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Volleyball England – Independant Director

Further information
Volleyball England are looking to recruit three Independent Directors, for an initial two-year term, and are now inviting applications.

Our Independent Directors will be recruited through an open application process and will be managed by our Nominations Committee based on who meets the skills and experience we are looking for. To apply for this role, you must be able to demonstrate that you are free of any close connection to the organisation.

This does not preclude you being a member of the organisation and/or someone who plays the sport. However, being actively involved in the organisation’s affairs, or employed by the organisation, within the past four years would count as an example of a close connection.

With our new governance structure, vision and mission, we need individuals who can help develop and maintain Volleyball England’s strategic focus You would need to be able to make a commitment to Volleyball England and devote the necessary time, have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.

We are looking for Independent Directors with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

Legal and or HR;
Marketing and Digital technologies/social media;

Ideally, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

An impressive track record within their professional role of success in the private, public and/or voluntary sector;
The ability to operate at Board level for a National Governing Body;
Ability to think creatively and strategically;
The skills to challenge current thinking at Board level;
A clear commitment to improving diversity and equality and understanding the needs of under-represented groups in sport;
A good understanding of the UK’s sporting landscape – including the new Code of Good Governance.

In line with our Equality and Diversity Policy and the new UK Code for Sports Governance, we are keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Directors and would welcome applications from those communities or segments of the UK population who are currently under-represented on the Board.

We can pay travel expenses and provide a full induction to the work of Volleyball England. You will be expected to attend at least four to six Board meetings a year, which are normally held at the Volleyball England offices at the Sports Park in Loughborough. Increasingly, we are establishing committees to oversee and drive our work and support the work of our CEO and SMT. In addition, we would encourage your attendance at a number of Volleyball England meetings and events such as our AGM, sub group meetings, championships and meetings involving the membership.

For an informal discussion about the role of Independent Director please contact our Acting President, Keith Nicholls, on 01603 454471.

For an application pack, please contact us at or call Hannah Winsbury on 01509 227723.

England & Wales Crickit Board (ECB) – National Growth Manager – Diverse Communities

Further information
Job Title: National Growth Manager – Diverse Communities
Department: Growth
Reports to: Head of Growth

Location: Flexible: National travel (England & Wales) would be required
Closing date: 19th October 2016

To apply online please click:

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Clare Davies on 07740818703.

Overall purpose:

The ECB has recently restructured its operation to focus on increasing growth and participation within Cricket. As an outcome of this restructure this exciting new role has become available with the sole aim of increasing broader Community Engagement, ensuring the sport is creating a level playing field of opportunity, from grassroots to elite cricket.

Reporting to the Head of Growth this role will operate across the new seven regional hubs focussing on delivering the Inclusion Growth Strategy with the support of the Regional Growth Executives as well as strategic partners.

Objectives: Key 4 year goals and priorities

• To provide the ECB and its delivery network with up to date knowledge through trends, barriers and accelerators for black and ethnic minority participants recognising and implementing the ONE GAME ethos nationwide. Ensure appropriate monitoring & evaluation of ongoing and new programmes in line with funding requirements including online monitoring platforms and finance return tools.

• Ensuring sustainability of the Sport by empowering the Leagues and Clubs to use insight to help them make informed decisions of how they can develop their environments to be more equitable and accessible to engage with a new generation and culture of cricket.

• To lead the delivery of the growth of Black and Ethnic Minority Cricket, through migration and retention, by utilising national campaigns and programmes, such as, The Lord Taverners City Cup and Last Man Stands with the aim of significantly growing participation within Cricket.

• Help identify ways of growing the game by introducing new formats into new markets with particular emphasis on casual and community based cricket activity, using health, physical activity, and where necessary using Cricket as a tool to reduce radicalisation by developing social, civic and cultural competences as a key driver for participation.

