Xcite Armadale

The main and baby pool @ Xcite Armadale will be unavailable from 14 to 28 December due to essential maintenance. All swimming lessons and water based classes will be cancelled. The health suite will also be closed during this time. The gym will be open as normal. T: 01501 229200

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  • Football Development Officer based in Bathgate - FDO001

    Job Title : Football Development Officer

    Location :  Based at Xcite Head Office, Bathgate

    Hours per week : 36 hours per week, to be arranged based on the needs of the business

    Job Code :  FDO001

    Annual salary : £22,483 per annum (pay award pending)

    Closing date :  Further Extended to Sunday 27th August 2017, 5pm

    To apply online now click here


Job Description 

Job Purpose – overview

West Lothian Leisure is a Community Benefit Organisation, a registered Scottish charity.  It is at the heart of the West Lothian community, helping people to improve their wellbeing and make healthy lifestyle choices.  We care passionately about the service we provide to the people who live, work and visit West Lothian. As a valued organisation that understands, cares about and engages with its community, we are the delivery partner of choice for West Lothian organisations responsible for improving people’s lives through sport, health and physical activity.

Your role is to work in conjunction with the Scottish Football Association, West Lothian Council and West Lothian Youth Foundation and other key partners to lead and coordinate the development of football throughout West Lothian in line with local and National strategies.

Core Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with all stakeholders by developing a mutual understanding of needs whilst ensuring performance against agreed standards and objectives.
  • Develop, coordinate and deliver opportunities to participate in school, club and community football.
  • Provide pathways for lifelong participation and higher levels of performance.
  • Promote standards of coaching by delivering coach education courses and updates to clubs and schools to support/develop the network of coaches throughout West Lothian.
  • Manage the work of West Lothian Leisure's football development staff including coaches and volunteers.
  • Support and sustain a network of coaches and volunteers to develop football in line with agreed strategies.
  • Support partners to ensure that all football coaches are appropriately qualified and trained and deliver to quality standards.
  • Assist in the coordination of a comprehensive training and development programme for football coaches across West Lothian, including the delivery of CPD.
  • Improve the quality of football activities whilst increasing capacity, occupancy and income.
  • Identify, coordinate, develop, support and deliver football programme.
  • Liaise with managers and coaches to identify potential areas for football development.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the football development programme.
  • Prepare and present reports on statistical and operational issues to help demonstrate key performance targets are met.
  • Assist with the identification of emerging talent from grass roots programmes, developing pathways for progression to clubs and squads.
  • Apply for external funding to help improve participation, particularly within under-represented groups.
  • Represent the West Lothian Leisure at external events.
  • Support the development of football clubs across West Lothian through the delivery of the Scottish FA's Quality Mark Club Accreditation programme
  • Support the development of grassroots coaches through a programme of in-service training sessions and on-field coach monitoring.
  • Liaise and communicate with amateur, junior and senior football clubs and their respective leagues and association, with the aim of encouraging and promoting closer links for the development and improvement of football in the South East Region.

The above list is illustrative, not exhaustive. Accordingly, there may be a requirement to undertake additional duties, consistent with the level of the post, as directed by management.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrates excellent core organisational competencies
  • Educated to HND level or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as sports studies
  • UEFA B License or Scottish FA Advanced Children's license
  • Working knowledge of Scottish Football Association programmes and activities
  • A clear understanding of Health and Safety procedures applicable to football.
  • Knowledge across all role accountability gained through experience
  • A track record of working in partnership with others
  • Experience of developing and coordinating an income generating football programme across a number of facilities.
  • Experience of engaging and supporting primary, secondary and SEN schools.
  • Practical experience of Coach and Volunteer recruitment and development.
  • Hold or willingness to study for the ILM level 3 Coaching certificate within first year of post.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • An ability to speak confidently and fluently and hold the attention of others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent budgeting skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Excellent planning skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Highly competent level of skill with Excel, Work, Powerpoint and MRM.
  • Hold and maintain a current valid driving license [and use of a vehicle].
  • Willingness to continuously develop and attend training and development sessions in line with your personal training plan, on occasion out-with your normal hours of work, to ensure the required level of competence.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Scottish FA Coach Education Tutor
  • Degree in Sport/Leisure related discipline
  • Current Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Working knowledge of local clubs
  • Knowledge of club accreditation schemes
  • Experience of event management.

Job Dimensions


  • Work in close partnership with key stakeholders
  • Maintain accurate records.

Core organisational competencies

  • Service delivery - Champions the service, focusing on individuals customer's needs and responding with service that surpasses their expectations
  • Honesty and integrity - Being truthful, keeping promises and commitments and making ethical decisions.
  • Respect for equality and diversity  - Understanding others' behaviours and culture and treating everyone fairly.
  • Personal effectiveness - Personal responsibility for making things happen - being accountable for your own actions.

Additional information

  • This position is subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme check.
  • Required to work flexibly with some evening and weekend working.
  • You will be required to be aware of current Heath and Safety Policy and to take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by your acts or omission at work. 

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