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Director of Fundraising Bloomsbury Football

Bloomsbury Football has seen unprecedented growth over the last five years and now seeks a Director of Fundraising to create a high-performing team to deliver an ambitious strategy.

  • Location: Central London office (Camden) with optional one day from home.
  • Salary: £80,000 - £120,000

At the beginning of a new five-year organisational strategy, it is now time to make this crucial hire to build on some exceptional fundraising foundations, relationships, and partnerships — to grow a fundraising team that will match the ambitions of the wider organisation and mission.

Who we are.

Bloomsbury Football Foundation uses the power of football to improve the lives of underprivileged young people in London. Through a curriculum focused on social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, we improve the mental and physical health, social mobility and life opportunities of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our step model engages previously-inactive young people from underserved communities by running free-to-access programmes in schools, community centres and housing estates, before encouraging participants to join our high-engagement, extra-curricular programmes that take place on weekday evenings, weekends and during the school holidays.

Our trusted coaches build long-term relationships with the young people in their care, allowing at-risk children to build their confidence and soft skills in a team environment.

As a result of our outreach programme, 73% of households in our communities are classed as ‘income-deprived’ by the ONS and over half of our beneficiaries receive income-dependent free school meals – more than double the London average.

Founded in 2018, we have grown to work with over 5,000 young people per week across 6 different boroughs, utilising a sliding-scale model of financial assistance to break down barriers to participation in sport for all.

We have seen the impact our model can have and we want to expand our offering across London – by 2028, we aim to support 20,000 young people in the capital every week.

View our strategic game plan for 2023 - 2028

About the role.

As Director of Fundraising, your key responsibilities will be:


  • Create and deliver a strategy to work alongside and enable an organisational five-year strategy of growth.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with potential donors, including statutory, individuals, corporates, foundations, and trusts.
  • Diversify income and create new income streams, including commercial and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Build a new creative and robust stewarding programme.
  • Lead on the acquisition of new HNWI and high-value partnership opportunities.
  • Set and monitor realistic annual and long-term fundraising targets, ensuring consistent progress towards goals.
  • Create a catalogue of funding opportunities and enhance the case for support.
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate a diverse range of fundraising events and campaigns, including in-person, virtual, and hybrid initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to create compelling materials that promote fundraising activities and drive donor engagement.
  • Implement systems and processes to ensure accurate data capture.
  • Enhance current partnership offerings, pitching documents, and impact reporting.


  • Mentor, coach, and develop a high-performing multi-income fundraising team.
  • Play a leading strategic role on the SLT.
  • Act as the fundraising point of contact for the board and chair.
  • Act as a representative of Bloomsbury Football in fundraising forums, conferences, and networks, staying informed of industry trends and developments.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement within the team.
  • Lead on planning, budgeting, and forecasting for the fundraising function.


  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, guidelines, and best practices for charitable fundraising in the UK.
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures for ethical and transparent fundraising practices.

Who we are looking for.

This is a unique role leading the fundraising of a unique organisation who are entrepreneurial, innovative, and growing at pace. Therefore, we are seeking candidates who will thrive in this environment and have a start-up mindset.

We are looking for senior fundraisers who have experience across all aspects of fundraising paying particular attention to high-value philanthropy and corporate.

It is essential that candidates have a passion for the cause and can articulate and demonstrate the ambition and impact of this incredible movement, centred on using football as a force for good.


  • Modern office in Camden Town with free gym membership.
  • Regular staff socials.
  • Opportunities to attend Premier League, WSL, FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League football matches.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Workplace pension scheme.
  • 30 days holiday allowance with option to buy up to 3 additional days.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

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Welcome from the CEO

With the support of our founding Trustees, Daniel Austin and Mark von Herkomer, Bloomsbury Football was created in 2018. It all started with our first session at Castlehaven Community Centre in Camden Town — four players attended, and I had a bag of cones and some footballs. We’ve come a long way since then.

Bloomsbury Football was created to ensure that all young people could access the many benefits of playing regular football. Thanks to our excellent coaches and inclusive financial assistance model, 5,000 young people across London now benefit from the physical, mental and social benefits of the beautiful game.

We are all so proud of what has been achieved so far, but we know the scale of the task that comes with supporting young Londoners to tackle the issues they are facing today.

We have an ambitious goal – by the end of 2028, our aim is to be reaching 20,000 young people every week.

To achieve this, we will need to grow our supporter base in volume and value. A Director of Fundraising will be instrumental in growing and leading a high-performing fundraising team, as well as being a key player in the charity’s senior leadership team through a period of rapid growth.

We are on the hunt for an inspirational, entrepreneurial leader who is ready for a new challenge, driving an ambitious charity through its next phase of development to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people.

Charlie Hyman,

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 19th April 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 24th April 2024 (virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Wednesday 1st May 2024 (in person)

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