Project Officer – Get Onside


This particular project involves using rugby as a sport to work within a prison setting to improve the attitudes and behaviours of prisoners. This in turn will help to engage them to better themselves through the sport by illustrating the values, behaviours and ethos to pursue a life where they are free from the justice system. The Get Onside Project Officer will be tasked with leading sessions and working with prisoners inside our two prisons. The successful candidate will also be responsible for designing, developing, and coordinating the project, whilst also managing the budget and administrative side of the project. The course currently runs in HMYOI Feltham and HMP The Mount in Hertfordshire with the potential for future expansion into other prisons.

This role is being re-advertised due to the current national lockdown restrictions whereby we are unable to deliver this project at the allocated site. As such the project has been paused and the recruitment period has been extended for this duration. We are therefore continuing to invite applications for this role until we are able to restart the delivery again.

Responsibilities/ Requirements

The requirements of the role will include but not limited to:

  1. Lead in the delivery of practical rugby sessions and classroom workshops inside our partner prisons. Ensuring that our sessions challenge and support beneficiaries towards improved life opportunities.
  2. Assists in the development of creative ideas to improve projects, engage beneficiaries, and provide the greatest impact on people and communities
  3. Project Officers support and lead in the design, delivery, and coordination of projects, including budgeting and administration
  4. Ensures that work produced meets all objectives set, is done by the agreed time to the highest standard and achieves the best possible outcome for the Foundation
  5. Coordinate and manage casual staff to ensure high quality and safe delivery that exceeds expectations


The role is full time (37.5 hours) with 2 days a week spent working in prison and the remainder of the week working from Stone X Stadium or home, depending on the Covid situation. There will also be an expectation to deliver across areas of responsibility in Hertfordshire and North London. Candidates will be expected to work weekends and evenings when required.

Salary: Competitive


To apply for this post, please send a cover letter and CV to Sangita Asani, HR Manager at recruitment@saracens.net. As part of the application, please include answers to the following three questions as part of your cover letter:

  • Why does working on a sport for change project based in a prison setting appeal to you?
  • Briefly outline how your past experience could be used on a project like ‘Get Onside’ to benefit people currently serving prison sentences?
  • Discuss why you think rugby is a useful vehicle for rehabilitation in offenders?


We understand that this is a niche setting and that you may not necessarily have the direct experience for the role, we understand this and will consider applicants we believe have the characteristics to learn and develop on the job. Please outline how your transferable skills will make you suitable for the position.