This is a hugely exciting and unique opportunity to be part of the Sunderland Football Trust; a new charity which will be responsible for the strategic management three brand-new grassroots football hubs in the City. The new facilities are being developed through the Football Association, Sport England and Premier League’s revolutionary ‘Parklife’ programme in partnership with the Football Foundation along with Sunderland City Council.
The Parklife programme has the vision of creating multi-pitch artificial grass football hubs across England’s major towns and cities, where the need for good quality pitches is greatest, creating a passion and interest in football that lasts a lifetime.
Construction of the new hubs began in January 2019 and are due to become operational this year, enabling football to be played across the sites in the 2019/20 football season. Once built, the Sunderland Football Trust will be granted long- term leases for each of the 3 hubs – Community North Sports Complex, Ford Quarry and Northern Area which will together provide a total of ten new full-size artificial grass pitches. Each hub will be supported by pavilion buildings containing a café, social and education spaces and team changing rooms. In 2018, The Trust and Council jointly procured Pulse Soccer, a specialist leisure operator to run the hubs on their behalf.
The Sunderland Football Trust is now looking to appoint a minimum of two (2) Independent Trustees to the Board on a voluntary basis. The Trust is seeking individuals with extensive experience and knowledge gained in the areas of strategic planning for sport and expertise in using sport as a tool for inclusion and delivering wider social outcomes. The trust is also seeking for one of the independent Trustees to become the Trust’s Chair.
It is expected that Trustees will be required to commit a minimum of six days each year to the Charity, including Board meetings and the AGM. At the Trust’s discretion, a dedicated officer resource will be available from the Football Foundation to help support with administrative tasks.
The Sunderland Football Trust is a registered Charity & Company Ltd by Guarantee. The mission of the Football Trust is to use the power of sport, in particular football, to promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for playing football and other sports, capable of improving health.
The Football Foundation is supporting the founding Trustees with this recruitment process and in the first instance any queries should be directed to the Football Foundation via email to email@example.com
If you would like to apply for either of these positions please send your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org (CV and Covering letter should together be no more than 4 A4 pages at font size 12)
NB: Applications from head hunters and/or agencies will not be considered for this position.
The Sunderland Football Trust is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse Board of Trustees and is proud to be an equal opportunities Trust. We welcome applications from disabled people and those from an ethnic minority background.
All suitably experienced applicants will receive consideration for these positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regard to pregnancy or maternity.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Midnight Sunday 10th March 2019
INTERVIEWS: To be held during week commencing Monday 18th March 2019
If you do not receive an invite to interview by Thursday 14th March 2019, please assume that you have been unsuccessful with your application.