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Inclusion Schools Coach

Job Title | Inclusion Schools Coach Location | Selhurst Park Stadium Salary | £23k p.a. Hours | 37.5 Hours Per Week Contract | 2-Year FTC (With the possibility of extension) Closing date | 23rd August 2021 Interview Date | w/c 30th August

Job Title:         Inclusion Schools Coach

Reports To:     Deputy Head of Sports & Wellbeing

1. Job Purpose

The role is for a highly-motivated Inclusion Schools Coach who believes in the power of sport and the opportunities which the brand of a professional football club can give to local people with a Disability. Someone who can play a pivotal role in developing and delivering a successful Inclusive Disability sports programme across all of the Palace for Life areas, whilst helping to educate children in mainstream schools about Disability Awareness.

2. Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities/Job Summary

  • To plan, prepare and manage a high-quality disability football programme with primary and secondary schools across Bromley, Sutton, Tandridge, Lambeth and Croydon Boroughs.
  • To set up and deliver regular school sessions at both Primary, Secondary and Special Education Needs Schools. (SEND)
  • To set up and deliver regular disability festivals/events for primary school SEND bases.
  • To deliver football coaching on mainstream Foundation Player Development Centres and school holiday camps.
  • To help plan, prepare and deliver the new Disability Awareness program for children in mainstream schools
  • Responsible for reporting back on overall achievement and general updates for each programme.
  • Quality assurance of Disability football sessions delivered by the Foundation in all borough’s, making sure the Foundation/Club’s safeguarding guidelines are in place and all compliance measures are enforced.
  • Updating the VIEWS on-line Monitoring and Evaluation system and to assist with the completion of monitoring and finance reports for the Premier League Charitable Fund and other partners.
  • Liaise regularly with other Officers within the Foundation including Primary Schools, Community Development, Health and Wellbeing, Interventions, and Employability in order to share good practise and attend regular Officers meetings to promote cross working at all times.
  • Liaise with the Communications Team on a regular basis to increase the profile of the Disability programmes and seek new ways of attracting new participants through all social media outlets.
  • To create, maintain and update media information, and case studies to measure the impact of the programmes.
  • Liaise with internal and external partners throughout including: Premier League, County FA’s, Primary and Secondary School staff, Local Authority Sports Development Teams, sector partners such as Royal Society for Blind Children and the Down’s Syndrome Association, Grass Roots Club’s, and any other relevant partners in Sutton, Bromley, Lambeth, Croydon and Tandridge.
  • Organise and support Special Events to assist in the promotion of the Foundation’s activities, this may include matchdays and fundraising events.
  • To commit to other duties required in line with the responsibilities of the post.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Work flexibly to ensure full and supportive delivery of the programme which may include evening/weekend working.
  • Commit to ongoing self-directed learning in order to further develop work-related skills and knowledge.
  • Work with due regard for the Foundations values and behaviours.
  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the organisation.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of and adherence to the Foundations Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety policies and procedures.

Please Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all the tasks which may be required of the post holder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to be undertaken.

3. Knowledge/Experience/Technical Skills



  • Sound sports development or school sport / disability knowledge and experience.
  • Possess an FA coaching qualification minimum Level 1 standard.


  • Experience of working with young people with different impairments.
  • Experience of working in schools
  • Experience of planning and delivery football coaching sessions

Technical Skills

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Writing reports
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational, planning and administrative skills, including time management, prioritisation of workloads, and be able to complete tasks to quality service standards.
  • Good organisational and prioritising skills


  • Commitment to high quality sport provision and committed to providing the best possible opportunities for all participants.
  • The ability to develop and maintain relationships with special schools and their staff including head teachers, PE teachers and receptionists
  • Ability to manage partnerships effectively and concisely so external partners are satisfied with our work.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work well within a team.
  • Must be able to represent the Palace for Life Foundation in a confident and professional manner and have the ability to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders


  • A flexible approach towards working practice and working hours
  • Ability to travel on business when required Desirable:-


  • Possess disability sports qualifications /relevant experience in other suitable sports.
  • Possess an FA coaching qualification minimum Level 2 standard.
  • Possess a valid DBS
  • Qualifications in other sports


  • Experience presenting to a classroom of primary school children
  • Previous experience of working within a Community based Organisation.
  • Experience of promoting activities to a wide varied audience via different means including social media.

Technical Skills

  • Possess clean driving licence
  • Experience of using data systems
  • Good negotiation skills


  • Full clean driving license and access to a motor vehicle for work purposes


Our behaviours:

  • We know why we’re here: we appreciate the unique influence we, as role models, have on young people and the wider south London community
  • We know where we’re going: we are clear on what we aim to achieve, as individuals and as part of the wider team at the Foundation and Crystal Palace FC
  • We communicate effectively: we listen to each other and keep colleagues fully informed of our work, sharing mistakes and challenges as well as successes
  • We respect: we seek to understand the challenges others face and treat our colleagues and participants how we expect to be treated ourselves
  • We are professional: we are punctual, reliable and aspire to the highest standards in everything we do
  • We take responsibility: we take ownership for own performance and put in our fair share of time and effort to support our participants and the rest of the team
  • We are always improving: We reflect, look to develop and evolve, to make things better for our team and the people we support
  • We are brave: We think outside the box, are not afraid to take measured risks, but know when to ask for help and support each other when things don’t go to plan
  • We share success: We are proud of what we do as a team and actively celebrate each other’s good work, sharing credit wherever it’s due.

How to Apply

Complete the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form in full and return to recruitment@palaceforlife.org.


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.



Apply now

Complete the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form in full and return to recruitment@palaceforlife.org.