Community Development Officer

Job Description

Colchester United's Football in the Community is a registered charity that provides high quality sports and education programmes to children, young people and adults from across the region.

In August 2014 Colchester United Football in the Community was awarded charitable status enabling us, as an organisation, to be supported by the Charites Commission and Football League Trust. This also ensures that all the funding and income received is re-invested back into the improvement and development of the organisation.

The role offers an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join a progressive team at Colchester United Football in the Community. We are seeking a driven, energetic and ambitious individual to plan and deliver a co-ordinated programme, in line with our charitable objectives and targets.

As this position is a key appointment in our organisation, you will have the tenacity to achieve targets and the creativity to overcome obstacles. You will be a leader and have the ability to inspire and motivate people from all backgrounds and communities.

Job Purpose
To ensure delivery and development of community projects that encompass opportunities for players throughout our development Pathway.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- To develop, coordinate and manage a Grassroots football development plan to build stronger and more sustainable partnership with these football clubs within Colchester and North East Essex
- To develop and create innovative Holiday activities programmes for our staff to deliver
- To develop, coordinate and manage the operation and development of our Holiday activities programmes
- To support with the development of our Development Centre, Football College programmes and recreational grassroots coaching programmes
- Work closely with Colchester United Football club and the PFA to manage player appearances at CUFITC activities throughout the year
- To support with the development of our Development Centre, Football College programmes and recreational grassroots coaching programmes
- To recruit and meet targets for participant levels as agreed with Head of Community
- To deliver coaching sessions as directed
- To work with Head of Community and Senior team to co-ordinate development of new projects
- To coordinate, manage, deliver and monitor coaching sessions with groups of young people, or organisations.
- To contribute to staff development including coach education and peer coaching
- To act as a lead Mentor to a group of CUFITC sessional coaches
- To use views as a monitoring tool producing appropriate reports
- To liaise with parents and carers when appropriate
- To lead, motivate, mentor sessional staff when appropriate
- To plan, monitor and evaluate all coaching sessions led or assisted at
- To ensure Safeguarding is adhered to including keeping personal DBS, First Aid qualifications up to date.
- To undertake appropriate training
- To ensure the quality control of coaching sessions


- UEFA B Football Coaching Certificate
- FA Youth Modules
- Full UK Driving Licence with access to own vehicle
- Member of the FA licences club

- AfPE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport
- Multi-Skills Training
- One other national governing body qualification
- Futsal coaching certificate
- Coaching for disabled footballers
- D1 Mini-bus Licence/eligibility


Must have relevant experience. This will include coaching within a sports development environment, experience of coaching and/or playing and project management skills.

Working within partnership and multi-agency programmes.

Working with young adults, primary and secondary school aged pupils.

Activity planning, project management and staff management.

Experience of delivering commercially viable coaching schemes.

Experience of meeting income-driven targets.

Experience of writing reports and good IT skills.

Experience of using VIEWS system.


Working within a professional football club environment.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of responsibilities and the post holder may be required to take on additional responsibilities as agreed with CUFITC Head of Community. This job description is also subject to review, and may be amended in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post-holder.

Hours of work - 40 hours per week

Salary - £17,000 - £19,000 Dependent on experience. A company vehicle and business mobile phone are also included.

Please note that this role is subject to a successful DBS & reference check