Project Officer – Odyssey Trust Football Programme

Full Time
21 / 08

To oversee all of Chelsea FC Foundation’s delivery alongside the Odyssey Trust, including coaching, leading and managing all operational duties on the sixth form football academy programme at King Henry School. Being the central point of contact for all activity within the Trust.

Full description

JOB TITLE: Project Officer – Odyssey Trust Football Programme

DEPARTMENT: Community (Kent)

REPORTING TO: Essex/Kent Assistant Development Manager

JOB FUNCTION: To oversee all of Chelsea FC Foundation’s delivery alongside the Odyssey Trust, including coaching, leading and managing all operational duties on the sixth form football academy programme at King Henry School. Being the central point of contact for all activity within the Trust.

DIRECT REPORTS: Coaching staff delivering on the programme

LOCATION: King Henry School, Erith, Kent

CONTRACT: Fixed Term contract until 31st July 2023, 40 hours per week, any 5 of 7 days, evening, weekends and unsociable hours as required.


  • Undertake all coaching and operational duties related to the sixth form football programme at King Henry School. Working with the school to recruit a new cohort of students on an annual basis, creating a sustainable programme.
  • Oversee and quality assure all coaches working on the football programme. Creating delivery plans and syllabus as required, whilst ensuring all programmes adopt best practice and adhere to the policy and procedures of the Foundation.
  • Offer each student on the sixth form football programme half-termly monitoring meetings to support academic and footballing progress, setting achievement goals and exploring exit pathways.
  • Provide assistance to Odyssey Trust to register a representative team of students from the football programme in the National Football Youth League.
  • Subject to FA availability, plan and organise coaching and officiating courses for the students on the sixth form football programme. Courses to include FA Level 1 & 2 Football Coaching, referee qualifications and first aid courses.
  • Liaise with the organisation’s Assistant Headteacher for Sixth Form and pastoral teams to identify students in the Sixth Form Football Academy who may need additional mentoring and tutoring support or could be at risk of becoming NEET, developing clear action plans to support the individual.
  • Be responsible for the organisation of all activities relating to football programme fixtures including; staffing, transport and risk assessments.
  • Work with the school to increase the number of students across the whole school in the following roles; participants, officiators and leaders.
  • Liaise with the relevant stakeholders to identify service gaps and development opportunities for the partnership. Delivering new initiatives as agreed between Chelsea FC Foundation and Odyssey trust.
  • Build relationships with partners, schools, grass root providers, NGB’s and local authority for the benefit of Football Development Programme.
  • Assist the Essex/Kent Assistant Development Manager with delivery of all Football Development Programmes, including the line management of Delivery Staff and Sessional Workers when required.
  • Deliver additional roles and responsibilities as required by the Chelsea FC Foundation


  • Ensure all initiatives are delivered within the prescribed budget, including, where appropriate, generating revenue each year as agreed in annual objectives, and records of all project spend is collated in accordance with our partner and internal requirements.
  • Responsible for all recruitment and retention of existing and future sixth form football academy students, achieving agreed KPI’s with line manager and the Trust. Reporting student numbers at certain points throughout the year.
  • Responsible for all marketing of the programme, developing a clear recruitment strategy, including a recruitment roadshow and trials. Collaborating with Chelsea FC Foundation Communications Team.
  • Provide a half termly performance report to the Head of Sports Academies at Odyssey Trust.
  • Be the Safeguarding and Health & Safety Lead on site for the programme, liaising with the Essex/Kent Assistant Development Manager (Chelsea FC Foundation DSO) to ensure that all Football Programme responsibilities for Safeguarding Children and At Risk Adults are in accordance with the Chelsea FC Foundation Child Protection and At Risk Adults Policy, including liaison to report all incidents.
  • Ensure all kit purchased by the school is accounted for and distributed accordingly.




  • FA Level 2 Football Qualification and 2 years’ experience in the industry sector.
  • Emergency Aid and Safeguarding Children Certificates.
  • Clean driving licence or ability to travel between locations.


  • FA Level 3 Football Coaching Qualification.
  • Lecturing/teaching or mentoring qualification.
  • Relevant professional and/or academic qualifications.



  • A strong knowledge of and experience of coaching in further education programmes tailored to the football and sports industry.
  • Experience of coordinating relationships between 2 or more organisations, understanding each parties strategic goals and ensuring collaborative working.
  • Ability to mentor aspiring young professionals (students) in the sports industry, to support their professional development.
  • Ability to project manage and organise multiple strands of work to a high level


  • Knowledge and experience of working for a Community Club Organisation, Sport for Social Change and Football Development organisation.
  • Knowledge of Chelsea FC Foundation College Academy Programmes
  • A knowledge of Monitoring & Evaluation and quality assuring programmes relevant to the industry sector.
  • Experience in delivery of higher and/or further education programmes.

The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Chelsea FC Foundation policies and procedures in particular Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and with regard to the Data Protection Act. The Employee must act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are in their care or attending the Company’s premises. The Employee must report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the Safeguarding Lead.

Chelsea Football Club and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) that are in our care or attending our premises. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relations amongst Employees and customers.

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club/Organisation.


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