A Head of Community leads a sports club’s community programmes. Overseeing sports coaching, social inclusion, healthy living, education and training, they ensure all initiatives use the club’s name to positively impact the lives of participants. The role requires them to build partnerships, identify new opportunities, work with a number of charities and lead a team of staff. No two days are the same. The Head of Community can expect to work with disability teams, international outreach programmes, schools coaching, employment training, fundraising, regeneration, inclusivity projects, educational programmes and initiatives such as Reading Stars.


Senior athletes are usually required to devote a set number of hours to a club’s community projects. The Head of Community works with senior athletes to select dates and projects for them to become involved in. Plenty of options are available – Arsenal’s community scheme delivers 407 hours of activity each week.


An undergraduate degree is beneficial but not essential. A qualification in safeguarding and possession of an advanced DBS and CRB certificates is compulsory.


Extensive experience of delivering community programmes is essential. Applicants should be aware of social inclusion and equality guidelines, while experience of working with young people is non-negotiable. They should be confident in leading sessions and helping individuals develop to their full potential. Demonstrable case studies are encouraged. Work in a club’s community programme, in a role such as a Multi-Sport Coach or Employability Officer, is highly advantageous.


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