University Academy 92

Sport Development Manager

University Academy 92



Role Type

Closing Date

Est. Start Date


Jul 18, 2021

Role description

INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 5th August 2021 (subject to change)

Transform Higher Education: Join the UA92 Team

At UA92 we see things differently. We believe in the power of you.

Having opened our doors to students in 2019, we are building a “best in class” team of expert educators and professionals, with the ability to drive UA92 forward at pace, establishing quickly as a sector leader.

At UA92, you will have the opportunity to make an impact in an organisation where innovation is constant, challenging convention is embraced and the vision is big!

If you are a highly skilled, forward-thinking team player with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for social mobility through life-transforming, career-making higher education, then we are keen to hear from you!


As a key member of the Student Life Team, you be responsible for establishing, developing and leading our extra-curricular sporting offer at an institution with some impressive sporting pedigree and even bigger sporting ambitions!

The Sport Development Manager will establish, develop and lead a vibrant sport and physical activity programme. This activity will include working with elite athletes, overseeing our teams competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues and creating “Give It a Go” and intramural sport that caters for a diverse range of students at all ability levels. They will also work with the Director of Student Life and a number of key stakeholders to help deliver and then manage our sporting facilities.

The successful candidate will have a strong pedigree in sport development and the drive, desire and vision to take forward our work in this vital area.

Whilst football is a key part of our sporting offer, this role will give the successful candidate the creative freedom and support to push their creativity, challenge convention and connect with a wide range of partners to build our sporting profile in a range of different sports.

Your responsibilities will include:

Strategically lead on the development of elite and competitive sport at UA92.
Lead on UA92’s work with BUCS ensuring our students and teams are successfully registered and, in a position, to succeed with the majority achieving promotion each year.
Ensure the effective management of any UA92 sport facilities located onsite or elsewhere including the line management of any staff.
Oversee the successful design and delivery of student-led sports programmes and events.
Develop, maintain and expand upon our partnerships with sports clubs, National Governing Bodies, and facilities.
Ensure there is effective recruitment, induction, training, and facilitation of volunteers and club captains.
Develop appropriate procedures and structures to ensure all UA92 sport teams have effective coaching, training, and travel arrangements in place.
Ensure effective management and oversight of all sport related budgets.
Organise and run group “Give-It-A-Go” session to encourage students to try new sports.
Work in partnership with the TASS co-ordinator to ensure all “Dual Career” athletes have the support they require.


We are looking for an inspiring and driven individual who can bring bold and engaging ideas to the sporting offer at UA92. Enthusiastic with a strong ability to ‘think outside of the box’, you will be a dynamic team player who thrives in a fast-paced and agile environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate passion, drive, and determination to make positive differences, achieve sporting excellence and exceed desired impact. Goals orientated, you will thrive in a high energy, high performing team, working with multiple stakeholders to deliver exceptional outcomes. You will be highly organised and able to prioritise multiple and competing demands, in line with strategic and business priorities. You will balance creativity, innovation, and passion with a commercial, cost-conscious and student focussed mindset.

The successful candidate will have:

Experience working in a similar role in an educational and/or sporting environment.

An understanding of university sport and the changing nature of the HE sector.

Experience of building and maintaining relationships with external sports clubs, NGB’s and leisure providers.

Proven experience of managing budgets effectively.

Proven experience of developing participative sport programmes across a range of sports and ability levels.

Experience of working with students in a sporting context.

The ability to build and nurture effective relationships with a large range of internal and external stakeholders across sport and physical activity.

The ability to build effective working relationships with a wide range of colleagues.

The ability to coordinate and support sport volunteers.

This role represents an exciting opportunity to join and help shape the UA92 sport offer at an institution with a great sporting pedigree.

Normal working hours are 37.5 per week. However, due to the nature of the post you will be expected to work flexibly including travelling as required. Consideration will be given to applications for part-time or flexible working, subject to business needs.

Please note we are receiving high volumes of applications for UA92 roles so please submit your application as early as possible, as adverts may be closed early where large numbers of applications are received.


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UA92 values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.