• Full Time
  • London
  • October 30, 2020

Website Chance2Shine Chance to Shine


Chance to Shine is a national children’s charity. We give young people the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We keep them physically active, teach them vital skills like teamwork, communication and leadership. And above all, they have fun!

Chance to Shine coaches inspire children, young people and teachers in state schools and in disadvantaged communities through our Street programme. We work with half a million children each year – nearly half of which are girls.

The Operations team is tasked with creating and implementing high quality programmes in both school and community environments, giving over 500,000 young people the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket every year.

Our Schools programmes aims to inspire children with a brilliant first experience of cricket, develop physical literacy and a love of sport at a crucial age, helps teachers to build confidence and provides a pathway to community sport. We work with the 39 County Cricket Boards across England and Wales to send specially trained coaches into schools to deliver a free programme designed to meet national learning objectives.

Our Street programme gives young people in inner-city areas the opportunity to play sport regularly in their community. Street engages children less likely to take part – 66% of participants live in the most disadvantaged areas of England, 81% are from BAME backgrounds and 75% were not playing any sport outside of school before joining Street. Coaches are role models for young people and provide free weekly sessions that also support young peoples’ personal outcomes. Street aims to tackle local and national issues using sport as the vehicle to drive change.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Operations team as our programmes are well established with excellent support from key stakeholders, especially ECB and Sport England. We are soon to be negotiating future investment for both Schools and Street so there are plenty of opportunities to shape the future of our programmes.

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and efficient specialist in inclusion and diversity to join a small and dynamic team. The role does not require an understanding of cricket but does require an interest in supporting young people to develop through sport. The location for the role will be flexible, however you will be required to attend regular meetings in our offices at the Oval, London.

Role Purpose

In a time where only one in five children are considered physically active, we are proud of the difference we have made to improve children’s attitudes towards sport, as well as removing some of the practical barriers to playing regularly. However, too many children in the UK are still missing out on the physical, personal, social and mental benefits of sport. We know some children are even less likely to enjoy sport, be physically active or have the opportunity to take part in their community – for example, teenage girls, children from lower socio-economic backgrounds and children from Black, Asian or minority backgrounds.

The Inclusion and Diversity Manager will play a central role in shaping how Chance to Shine designs and delivers our programmes to address this issue. For Chance to Shine, inclusion is about fairness, impartiality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. Inclusion involves changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible with no boundaries to all members of society and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to take part.

The core function of this role will be to lead on the implementation of our Street programme, and maintain a close working relationship with Sport England as principal funder and the network of delivery partners. This will require good knowledge and experience of planning, reporting and evaluation to ensure the agreed targets are achieved.

This role will be expected to deliver expert advice and guidance, develop and implement policies, practices and plans to promote an inclusive approach across the organisation and through our programmes, in particular Chance to Shine Street. This role will lead on promoting and developing training programmes to enhance stakeholder and delivery partner understanding on inclusion and diversity.

In order to extend and enhance our programmes, the postholder will work closely with Fundraising to help identify and apply for funding, as well as working with the Impact and Evaluation team to ensure we achieve and effectively evidence desired outcomes, and with the Communications team to share our successes.

Key responsibilities

• Overall responsibility for the Chance to Shine Street programme, ensuring all delivery targets – as set out in the Sport England contract – are met, and funding effectively utilised
• Building on the success of Street, develop and implement a wider Inclusion and Diversity strategy for Chance to Shine to broaden its reach and appeal
• Work with the Impact and Evaluation team to ensure comprehensive evaluation work is carried out for Sport England reporting on our Street programme, and to other stakeholders as and when required
• To provide ongoing support to the Operations field team, ensuring local delivery of the Street programme meets the expected standards of delivery and reporting, working towards national targets
• Undertake more in-depth work in geographical locations where funding and partnerships warrant a bespoke approach i.e. Greater Manchester Combined Authority
• Work to embed Street within ECB Inspiring Generations Plan and develop close working relationships with their Head of National Programmes and South Asian Activators Programme
• Maintain existing strategic national partnerships to support the delivery of the Street Programme and develop new partnerships that support the future delivery of desired outcomes
• Work with and support CTS staff, stakeholders and delivery partners to ensure the Inclusion and Diversity strategy is well understood and implemented
• Within the strategy, ensure there is a clear plan to diversify the work carried out in the Schools programme, for both Primary and Secondary state schools
• Ensure Chance to Shine achieves and maintains a recognised national standard for its inclusion and diversity work (i.e. Equality Standard for Sport Framework)
• Support the Head of Finance and Resources to ensure Chance to Shine maintains compliance with the Code for Sports Governance in the areas of equality, inclusion and diversity
• Support the Fundraising team to broaden our appeal to individual donors, corporates and trust and foundations in the area of inclusion and diversity
• Support the Impact and Evaluation team to share expert knowledge and best practice on all areas of inclusion and diversity across our programmes, and ensure these are embedded into the organisation
• To engage with other partners and organisations to further extend the charity’s work on inclusion and diversity
• To be the Designated Safeguarding Officer for the charity, ensuring all activity complies with organisational and national guidelines

Working relationships

• CTS Chief Executive and Senior Management Team
• Operations Team
• Impact & Evaluation, Fundraising, PR & Communications and Finance & Resources teams
• England and Wales Cricket Board
• Sport England
• Delivery Partners, including; County Cricket Boards, StreetGames and TSA Sports & Education CIC
• Other sport-for-good organisations

Skills, knowledge and expertise

• Experience of developing an organisational strategy
• Knowledge of the current issues surrounding inclusion and diversity for young people and sport
• Proven track record of designing, delivering and managing programmes
• A shared belief in the power of sport to change the lives of young people
• Passion for working with young people and making a difference to their lives
• Enthusiasm to embrace Chance to Shine values: Inspiring, ambitious, passionate, inclusive and fun
• Good organisation and administrative skills and an ability to forward plan
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail
• Comfortable dealing with stakeholders at all levels
• Self-starter with strong motivation to succeed and ability to work independently in carrying out assigned tasks
• Good team player
• Creative, energetic, proactive and outgoing
• Good time management skills, able to work to tight deadlines and an ability to work under pressure
• Excellent IT skills: knowledge and experience of using MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Experience of Safeguarding, and ideally holds an NSPCC qualification or willingness to undertake specific training
• Able and willing to travel throughout the UK

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@chancetoshine.org. The covering letter should address the following in no more than 800 words: • Why you want to work for Chance to Shine, and which of our values resonate with you most • Experience of designing and delivering a strategy, and the outcome you are most proud of • What you think the main issues facing young people/sport are currently regarding inclusion and diversity Unfortunately, we can only respond to those who are invited to interviews.

To apply for this job please visit www.uksport.gov.uk.