Commission to recruit two new Sport Development Officers

June 14, 2021

The Guernsey Sports Commission is delighted to have secured funding to recruit new Sport Development Officers for Cycling and Netball.

‘Thanks to a combination of funding from the sports themselves, a private sponsor, the Sports Commission’s own funds and money from the Active8 Sports Strategy, we are able to grow our development officer team and hopefully help increase participation in these popular sports,’ said Steve Sharman, the Guernsey Sports Commission’s Relationship Director.

‘These appointments are all about making sure that the whole community has the opportunity to try these sports, and in turn help support mental and physical heath, wellbeing and social inclusion through taking part in sport.

‘We are looking for self-motivated people with excellent leadership skills, the capacity to work independently and most importantly a passion for their sport and a desire to share that passion with the wider community.

‘Although, ideally, we will be looking for someone with a UKCC Level 2 Coaching qualification, we are also happy to consider those who would work towards achieving the qualification. Our main requirement is for someone with a real desire to see their sport grow, to develop opportunities for participation and to work with all sections of our community with the aim of inspiring all generations to get active for life,’ said Steve

‘Guernsey Netball is delighted to be working with the Guernsey Sports Commission to finally turn the sport’s long-held dream of having a Netball Development Officer into reality,’ said Darren Duquemin, partnership director for the Guernsey Netball Association.

‘It would never have happened without the GSC so we are very grateful to them. Many other sports have reaped the benefits of their own development officer for many years now and we are looking forward to doing the same.

‘We believe that it will be a gamechanger. We are excited to see who is out there and would relish the challenge of being Guernsey Netball’s first Development Officer. They will be able to make, with our support, a big positive impact and should get a big buzz from doing that.’

‘The club are really excited about the prospect of the appointment of a Cycling Development Officer,’ said Mark Smith from the Guernsey Velo Club.

‘Particularly the opportunity to develop and nurture our young and aspiring cyclists in their careers and at a grass-roots level as well as working with our more experienced riders as they prepare for Island Games and Commonwealth Games.

‘This is a real chance to put Guernsey firmly on the cycling map.’

Applications for the Netball and Cycling posts are open now. Further details are available at