• Actively promote and grow the game by working with national sporting organisations, such as, The Asian Sports Foundation; The National Asian Cricket Council; Sporting Equals; Equality & Human Rights Commission; Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation; Sikh Sport UK as well as the African Caribbean Cricket Association. The collective aim being to ensure all communities have access to Cricket whether playing, volunteering or watching the game.

• Identify the workforce needs at local and regional levels to deliver the National Cricket Strategy for diversity, nurturing a more diverse and representative workforce to lead the development of the game and contribute to its governance.

• Build strong long term relationships to ensure the successful leadership of a joined up network, continuing to consult with internal and external stakeholders sharing best practice and developing new ideas and tools for delivery, making Cricket the sport of choice within Black and Ethnic Minority Communities.
• Through the Regional Growth Executives and colleagues support in driving an inclusive culture for Cricket across the game and champion the growth of this sector, targeting the hardest to reach including Black and Ethnic Minority girls, women, and disabled people.
• Manage the network of the 5 core cities developing South Asian Cricket programmes, share best practice and cascade the learning through the regional networks. Ensuring this intelligence is incorporated into the Growth Strategy of increasing these core cities to 10 by 2019.

• Leveraging National and Global events such as the 2017 Women’s World Cup and 2019 ICC World Cup to highlight, within the Media, the Multicultural heritage within Cricket.
Ongoing Objectives:

• Liaise with external bodies to maximise funding opportunities to help, grow, develop, promote and strengthen Black and Ethnic Minority Cricket in England and Wales.

• To support the regions and counties in developing an integrated offer and talent identification programmes ensuring a more reflective playing population encouraging a lifelong involvement and inspire a new generation of cricketers to play, watch and love the game.

• Be innovative and creative exploring new opportunities for growth in non-traditional formats by developing tailored programmes to inspire people to take part. In particular focus on the growth of ‘gully’/ ‘tapeball’ cricket.

• Actively partner with Chance 2 Shine, Lord Taverners & the Youth Sport Trust to help bring a new generation of mainstream and special schools into cricket and grow the relevance of cricket in Schools with a particular focus on Black and Ethnic Minority children, young people and young adults.

• Work closely with the competitions & performance managers ensuring competition and player pathways are aligned achieving a fully integrated player pathway for Black and Ethnic Minority players to achieve their full potential.

• Liaise with external bodies to maximise funding opportunities to help, grow, develop, promote and strengthen Black and Ethnic Minority Cricket in England and Wales.


This role requires:

• Experience of working with Ethnic Minority Communities in Sport, demonstrating a thorough understanding of multicultural communities within this field.
• The ability to interpret complex data and use these insights to influence stakeholders obtaining buy-in to implement National and Regional Strategies.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of growth markets, such as, within South Asian Communities.
• Demonstrate sophisticated cultural awareness.
• Creative problem solver and independent thinker with a track record of developing and implementing innovative programmes.
• Demonstrate leadership and strong team orientation with the ability to influence across multiple stakeholders both internally and externally.
• Demonstrate an adaptive approach to communication and negotiation skills.
• Experience of presenting at all levels.
• Outstanding project management skills essentially required in order to manage oversight of programmes implemented nationally and regionally.
• Sound financial management.


The complexity of working with black and ethnic minority communities in Cricket is a unique within the business, this is a key role to drive the inclusion and diversity agenda and create a more equitable offer for our customers.


The role has a direct impact on the success and growth of our business by making the case for equity within our sport and growing the game for cricketers from the most disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

The role impacts across the whole of the business.


The role holder will be required to influence both up and down within the business.

At strategic level with his/her colleagues leading national programmes, influencing and shaping the overall diversity strategy for cricket in England & Wales.

At Regional level working with regional colleagues to shape programmes for delivery through our county board networks, and finally at county level, influencing and shaping county board offers, aligning funding based on results.

The role will be required to influence the Core Cities through strategic growth of the game for South Asian Communities.

