Role Profile

Job title

Para Athletics Pathway Coordinator

Reporting to

DSW Performance Pathway Senior Officer & Welsh Athletics Programme Manager


National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cyncoed, Cardiff


In the range £27, 000 to £32,000


Fixed term – two years

Working pattern

Full time (37 hours/week)

Flexible working patterns are available, and the role may involve occasional working at evening / weekend events within the 37-hour week

Role purpose

1) To support the development and progression of Para Athletes within the Athletics Pathway (from community through to performance) as identified by Disability Sport Wales and Welsh Athletics.

2) Ensure that all Para Athletes within the pathway have access to appropriate and meaningful community opportunities to support individual needs.

3) To provide mentoring and upskilling outreach support for athletes, coaches, clubs and key contacts in collaboration with the DSW Performance Pathway Team and WA.

Key interfaces 

Athletics Performance Pathway, Athletics Community Programme, Insport, DSW, Performance Pathway Hubs


Key responsibilities

1) Developing the Athletics Pathway

  • Develop a performance pathway for para-athletes which will be embedded throughout the existing Welsh Athletics Pathway (RDA/ NDA’s)
  • Profile and identify progression and support for participants as they enter the Pathway.
  • Where required and agreed, represent and support Para Athletes at specific competitions and events.
  • To work with the National Event Talent Coordinators to support specific athlete preparation programmes i.e., training camps, sport science support.


2) Identify Opportunities

  • Collaborate with the DSW Performance Pathway Team to support the process of athlete placement within appropriate settings.
  • Develop opportunities for all impairment groups e.g., WPA, Virtus, Deaflympics.
  • Identify Insport clubs and regional activities to increase doorstep provision for disabled people.


3) Mentoring and Upskilling

  • Support event leads with the scheduling and delivery of development days, camps and events to ensure an integrated pathway and schedule.
  • Monitor and track changes to the WPA Classification Disciplines list, and support Athletes that it may impact.
  • Provide outreach mentoring support for coaches and clubs to allow the positive integration of a disabled athlete within settings.
  • Share and upskill selected clubs and coaches with impairment specific knowledge and specific considerations for a para-athlete within an athletics environment
  • In conjunction with the Welsh Athletics Coach Development Manager, work with a select group of identified coaches to develop a group of performance para coaches across Wales.

This job description describes the principal purpose and main elements of the job. It is a guide to the nature and main duties of the job as they exist currently, but it is not intended as a wholly comprehensive or permanent schedule.

Person specification









Sound knowledge and experience of Paralympic and Commonwealth sport

Awareness of Virtus, Special Olympic and Deaflympic sport


Experience of working with talented/elite athletes

Experience of working alongside coaches and partners to support athlete progression


Knowledge of athlete (disability sport) profiling, pathways and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of LTAD & delivery structures

Knowledge of elite sport, its systems and the demands and expectations upon athletes

Innovative and passionate in approach, with the ability to thrive in a national team based across Wales

To hold a current coaching qualification within a particular sport


You should be:



a team player willing to facilitate development in a proactive, considered, and person-focused way


fully committed to and conversant with the philosophies of equity, diversity and inclusion

independent, considered, sincere and possess a powerful drive to build successful pathways to performance


highly organised with strong relationship building skills

with support, able to work to monitor and evaluate programmes and provision

able to provide some flexibility of working hours so as to undertake all areas of the job role effectively



High level of computer literacy including word processing, spread sheets, powerpoint and email



Have access to transport so as to get to, and from meetings, events and project sites and commit to working some irregular, unsociable hours (as required)



Willingness to work irregular hours, travel and attend overnight meetings








Experience within a performance development system



Competent with Welsh language and/or BSL

Successful track record of producing talented athletes



This role profile is not exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be discussed with you and amended over time in light of the changing needs of the company.

Benefits Package

Job title                         Para Athletics Pathway Coordinator

Salary                            £27,000 to £32,000 pa per annum, full time

Tenure                          Fixed Term, 2 years

Holiday                          25 paid days leave plus 8 days paid for bank holidays

Hours                            Full Time – 37hrs per week

Other benefits               Company Pension Plan (employer matching up to 6%)

                                      Free onsite parking at our office locations (NIAC, CISC)

                                      Funded training & career development opportunities

Notice period                3 months


Want to join our team?

Please read the role profile carefully, particularly the essential education, skills & experience required to be successful before visiting our website to begin your application at:

We reserve the right to close vacancies before the specified closing date, should a large number of applications be received. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

We appoint using an open and transparent system based on current best practice and if you need any assistance in completing your application or require an alternative format, contact:

Rob Sage, Welsh Athletics    029 20 649 844 / 07523 039 115

Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ

Please note,

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The post applied for may be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and therefore the applicant has to disclose all spent convictions. Any posts involving contact with children or vulnerable adults are exempt.

We are committed to inclusion and embrace the spirit of all equalities legislation. Where possible we will always make reasonable adjustments for accessibility to anyone who requires it.

We are not able to offer visa sponsorship and all applicants must have the right to work in the UK to apply and be considered for this role. If you are a non-UK/EU National, you must have an appropriate working Visa to undertake employment.

Your personal data will be held for up to two years and used for Welsh Athletics recruitment purposes only, either alerting you to new vacancies or processed in accordance with a vacancy you later apply for.

We will never pass your details to third parties. To find out more about how we respect your privacy, please visit our web page ‘Privacy, Cookies & Copyright’

For more information about Welsh Athletics, visit our web site and the page ‘About Us’

Topics in this article:
Job OpportunityWelsh AthleticsAthletics

Accessibility Options

Text Size

Select an option:



Select an option:


The Light colour mode is designed using Disability Sport Wales brand colours, to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidance Level AA. This should provide good contrast for most users.

The Dark colour mode also uses Disability Sport Wales brand colours, but inverts light and dark to create a "night mode" version. It is intended for people who dislike bright screens, or wish to use their display in a more energy-efficient way. This option does not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidance Level AA, so may not be suitable for users with visual impairments.

The Calm colour mode uses colours which may be more suitable for users who are sensitive to bright colours, or prefer lower contrast. This option does not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidance Level AA, so may not be suitable for users with visual impairments.

The High Contrast option is tailored to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidance Level AAA, and is intended to make this website as accessible as possible to users with the lowest visual acuity. Ideal use of this setting would be combined with Medium Text or Large Text text sizes.


Our default button style uses block-colour backgrounds that contrast against the page background.

You can optionally change this to use buttons that maintain the same background colour and text colour as the main website content, and signifies that is a button with an outline. This may be preferred by users who can read light-on-dark or dark-on-light with greater comfort.

Please select your preference:

Use of Capital Letters

You can choose to minimise the use of capital letters for headings and sub-headings if you find them easier to read in Sentence Case. Some text, including acronyms, may still be shown in capital letters.

Please select your preference:

Motion Options

This site sometimes uses animation to bring the content to life. If you'd like to disable this, you can do.

Please select your preference: