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Project Officer - Sporting Roots

Saracens Foundation

The Foundation has for the last 20 years worked tirelessly to support the local communities across the Hertfordshire and North London areas by changing lives through the power of sport.

16 Jan 2023
Full Time
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

We’re looking for a Project Officer to join the Saracens Foundation Rugby team. This is a role for a new project which we have acquired funding for.

Since its inception in 2000, the Saracens Foundation has worked in the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and North London delivering more than 30 projects in these local communities where sport is used as a tool for empowering social change in behaviour to lead active, healthy and rewarding lives.

The role will report directly to the Senior Development Manager within the Rugby team.

Saracens is an inclusive, people first organisation. A core part of achieving our mission is that our workforce is diverse and reflective of the community that we serve. There will be no discrimination in our recruitment and selection processes, nor when considering pay and benefits. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for the position and join us on our mission to enrich lives through sport and entertainment. (You can read more about diversity and inclusion here).

This is a new project has been curated to help and support both the both the physical and mental well being of the refugee and asylum seeker community by introducing them to sports and physical activities. The project is funded and delivered with both internal resources and 3rd party agencies to support the group with both social and social needs.

If you are excited by the idea of working with our Foundation team, we’d love to hear from you.


  • JOB TITLE: Project Officer – Sporting Roots
  • LOCATION: StoneX Stadium, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, London, NW4 1RL
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent
  • REPORTING TO: Senior Development Manager
  • SALARY: £23,000-£27,000 (subject to experience) per annum
  • KEY STAKEHOLDERS: All internal departments and external stakeholders

The role will include leading and developing supportive relationships with young pupils by engaging them in long term mentoring by creating and a powerful curriculum compiled with workshops and discussions. As part of the workshop creation, particular focus should be paid to topics such as teamwork, leadership, resilience, personal responsibility, weapons awareness, problem solving skill, anger management, racism, stereotyping and social medica. The successful candidate will have both knowledge and experience in developing and delivering these workshops in conjunction with any of our partners, 3rd party organisation and beneficiaries from our prison projects. You will also lead the ‘fortnightly circles’ which will coincide with the workshops and where we have the ability to discuss in detail some of the personal situations relating to the workshops to provide insights as to how to resolve or address particular matters and or question the actions and behaviours within the situation.

Key roles and responsibilities to include but not limited to:

  1. Assist in the development of creative ideas to improve the projects, engage beneficiaries, and provide the greatest impact on the refugee & asylum seeker community
  2. To support and lead in the design, delivery, and coordination of project, including budgeting and administration.
  3. Responsible for scheduling and relationship management with external providers
  4. Ensures that work produced meets all objectives set, is done by the agreed time to the highest standard and achieves the best possible outcome for the Foundation.
  5. Responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the project and reporting to key stakeholders
  6. Coordinate and manage casual staff to ensure high quality and safe delivery that exceeds expectations.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • An understanding of the sport for change landscape, and the desired impacts of these projects.
  • An understanding of barriers to participation in the refugee and asylum seeker communities.
  • Project management skills that will enable you to create and deliver projects that meet Foundation objectives.
  • Experience of working with underrepresented groups.

Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of working with the refugee and asylum seeker community
  • Knowledge of regional and national issues regarding to refugees and asylum seekers, and the landscape of social and political change
  • RFU England Coaching Award or equivalent qualification
  • Ability to speak a second language

Personal Characteristics

  • You have a relentless focus and are a great team player who has a good sense of humour
  • You thrive in and promote a culture of hard work, discipline, honesty, and humility to deliver results
  • You manage activities and resources effectively, assuming personal ownership and accountability for results
  • A ‘people’s person’ with excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong internal and external relationships.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • A ‘self-starter’ who can motivative themselves and others to achieve amazing impacts on communities.
  • Ability to communicate internally and externally – empowering us to ‘shout’ about what we do.
  • Good communicator and facilitator with excellent presentation skills including ICT capability.



  • The Foundation conduct an annual pay review. However, proactive pay increases will be implemented to reflect growing responsibilities

Working from home

  • We all work from the office on Monday and Thursdays. This keeps team collaboration and engagement high.
  • If you are normally office-based, you can still work from home occasionally – as long as you have a good internet connection and a private, quiet space which allows you to do your best work


  • 25 days’ holiday a year, plus bank holidays – please use them all!

Health & Wellbeing

  • Paid sick leave for both physical & mental health

Sports & Entertainment

  • After work events including PT, football and tag rugby
  • Ballot tickets for Saracens Home Games
  • Ballot tickets for International Rugby Games
  • Opportunities for discounted tickets to Saracens games and events for you and your family


  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave
  • Life Assurance


  • We’re a member of the cycle-to-work scheme

How To Apply:

Applications should be made by clicking 'Apply Now' to submit a CV and covering letting to Sangita Asani, HR Manager incorporating suitability to the role.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th February 2023 at 5.00pm

We anticipate first stage interviews to take place on week commencing 27th February 2023.

Saracens Group positively welcomes and seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment. We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date. This is to ensure our teams can manage application levels while maintaining a positive candidate experience. Once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Health & Fitness
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