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The aim of the Community Sports Development Officer is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership to further develop locally led plans and more long term sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan (Action 46). Funding for the role of Community Sports Development Officer has been secured for this position through Sport Ireland.

Sport Ireland established the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Network as an initiative to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport and participation at local level. LSPs aim to increase participation in sport and physical activity by breaking down barriers and increasing numbers of people participating and ensuring continued participation through all stages of life. 

The Community Sports Development Officer is a 12-month specified purpose contract with a salary that is commensurate with the individual’s skills and experience.

The position will involve assisting Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership in the roll out of National Programmes and its local strategic objectives in increasing participation and building capacity in local sporting organisations. This will include a particular remit for the area of Ballyogan. These actions would include liaising with local community groups, clubs and services to identify existing needs and opportunities and then work with dlr Leisure staff, partners and agencies to establish sustainable initiatives to meet these. This position will require flexibility around working hours with regards evenings and weekends.

Role of the Community Sports Development Officer

The Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO) will address barriers to participation and encourage access and increase opportunities for participation by those who experience disadvantage for any reason. The CSDO will cover work in the below areas:

  • Community Activation - work with local communities to identify need and demand for new participation activities. Provide guidance and support to develop sustainable community sports clubs. Tackle local barriers to participation through targeted programmes and initiatives. Support and maintain strong links between schools and community sports clubs.
  • Planning - Develop action plans in line with the needs of the community.
  • Relationship Building - Work with smaller national governing bodies that do not currently have development officers to increase opportunities for participation.
  • Facilitation - Support the continued roll out of Sport Ireland’s investment including Dormant Accounts Funded projects. Coordinate and facilitate training and development opportunities.
  • Research - Establish a baseline in the communities chosen for interventions and conduct an audit of local clubs and update where this has already been completed
  • Evaluation - Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects
  • Financial Management - Establish a financial monitoring template for the operational budget


It is a requirement for candidates to possess the following:

  • Experience of working in a sports development environment is essential (3 years or more)
  • Experience of working with sports clubs, community groups, and young people in a community setting
  • Experience in planning, co-ordinating and delivering sustainable sporting & recreational programmes


It is desirable for candidates to possess the following:

  • Recognised qualification at degree level or equivalent in sports development, leisure management or similar
  • Excellent communication skills & organisational skills
  • A good understanding of project-based programme delivery with measureable outcomes
  • A good understanding of project evaluation
  • Be motivated by and committed to sports development and increasing opportunities for participation, in particular among hard to reach groups in local communities
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently to meet or exceed goals
  • A full clean driving license and access to own transport.
  • This position will require flexibility around working hours with regards evenings and weekends.


Interested candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to:

Geraldine Dunleavy-Larkin, HR & Training Manager, DLR Leisure, Head Office, Carnegie House, Library Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 19th May 2017 and applicants will be short listed for interview based on experience. DLR Leisure is an equal opportunities employer.

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