Head of Community Sports Engagement & Inclusion

£44,000 - £50,000 yearly
  • Palace for Life Foundation
  • Selhurst Park
  • 15 Sep, 2022
Full time Charity Community Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership & Management Premier League Sports Management Youth

Job Description

Job Purpose

An exciting opportunity to join the senior management team of the charitable foundation of a dynamic Premier League football club. Palace for Life Foundation uses the power of the Crystal Palace FC and Premier League brand to help young people grow through sport.

Your challenge will be to lead a high-achieving team to establish and expand our free community sports and disability inclusion programmes across south London, including the flagship Premier League Kicks programme, engaging young people from some of the most disadvantaged parts of south London, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and transform lives.

Job Summary

Your area of responsibility spans over 40 weekly sessions reaching more than 2,000 children and young people each year. Your portfolio will include the Premier League Kicks programme, our Get Involved Asian community engagement programme and a range of activities and football teams for people living with mental or physical disabilities, including our Down’s Syndrome Eagles, pan-disability and Powerchair football team and our work with SEND schools as well as our Holiday Activity and Food programmes. You will be tasked with developing innovative new programmes to reach and inspire more young people from across the full spectrum of the south London community, including collaborating with strategic local partners and our EDI team to ensure our programmes reach those most in need.

You will have experience of leading large programmes of sport or other community activities for young people with expertise in safeguarding and risk management. You will also have proven experience and demonstrable success in forging strategic partnerships across communities, securing external funding, managing relationships with funders, report writing, budgeting, strategic planning, project management, developing staff and showcasing impact. Above all you will be a passionate team player committed to helping Palace for Life and Crystal Palace FC change young people’s lives for the better.

Job Requirements



  • Delivering engaging activities for young people
  • Understanding challenges faced by young people growing up in south London
  • Monitoring and evaluating impact of our interventions
  • Safeguarding and risk assessment


  • Leading teams
  • Delivering sport or other activities for young people
  • Identifying and securing external funding
  • Managing relationships with funders and other stakeholders
  • Developing staff to achieve their full potential
  • Promoting activities to, and engaging young people
  • Engaging with schools
  • Engaging with key influencers with local statutory organisations
  • Managing contracts

Technical Skills

  • Report and case study writing
  • Intermediate-level Microsoft Excel
  • Strategic planning
  • Delivering high-level presentations
  • Budget setting and monitoring
  • Project Management



  • Football or other sport delivery


  • Delivering activities for people with disabilities

Technical Skills

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel including pivot tables and charts



Crystal Palace Football Club is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare and protection of children, young people and adults at risk. The club fully accepts its responsibility for children, young people and adults at risk. Our aim is to ensure that safeguarding runs through every element of the work we do to ensure the welfare and well-being of all those who engage in our activities.

All children, young people and adults at risk have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. We believe that all adults working within the club, in any capacity, have a duty and responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

We strive to do this by applying policy, procedures and best practice, engaging with the Premier League, FA and local authority partners to promote the safety and welfare of all those who engage in activities with the club. Our practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities. This allows our participants to enjoy any club activity in a safe, and inclusive environment.

The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment. 



Crystal Palace Football Club endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):

Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and

Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.