Grassroots Safeguarding Executives x 2

Grassroots Safeguarding Executives x 2

The Role

The FAW is looking to recruit a Grassroots Safeguarding Executive to support our Clubs, Leagues, and Area Associations with embedding a safeguarding culture throughout the grassroots game. There are two roles available – one covering the South Wales FA, Gwent County FA and West Wales FA areas and the other covering the North Wales Coast FA, North East Wales FA and Central Wales FA areas. 

As laid out in the ‘Our Wales’ strategy, the FAW has ambitious targets for football participation at the grassroots level of the game. For the game to thrive in Wales we need to support our clubs to be the best they can be from a safeguarding perspective. 

The Grassroots Safeguarding Executives will play a key role in ensuring a fun, safe, and positive environment within Welsh football and delivering the following FAW key strategic objectives: ‘A flexible, inclusive and appealing playing offer’ and ‘A diverse, skilled and engaged football family’, including the achievement of the following high-level targets: – 

  • 120,000 registered players (including 20,000 females)
  • 150,000 registered members.
  • 16,000 registered coaches.
  • 12,500 registered volunteers

The Grassroots Safeguarding Executives will sit within the FAW Safeguarding Team and will be responsible for building Club Safeguarding Officer networks, raising awareness of Safeguarding via education and training and championing the ‘Behind the Line’ campaign.

The post holders will have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to challenge in a constructive manner and respond to the developmental needs of individual clubs, listening to, and motivating volunteers to create strong, sustainable clubs that provide positive experiences for all.

The job description giving full details for North & Central Wales can be downloaded here.

The job description giving full details for South & West Wales can be downloaded here.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW)

One of the three oldest associations in the world, the FAW was established in 1876 to nurture, lead and promote the interest of football in Wales. As a member of FIFA and UEFA, we’re committed to fostering the game in light of fair play on a global basis, and we’re active guardians of the ‘Laws of the Game’ along with another four bodies through IFAB.

Our mission is to make sure that football creates positive, inclusive experiences enjoyed locally and nationally, and promote the sport in Wales by highlighting its benefits for everyone, everywhere. We recognise a need for constant development and improvement, and Welsh football must not sit at the side-lines. By listening and working with our football family members and stakeholders, we strive to provide an inclusive and accessible offer that creates opportunities for all at every level of the game.

By harnessing the power of football and all it has to offer, we’ll make a difference for every member, stakeholder, supporter, and community throughout Wales and beyond.  

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.

Employee Benefits

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be part of the FAW, the organisation is moving forward with the Our Wales strategy focussing on all areas of the game including participation, grassroots facilities and our pathway for talented players in Wales. We aim to attract the best talent both on and off the pitch and to reward our staff we offer the following competitive benefits:

  • Modern office environment
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Healthcare Cash Plan scheme    
  • Employee social events
  • Two tickets to senior international matches 
  • Opportunities to learn and develop

Equal Opportunities

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.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme Application

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. You will then need to email the completed form to once you have submitted your application. 

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

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.

Application Process Timeline

  • Deadline for applicants is midnight on Wednesday, 31 July 2024. Applications received after this date will not be considered. 
  • If the FAW receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the role early.   
  • All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. 
  • Applications must be supported by a letter detailing why the applicant is suitable for the role including salary expectations, and be accompanied with a current CV. Please also complete the equality & diversity monitoring here.
  • If you have any questions ahead of applying, please email  

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