity to join the award-winning Falcons Community Foundation has arisen. The Falcons Community Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1107851) whose aim is to motivate, educate and inspire via the power of sport. We work across five pillars of activity: club development, grassroots sports, health, social inclusion and education.

A key focus of our social inclusion strand is the award-winning HITZ programme, which tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people’s resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. More information on the Hitz Programme can be found at www.hitzrugby.com.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inspiring team player who has proven ability to plan, deliver and evaluate high-quality rugby and educational activities. You will combine your passion for rugby and sport with strong organisational, communication and administrative skills. In addition to being a strong rugby coach, you will also have the ability to engage positively and build relationships with challenging young people. You will also be expected to be able to communicate with a wide range of strategic partners.

The position will be based at Kingston Park and the surrounding areas. Due to the nature of the job, some evening and weekend work will be required. Applicants must hold a valid driving licence and have access to a suitable vehicle.

Key responsibilities:

  • To develop, in conjunction with the Community Manager and Newcastle College, a suitable social inclusion rugby and educational programme for Newcastle Falcons
  • To organise, set up, lead and coordinate rugby sessions at identified venues, coordinating competitions and other events as appropriate. All activities should be appropriate to the needs of the target audience and be in line with the Hitz strategic aims
  • To be responsible for high-quality delivery of community and social inclusion sessions as agreed in the programme
  • To keep accurate monitoring records for all sessions and contribute to the gathering and analysis of evaluation information for activities and individuals within those activities
  • To work in partnership with a dedicated training provider to provide young people with access to functional skills and foundation learning courses
  • To work with safer neighbourhood teams, youth groups, schools and other local agencies to encourage links between them to recruit and support ongoing participation and achievement by young people
  • To identify and direct young people on to relevant education, training, volunteering opportunities and on to work placements and apprenticeships
  • To liaise with local funding agencies to ensure growth and sustainability of the programme
  • To maximise opportunities to raise awareness among the target audiences and the surrounding areas of rugby activities and encourage their participation
  • To oversee any appropriate budgets ensuring spend is within budget and raising any overspend issues with the Project Manager at an early stage
  • To produce update reports for the Project Manager and funding agencies and related partners as required
  • To identify and follow up potential opportunities to develop activities in line with the strategic development of the Hitz programme

Person specification

Essential:

  • Minimum Level 2 Rugby Football Union coaching award
  • Current Criminal Records Bureau Check
  • Experience of coaching within a range of environments
  • Good understanding of the sports networks and the strategy
  • Detailed knowledge of current coaching and training processes and how to adapt and target participants according to ability
  • A passion for sport and an understanding of wider issues related to sport, health and education
  • An enthusiastic and committed individual who will “go the extra mile” to deliver results
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and motivation skills
  • Valid driving licence and access to a suitable vehicle
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • An ability to inspire others

Desirable:

  • Other NGB Level 1/Level 2 qualifications
  • Degree qualified – strong academic record
  • Sporting background
  • Experience coaching with a range of age groups, demographics and abilities
  • Experience of working in an educational setting with knowledge of assessment and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders; including sports clubs and national governing bodies

Please send a CV and covering letter detailing relevant experience and why you are suitable for the job to:

Melanie Magee
Falcons Community Foundation
Kingston Park
Brunton Road
Kenton Bank Foot
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 8AF

Melanie.magee@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Application Deadline

20 June 2014

Closing Date

20 June 2014