It is an interesting and exciting time for British sport, with the next Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo postponed but now just under a year away and the next edition of the Commonwealth Games being on home soil in Birmingham in 2022.
For over forty years, SportsAid has been a thread running through the fabric of British sport, recognising and helping talented, young sports people to develop their potential and reach their personal best. SportsAid is recognised as the leading national organisation to support emerging sporting talent.
This is an opportunity to join a committed and driven team at SportsAid, working with the national governing bodies of sport and young talented athletes who benefit from the charity’s help. This is a new role supporting the Backing The Best Awards Manager. The Backing The Best programme has been developed in partnership with Sport England to specifically help talented young sports people facing severe financial hardship; SportsAid has managed the scheme since 2015 and it is now moving into a new exciting phase of growth and development.
The overall responsibility of the Backing The Best Support Officer is to assist the Backing The Best Awards Manager in distributing the awards and special project grants, whilst ensuring all the athletes receiving an award are invited, included and involved in all relevant aspects of the charity’s activities and communications. Key responsibilities - Assist in the administration in the award application, selection and awarding process from nomination to final award; - Work closely with the relevant portfolio Trustee to help recruit and assist with the BTB Awards Panel; this panel will check and challenge the shortlisting and recommendations for ‘Backing The Best ’support; - Assist in the delivery of the communication plan to help define, explain and promote the Backing The Best scheme to stimulate interest and increase awareness and understanding, particularly with the relevant staff of the NGBs; this will involve the use
of accessible, multi-media channels as well as supporting collateral and via in-person briefings; - Provide a first point of communication for BTB-related communications; - Work closely with the Finance Manager and BTB Awards Manager to prepare regular Backing The Best management accounts, analytical and statistical information and progress reports for presentation to the CEO and/or the Board of Trustees; - Monitor each athlete in receipt of a Backing The Best award support, i.e. more in relation to their use of, and benefit from, the award than in their sporting performance and progress; - Gather and collate attendee feedback from various SportsAid/ Backing The Best events; - Work with the SportsAid team in supporting, communicating and delivering the charity’s various fundraising and engagement activities, when required; - Protect and enhance SportsAid’s brand and reputation in delivering the role and follow best practice and strong ethical standards at all times.
- There will be the opportunity to develop specific projects with some NGBs to develop their work in identifying and supporting athletes that may be facing financial hardship; - To provide support to any of the charity’s events during the year, particularly those involving athletes (some of whom may be in receipt of support from BTB), such as athlete/parent workshops, athlete forums, Q&A sessions and key flagship events such as the One-to-Watch Award and other such high-profile events that may involve the charity’s Patron; - Act as chaperone for SportsAid athletes at various events and workshops;
Any other duties as may reasonably be requested in delivering the role. As and when SportsAid evolves in its raison d’etre, so the job description, duties and location of this role within SportsAid may be adjusted accordingly.
The candidate - Educated to degree level or recognised equivalent, ideally with some relevant employment experience; - An interest in working with young people and a passion for sport; - Enthusiasm and temperament to work in a small team in a fast-paced environment; - A self-starter; enthusiastic, reliable, committed and motivated. A confident, effective communicator able to create and develop relationships with a range of different people; - Excellent organisational and presentation skills; comfortable managing several different projects and activities in parallel; - Sound IT skills; strong on database management and Excel; financially literate; - Reliable, trustworthy, committed and motivated; - Committed to upholding organisational values; of the utmost integrity and discretion; - Good working knowledge of sports structures (desirable); - Experience of charitable activities (desirable).