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Head of Development (12-month maternity contract) | Coach Core

Coach Core is recruiting a Head of Development. You will be joining an exciting charity born out of an incredibly successful programme under the Royal Foundation. We are looking for an experienced, successful, and talented high value fundraiser who can commit to a 12-month contract starting in September 2021.

  • Location: Home based with one day a week at the Oval cricket ground in Kennington, London
  • Salary: £55,000 - £60,000 plus 4% matched pension, 25 days leave

Overall Purpose

Coach Core is a social mobility charity that uses the power of sport and apprenticeships to change the lives of disadvantaged young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Through a 15-month apprenticeship programme and a combination of education, training, employment and mentoring, Coach Core helps 16-24 year old’s gain the skills, confidence and knowledge to unlock meaningful education and employment opportunities.

With our support, they receive:

  • Full-time employment and a living wage with a sporting or youth-based employer
  • A Level 2 Community Activator Coach qualification, which is equivalent to 5 GCSE’s
  • Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs) in English and Math’s
  • Increased leadership, confidence, and responsibility
  • Experience of coaching in schools, youth centres and sports clubs
  • A professional and peer-to-peer support network and mentor

By using a sports apprenticeship programme, our apprentices have a huge impact on their local community. During their training, each apprentice delivers thousands of inclusive sports coaching sessions in schools, youth clubs and leisure centres so other young people can try sport and physical activity and be supported by a positive role-model.


Coach Core was established by The Royal Foundation in 2012 and in April 2020, due to continued success, we became a stand-alone registered charity so we could bring the programme to more areas and young people. To date, across the UK, we have helped:

  • 581 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited prospects to achieve qualifications, life skills and experience to thrive and gain employment
  • 83% of our apprentices successfully move into education or employment
  • Delivered 119k+ sports coaching sessions to 698k+ young people so they can access sport and physical activity.

The Role

12-month maternity contract Head of Development reporting directly to the CEO and as such will be a member of the Coach Core senior management team.

This person will lead on all aspects of fundraising, focusing on corporate, major donor, trusts and foundations, so will need to be an experienced fundraiser who wants to join an agile, fledgling charity who punch above their weight.

It is an exciting time of organisational growth and development and demands a person who can continue the momentum and hard work over the last eight years, building impactful, lasting relationships across the whole fundraising spectrum.

With one direct report (Partnerships Officer) we require someone who has previous management experience with a passion for development and mentoring.

Further information

Please fill out the How to Apply fields to access the Job Description and Person Specification, Equality Monitoring Form and additional information.

To arrange a confidential conversation please contact:

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Taylor

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021
    First stage interview: w/c Monday 12th July
    Second stage interview: w/c Monday 19th July

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