National Competitions Co-ordinators x 2

Stafford, Staffordshire
Voluntary Internship
10 Apr 2019
31 May 2019
Job Type
Contract Type


Salary & benefits: Voluntary internship/placement x 2   

Responsible to: National Competitions Manager (NCM)

Primary purpose of role: 

Ensuring the effective operation of selected National Competitions and the competitions department and contributing where required to the general administration and co-ordination of all ESFA activity

Main responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the efficient administration of the National Competitions Department (NCD);
  • To be responsible for the circulation and processing of competition entry forms for selected competitions;
  • To ensure that teams participating in competitions are informed of the rules before and throughout the season;
  • To provide the teams with the necessary documentation for each round of competition;
  • To ensure that all draws and results files are update and communicated;
  • To ensure that all deadline dates are adhered to by competing teams and to chase up any missing results;
  • To maintain the national database for all National Competitions;
  • To implement the council policy for the staging of all National Competitions finals;
  • To arrange for match officials for appropriate stages of the National Competitions Finals;
  • To assist the NCM in the production of the National Competitions finals’ programmes;
  • To assist the NCM in the production of documentation and ticketing for National Competitions Finals;
  • To attend and support the National Competitions Finals;
  • To update the website regularly and support the relationships with partner sponsors;
  • To participate in training, development and appraisal processes necessary to fulfil the role;
  • To support the ESFA Council to fulfil its responsibilities;
  • To act with high standards of professionalism, business integrity and personal conduct at all times;
  • To act as an ambassador for the ESFA in the conduct of all  business;
  • To comply with the requirements of the staff handbook;
  • To use best endeavours to support others in the achievement of their objectives;
  • To conduct any other duties as may reasonably be required by the employer.

Special considerations in this role:

This is a voluntary role offered on a 12 month fixed term basis from July 2019 - June 2020 (with room for negotiation on start dates) for a 4 day week, which may also be negotiable for an exceptional candidate. Travel expenses necessarily incurred in the course of ESFA business will be reimbursed in line with the policy set by Trustees.

Person specification

  • Graduate from a Bachelors or Foundation degree programme in a related sport or business discipline; or,
  • Current undergraduate seeking a year’s voluntary work placement as part of their degree programme;
  • A demonstrable commitment to voluntary work in a sport or educational environment;
  • A demonstrable interest in either event management or in sports administration;
  • An appreciation of the principles and concepts of working to support a membership organisation;
  • The ability to work occasional weekends and evenings;
  • IT literate and capable of using social media;
  • Highly focused on customer service;
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The English Schools’ FA is the governing body for schools’ football in England. We are a membership charity and our key activities include:

  • Providing a national competitions programme each year: This year, over 40 competitions are being run and each culminates in a national final at a prestigious football venue;
  • Defining the regulations under which schools’ football is played;
  • Supporting our membership to increase opportunities to play football, particularly (currently) for girls and for players with a disability;
  • Providing opportunities for school pupils to play representative football at district, county and national level, the pinnacles of which are the Under 18 English schoolboys’ national team and the Under 15 English schoolgirls’ national team.

The ESFA has a small paid workforce but its activity is primarily run by volunteers. We are now offering a graduate internship in our Stafford headquarters. The opportunity is open to graduates from bachelors, honours or foundational degree programmes in a related subject. The ESFA also welcomes expressions of interest from those in the “sandwich” year of their degree.

The graduate internship vacancy is a voluntary post and as such is unpaid. It is offered in the first instance for the 2019/20 season (July 2019 – June 2020) on a four day/week basis. It is the ESFA’s intention to seek funding to convert this internship to a paid post at the end of the season, but this is not guaranteed. Those applying as a graduate (rather than a placement year student) should therefore give careful consideration to this factor when determining whether to apply: placement year students should note that their intention to return to their study after their year with the ESFA will in no way disadvantage them as applicants, given that future funding is unconfirmed.

Whilst undertaking the internship, the successful candidate will benefit from:

  • A full personal training programme to enable them to complete their internship successfully;
  • Any team development undertaken as part of the ESFA’s team training plan;
  • Reimbursement of approved and essential travel costs whilst on ESFA business;
  • Cost of overnight stays to support ESFA activity, where this is essential to ESFA business;
  • The opportunity to develop experience in and a good working knowledge of sports administration, including sports governance, event management, sports sponsorship and general administration in a small but busy office;
  • A reference and summary of achievements at the end of the tenure.

Interested candidates should read the attached role profile carefully, and prepare an expression of interest, evidencing ways in which they meet the person specification and demonstrating their interest in football.

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Andrea Chilton, CEO, at on no more than two sides of A4, no later than 31 May 2019. In the meantime, further details about the ESFA can be found at

The ESFA is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants may be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.