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5 Sep 2022 | 10:10

The Sport for Development Coalition is welcoming applications to join its new ‘People’ Working Group.

The group is being formed to support the future planning, management and development of the sport for development workforce across the UK. It will inform and develop the workforce section of the Coalition’s business plan, seek to convene and co-ordinate good practice and knowledge transfer across the network, and guide and challenge the Coalition’s collective policy advocacy.


Applicants from a diverse range of roles and demographics across organisations and communities are being sought, in line with the Coalition’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. A range of different lived experiences is required to ensure the collective team provides diversity of thought, in particular with regards to the objectives and outcomes of the Coalition’s #OpenGoal shared advocacy framework

A number of workforce development organisations came together to play a lead role in the formation of the working group, for example in planning and staging the Coalition ‘Town Hall’ event on workforce development in Bristol in March.


Sarah Mortiboys, who will join Premiership Rugby at the end of September, has been the working group’s co-Chair for the first 12 months. She said: “Following a series of consultation events with Coalition members it has been established there is a need to ensure that people within the sector are better supported and so the proposed working group is being added to the Coalition’s Collective Action Governance framework.” 

The group will consider key areas for developing the sector’s workforce, such understanding the size, demographic make-up and impact of the sport for development workforce.


Sarah added: “The new People Working Group will work across the Coalition’s Collective Action groups to ensure that those closest to the beneficiaries and those who support them are planned, managed and developed to lead and deliver across the sector.” 

Membership of the working group is voluntary and expected to be for a minimum term of one year, comprising four quarterly meetings – one of which will be face to face. The deadline for applications is Friday 7th October with the first group meeting set to take place during early November.

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To apply to join the People Working Group, please send a short covering letter (which can be in email format) to [email protected]