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Children's Sport Activator

England Netball

England Netball, formerly the "All England Netball Association", is the national body which oversees, promotes and manages netball in England.

17 Jun 2022
Full Time
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

Over the next decade, creating more opportunities for children is a key focus of England Netball’s Adventure Strategy and the relaunch of Bee Netball, in particular is at the heart of these ambitions. Bee Netball is designed to build strong foundations for an active life whilst also giving children ‘Beelief’ on and beyond the court. To help bring this to life, England Netball are looking for a Children Sports Activator!

  • Are you passionate about working with children and young people?
  • Would you like to use this passion and support them to develop their personal, social and emotional skills through physical activity and netball?
  • Can you showcase outstanding engagement of children and share experiences with others who also deliver to children and young people?

You don’t need netball experience, we’re here to support you with all thing’s netball. You need to be able to engage and encourage children, their parents, and others from a wide range of communities. You should be comfortable and confident creating fun and vibrant activity sessions with an ability to put children at the heart of your delivery first and foremost.

The role is based in Birmingham and starting at an exciting time with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games just around the corner. If you have previous experience of supporting and engaging children and young people, we look forward to receiving your application.

Role Purpose

The Children’s Sports Activator will engage children and young people in a ‘play before performance’ style of delivery using physical activity and netball to support their personal, social, emotional and physical development. To showcase outstanding coaching practice and share experiences with others who also deliver to children and young people.

What you will do:

Participation and Programmes

  • Deliver the range of children and young people programmes including physical activity sessions, Bee Netball (netball to children under 11 years of age) school netball and extra curricular programmes:
  • Ø Local schools, particularly schools with a high number of children accessing free school meals
  • Ø Within local communities, particularly diverse communities
  • Ø Support local netball clubs by delivering occasional sessions and also by connecting their activity to local school activity to help them grow their participation and engagement
  • Maintain expert knowledge and insight on the local area, the landscape, population, facilities, workforce, netball provision and partners, in relation to Children and Young People
  • Develop a deep understanding of local communities and cultures and how best to shape our delivery to meet their needs.
  • Utilise knowledge, insight, and mapping, (working with the Partnership and Insight team) to plan a menu of inclusive activity for children and young people.
  • Organise, promote, deliver, and monitor England Netball children’s programmes supporting all stages of the participant journey.
  • Understand the motivations, needs and wants of children aged 3 to 18 years old and the approaches that can support them.
  • Maintain knowledge of the early years framework.
  • Provide shadowing and buddying support to the wider collective (staff and coaches) developing their skills in the specialist domain.
  • Share best practice and support education opportunities for wider staff in the specialist area.
  • Participate in Children and Young People related working groups.

Partnerships & Relationships

  • Champion and continually demonstrate our purpose driven culture and embedded behaviors.
  • Establish and nurture local partnerships that align with our purpose and enable outstanding programme experiences and reach (including but not limited to the Active Partnership, Local Authorities, relevant local charities, facility providers, school networks)
  • In collaboration with the Workforce & Movement Experience Manager recruit, develop and deploy a local team of casual coaches, officials and hosts to help grow participation and sustain programme activity.
  • Act as a role model in terms of delivering and engaging children – share your experiences with other members of EN staff as well as local coaches
  • Mentor a cohort of parents who are new to delivering activity to children so that they can grow their confidence
  • Support teachers and the school staff within the local schools delivering within to provide exceptional Bee Netball activity within the curriculum as well as after school provision


  • Maintain engaging, accessible local communication channels that enable local landing of our ‘resonant voice’ campaigns alongside sharing local news.
  • Be experts on how we can reach consumers new to the sport that we are not already in touch with, regularly monitor and evaluate our reach and methods.
  • Grow and ultilise a menu of communication channels and contacts (including but not limited to partner newsletters, websites and social media, wider social media connections, buy and sell pages and specific channels accessed by local communities.
  • Proactively promote and market activities to specific audiences using most appropriate platforms to impact participant numbers.

Operations & Organisation Wide Support

  • Be responsible for meeting and monitoring local Key Performance Indicators; updating trackers and systems to demonstrate progress as required.
  • Maintain expert knowledge of all technical systems to provide insight, deliver and monitor programmes and delivery.
  • Generate programme income and manage small budgets following financial guides to support sustainability.
  • Access local funding.
  • As agreed, support national and local profile raising and media opportunities.
  • Support test series and major events, offering experience, coaching or hosting assistance.


Be an outstanding member of your regional team and the wider Development department, attending relevant internal and external meetings and collaborating with colleagues across the department and organisation, to ensure we achieve our shared purpose.

Be an advocate of and apply the England Netball moral compass.

Be a guardian of our game, ensuring it is a safe space for adults, children and young people to belong, flourish and soar.

Be dedicated to difference – role model consciously inclusive behaviours to embrace diversity and make netball a place where everyone can feel they belong.

Take personal ownership for continuous learning & development.

Where required support other organisation wide priorities.

For more detail about the role please view the Job Description Children's Sport Activator Birmingham.docx

Equal Opportunities:

England Netball is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace is committed to fostering a diverse workforce, ensuring equality of opportunity. We actively encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, from underrepresented groups.

What we can offer you:

  • Comprehensive support and training so you are fully equipped and confident in this role.
  • Up to date technology to support you.
  • Latest England Netball kit
  • 26 days holiday (pro rata)
  • Perk Box – Perks & Recognition
  • Healthcare cash reimbursement scheme

Contract start date end August/beginning of September

How To Apply:

Please click the 'Apply Now' tab to begin the online application process.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Zoe Mitchell, Interim Head of Partnership Networks at [email protected]

Interviews will be held on 14th/15th July 2022.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
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£ 23,000 - 26,620

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