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Development Officer - Maternity Cover

Maternity cover for the Development Officer role. Applicants should send CV & cover letter to Tom Harris on with the closing date being 22nd July. 

Post Title: Hockey Development Officer

Salary: Competitive Salary

Hours Per Week: 30hr

Duration of Cover: October 2019 - September 2020

Role Definition:

To create a thriving development structure within Harrogate Hockey Club that drives forwards and coordinates a professional hockey provision, increases playing opportunities and ensures avibrant hockey club is at the centre of driving sustainable hockey development in the community, helping position Harrogate as one of the leading hockey clubs in Yorkshire and the North of England.

Key Accountabilities and Priorities:

  • Develop the club development plan and manage the implementation of this ensuring Club First Accreditation is achieved.

  • Recruit, retain, reward and develop a network of volunteers (including umpires and coaches).

  • Attract and retain additional senior members to the club.

  • Generate additional income for the club through Hockey Camps, performance sessions, Festivals, additional pitch hire and tournaments.

  • Ensure Harrogate Hockey maximise opportunities to run England Hockey initiatives such as Back to Hockey, Walking Hockey, Hockey Heroes, HockeyFest etc.

  • Source and apply for funding to run new initiatives.Improve the profile of Harrogate Hockey Club locally and nationally.

  • Ensure that hockey players from the club participate in appropriate age and stage related competitions, ranging from local to regional to national events where appropriate.

  • Ensure growth in the club by increasing active participation across all age categories and seniors and vets and social members.

  • Improve links with secondary and primary schools, local businesses and collages in the local area, maximising their facilities for hockey activity.

The following are criteria for the candidates with evidence to be provided in the application form and in the interview. Evidence may also be requested through references.

Education and Qualifications:

Essential -

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

  • At least level 1 Hockey Coaching qualification.

Desirable -

  • Membership of a relevant professional organisation.

  • Be First Aid at Work qualified


Essential -

  • Experience in producing and delivering Club Development plans and identifying good practice for clubs.

  • Experience in volunteer management, recruitment, support and training.

  • Experience of recruiting further senior members to hockey clubs through schemes such as Back to Hockey.

  • Experience of generating income for hockey clubs through running competitions, hockey camps, tournaments, increased sponsorship etc.

  • Improving a club profile locally, regional and nationally.

  • Experience of working with children and young people in the education/sport/leisure sector.

Desirable -

  • Working towards Club First accreditation for hockey clubs.

  • Experience of implementing retention plans for members of the club, including increasing active participation of members throughout the year and member engagement events such as Vice Presidents lunches.

  • Working with an influencing internal and external partners including NGB’s.

  • Developing Action Plans according to identified outcomes and needs.

  • Managing resources towards an agreed set of outcomes.

  • Taking an evidence based approach to planning.

  • Knowledge and experience of financial management.

Specialist Knowledge:

Essential -

  • Strategic Planning.

  • Monitoring and evaluation in a sporting environment.

Desirable -

  • Knowledge of safeguarding vulnerable groups.

  • Local and National strategic sports planning

Skills and Abilities

Essential -

  • Ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and work on own initiative.

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with internal colleagues and all stakeholders.

  • Ability to identify and develop the training needs of volunteers, leaders and coaches.

  • Ability to build trust and devolve responsibility and resources to partners/colleagues/coaches etc.

  • IT skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills

Desirable -

  • Social media and website content management skills.

  • Ability to lead and develop programmes and projects from conception to implementation.

  • Ability to present information in an interesting and stimulating manner.

  • Ability to produce performance updates.


Essential -

  • Ability to work in a team and as an individual.

  • Enthusiastic and motivated with the ability to motivate and lead others across the club.

Desirable -

  • Resilient and able to deal confidently with difficult challenges.

  • Value and promote equality and diversity.

  • Analytical and flexible approach to working.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on an occasional planned basis if/when required.

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