Sports Development Officer


Irish Olympic Handball Association

Employer Location: Dublin
Phone Number: 00353851848194

Job description

Development officers (DOs) are committed to providing participation opportunities for all sections of the community in all kinds of sport activities, in this case Olympic Handball activities. Working with organisations including local authorities, schools and governing bodies, their primary goal is to ensure that suitable programmes and training services are in place on local, national, and international levels. DOs promote access to physical activities and sport programmes with the aim of engaging people in structured, positive activities. Development provides opportunities for people to try out new activities and to participate at a level that is comfortable by developing facilities, delivering programmes and breaking down barriers to participation. Officers have the duty of making sure local resources are used to the best effect and that the most deprived members of the community have access to these services. DOs will often work in conjunction with schools, governing bodies, local sport partnerships and outreach groups to provide the community with diverse and varied programmes, such as in-school programmes, taster sessions, camps, national academies, etc. While increasing participation for all is central to their role, sport is an effective tool in engaging young people, particularly those at risk, into more constructive activities. .


  • Working in partnership with schools, community groups and centres to increase access for young people to sports.
  • Motivating and facilitating people within the community to take advantage of all opportunities to participate in the sport.
  • Establishing programmes to meet local objectives.
  • Creating links between clubs, organisations and key agencies in local sport recreation.
  • Assisting sports clubs and groups in applying for funding.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Sports degree or sports related field (sports science, physical education, community coaching, etc)
  • Olympic Handball background (holding a coaching course level, player experience, referee experience, coach experience).
  • A full driving licence and access to independent transport is also required.

Desirable Skills

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Excellent level of physical fitness, and interest in sports.
  • Excellent leadership and motivational skills.
  • Confidence and ability to engage with and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.
  • Ability to multi-task and delegate.
  • First aid course
  • Safeguarding

Further Information

Work time 09:00 -17:00, evenings and weekend work is required. Work times are flexible.

Application Information

Please email CV & cover letter to: Employer Ref: IOHA2022NI

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£16,000 - £25,000 per annum
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