About us

Access Sport CIO is a charity that is dedicated to enhancing the life prospects of disadvantaged young people and those from marginalised groups by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport. We do this by building thriving community sports clubs, led by inspirational volunteers, in the most disadvantaged urban areas. These clubs provide life-changing opportunities for local, vulnerable people, whilst creating a lasting, locally-owned community resource. Access Sport’s unique New Model Club methodology has won multiple awards including the national BT Sports Industry Award for Community Programme of the Year 2015. 


Why join the team?

Access Sport is an exciting and dynamic place to work. No two days are the same. There are opportunities for our team members to get involved in all aspects of the charity, from the delivery of our programmes on the ground, to fundraising, event management and finance.

We are committed to being a supportive and enjoyable place to work. Our staff development values are fun, flexibility, caring, supportive & nurturing and as an Access Sport employee you will benefit from:

  • 25 days holiday in addition to the usual public holidays and time off between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed
  • A healthy living & well-being employer – being part of social events, our annual dinner and meeting the charity ambassadors
  • Work within a newly refurbished office
  • Shower facilities available to encourage staff in physical activity including a staff team in the 5 aside charity football league
  • Group Life Assurance for all current staff on payroll
  • Personal training allowance and development support
  • Team and personal development away days throughout the year
  • A competitive package of benefits including the cycle to work scheme, government opt-in workplace pension scheme and childcare vouchers.
  • Good track record of staff development from university placements to full time employees
Key staff values

Our mission to transform lives through sport inspires and motivates our team. Our five core values define our way of working and are what make us distinctive:

Equal Opportunities

Access Sport is committed to becoming disability confident and an employer of choice irrespective of disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. We appreciate the ethical and business case of ensuring that our workforce is representative of wider society. When we are recruiting to the organisation, disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.



 Access Sport recruits trustees from time to time as vacancies arise when trustees retire or reach the end of their term of office. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of four years and may seek re-appointment for a second term. When conducting a Board recruitment process, and  in considering whether re-appointment of an existing trustee is appropriate, Access Sport will have regard both to the importance of ensuring that the Board has the skills and competencies required for its effective functioning, and to Access Sport's commitments , as expressed in the Board Recruitment Policy below, to achieving and then maintaining gender parity and to achieving greater diversity generally on its Board including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

 The Board has adopted the following policy in relation to recruitment of trustees:


Access Sport Board Recruitment Policy

Access Sport places great emphasis upon, and encourages, all forms of diversity including gender, race, disability, sex, religion or belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity as well as culture and personality. Access Sport has adopted a Diversity Action Plan which sets out short, medium and long term objectives to achieve greater diversity at all levels within Access Sport.

 The Access Sport Board recognises the benefits of diversity amongst its members in promoting Board effectiveness.

The Board will ensure that there is at least 30 per cent representation of each gender on the Board at all times and is committed to achieving and then maintaining gender parity in its composition. 

 The Board is committed to achieving greater diversity generally in its composition including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

The Board maintains a matrix detailing the skills, experiences, independence and knowledge of Board members. New Board appointments are made on the basis of merit, against the skills and competencies which the Board requires to be effective. In reviewing its composition, the Board will:

  • Consider all aspects of diversity and its benefits for the effective functioning of the Board;
  • Identify suitable candidates based on their skills, experience and suitability for the role while having regard to diversity levels on the Board;
  • Annually discuss and approve the necessary objectives to achieve optimum levels of diversity on the Board;
  • Focus on improving one or more elements of diversity when recommending new members;
  • Ensure that there is at least 30% of each gender on the Board at all times with an aspiration of achieving and maintaining gender parity.

 As required by our Articles of Association, Board vacancies are publicly advertised and made on a rigorous, open and transparent basis. Likewise, future appointments of the Chair of trustees will be by a publicly advertised, rigorous, open and transparent procedure. The conduct of each Board recruitment process is delegated to the Nominations Committee whose Terms of Reference are here. The Terms of Reference require the Committee to take active steps to encourage potential candidates reflecting all forms of diversity.

 This policy has been approved by, and is supported by, the Board and will be reviewed annually. 

 Tim Jones

Chair of Trustees

December 2018

Current vacancies

Trustee Role (Voluntary) - Treasurer

Due to the retirement of our previous, long-serving Treasurer, we currently have a vacancy on our trustee board for an individual to fill the Treasurer role, including chairing our Finance and Audit Committee.

This is a critical voluntary appointment for us and if you feel you have the requisite skills and experiences (see person specification in our candidate pack) and you would relish joining us in working towards our vision of a society that gives everyone a chance to benefit from regular sport, we would love to hear from you.

We are particularly keen to appoint a Chartered Accountant with non-profit experience as well as, ideally, experience of leading a finance team.

The role is unpaid, but offers huge rewards of a different kind and may suit either someone close to or recently retired who wants a different kind of challenge or someone still building their career who wants to add a strong demonstrable commitment to social purpose into their portfolio of experiences.

Trustee Treasurer Position Information Pack

For more information or to apply please contact Sue Wheeler:
[email protected] 

Club Development Coordinator - Trafford 

We currently have a vacancy for a new Club Development Coordinator to join our Social Inclusion Development Manager in Manchester

Please see the full Club Development Coordinator job description here.

To apply for the role, please email [email protected] and attach:

  • A copy of your CV
  • A covering letter that explains why you would like the role and demonstrates that you have the required skills, experience and personal attributes.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd January 2020.

Sandwich year placements

We are currently accepting applications from University students for 9 - 12 month Club Team placements, commencing in September 2019. Please download the job description below, or for more information contact [email protected]  |  020 7993 9883.

Club Team Placement Job Description

Or to join the fundraising team please download the job description below or send your CV and cover letter to [email protected].

Fundraising Placement Job Description

Work experience

Access Sport is committed to supporting young people develop their employability skills through providing work experience placements. These placements are suitable for both disabled and non-disabled young people. If you are interested in completing work experience with Access Sport please contact [email protected] / 020 7993 9883.