• JOB TITLE: Head of Grassroots Football
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent, Full time
  • LOCATION: Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan/Dragon Park, Newport
  • SALARY:  £50,000 – £60,000 dependent on experience


It is an exciting time for football in Wales with the FAW’s 6-year strategic plan ‘Our Wales’ in operation, a new organisational structure and increased investment in grassroots football. 

The Head of Football Development is a critical position that will have strategic responsibility  for delivering ‘A flexible, inclusive and appealing playing offer’  one of six key strategic objectives outlined in the FAW’s strategy ‘Our Wales’ (2021-26).  

The role will be responsible for delivering high level targets of: – 

1. 120,000 registered players by 2026; 

2. 20,000 female by 2026;  

3. % representation from Ethnically Diverse Communities and with a health condition to be above the Welsh average by 2026;

The role is a member of the senior management team who will report in to the Chief Executive Officer.  They will lead and manage a central football development team, oversee a network of regional football development hubs and play a critical role in supporting the facilities strategy and investment to ensure impact on grassroots football. 

The job description giving full details can be downloaded here:



The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is the governing body of football in Wales and is responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels from grass roots through to the professional game, including the Welsh Premier League and all International Teams. Founded in 1876 the FAW is the third oldest Association in the World, founder members of FIFA and UEFA, and together with the other British Associations is one of the Board Members of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The FAW is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an Independent Chair, the CEO, two Independent Non-Executives, the four Officers of the FAW and three elected Members. The FAW Board is responsible to the Shareholders of the FAW called the FAW Council. The Council is made up of elected and nominated representatives from Welsh Football. The FAW Council, with the FAW Executive, manages football related activities through a series of committees. The CEO has the responsibility to manage the business and all staff employed by the FAW.

The FAW is a Limited Company responsible for the development of football in Wales.. With over 100 full time staff and operating in over 50 countries, it has doubled group turnover in the past 5 years to £20m per annum. Its main sources of income are through FIFA, UEFA, grants, sponsorship and TV revenue. The FAW was responsible for bringing the UEFA Champions League final 2017 to Wales; it was then largest sports event in the world in 2017, staged in the smallest city, hosted by the smallest Association and the smallest country since the competition’s creation.


The Football Association of Wales strives to become a leading employer that reflects the communities of Wales while creating an inclusive, diverse and supportive workplace for all employees. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications women and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, Black, Asian, and Mixed-Heritage backgrounds. 

Further to this the FAW are actively seeking to increase diversity within our workforce and have established a guaranteed interview scheme. We are committed to ensuring we recruit the best people on the objective basis of their skills, ability and experience.  We value the benefits of diversity at work and understand that diversity of perspective and experience can encourage respectful creativity, foster innovation and create opportunities for all.  


We may offer a guaranteed interview to eligible applicants who wish to opt-in to this scheme.  

To be eligible to apply via the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, you must either:

  • Consider yourself to have a disability that substantially affects your ability to do normal daily activities, 


  • be from/part of an ethnic group who do not identify as White British/English/Welsh/Scottish/ Northern Irish.

To be guaranteed an interview under the scheme in your application you need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualifying criteria for the vacancy.

An application under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme is optional, therefore we require you to confirm you are eligible to apply and to confirm that you wish to opt into the scheme, by completing the application form found below, this form also provides further information on the scheme. 

The principles of fair and open competition will apply, and appointments will be made on merit.


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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This role, due to its nature, duties, and responsibilities, will be subject to the successful applicant undergoing a check by the DBS.


  • Deadline for applicants is the close of business on Monday 25 April 2022
  • Applications received after this date will not be considered. 
  • Applications must be supported by a letter detailing why the applicant is suitable for the role along with their salary expectations, and be accompanied with a current CV. Please also complete the equality & diversity monitoring form by clicking here.
  • Applications should be sent via email to recruitment@faw.co.uk clearly marking the subject of the email: Head of Grassroots Football
  • Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 9 May 2022.

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