South East Sports Development Officer

Sport in Mind is an independent mental health charity founded in Berkshire in 2010, with a simple mission:

"To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity"

Sport in Mind is the leading mental health sports charity in England, delivering innovative physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation, and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Our services are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals, and we have supported the recovery of over 14,000 people. 

As a growing organisation we seek to appoint a full-time Sports Development Officer that will manage and develop new and existing programmes in South East.

Job Description

Job Title

Sports Development Officer South East


South East

Grade/Salary Range

£21,000-£26,000 pa depending on experience (full-time 37.5 hrs per week)


Job Purpose

  1. Work closely with the Sport in Mind team to manage and coordinate innovative sport and physical activity sessions for people experiencing mental health problems in the South East.

Designation of Post and Position within Service

  1. Responsible to Sport in Mind’s Development Manager.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establish and manage high quality innovative sport and physical activity sessions for people experiencing mental health problems, maintaining the highly regarded reputation that the charity has gained.
  2. Work closely with external partners to support the development of the sessions and gain referrals.
  3. Recruit and manage appropriately qualified sports coaches and physical activity leaders to lead motivational and fun sessions for participants.
  4. Provide supportive and informative practices for people accessing sessions, empowering them to attend (e.g. send a map, address, provide participant forms, explain what to expect on arrival, make staff aware of new arrivals, and follow up on experience).
  5. Ensure all participants have completed relevant and necessary paperwork
  6. Organise and manage bookings (e.g. leisure centres, community centres, meeting hires).
  7. Carry out robust risk assessments for each session and update accordingly and/or annually.
  8. Update information for communication materials (e.g. posters, leaflets, newsletters and website) to publicise sessions.
  9. Set up working groups and gain insight from people with lived mental health problems
  10. Organise, develop and deliver workshops for external organisations and clubs.
  11. Be responsible for money handling (e.g. cashing cheques, collecting and delivering money pots).
  12. Complete data entry for sessions. Ensuring all relevant data is collected for each funding body.
  13. Support with ad-hock charitable matters.
  14. Be committed to good practice and ensure familiarity with all Sport in Mind policies and procedures (e.g. health and safety, confidentiality and safeguarding)
  15. To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity.
  16. Represent the charity at local and nation events.

Scope of Job (Budgetary/Resource Control/Impact)

  1. To initiate financial orders (up to £1,000) and maintain an organised budget record of invoices/transfers.

Special/Other Requirements/Responsibilities of this Post

Level of DBS check required for this post

Enhanced with a check of the barring list(s)

If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with vulnerable adults?


If *, does the post require a check against the list of people barred from working with children?


What other security/safer recruitment clearances are required for this post? (excluding standard identity/work permit/education qualification checks)


Responsibility for Health & Safety:


Please specify any other Statutory Duties and/or responsibilities of this post not already covered in the “Main Duties & Responsibilities” above


Person Specification


  1. Degree level education or relevant experience
  2. Driving licence.


  1. Development experience
  2. Setting up sport and physical activity sessions
  3. Working with vulnerable diverse communities
  4. Health and safety and safeguarding
  5. Building strong meaningful partnerships
  6. Managing sessional staff and volunteers
  7. Working with highly confidential information and following GDPR
  8. Motivating and influencing people

Skills, Abilities & Competencies

  1. Ability to think and work creatively whilst supporting others
  2. Highly organised – effective administration skills
  3. Excellent communication, written and verbal
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  6. Excellent delivery of health and safety and safeguarding procedures
  7. Excellent management skills
  8. Good computer literacy
  9. A personal and/or working knowledge of mental health and sport and physical activity

Specific Working Requirements

  1. Flexible working. Work from Reading Office at least 2 days per month. Travel to areas of development and training required.
  2. Occasionally work unsocial hours (evenings and weekends) where appropriate.
  3. Must bring a positive and enthusiastic image to the service you provide.
  4. Commitment to policies and procedures including equal opportunities.
  5. Willing and able to travel where necessary.

To apply please complete the attached application form and submit via email to: [email protected]

Deadline to apply: midnight 30th July 2021.