Project Name: Cricket4All: A multi-ability intergenerational initiative
Hours: 2-days/week, 13 month fixed-term contract commencing March 2022
Fixed-term contract payment: €12,350 (€28,500 pro rata)
About the Project:
This project is a collaboration between Fingal County Council and Cricket Leinster funded by The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, through the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2021. This project is an intergenerational inclusive cricket initiative. It is designed for young people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities and older people, many of whom may have age related disabilities. The project will take place in local community centres and provide wider access to multi-ability participants.
Coaching in Table Cricket as well as adapted cricket skills and small-sided games will be provided to specific groups with additional needs, as well as groups of active older people in the wider community, to develop teams for competition among different ability levels and within organisations, as well as competition among clubs. To ensure the project is sustainable potential leaders will be identified from among all participants to coach, umpire and score as well as champions of the sport in schools, organisations and cricket clubs. To retain interest and ensure the project remains sustainable, annual competitions will be established. A template on best practice to facilitate rollout in other local authorities and a checklist to evaluate facilities in cricket clubs for accessibility will be published.
The project is multi-phased with each phase being evaluated and determining the direction of the next phase.
Phase 1: The project is planned to commence in two geographical locations in North Fingal, which have been identified. A 10-week introductory session will be completed with 4 groups with the view of developing teams to take part in local intergeneration, multi-ability, community sessions/competitions in local community centres and clubs. This phase will also identify participants for coach training in the next phase.
Phase 2: Identify and train 20 potential coaches, leaders and champions. Work with CARA to provide disability awareness training. This will ensure the sustainability of the project by increasing the skills base and will provide an opportunity for people with disabilities and older people to become coaches, leaders and champions of the sports within their own organisations and the wider community.
Phase 3: Run a 10-week integrated session in both locations to develop intergenerational and multi-ability teams for competition against each other and to provide an opportunity for coaches trained in Phase 2 to develop their coaching skills.
Phase 4: Competitions will take place between groups/intergeneration and/or geographically between December 2022 and early January 2023.
Phase 5: Identify additional locations/targeted groups and schools to coach and develop with the help of coaches trained in Phase 2. Develop a template on best practice to facilitate rollout in other local authorities, organisations and clubs. Develop a checklist to evaluate the accessibility of cricket clubs to promote the development of Cricket4All and the participation of people with disabilities in their local clubs
What is the Project Coordinator’s role?
● Coordinate the coaching sessions in Phase 1 and 3, ensuring all sessions run smoothly
● Liaising with the various stakeholders - clubs, community centres, participants
● Report regularly to the oversight committee for the project
● Develop evaluation processes for each phase of the project
● Run education programmes as per phase 2
● Organise competitions for phase 3 of the project
● Engage with local media outlets to increase awareness of the project
● Complete entries into local and national community and disability awards
● Maintain a record of any expenditure and coordinate with coaches to arrange payments
● Develop a checklist to evaluate the accessibility of cricket clubs
● Develop a template on best practice to facilitate the rollout of this project across other local authorities
● Ensure the coaches engaged in the programme have the appropriate Safeguarding and Garda Vetting requirements
● Relevant experience in project coordination / events organisation & management.
● Good IT skills. Proficient in programmes equivalent to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Proficient at using Google Drive is an advantage.
● Organisation and administrative skills, with the ability to develop effective processes to meet the project’s goals, prioritise tasks and manage multiple deadlines.
● Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
● Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating a genuine interest in people, with ability to understand and engage with personal motivations and interests.
● Well-developed ability and experience with building good working relationships with stake-holders such as clubs, coaches and volunteers.
● Ability to work with minimum supervision and show good judgement and initiative.
● A high level of discretion in dealing with personal contacts and information.
● An understanding of cricket and table cricket.
● Hold valid Garda Vetting and Safeguarding qualifications
● An understanding of working with older adults and people with disabilities.
● Knowledge & Experience of training, and supporting volunteers.
● An understanding of Cricket Leinster’s Strategic Plan.
● Experience with handling working with a budget.
● An understanding of the Garda Vetting and Safeguarding procedures.
What is in it for you?
● Salary: €28,500 pro-rata (i.e. €12,350 for this 13 month contract)
● Work hours: 2-days per week with a flexible working environment
● 25 days of Annual Leave entitlement plus bank holidays pro-rata
● Provisional of a work phone
● Remote working possible
● Becoming a qualified Table Cricket Leader
● Chance to join a community driven organisation and work alongside a high-quality delivery team, determined to use the positive power of sport, physical activity and learning for social good
● Opportunity to benefit from a range of training and development opportunities
Equal Opportunities Workplace:
We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and dynamic working environment by building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more wide-ranging we are, the better our work will be.
How to Apply?
Deadline: Tuesday 25th January
Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th/Friday 28th January.