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Football Development Officer (Facilities & Investment)

Gloucestershire FA

Gloucestershire FA is the governing body of football in the County. We grow participation, promote diversity and regulate the sport for everyone to enjoy. With over 600 Clubs and 2,300 teams of all ages and abilities playing, we are proud to support Football For All.

2 Aug 2022
Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Closing date
26 Aug 2022

Our Organisation

Gloucestershire FA is the governing body of football in the County. We grow participation, promote diversity and regulate the sport for everyone to enjoy. With over 600 Clubs and 2,300 teams of all ages and abilities playing in the County, Gloucestershire FA is proud to support Football For All.

We are a friendly and inclusive team and as an organisation, we promote the health, well-being and development of our staff. We have evolved a hybrid flexible working environment that enables staff to work from the office as well as offering some flexibility in working remotely in agreement with the line manager.

Please find out more about Gloucestershire FA and the work we do on the rest of our website.


Gloucestershire FA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according the nature of the role and the information provided.

The Role

We are looking for a person with enthusiasm, energy, and a positive outlook with a passion for sport. This new role will give support to our current team to deliver investment in grassroots football facilities where it is most needed in our county.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about grassroots football facilities, can help club volunteers to shape their ideas and be in a position to apply for funding to improve their facilities and sustain their clubs.

We have big plans to improve our grass pitches across Gloucestershire and this role will play a big part delivering this priority ensuring that our clubs and partners are able to access advice, support and funding through the Grass Pitch Improvement Programme.

Lots of our clubs require support to access grants for small scale projects for improvements, equipment and activities. Using your skills, you will guide them through the opportunities available in the county and nationally.

The successful candidate will also play their part in making football safe by supporting delivery of the County FA Safeguarding 365 Operating Standards and provide administration support for wider football development initiatives and events.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support delivery of all activities that ensure every affiliated football fixture is played on a ‘good’ quality pitch including the use of PitchPower and the Hive Groundskeepers Community.
  • Track the quantity and quality of football pitches and ground locations for affiliated fixtures.
  • Ensure that the outcomes of each facility project are aligned to the Football Foundation measurement framework and the FA’s Grassroots Football Strategy.
  • Activate grass pitch and smaller projects from Local Football Facility Plans to generate enough demand and deliver against Football Foundation spend targets.
  • Oversee the support days to monitor and evaluate previously funded Football Foundation projects and provide guidance to ensure they are successful.

What we are looking for

  • This role would suit someone educated to A Level or equivalent standard.
  • They are likely to have excellent IT skills to fully utilise FA IT systems as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Candidates will also need to demonstrate excellent time management and prioritisation skills, together with problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work strategically with partner organisations across different sectors to plan and deliver football programmes.
  • A key requirement is good written and verbal communication skills as providing high levels of customer service to football volunteers and participants is essential.

What we can offer

  • A rewarding career in football administration with the local governing body of the grassroots game, based in South Gloucestershire.
  • Opportunities to progress your career within the Association and potentially across the County FA Network throughout England and at The FA.
  • Access to high-quality training, networking and personal development opportunities.
  • Hybrid, flexible working arrangements, working in an environment where you’ll be involved in all aspects of grassroots football.
  • 28 days’ Annual Leave including Bank Holidays, contributory pension scheme and life insurance.
  • Staff reward and recognition policy
  • Nike corporate clothing

Equality and Diversity

Gloucestershire FA actively promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any requirements in relation to the recruitment or interview process, please include details on the application form.

About the application and selection process

  • Complete the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form and submit by clicking the 'Apply Now' button no later than Friday 26 August 2022.
  • Applications submitted by post to the Association’s office are welcome, but applications received after deadline will only be considered in exceptional circumstances e.g., proof of posting indicates undue delay through no fault of the applicant.
  • Receipt of applications will not be acknowledged.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 29th July 2022 to confirm an interview date and time.
  • Interviews will be held at Glos FA HQ on Wednesday 7th September 2022.
  • If required, second interviews may be held to determine the most suitable candidate for the role.

Application Documents


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Football Development Manager, Matt Boucher or Senior Football Development Officer, Scott Milne, on 01454 615888 (option 2) for an informal discussion.

Additional Information

Contract - Fixed Term
Full Time
Job Type
Stadium / Facilities Management
Salary information
from £21,500

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