Girls Participation Officer

  • Employer Greenhouse Sports
  • Town / City London Marylebone
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary £28000 - £32000 per annum
  • Position Type 1 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 26/08/2022
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Established in 2002, Greenhouse Sports charity is leading the fight for a future where London’s young people are supported and empowered, whatever their challenges, through sport. We coach and mentor young people from deprived backgrounds because the crisis for children living in deprivation is real and it is urgent. Children from the poorest families are 3 times more likely to not participate in any extra-curricular activities compared to those from wealthier families, and they lack many opportunities that are available to their wealthier peers. They are more likely to leave school with no qualifications, be excluded from school get involved in crime and gang violence and suffer from mental health issues.

Greenhouse are here to make sure they get the best possible chance to do well in life and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. We run extracurricular breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs at mainstream and special educational needs schools across London. Young people who have the opportunity to play sport regularly and be mentored by coaches who are role-models, become adults who have confidence, resilience and leadership potential.

Join us in our fight for young people in London. For many, London is a great place for children to grow upin. Greenhouse Sports wants London to be a great place for all children to grow up.

Main purpose of the Girls Participation Officer role

With over 20 years’ experience we know the power that sport can play in providing opportunities for young people and it matters to us that girls have the same access to this as boys, so that everyone in the communities we work with can have access to a Greenhouse Sports coach. This missions has given us plans to achieve gender parity across our programmes. The young people we work with benefit most when they engage in 2 or more sessions with our coaches per week. Currently 38% of those who do are female, with a target to raise this to 42% by August 2023 and achieve parity by August 2024.

The Girls Participation Officer will play a central role in supporting the organisation achieve our aim by working directly with a number of our programmes to uplift female participation. The successful candidate will support Greenhouse in understanding the barrier/s to participation for the communities we with work and take part in designing a toolkit of solutions that can be applied in a variety of delivery environments and communities. We work with ethnically diverse backgrounds in areas with some of the highest levels of deprivation. A significant proportion are also affected by cultural sensitivities around access to sport. The successful candidate will support Greenhouse in achieving our goal by combining their passion and knowledge of improving participation levels with an understanding of how our most successful coaches work with female participant and embed this learning into the programmes the need to improve.


Understanding the barriers to participation for the communities we work with:

– Facilitate consultation with Greenhouse coaches and participants that:

  • Identify barriers to participation in various communities and settings
  • Propose participant informed solutions to overcome these barriers
  • Are accessible to a diverse community

– Maintain a strong understanding of industry trends and participation best practices

Developing a toolkit of solutions to inform the path to gender parity:

– Through collaboration with Greenhouse coaches identify solutions to barriers to participation.
– Ensure and document an understanding of the how and why these solutions work in their relevant setting.
– Produce a variety of accessible content that will support the development of programmes towards Greenhouse’s gender parity goals.

Embed learning in programmes that require improvement to achieve gender parity:

– Working with the Programme Development Managers, Coach Development Leads and Senior Head Coaches agree approaches to embed learning with coaches.
– Partner with coaches on our identified programmes to support and empower their development to run programmes consistent with Greenhouse’s vision for gender parity.

This is an outline of the post-holder’s duties and responsibilities. It is not intended as an exhaustive list and may change from time to time in order to meet the changing needs of the charity.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge and Experience

– You have knowledge of the barriers to entry for female participants in sport from diverse communities
– You have experience working in a sports or sport for development role with a focus on increasing participation for underrepresented groups.
– Experience supporting the management of projects.
– Experience analysing and interpreting qualitive and quantitative data.
– Prior experience of working as or with sports coaches is preferable.
– You have a keen understanding and belief in the Greenhouse Sports mission.
– You are aware of and understand the issues facing London’s young people and the charity sector.


– You will be a dynamic, enthusiastic person with a commitment to supporting communities across London.
– You visibly live the Greenhouse values of Passion, Commitment and Teamwork.
– You’re an strong communicator with a proven ability to consult and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
– You are able to analyse and interpret data in a manner that inform and support decision making.
– You are highly organised and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
– You’re a team player willing to support your colleagues as needed.

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