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VACANCIES: Kickstart Vacancies - Sky Blues in the Community Assistant Community Coach

21 September 2021

Sky Blues in the Community have x3 new Assistant Community Coach positions as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme will provide  6-month job placements to 16-24 year olds, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. The placement will be for a minimum of 25 hours a week paid at the national minimum wage level. This role will be in the form of a work placement, with the aim to help young people build up their skills and experience levels, and be a stepping stone into further employment. 

The Assistant Community Coach will support with the delivery of a range of activities offered by Sky Blues in the Community across four core themes (Sport, Health, Inclusion and Education).

The Assistant Community Coach will work across designated projects and activities supporting our Senior Community Coaches to ensure delivery is to the highest standards (such as Primary PE & School Sport, Premier League and other Community Focused Projects).

The main purpose of this role is to provide support to our Senior Community Coaches who are at the forefront of community engagement, representing Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Football Club in a professional manner whilst providing unique opportunities and an excellent experience for all beneficiaries.

Main tasks:

  • To assist and deliver coaching sessions that are participant-centred, structured, progressive, fun and of a high quality.
  • To undertake the necessary planning for each activity session to ensure the programme demonstrates progression throughout
  • To continually monitor and evaluate all sessions, activities and programmes.
  • To adapt sessions to cater for different ranges of ability and development age.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the post, including planning sessions, taking registers, consent forms and contacting clubs and schools.
  • Work in a range of community settings, ensuring programmes meets the needs of participants
  • To provide appropriate mentoring, support, guidance and advice to other coaches, teachers and volunteers.
  • To be a positive role model at all times.
  • To ensure all equipment associated with the coaching programme is correctly set up, maintained, stored and returned on completion of the coaching programme.
  • To build relationships with partners such as schools and clubs, and liaise with them to ensure they remain happy with the coaching service provided.
  • To be engaged with own continuous professional development (CPD) and attend relevant training courses to improve their coaching delivery, as agreed by line manager.
  • To be familiar and comply with Sky Blues in the Community health and safety regulations and to undertake activity/venue risk assessments prior to all sessions, and report and record incidents/accidents/hazards.
  • To respect the rights of all participants and ensure that their well-being and safety are considered at all times.
  • Take an active role in any other duties required to deliver the outcomes and targets of Sky Blues in the Community.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Sports Leadership Award
  • Governing Body of Sport Coaching Award(s) and other appropriate training (Desirable)
  • Some experience of planning and delivering coaching sessions
  • Strong interpersonal skills for communicating with a range of people and partners
  • Excellent planning, organisational & time-management skills
  • Competent IT skills (including Microsoft Office)
  • Ability to work under own initiative and meet timescales

Knowledge & Experience

  • Relevant knowledge of sport and community development
  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of volunteering in sport
  • Understanding of the importance of providing a high-quality experience for customers
  • Experience of data collection for monitoring and evaluation purposes. 


  • To have due regard for safeguarding and child protection policies, including the welfare of children and young people
  • All new employees are subject to DBS checks, with our safeguarding officer. 

Other Requirements

  • A willingness to learn and develop as an individual, through CPD (essential)
  • A passion for the work of Sky Blues in the Community and CCFC (essential)
  • Access to a vehicle (full driving license) (desirable)

Number of hours per week:

25 hours per week

Details of Employability Support:

Kickstart participants will receive the same level of support as any other member of staff at Sky Blues in the Community. This will include:

  • Weekly meetings with the Kickstart Manager, looking at areas the individual will want to develop and improve.
  • CPD undertaken as a mandatory element, including Safeguarding, but also awards and qualifications linked to the sector
  • Appraisal after 3 months
  • Employability skills and job readiness coaching
  • Mentor sessions
  • Induction
  • Coaching qualifications

If the role continues after the 6 month placement, the individual will receive a guaranteed interview.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st October.

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