Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC

Club Link Officer


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 25, 2022

Role description


Arsenal in the Community provides an important sense of belonging to our local community, particularly for those in most need. Working in partnership we support communities, groups and individuals through a wide range of projects covering sport, education and work-skills, health and social inclusion. These are delivered and received with the same energy and commitment today as when we started in 1985.
The jobholder will be required to develop in partnership with the relevant internal and external departments a strategic and cohesive approach to Academy, Men's and Women's player engagement to Community. The role will Create opportunities especially for the club's younger players including scholars and Development squad (under 23's) to engage in purposeful and rewarding community activities.

To interact between the Community Department and the Club to produce a Player Engagement Action Plan with key targets at the start of every new season to incorporate Scholars and Development squads.
To liaise with the Football Club/Academy to produce a workable/relevant player engagement policy at the start of each season that the Community Department can work around to maximise the impact and engagement of the players.
To be responsible for the effective management of the PFA Player engagement requirements under the new Capability Status Code of Practice process.
To ensure that an appropriate process and system for player engagement is in place at local club level. This should be implemented in consultation between the Community Department , Academy and relevant departments within the football club.
To provide the PLCF with a quarterly progress report on the development during the season in line with Capability Status requirements - July/Sept, Oct/Dec, Jan/March and the end of season review.
To offer appropriate and relevant support to players when they are attending community activities to ensure that the experience for the player and participants is both an enjoyable and productive one.
To liaise with the relevant club personnel to ensure that the PFA Player Engagement annual report is completed and that the data is effectively analysed to highlight potential Ambassadors to ensure that players are linked to suitable areas of support where they have an interest and where they feel comfortable and confident.
To ensure that a presentation is made to the Scholars and Development squad players at the beginning of each season to highlight the areas of activity and input through the Community Department, along with key priority areas for player involvement. For example: PLPFA, PL Primary Stars, PL Kicks, PL Inspire programmes.
To ensure effective collation of all player appearance figures during the season in partnership with the Community Department and the football club and report accurate figures back to the PFA and the Premier League Charitable Fund as part of Capability Status requirements
To ensure that regular media articles are produced and featured within Premier League/PFA and local media throughout the season.
To ensure that a case study is produced bi-annually raising awareness of the positive contributions and inspiring support by Scholars and Development squad players.
To produce an end of season review on the engagement of the Scholars and Development squad players with key highlights and statistical information. To also highlight this review in both internal and external media outlets i.e. internal Club Programme/Website /Social Media
To ensure that appearances are fully utilised within social media by all involved in the process to promote positive player engagement at local level.
Support other areas of Community Department activity


Significant experience of working in football and/or football in the community (or a relevant field)
Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, influencing and relationship management skills
Ability to communicate well to a range of audiences, and using different mediums, with written skills to an excellent standard
Understanding of and commitment to rigorous safeguarding practices and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check
Partnership working skills, including the ability to manage a complex network of stakeholders
Team player with excellent planning and organisational ability
Ability to work effectively under pressure, make sound judgement calls and solve problems

Arsenal FC believes that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. We encourage applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and mixed-heritage candidates. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity for applicants and employees and aim to appoint on merit from a diverse talent pool.

Closing Date: 16/05/2022

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