12 Dec 2023

Sport Birmingham to join National Sport Welfare Network with recruitment of two new roles

Sport Birmingham are currently recruiting two new roles in support of the recommendations made by the Whyte Review to support Club Welfare Officers nationwide.

In response to The Whyte Review, Sport England has announced an investment of £14.83 million of National Lottery money into a national network of welfare officers and Active Partnerships are playing a major role in managing this project. The Sport Welfare Officers project is a policy response from both Sport England and UK Sport to The Whyte Review, which questioned the level of safeguarding responsibility given to grassroots volunteers. The Sport Welfare Officers will mentor and support clubs across England to ensure the welfare of all their members (children, young people and adults) and they will assist Club Welfare Officers in promoting good practice and safe sport at a local level. The project will run for three years, from October 2023 until March 2027, with an evaluation study in place to track its progress and measure the effectiveness of the Club Welfare Officers in feeling supported. 

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England chief executive, supports the project, which also forms part of the Governance, Safeguarding and Integrity commitment in the Uniting The Movement strategy. “The role that these new Sport Welfare Officers will play is a really important addition to the landscape that comes at a crucial time,” he said. “Ensuring a safe, inclusive environment is vital in improving our children and young people’s experience of sport in particular.”

Sport Birmingham are hiring two new roles with the investment – a Development Manager (Welfare & Safeguarding) and a Sport Welfare Officer. Adam Warden, Senior Partnerships Manager (People & Skills), welcomes the investment and will be leading Sport Birmingham’s recruitment of the roles. Adam comments “Sport Birmingham are committed to ensuring that everyone across Birmingham has access to safe, inclusive and accessible places to be physically active. These new roles will work closely with partners, clubs and community organisations across the city to raise the standard of safeguarding and create a culture of inclusion This will support our ambitions to create better experiences for children and adults in sport and physically activity.”

Full job packs for both roles are available to view here. Applications are to be submitted via this online form.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We are committed to equality and diversity within our workforce and all opportunities provided by Sport Birmingham. If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Adam Warden via adam.warden@sportbirmingham.org or 0121 296 5190.