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SALARY: £10,000 per annum (25,000 – £30,000 per annum pro rata)

Hours per week: 14 hours per week (35 hours full time equivalent)

Location: Home working from a flexible location with a national geographical remit. Registered Office: Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Foxhill Road, Carlton, Nottingham, NG! 1RL

Contract: Fixed Term 2 years, (subject to annual review of funding thereafter)

Reporting to: Disability Bowls England Chair

Supported by The Peter Harrison Foundation, Disability Bowls England is delighted to announce the exciting and challenging new post of Part Time National Development and Performance Officer. This is a strategic appointment and part of a national plan to increase participation opportunities in disability bowls.

The post holder will be responsible for developing programmes and interventions which increase participation opportunities for bowlers with a physical, sensory or learning disability, catering for all ages and abilities. Bowlers will be supported with their personal development, improving well-being, confidence levels and sports and social skills. Adapted aids and equipment will be utilised to ensure inclusion of individuals with varying levels of impairment.

This is a demanding role of significant importance to the disabled bowls community and we will be looking for a person who is creative, self-motivated and has good communication, organisational and leadership skills which will enable them to engage and support the voluntary and membership structure of the organisation.

The Role:

As a newly constituted organisation one of the key aims of Disability Bowls England is to develop a solid infrastructure to support the participation in bowls activities by disabled people. Activities include introductory sessions, local playing sessions, regional and national coaching and competitive opportunities, support for elite players including squad recruitment and selection for home country and international competition.

The priority areas of work to be undertaken by the Manager with the assistance of key volunteers and Board Members include:

Increasing the capacity to deliver the strategic plan through the development of a regional infrastructure. A targeted approach will be adopted to increase and support volunteer involvement and to ensure a greater number of facilitators are recruited and trained as appropriate to help service a growing programme of events and coaching activities. Volunteers will be recruited to fulfil a variety of roles.

Development of clubs and strengthening local links. Building links and partnership working with clubs throughout the country will facilitate the delivery of regular disability bowls participation at a local level. A kite marking scheme (developed in partnership with the Bowls Development Alliance) will be implemented and clubs encouraged to undertake the assessment process.

Marketing and communication. Assessing the needs of disabled bowlers is at the forefront of Disability Bowls England’s work and effective and efficient systems for communication with members will be developed. The organisation will be marketed and promoted through appropriate media channels and in suitable formats.

Exploring new networking links and ensuring existing external partnerships are maintained and developed. This could include building relationships with County Sports Partnerships, local groups, impairment and health organisations etc. Strategic committees will be serviced by designated personnel and meetings will be attended as appropriate to ensure sharing of information and intelligence and particularly that of a technical, educational and research nature (eg Bowls Development Alliance, interface with Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association and Disability Specific Organisations).

Developing Members’ services to assist individuals at every level of engagement, this could include expansion of starter/taster sessions, initiating friendly matches, introducing more DBE competitions for each level of ability. Ongoing work includes the expansion of the pathway for higher levels of play to include Disability Bowls England Regional Representation, squad training, and selection to Home Country and International Competitions.

The Person:

The successful candidate will have the drive and experience to work with a range of volunteers and organisations, both internal and external, building networks and initiating and promoting new opportunities to encourage increased participation in bowls by disabled people.

The candidate will have experience of working in a sports environment and have a knowledge of disability sport. A flexible approach to working hours is essential. The post will involve extensive travel throughout the country.

Further information and application documents can be downloaded from the

Disability Bowls England website

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter and any other relevant documentation should be returned to Disability Bowls England, Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Foxhill Road Carlton, Nottingham, NG1 1RL or by email to

Disability Bowls England is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all who believe they fit the essential requirement of the job.

For an informal discussion regarding this position please contact Paul Brown on 07810868015

Closing date for applications: 16th June 2017

Interview date: 4th July 2017 Venue to be confirmed

For further information please contact: Paul Brown, Chairperson DBE


Please download and read the following documentation

DBE Application Form

DBE equality and diversity Monitoring form

Applicants Information Pack