Job: Sport Development Officer

Metro Blind Sport Current Vacancies

Sport Development Officer Vacancy

Closing Date 17th August!


Job Title  Sport Development Officer for Metro Blind Sport

Responsible to:  Metro CEO

Salary:  Competitive

Location:  Primarily working across the Greater London area, utilising office space at the Pocklington Hub in Euston and with opportunities to work from home.

 Contract / Hours:  Permanent contract – 36 pw worked flexibly including some evenings and weekends.

Purpose:  To develop and implement a sports programme, increasing the range, quality and local availability of sporting opportunities for visually impaired people across greater London.

Key duties

  • Supporting established core sports (Archery, Athletics, Bowls, Cricket, Football and Tennis) by:
  • Having an overview of the work of the voluntary sport leads and provide support on an ongoing basis.
  • Liaising with members and help plan and organise activities to enhance the core sports and act as a link to each sport’s sub-committee.
  • Constantly seek new ways to increase membership and then being a welcoming presence to newcomers, introducing them to the sport leads and ensure a ‘meet & greet’ at local stations is offered as appropriate.
  • Playing a lead role in co-ordinating major events where Metro is a key stakeholder, such as the annual National Athletics Championships and Metro Tennis Tournaments.
  • Establishing links with local charities / support groups within the sight loss sector across London with a view to identifying potential new members and partnership working.
  • Assisting with recruiting, training and evaluation of coaches and volunteers.


  • Creating new opportunities by:

  • Identifying and developing potential new sport and fitness activities, creating new sub committees where appropriate.
  • Support the CEO to proactively work with local agencies, in and outside the sight loss sector to develop more localised partnerships and attempt a more even distribution of opportunities across Greater London.
  • Seek to increase Metro membership generally through a programme of promotional and networking activity devised with the CEO.
  • Support the team with grant applications, using a strategic approach to highlight where funds are most required.
  • Provide coaching support within specific sports (including identifying suitable coaching qualifications should members express interest).
  • With the Web Manager, ensure information is distributed to members and significant others, including newsletters, website and social media updates.
  • Be a positive role model to maintain Metro’s long standing good reputation, ensuring the values and objectives of Metro are understood and respected by all stakeholders.
  • Utilize reports and record-keeping systems, agreed with the CEO, to plot progress against strategic objectives.
  • Promote health and safety at all events and carry out or update risk assessments. These are to be logged and approved.
  • Ensure that coaches/volunteers have up to date DBS checks, qualifications and ensure that a system for renewal is in place and acted upon.
  • Be willing to be trained in and to deliver Visual Impairment Awareness training where necessary.
  • Participate in training and regular supervision meetings as directed.
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time. This will include attending the Metro AGM and providing assistance to any members requiring it on the day.



Knowledge – Essential

  • Understanding the challenges of participation in sports focussing on visually impaired people
  • The issues and obstacles surrounding general sports development

Knowledge – Desirable

  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Relevant qualification in Sports Science or Leisure
  • A relevant National Governing Body Level 2 coaching award

Skills – Essential

  • Ability to self-start, motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to analyse needs, identify opportunities and develop projects adhering to individual strategies and the wider Metro business plan
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, adaptable to Metro’s diverse audiences, and a commitment to providing information in accessible formats
  • Excellent administrative skills, including record keeping and the ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite to intermediate level at least.
  • The ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to work from home including excellent time management skills and self-motivation

Skills – Desirable

  • Ability to represent Metro across different events and diverse audiences

Experience – Essential

  • Development and leadership of sports-related projects
  • Working with competing priorities

Experience – Desirable

  • Working with children and / or adults with disabilities
  • Helping to run events

Special Requirements

  • Willingness to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to regularly travel across Greater London and occasionally further afield.
  • Enhanced DBS check (to be initiated by the Thomas Pocklington Trust).
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This role will be seconded from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT). TPT  is a charity established to provide services for visually impaired people: our mission is to improve the lives of people living with sight loss.

TPT is registered with the Disability Confident Scheme as a Disability Confident Committed employer. Therefore, we believe in treating all employees fairly and we are committed to recruiting equally. TPT’s charitable objective and aim is to support visually impaired individuals back into work. For this reason, we are actively seeking applications from all backgrounds including disabled/visually impaired individuals and people who have lived experience of sight loss.  We also guarantee all disabled applicants that reach the minimum appointment criteria an interview. We are happy to accept applications from all suitably qualified persons who have the appropriate skills and talent regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

To Apply 

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