FAW Trust

Football Development Manager

FAW Trust



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Aug 8, 2021

Role description

Job title | Football Development Manager – South Wales & Junior Leagues
Full Time/Part Time | Full-time 12-month contract (fixed term with the opportunity to extend)
Salary Range | £30,000 - 35,000 per annum dependant on experience
Location | Dragon Park, Newport
Responsible to | Head of Football Development
Valid from | Wednesday, September 1, 2021


The FAW Trust is the body responsible for football development in Wales. Supporting the Head of Football Development, the position will play a key role in delivering the key strategic outcome of ‘A flexible and appealing playing offer’ and high level targets of: -

1. 50% of children playing football once per week;

2. 60,000 registered junior players by 2026;

3. 20,000 registered female players by 2026.


We are seeking to appoint a dynamic strategic and systematic thinker who can develop and implement regional development plans to support the delivery of football across the South Wales Football Association area and lead on the development of junior league provision in partnership with Area Associations across Wales.
This person will have exemplary attention to detail and will work as part of a team that is responsible for delivering the Trust’s strategic mission to ‘grow the game and raise football standards’ across Wales.


• Exemplary attention to detail including good planning and organising skills;
• Strategic planning including experience of interpreting data and research insight to evidence needs and therefore develop action
• Strong interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills;
• Analytical approach to identify gaps and opportunities;
• Creative thinker who can shape strategies into tactical solutions.
• An innovative approach to developing new opportunities
• Experience of budget development, management and control.
• Experience of working with and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders; including fostering collaborative relationships to meet shared outcomes
• Good written and presentation skills;
• Highly motivated, resilient, self-directed and robust.
• Ability to inspire and get the best out of people.
• Experience of budget development, management and control.
• Modern IT competencies.
• Enhanced DBS disclosure.


• Professional expertise and experience in the areas of sports or football development.
• Experience of working with or as part of a junior league structure is advantageous.
• An understanding of sporting and political landscape, ideally in a Welsh context.


• Producing, challenging and driving successful regional (SWFA) implementation of national programmes through effective engagement with key partners
• Lead the development of junior league provision including the management and implementation of small-sided football regulations in partnership with Area Associations.
• Produce data and insight reports that identifies trends in registered playing numbers.
• Supporting the administration and organisation of the FAW Community Game Board.
• Managing tactical approaches and overseeing operational delivery through local agents and experts by identifying workforce needs.
• Establishing and developing positive relationships with regional stakeholders and partners essential for the successful delivery of team priorities.
• Provide specific development support and guidance to clubs and leagues to achieve team priorities.
• Line management responsibility of South Wales Football Development Coordinator.
• Act as the Area Association (SWFA) point of contact managing local and regional advocacy and communication.
• Support development of delivery partners capability/capacity to deliver outcomes.
• Providing technical advice across the region on strategic priorities with guidance from strategic leads.
• Fostering cross functional collaboration with other FAW and Trust teams to support the delivery of shared goals and objectives.
• Supporting budget development, management and monitoring relating to team priorities and activities.


• Access to transport
• Full, clean driving licence (a company car will not be provided).
• Willingness to work flexible and unsociable hours
• Spoken and written Welsh are desirable.
• Enhanced DBS disclosure.

This job description covers the main duties of the post holder. From time to time, other duties may be required, commensurate with the grade of the post and the needs of the organisation.