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7 Dec 2021 | 9:09

The Sport for Development Coalition has opened the recruitment process as it seeks to appoint a new Executive Director.

Following an exciting period of growth over the last 18 months overseen by Ollie Dudfield, the Coalition is searching for a new Executive Director who will drive the next phase of development, helping to facilitate collective action and the joined-up work of the UK’s sport for development movement. 

The Coalition’s network is made up of over 200 charities, sporting bodies, community and voluntary organisations that collectively over-arch thousands of projects and programmes intentionally using sport and physical activity to generate positive social outcomes.


Ollie is moving on to take up an international appointment focused on strengthening the role of sport as an enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

During his tenure, the Coalition has worked collaboratively to advocate for an enabling policy environment and to raise awareness of sport for development’s impact and contribution towards tackling specific health and societal inequalities, many of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In particular, the Coalition is committed to ensuring the wider benefits of sport and physical activity can be enjoyed without barriers or discrimination, especially by those individuals and communities facing deprivation and disadvantage who would benefit most from ‘levelling up’ and building back fairer from the pandemic. 

The Coalition, which is funded by Sport England, Comic Relief and Laureus Sport for Good, is “now at a critical juncture for the next stage of development,” according to its Chair, Andy Reed OBE.


Andy revealed the Board is seeking “a collaborative leader (who is) passionate about the impact sport and physical activity can make, with a deep commitment to tackling health and societal inequalities”. 

He added: “This is a rare opportunity for an innovative and collaborative professional to play a key role in championing and advancing the intentional use of sport and physical activity to address key social challenges faced across the UK.” 

The Coalition welcomes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. It particularly encourage applications from people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disabled people, people from the LGBT+ community, as these groups are currently under-represented across the Coalition’s governance and leadership structures. 

Click here to find out more and access the recruitment pack.

Applications close on Wednesday 12th January 2022, with interviews taking place in early February.