Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

This is a temporary position up to year end 2025 subject to continuation of annual funding from Sport Ireland.


Each candidate must be of good character.


Each candidate shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Sport Ireland launched the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships throughout the country in 2008. Now with full national coverage, the Local Sports Partnership structure aims to promote participation in sport and physical activity at a local level. Located within sixteen of these Local Sports Partnerships is a local Sports Inclusion Disability Officer whose main aim is to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

Job Purpose

The Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) will work in a coordinating capacity with all relevant stakeholders to increase and sustain participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The SIDO will be responsible to the Coordinator of Louth Local Sports Partnership in delivering this role

Education and Training

Each candidate must on the latest date for receipt of application have a 3rd level degree qualification in sports development, leisure management, adapted physical activity, community development, health promotion or other relevant discipline, and

  • Minimum of 2 years experience  working in a similar role within a sporting organisation or the disability sector,
  • Minimum of 2 years experience of project management and of piloting and developing physical activity based initiatives,
  • Inter-personal skills to involve people, schools and communities in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes and initiatives,
  • Be competent in the area of sports inclusion of people with disabilities,
  • Experience in programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting,
  • A proficiency in IT and communication technology systems,
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), administration, organisational and presentation skills,
  • Awareness and understanding of different models of disability,
  • Awareness of current issues for people with a disability/older adults and the importance and value of their participation in sport /physical activity,
  • An ability to produce and disseminate information efficiently and accurately,
  • Ability and commitment to work unsociable hours,
  • Experience in managing budgets and preparing financial reports; &
  • Full clean driving licence and access to own transport for travel incurred at work.


Salary Scale €28,049 – €45,556 gross per annum


The following provisions shall apply:

  • there shall be a period after such appointments take effect during which such persons shall hold office on probation;
  • such period shall be six months but the Coordinator may, at her discretion, extend such period;
  • such persons shall cease to hold office at the end of the period of probation unless during such period the Coordinator has certified that the service of such persons is satisfactory.

Specific Area of Responsibility

Specific tasks of the SIDO will be determined locally having regard to the overall job purpose (as set out above) and with reference to any particular issues, challenges and priorities identified in the sports strategy for the area. The following represents an indicative list from which the SIDO tasks may be drawn depending on the above information.

Communication/Awareness/Building Relationships

  • Establish a local sports disability network,
  • Foster co-operation, collaboration and liaise with local service providers, sports organisations, voluntary organisations and other key stakeholders in the disability sector such as the Health Service Executive,
  • Promote the participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity,
  • Liaise with the local allied health professionals in both the Health Service Executive and in the voluntary agencies to promote physical activity/participation in sport for people with disabilities,
  • Liaise with local special education needs officers (SENO) regarding provision for PE/physical activity at school,
  • Promote awareness of issues around disability and the importance of physical activity for people with disabilities through media and other communications channels; &
  • Maintain and update section on organisation website re programmes, events and other issues in sport.

Research & Policy

  • Assessing via a county audit, the levels of participation of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity, taking account of socio-economic, gender, demographic and other factors,
  • Assessing levels of programme and service provision by relevant agencies targeted at encouraging increased quality of and participation opportunities for people with disabilities in sport and physical activity,
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on Louth Local Sports Partnership Strategic Plans re inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity,
  • Assessing levels of accessibility of sport and physical activity facilities for people with a disability: &
  • Identify level of uptake of sporting opportunities created, additional members to clubs, membership of clubs created, etc.

Training & Development

  • Liaising with the CARA Centre and national standards to provide recommendations for improving accessibility of sports facilities and access to services to encourage greater participation for people with a disability in sport and physical activity,
  • Coordinating events, taster sessions, etc. including any follow-up links with local clubs, groups and schools,
  • Developing  new clubs or activities for people with disabilities,
  • Through communication with the CARA Centre and the national inclusion training framework, organising and in some cases delivering training for coaches, teachers, sports tutors, etc to promote a greater understanding of disability issues in sport; &
  • Promote and support people with a disability becoming coaches, instructors etc.

Developing Links

  • Link with major disability service providers and disability sports organisations about current needs and possible programmes and facilitating increased participation and support,
  • Link with volunteer networks to assist people with a disability to be active,
  • Link with the national network of Sports Inclusion Disability Officers in sharing information and support; &
  • Link with the CARA National APA Centre whose role is to facilitate and support the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme at national level.

Working Hours

You will be required to work 37 hours per week.

Louth LSP reserves the right to alter your hours of work from time to time.

The chosen candidate must be flexible, and willing to work evening and weekends. Time in lieu arrangements will be provided.

All hours of work will be subject to and recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 and the Organisation of Working Time Act (Regulations) 2001. 


Staff will be based at the offices of Louth LSP in Dundalk Sports Centre, Muirhevnamore, Dundalk, Co. Louth on specified days which will be confirmed on appointment.

Louth LSP reserves the right to assign you to any premises in use by the Sports Partnership, now or in the future.


Holders of the post shall reside in the district in which their duties are to be performed or within a reasonable distance thereof.


Selection shall be by means of a competition based on an interview conducted by or on behalf of Louth LSP.

  • The appointment will be made on the result of an interview conducted by, or on behalf of Louth LSP. Candidates may be short listed on the basis of relevance and extent of their previous experience and these applicants only will be called for interview.
  • A panel may be formed on the basis of such interview.  Candidates whose names are on a panel and who satisfy Louth LSP that they possess the qualifications declared for the office and that they are otherwise suitable for appointment may, within the life of the panel, be appointed as appropriate vacancies arise.
  • The life of a panel will not be more than one year from the date of formation, unless extended. 
  • The Louth LSP shall require persons to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if they fail to take up the appointment within such period or such longer period as Louth LSP in its absolute discretion may determine, Louth LSP shall not appoint them.

Annual Leave

Granting annual leave, payment for annual leave and arrangements for public holidays will be governed by the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the nationally agreed annual leave scheme for the sector. The annual leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.


For the purpose of satisfying the requirements as to health, it may be necessary for successful candidates, before they are appointed, to undergo a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner to be nominated by Louth LSP.  Louth LSP reserves the right to request further medicals during the period of employment.

Garda Vetting
A person who is being considered for appointment will be required to complete a Garda Vetting Application, the results of which will be considered before an offer of employment is made.


The applicant must, at the latest date for receipt of applications, hold a full driving licence.  The successful candidate will be required to have the use of a car at all times for the purpose of their work.  Louth LSP must be indemnified on their insurance.  Appropriate travel allowance will be paid in respect of approved travel in the course of the duties of the post.        

Closing Date

Completed application forms should be emailed to not later than 4.30pm on Friday 1st November 2019.

Please note all application forms must be typed and must be emailed to the above email address.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Canvassing will automatically disqualify

Louth County Council is an equal opportunities employer