The role holder is also required to supply reports to partner contract organisations inclusive of Sport England and to collaborate with other sports on joint projects that further the development of cricket and sport in general.


The role holder has responsibility for the assembling of the insight, offers and the resources to support it.

The role holder has authority to determine changes to the offers annually.

Sports Coach UK – Trustees

Further Information
Company Sports Coach UK
Job Type Part Time
Location London, United Kingdom
Job Reference SCUK/TRAM
Salary Volunteer
Closing Date 29/07/2016
Industry Public Sport and Education

Job Details
Sports Coach UK – transforming lives through coaching

The National Coaching Foundation trading as Sports Coach UK is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status (No 327354), employing around 50 staff based at their HQ in Leeds and at sites across England and Scotland. It has a wholly owned commercial trading subsidiary, Coachwise Limited, which is responsible for the administration of membership and workshops developed by Sports Coach UK in furtherance of its charitable purpose.

Our Future

Sports Coach UK will achieve their mission by retaining and recruiting credible and passionate specialists who thrive on leading and driving innovation. Following the appointment of a new Chair (Gillian Wilmot) and Chief Executive Officer (Mark Gannon), the Board now wishes to appoint up to four new Trustees. Together with the existing Board and Executive the new Trustees will support the organisation across a wide range of areas including:

Insight and thought leadership

Sports Coach UK will seek out and use evidenced best practice across a range of sectors, both from the UK and internationally, enabling them to lead the debate on coaching and coaches.


Sports Coach UK will drive a national debate around the power of coaching to change lives and drive societal benefits.


Sports Coach UK will be synonymous with coaching excellence across all forms of coaching at all levels, display sector leadership and leverage public funds to amplify the reach and impact of coaching.

Corporate structure, systems and processes

Sports Coach UK will ensure they are efficient, effective, flexible and agile in their delivery of customer-centric services and solutions.

Key Responsibilities
Governance and Strategic Leadership

Trustees will lead, support and challenge the organisation to ensure the highest levels of governance are achieved.
Using their sector and functional expertise, Trustees will provide guidance and influence to the Executive on specific areas of strategic importance.

Stakeholder Relations

Trustees will support the Vision, Mission and Purpose by enhancing existing relationships and forging new partnerships.
They will use their network and influence to position coaching with regards to contemporary challenges facing sport and physical activity.


Trustees will be ambassadors for the organisation with a range of stakeholders.
They will assist in effectively communicating the Vision, Mission and Purpose.


Trustees will be appointed for an initial three year term (renewable).
Time commitment will be 6-8 days per year, including four Board meetings, committee meetings, conferences and ambassadorial engagements.
The role is non-remunerated with all reasonable expenses being reimbursed.
Board meetings are usually held in central London in the late afternoon.

Skills & Experience Required

Successful candidates will be passionate about coaching. They will have experience of working at Board level and be able to articulate how they would use their expertise to support Sports Coach UK.
Specific requirements include:

An informed interest in coaching and alignment with the Sports Coach UK vision to “transform lives through coaching”.
An understanding of one of the following sectors: Elite Coaching, Community Coaching, Commercial Partnerships, Building Participation or Health.
Strategic thinking skills and a proven track record of creating partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills.
The ability to fully participate in four Board meetings a year, associated committees and ambassadorial engagements.
An understanding of Trustee duties and the ability to operate as an effective Trustee.


Some understanding and knowledge of Charity Law.
Experience of chairing a committee (Sports Coach UK currently have three committees: Audit & Governance, Finance and Coaching).

Other information

For more information on Sports Coach UK, please visit their website, or download their 2015-2016 annual report here.

For further detail about the role, please download the candidate brief here, or for a confidential discussion please contact:

Alistair Milner – Partner
t: +44 (0)20 7092 6966

To apply, candidates should send the following information to by 5pm, 29th July 2016.

Letter of application highlighting relevant achievements and experience
Up to date curriculum vitae
Details of current commitments