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Job Opportunity - Primary Schools Programme Officer


Title: Primary Schools Programme Officer – Palace for Life Foundation
Location: Selhurst Park Stadium
Responsible to: Primary Schools Programme Manager
Hours per week: 38 hours
Contract: 2 year fixed term with potential to extend
Salary: Circa £22,000-24,000 per annum


The Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace FC (CPFC).

We are looking for a highly-motivated Primary Schools Programme Officer who believes in the power of sport and the opportunities which the brand of a professional football club can add to local people, and who can play a pivotal role in delivering a successful Primary schools programme.

As part of the Sports Development team of Palace for Life Foundation you will be responsible for delivering and managing aspects of the Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars programme and the development of the overall educational offer to our schools in South London.


Our Values are simply the things that are most important to us and will be demonstrated through the way in which we behave in achieving our charity objectives. Our people are at the centre of the delivery of our Foundation Values.


The Palace for Life Foundation is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and the successful candidate will be subject to Enhanced DBS checks and additional safeguarding training.


  • Support the Primary Schools Programme Manager in developing the Foundation’s PL Primary Stars whole child primary school offer.
  • The joint line management of a team of Foundation full-time and sessional coaches in delivering high quality sessions across all of our Primary School programmes.
  • Support and deliver on practical sessions as directed by management, including after school sessions, evening sessions and weekend football if necessary.
  • Planning and delivery of various interventions within Primary Schools, including PSHE, Numeracy and Literacy.
  • Lead on the organisation of multiple events and tournaments including Premier League Primary Stars tournaments.
  • Organising and leading on stadium tours and workshops with partners and schools.
  • Updating the VIEWS online monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Completion of monitoring and finance reports for the Premier League, Primary School Programmes Manager and other partners, including the production of various case studies.
  • The joint line management of university placement student.
  • Quality assurance of all primary school sessions delivered by the Foundation making sure the Club’s safeguarding guidelines are in place and all compliance measures are enforced.
  • Liaise with internal and external partners throughout including: Crystal Palace FC Ladies FC, County FAs, SGOs, grass roots clubs, school staff, Local Authority Sports Development Teams and any other relevant partners in South London.
  • To liaise with the Communications Manager on any good news stories or website/social media promotion of activities.
  • Assist with the production of marketing materials and promote the brand of Palace for Life Foundation throughout our activities and venues.
  • Organise and support Special Events to assist in the promotion of the Foundation’s activities, this may include matchdays.
  • Reporting regularly to the Primary Schools Programme Manager on all aspects of the programme.


  • Work flexibly to ensure full and supportive delivery of the programme. May include some weekend or evening work.
  • Commit to ongoing self-directed learning in order to further develop work-related skills and knowledge.
  • Undertake any other related responsibilities commensurate with the evolving objectives of the post and the evolution of the organisation.
  • Work with due regard for Foundation core values and objectives.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of, and adherence to the Foundation’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Please send your completed application form – Job Application Form – Primary Schools Programme Officer – detailing why you feel you are suitable for the role to recruitment@palaceforlife.org

Deadline for submission of application forms is 5pm on Wednesday 4th July

Interviews will take place week on Thursday 12th July and Friday 13th July

The Palace for Life Foundation is a recognised equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, belief and gender.


Person Specification:

E = Essential

D = Desirable

A passion and interest in developing a career in the sport for social change sector, particularly supporting young people in Primary School education E
An interest in delivering educational programmes in Primary schools E
Commitment to a high quality physical education programme. E
Experience of working with young people from different backgrounds and line management of staff/coaches E
Sound sports development or school education knowledge and experience with a proven track record of achievement and event management. E
The ability to develop and maintain relationships with schools and their staff including head teachers, PE teachers and Governors E
Experience of working to tight deadlines without close supervision E
Excellent communication/presentation skills both written and verbal E
Ability to manage partnerships effectively and concisely so external partners are satisfied with our work. E
Possess either a degree or relevant qualification OR equivalent experience E
Possess sports qualifications (minimum Level 2) other relevant experience in an educational environment, E
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels within the Foundation, the parent club and high level outside contacts. E

Equality Statement:

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.

Safeguarding Statement:

Crystal Palace Football Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance, recognised best practice and complies with Premier league and football league rules.

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

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