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Head of Sport and Pathways

Boccia England

Job title: Head of Sport and Pathways Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer Direct reports: Competitions Manager, People Development Manager, England Talent Pathway and Classification Purpose of the Job: The purpose of this role is to ensure that there is a greater breath of competition events and playing opportunities at all levels including the talent pathway supported by an effective external workforce. Hours worked: Part-time minimum 21 hours per week. Full-time may be considered. This role will include regular travel, some unsocial hours and supporting weekend events including overnight stays. Salary: Band 2 Based at: Hybrid (Home Based/ Boccia England National Headquarters in Nottingham) with a requirement for regular travel throughout England. Key Accountabilities and objectives • Build a successful sporting pathway for boccia through both competitions and talent development. • Increase the number of, and quality of, coaches involved in the talent development programme in England. • Create an environment where athlete and volunteers prosper, thrive, and acquire the required skills and experiences to deliver their potential. • Oversee the co-ordination of the rules and regulations of boccia in England in liaison with the Sports Committee Programme Management – Build and Develop a sport pathway. • Work closely with the Competition Manager in leading the effective development and delivery of the Boccia England competition programme. • Work with the coaching workforce to ensure effective delivery of the Pathway programme. • Oversee the recruitment of the coaching and support team to support the delivery of the Talent Plan • Support international competition participation in conjunction with home nations and Boccia UK • Support the governance and management of the sport including rules and regulations, codes, and classification. Athlete support – Provide opportunities and an environment which fosters a positive culture for athletes to develop. • Provide an effective pathway curriculum and coaching support framework for pathway athletes. • Ensure the external workforce is fit for purpose in line with strategic objectives. • athletes’ voices are heard through representation. • Ensure athlete progression throughout the England Pathway is effectively supported. • Develop effective and appropriate welfare systems to support talented athletes in collaboration with partners. • Ensure talent teamwork towards providing constructive feedback to athletes in their development. People – Work in conjunction with the People Development Manager to: Implement and monitor the Boccia England people plan. • Ensure that there are sufficient skilled volunteers and self-employed workforce such as tutors, to support the needs of the sport. • Ensure Boccia England provides quality training to the people delivering boccia, so they are appropriately skilled/qualified. Talent ID and Recruitment – Develop a simple, common talent ID framework (including a nationwide talent spotter recruitment programme and development of talent spotter profiling toolkit) • Ensure that there is an improved understanding of boccia classifications within the relevant networks. • Support the coaching workforce to improve their understanding of identifying and supporting potential talent. • Ensure the successful delivery of the England Talent Pathway within boccia. • Use technology and standardised templates to manage talent assessment reporting. • Support the implementation of the talent scouting development programme. • Develop understanding and knowledge of Boccia Talent recruitment within the Talent environment. Partnerships – Effective collaboration with home nations and Boccia UK and other partners to support the development of effective sports delivery. • Regular review of work programme and its alignment with Boccia UK World Class Plan • Support Co-ordinated open programme of athlete transition from England to GB managed jointly by Boccia UK and Boccia England • To develop relationships with potential partners to facilitate new opportunities to further improve the sport of boccia in England. People Management – Lead and manage the Competition Manager, People Development Manager and other designated staff and coaches that supports the Boccia England Pathway • Contribute, as part of Boccia England’s senior management team, to the overall leadership and performance of the organisation. • Ensure that the Competition Manager develops, promotes, and delivers the Boccia England competition programme ensuring high quality events which promote participation and where appropriate enable pathway talent identification. • Effective management of the Competition Manager, People Development Manager and paid and voluntary coaching team including defining clear roles and responsibilities, clear communication; setting appropriate objectives; monitoring and reviewing performance; providing support and guidance and personal/professional development. • Lead the classification team in Boccia England to ensure the athlete journey reflects potential international selection. Finance and Budget Management – Ensure effective processes are in place to manage and report on budgets. • Coordination of annual budget planning and monitoring of performance against budgets. • Effective management and monitoring of the specific budgets for participation and development programmes, with clear means of measuring progress. General Requirements • Manage own workload effectively. • Be committed to continuous improvement. • Provide excellent and timely customer service with both internal and external communications. • Use and share knowledge and expertise to promote boccia and develop Boccia England. • Be an advocate for Boccia England and the sport of boccia. • Any other tasks or responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Chief Executive and commensurate with the responsibilities of the post.

Emma Holmes



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£35, 000 pro rata





Placed on

Thu 21st December, 2023



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