Independent Member, The FA Disability Committee
The Football Association - FA Disability Committee Independent Member
The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body for football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels and with footballers of all abilities; from grassroots through to the professional game. The FA is responsible for the FA Cup, Women's Super League, and all the England teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park. The FA oversee several disability squads which participate in international tournaments, including powerchair where England are the European Champions, as well as for footballers who are blind, partially-sighted, deaf or have cerebral palsy.
The Football Association is seeking to appoint four independent members onto its Disability Committee to give specific input and advice on all matters relating to disability football, as well as Inclusion, equality, and diversity.
The FA Disability Committee reports directly to the National Game Board (NGB). The Committee receives delegated authority from the FA Board to manage disability football right through from the grassroots level of the game up to its international squads. This includes supporting the development and implementation of The FA National Game Strategy and decisions on how funding allocated by The FA is spent and distributed within disability football.
Independent members have full status at Committee Meetings and will be encouraged to air their views as equal members. They will have a full vote when any decisions need to be taken.
The Disability Committee comprises up to 14 members, including 7 who represent different stakeholders within the National Game and Professional Game on The FA Council. The independent members we are looking to appoint do not have to be a current FA Council Member. We are looking for people who will bring their own knowledge and experience of disability across sport with, preferably, complementary skills from the existing FA Council Members.
These include but are not limited to the following,
- Coaching - practical coaching experience working with people with disabilities as well as broader coaching, coach education expertise
- Medical - understanding a variety of medical, health factors either through working as a doctor, nurse, social worker or even volunteer. Particularly working with people with disabilities
- Public Affairs - general network and sphere of influence with organisations and bodies that support and champion people with disabilities
- We would also value interest from people with lived experience of disability, either their own experience or through working with people with disabilities including a partner, family or friends or in a professional capacity
What we are looking for
- A passion for disability football, with skills, knowledge and experience derived from an active involvement in this level of the game.
- A broad knowledge of the issues and challenges facing disability football at all levels of the game.
- A specific understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion matters.
- The ability to scrutinise and challenge in a positive and constructive manner.
- The ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with others (including fellow Committee Members, FA Staff, and colleagues from across the football family).
- A willingness to act in the best interests of The FA without regard to personal interest or benefit.
The Committee generally meets 4 times a year - Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Meetings are usually held on a weekday at Wembley Stadium although meetings may also be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. The successful candidates will be appointed for terms ranging from 2 to 4 years.
An allowance of £140 can be claimed for each meeting attended in person, with travel and subsistence expenses payable in addition. For online meetings, the allowance is £105.
Applications should include a cover letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the position.
If you have any queries ahead of applying then please reach out to Mike Spinks, FA Council, Vice Chairman, FA Disability Committee on or David Reeve, The FA, Senior National Development Manager,
The Football Association Group promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this during your application and cover letter.