Communications Officer – Sport and Recreation Alliance

Job Description
The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. Together with our members and in partnership with the wider sector, we make the most of opportunities and tackle the areas that provide a challenge.
We provide advice, support and guidance to our members and the sector, who represent traditional governing bodies of games and sport, county sports partnerships, outdoor recreation, water pursuits, and movement and dance exercise. As the voice of the sector, we work with government, policy makers and the media to make sure grassroots sport and recreation grows and thrives. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.
‘A great place to work – some of the best things about working at the Sport and Recreation Alliance is the people. Everyone is so passionate and plays a part in helping achieve our strategy. They’re all really friendly and there are lots of opportunities to develop, volunteer, meet new people and socialise’. Eleanor Newton, Office Administrator.
We offer a very generous range of benefits including: pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme, childcare voucher scheme, gym contributions, private healthcare, volunteering days and generous holiday entitlement. We are based in newly refurbished offices in the heart of London and adopt a flexible approach to working patterns. Come and work with us, we are nice!
Staff were asked at our recent staff survey to describe the organisation. The top five responses were: friendly, fun, caring, supportive and welcoming.

About you
Role Summary
We are looking for a Communications Officer who has an appetite to assist and support the staff team to fulfil their roles and be fit to serve our members.
If you have excellent writing skills, a creative eye and a fantastic attention to detail – we would love to hear from you. As part of a small communications team you will provide essential assistance in communicating with our members, stakeholders and internal staff. You will work alongside the Communications Manager and Digital Marketing Officer to create engaging content for newsletters, social media platforms and the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.
This a busy role and represents a really good chance to learn and make your mark. The environment is very positive and fun as you would expect in a sporting organisation, but we work hard.
As a member of our team, you’ll be doing everything you can to delivery our strategy. And we’ll be doing everything we can to support you every step of the way. We’re committed to helping all of our staff develop their skills and reach their full potential. From face-to face training to networking and volunteering – you’ll have all the opportunities you need to make the right moves for you. We know the postholder won’t start with expertise in all these areas and we will help develop your knowledge.
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Main Tasks and Responsibilities
• To help maintain and build the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s profile and reputation through planned and integrated content across all owned channels.
• Supporting our policy, governance and membership teams with all of their communications requirements, including the development of social media, online articles and marketing communications.
• Responsibility for creating engaging, interactive and well-written content around the Alliance’s organisational objectives, including campaigns, events and services to grow and engage all key audiences.
• Manage the Alliance’s social media accounts, driving interaction with members, sports clubs, and the wider public, highlighting how we support the sector.
• Working with the Communications Manager to develop content which will help the Alliance to work more closely with policy makers and journalists.
• Produce integrated content alongside of the Digital Marketing Officer to promote the Alliance and its services to our members, sports clubs and other key stakeholders.
• To undertake any other duties as reasonably required.

Person Specification
Essential skills, knowledge and experience
• Experience of working in a communications setting
• An understanding of the UK’s sport/physical activity policy environment
• Strong, lively writing skills with an excellent command of grammar and English and ability to adapt writing for different audiences
• An excellent eye for detail and ability to proofread to a high standard
• Strong sub-editor with ability to distil and communicate complex subject matter clearly
• An understanding of what it takes to promote, protect and sustain a good reputation
• An understanding of different communications channels and how to use each most effectively
• Knowledge and experience of working with MS Outlook, Word and Excel
• Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a highly motivated team
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workloads and manage time efficiently

Desirable Attributes
• Experience of working in a sports and/or political environment
• Experience of working in a membership organisation

How to apply
For full details of the position and an application form, please visit
For an informal discussion about the role please email Alex Sexton at:

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